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How do I create a generic bootable cd and also a Windows XP and 7 bootable cd?  I also want to add files to it?  Thanks for your help
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You'll need the original Windows XP/Windows 7 installation ISO files then burn them to a blank disc as they are bootable by default. If you need to slipstream updates or remove certain components from the install then you can look at something such as nLite to customize the Windows installation.
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For a generic bootable CD, look up Ultimate Boot CD.  That will do what you need for a generic boot CD.

For Windows 7, in addition to the advice above, make sure you are using retail Windows 7 Pro and not an OEM disk to create the bootable disk. You need to be able to apply licensing after.

Also, many Windows 7 machine are Windows 7 OEM and the keys are embedded in the recovery media from the manufacturer, so manufacturers' recovery media are always best.
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Check out: http://reboot.pro/
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You'll need the media first, that is the original XP and Windows 7 disks.  You can download the appropriate Windows 7 DVD, see http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/14-windows-7-direct-download-links as to where.

You'll need a burning application to create the new CD or DVD.  You can use an app such as CD Burner XP https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home or IMG Burn http://www.imgburn.com/

Warning!  IMG Burn 2.58 comes with unwanted adware/software on it.  Take care when you install that you don't get those apps installed.  Version 2.57 is free of those adware and can be got from http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/12006/

Both sites have articles and FAQs on how to use them to create bootable disks.

Briefly you copy your media's files and folders (CD or DVD) to a folder on your hard disk.  You then alter the files and folders as to how you want either adding or deleting and then reburn the folder structure back to CD or DVD.  That is an extremely brief description and time does not permit a full description.  Read the articles on the sites.
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for xp, i use this method :   http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwindowssetupdisk.shtml

i integrate also SP3 at the same time
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