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Are ISO files bootable?

Posted on 2013-10-26
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I had downloaded a previous version of VMWare, burned it to a disk and installed with no issues. This was last year and forgot my process. I downloaded the newest version of VMWare 5.5 Essentials to a USB drive and could not boot. I later burned the ISO to a disk and it still will not install. The BIOS recognized the DVD and starts to spin up and then continues on.
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It depends on 1) the contents of the ISO and 2) how you burn it to CD/DVD.  You cannot simply burn the ISO file to CD ... it must be burned as an image to CD using software capable of doing so (Windows 7, CDBurnerXP, etc.).  If you see the ISO file on the media you are trying to boot from, then it will NOT be bootable - you should be able to see the actual files/folders contained in the ISO disc image.
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