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Creating bootable Windows 2000/XP/2003 Disc (Nero 6) (TTID #297)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 4,213,253 /  Created: February 7, 2004
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.

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.) Set Platform identifier: to Intel x86 compatible.
8.) Press the Browse... button.

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

Click the Open button.

Click on the ISO tab.

- Set File name length to Max. of 31 chars (ISO Level 2).
- Set Format to Mode 1.
- Set Character Set to ISO 9660 (standard ISO CD-ROM).
- Check the Joliet check box.
- Check all Relax ISO Restrictions.
- Check Allow more than 64 characters for Joliet names.

Click on the Label tab.

Remove the check from Also use the ISO 9660 text for Joliet.

Enter the Volume Label into the ISO 9660 and Joliet text boxes.

Click the More fields button.

    - 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)

Enter in the Volume Label into the System Identifier, Volume Set, Publisher,
Data preparer, Application
text boxes under ISO 9660 and Joliet.

Click the OK button.

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 Burn button.

Wait for Disc creation to finish.

Click the OK button.

Click the Done button.

Process complete. You're done.

Revision History:

01.09.2003 - Created new article for 2000/XP Nero 6.0. - Kevin
06.30.2004 - Updated to Windows 2003 Server. - Kevin
07.12.2004 - Updated for Nero - Kevin
05.28.2005 - Added link to Windows 2003 Server SP1 CD Volume Labels. Updated create09.png for clarification. - Kevin
11.22.2006 - Added Preparation section for visitors who are not slipstreaming. New layout for article. - Kevin

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