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How to make Windows XP 64-bit bootable?

Posted on 2011-03-12
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Hello,
I am trying to install Windows XP 64-bit on a new hard drive.
I have windows files on a server (i386. setup.exe, WIN51 and etc...)

when I burn these files using Roxio, then pop this CD to a system, it can't boot from this CD...

please help... thank you
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by:JeremySBrown
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How are you burning the disc? Make sure that you "burn image as" if it's an image. Make sure in the BIOS you have set the CD-ROM to boot first.
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Use nLiteOS.com.  It can create a bootable OS CD from a contents folder like you have.  nLite is used for many other things ... integrating Service Packs, drivers, features, etc., but the way it works is you copy the contents of your XP CD to a folder, it alters the files according to your choices, then builds an ISO to burn to CD.  Keep in mind that you cannot simply copy an ISO file to CD ... you must burn the image to CD with special software capable of creating a CD from an ISO.  Certain  versions of Roxio can do this, but if you don't have the right version, then use ISO Recorder or CDBurnerXP ... free and easy.
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I go to Data --> Data to Disk --> Browse --> Select files--> Burn
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Not familiar with Roxio products. As already suggest by PowerEdgeTech, I would suggest burning the .iso image with CDBurnerXP. Here's a link on how to burn the .iso image.

http://cdburnerxp.se/
http://cdburnerxp.se/help/Data/burn-iso
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Yeah, all you are doing is copying the files to the disk, which will not make it bootable.  You need to create a bootable ISO first ... nlite will do this.  You could probably do it manually, but I don't know how you'd do that for XP (W7 is easy) ... besides, not sure it's necessary to find out since nlite gives you such an easy way to accomplish it.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Just to help to understand exactly what you need here.

You don't have a Win XP 64 installation CD
You do have a hard drive with a Win XP 64 installation on it.  Is this install working OK?

OR

You have a different version of Windows on your system but have got the XP 64 installation files on it and need to transfer them to make an installation CD?

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Good point ... I assumed from the sound of it that he had the CD files on his computer.  Palmer ... let us know if this is not the case.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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what is happening is that the cd that you are creating is not bootable.  a product like nlite (mentioned previously) will use those files and create an .iso that you can then burn this image to disk and this disk will be bootable.
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