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windows XP 64 bit zip file to bootable ISO

Hi, we have access to microsoft licensing site to download files,
at the moment i need to install a 64 bit version of windows xp for a specific application
the licensing site does not contain any ISO images of the 64 bit operating system only for the 32bit

only file i find with the 64 bit version is a zip compressed .exe files called
"Windows XP Professional English #1 -2 x64 w SP2 MLF (X13-41611) X13-41611 561 MB EXE"
i have tried extracting it and burning, and also creating a iso to boot from vmware
However i am not able to boot from neither
i´ve tried various methods using a program called IMGburn but have been unsuccessful

how do i go about making this .exe file into a cd or an iso file to boot from ?
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Top Expert 2005

Use 7-Zip to extract it, or run it from it's own exe.  If they aren't ISOs then it's cumbersome to get them bootable.  Perhaps you could extract and burn them then go here:  www.bootdisk.com and grab a boot floppy with CD support and use that to boot with to install from CD.
Extract the files from the zip folder and create an ISO with this freeware: CDBurnerXP http://cdburnerxp.se/
Double click on that exe it will ask for the path to extract.
On the selected path to extract you will find only one iso file.
Use this iso file in vmware it must boot it.

If you are doing the above steps and getting the result as i.e. single iso file than probably your machine will be supporting 32 bit only.


Hi, what options etc do i have to set ?
the cdburnerxp gives various options just like IMGburn
and i am not having any success creating a disk that will boot into the windows xp setup.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

When you run the executable what do you end up with?

If you end up with a file ending with either ISO or IMG you can burn that file to a CD.

You must burn it as an Image File To Disk - not as a file.

See http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61 for a tutorial on this for ImgBurn.
Does the Microsoft site not provide you with instructions for using the download?
Is there not a "Help" link and/or a FAQ link?

1. That is the right file.

2. Have you tried just burning the .EXE to a CD and booting from it without doing anything to it?
Top Expert 2013

Hoddi1--I do not know the MS site from which you download.  Both TechNet Plus and MSDN sites offer
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (English)
in .iso form.



- Dbrunton when i exctract the .exe file i end up with the same files as are on a normal intallation cd
 not a single .iso or .img file

- StoneG
i´ve not found any  info regarding installation of the .exe on the microsoft site

- Souseran
if i burn the .exe it will just be a single file on the cd and no bootabl

- Jcimarron
see the below screenshots regarding the avalability of 64bit iso

there must be something i am missing, i doubt microsoft would add this kind of file that is this hard to boot from.
Quid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
nlite supports making bootable CDs for xp 64

See nlite http://www.nliteos.com/nlite.html and find this statement

nLite supports Windows 2000, XP x86/x64 and 2003 x86/x64  in all languages

on the page.

Guide to using nlite http://www.nliteos.com/guides.html

Extract the file. Burn the contents to CD. This executable does not offer an .ISO file. However, when extracted, it does offer a SETUP.EXE file, and the system *will* boot and see that file and begin the install. If you absolutely must have an .ISO, follow some of the other instructions that have been provided.

If you need more information about how to do the installation, read the INSTALLATION.HTM file that will be extracted from the .EXE you downloaded.
Top Expert 2013

Hoddi1--From TechNetPlus I am offered "Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (English)"
 with the download file en_windows_xp_professional_x64.iso  .  
Of the part of the download screen you show (Catalog Home), there is no WinXP Pro 64 offered.  But there is no question the file you are downloading is an .exe.  So you must be downloading from further on down that screen.
You should be able to INSTALL WinXP Pro 64 bit by just clicking on that downloaded .exe file so note carefully where you are downloading it to.
Making an .iso file out of the .exe file is something else again.  I think you must do that to be able to burn an .iso IMAGE from an .iso file.
However here is the Google page for converting .exe to .iso
I do not find anything on page one.
Do you really need the .iso file or would you settle for installing WinXP Pro from the .exe file.?
Top Expert 2013

Hoddi1--What is the source of the installation files for nLite - Windows Installation Customizer ?


On the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS) from which Hoddi1 is downloading his file, it is the *only* Windows XP 64-bit offered. MVLS has different offerings than TechNet.

The instructions I gave Hoddi1 are based on experience with the specific file he's using. I logged into the MVLS site and downloaded it. He doesn't need to do anything more than extract the files and burn them to a CD. The extracted files include both a SETUP.EXE and an AUTORUN.INF.

For MVLS, there is no .ISO for XP x64
Top Expert 2013

souseran--Many thanks for the explanation.
The requested task was was to make a bootable disk from a .exe file.  Are you saying that taking an .exe file and adding autorun.inf (or downloading an .exe file which includes autorun.inf) allow making a bootable disk?
Thanks for helping me learn.


Yup, that's pretty much what I'm saying. The details of the autorun.inf are important, though. Just having a file with that name on the media doesn't guarantee that it will boot.

In this instance, all Hoddi1 needed to do was burn his extracted files to a CD. nLite and all the rest of it wasn't necessary at all.

If he's going to load a guest on VM, then a (non-bootable) ISO is needed.  An option could be to load from media, then a bootable ISO is needed.
I had the same problem and just burning the zip content on the CD would not make the CD boot and start the instalation.

I downloaded a iso version of the CD, opened the iso on a program called ISO Buster, and extracted the boot image "Microsoft Corporation.img"

Then I created a new iso file, using the content of the ZIP file previously downloaded and the boot image "Microsoft Corporation.img as the boot section of the CD.

Most CD burn software has a session that allows you to add boot images to CDs. Just choose the img file extracted from any oither image of Windows XP,