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hi there,

I would like to know is there anyway to make a bootable CDR with a WIN system. Thanx
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by:johnt082197
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Making a bootable CD is easy. Just copy the necessary files on it. But Windows...  I'm not sure it'll work. Windows likes to write on disk.
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Actually you have two parts of question:
1 part) It's possible to create bootable CDR, but
 a) Format called "el torrito" not documented and non-standard
 b) You need to flash a BIOS, which can support CD-ROM bootup
    (and BIOS is not universal thing, it motherboard-dependent)
 c) I still in search for CD-ROM writing software that can
    create bootable CD-ROM (virus-free system forever !)
2 part) Even you have 1'st part solved you still need to place
 Win95 on it, right ? Main part of Win95 and most vital one is
 system registry files (SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT). They are
 changed EVERY time you install something.
Final shot :( it's impossible with Win95, but possible with
plain DOS (or other OS, don't know) with help of above tricks.
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by:j2
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it is impossibel: Win95 must be able to WRITE to the boot device during bootup.
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by:johnt082197
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Exactly. You can make a DOS bootable CD ROM, but Windows 3.x, 95, or NT would be a tad tougher :)
Just getting back to my first comment...

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by:joe_massimino
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Take a look at this and tell me if you find all the answers you are looking for on making a Boot CDR?  It was very informative, enough for me to keep track of it in my favorites.

http://incolor.inetnebr.com/guardian/boot-cd.shtml

This is the right URL, don't mind the .shtml ext., try it.

 Just offering my 2 cents in comments.

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