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Need to create a bootable CD for XP Home

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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I have a client who has Windows XP Home on their system. This system is no longer booting. (Fails to boot, and reboots automatically no matter which option I select.Safe mode, Last Known Good, etc) This person did not get an XP installation disk with their system. Instead they got a set of "recovery" CD's which have a ghost image on them, which is used to wipe the Hard drive and re-install everything back to the original image.

This (for obvious reasons) is not good. I wish to boot into the recovery console, and attempt to repair whatever has gone wrong, thus saving the data for this person.

I have ghost explorer, and can extract the i386 folder from the ghost image, and can download the network installation service pack for XP. I have a bootable XP Pro CD, but don't want to use this to attempt a repair of this persons computer.

I'm hoping that there will be a way to extract the information needed from the ghost image, create a bootable XP CD, and copy all of this information to a CD then use it to boot the system and attempt a recovery. (And having the side benefit of being able to provide the client with a bootable CD to be used with his system in the future if the need should ever arise again.)

So, can anyone confirm a method of accomplishing this with the tools I've got? Or is there something more that I'll need?
Anyone tried this before?  Any and all input is appreciated.


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