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Creating bootable Windows 2000/XP/2003 Disc (Nero 5.5) (TTID #296)

Author: Travis   Views: 191,303 /  Created: November 27, 2003
Note: Nero Burning ROM was using in this example.

- Download Nero Burning ROM (Full-Featured Trial Version)
- Download Nero Burning ROM Update
- Purchase Nero Burning ROM (Starting at $69.99 USD)
- Visit Ahead Software

To slipsteam an OS:
- View Slipstreaming Windows 2000, XP SP1/SP1a/SP2/SP3, Server 2003 SP1/SP2 (TTID #295)

If you encounter any problems:
- View Slipstreaming and Bootable Disc FAQ's (TTID #313)


The following items are required:
  • A copy of the original Windows CD/DVD or ISO.

  • A copy of the Boot Files (Downloaded Below).

  • A minimum of 1GB available hard disk space for CD's.
    A minimum of 5GB available hard disk space for DVD's.

Create a folder called OS on your hard drive (C: is used in this example).

In this folder create two sub-folder called BOOT, and ROOT.

Copy the entire Windows 2000/XP/2003 CD (or extract the ISO) into folder ROOT.

Boot Files

1.) Download boot file. ( ~1.34KB)

2.) Extract the BootSector file (boot.ima) from
      into the folder C:\OS\BOOT

Using Nero

Start Nero - Burning Rom.

Select File > New... from the menu.

If the Nero Wizard starts, click the Close Wizard button.

1.) Select CD-ROM (Boot).
2.) Select Image file from Source of boot image data.
3.) Check Enable expert settings (for advanced users only!).
4.) Set Kind of emulation: to No Emulation.
5.) Set Load segment of sectors (hex!): to 0000.
6.) Set Number of loaded sectors: to 4.
7.) Press the Browse... button.

Locate the BootSector file (boot.ima) in the folder C:\OS\BOOT.

Click the Open button.

Click the ISO tab.

- Set File-/Directorynames length to ISO Level 2 (Max. of 31 chars).
- Set Format to Mode 1.
- Set Character Set to ISO 9660.
- Check the Joliet check box.
- Check all Relax ISO Restrictions.

Click the Label tab.

Select ISO9660 from the drop down box.
Enter the Volume Label, System Identifier, Volume Set, Application.

    - View Windows 2000 CD Labels (TTID# 269)
    - View Windows XP SP0 CD Labels (TTID#226)
    - View Windows XP SP1 CD Labels (TTID#283)
    - View Windows XP SP1a CD Labels (TTID#312)
    - View Windows XP SP2 CD Labels (TTID#342)
    - View Windows XP SP3 CD Labels (TTID#422)
    - View Windows 2003 Server RTM CD Labels (TTID#292)
    - View Windows 2003 Server SP1 CD Labels (TTID#355)
    - View Windows 2003 Server R2 Disc Labels (TTID#387)

Click the Dates tab.

- Select Use the date and time from the original file from File Dates.

Click the Burn tab.

- Check Write.
- Check Finalize CD (No further writing possible!).
- Set Write Method to Disc-At-Once. (We have had Track-At-Once work as well.)
- Click the New button.

- Locate the folder C:\OS\ROOT.
- Select everything in the folder and drag it to the ISO compilation panel.
   Note: Some files are not show in the following image.
- Click the Write CD Dialog button.

Click the Boot tab.

- Verify the settings. Correct if needed.
- Click the Write button.

Wait for Disc creation to finish.

Click the OK button.

Process complete. You're done.

Revision History:

01.09.2003 - Created new article for 2000/XP Nero 5.5. - Travis
02.07.2004 - Finalized tested and layout for publication. - Kevin/Anthony.
06.30.2004 - Updated to Windows 2003 Server. - Kevin
05.28.2005 - Added link to Windows 2003 Server SP1 CD Volume Labels. - Kevin
06.28.2005 - Updated images and made minor changed to instructions to improve clarity. - Kevin 11.22.2006 - Added Preparation section for visitors who are not slipstreaming. New layout for article. - Kevin

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