View Full Version : Making Bootable CD

18-05-2003, 04:11 PM
How can i make a Windows 2000 Bootable CD?
I use Roxio - Easy CD Creator 5.1 and it does have a option but i am not sure on how to use it

I have Windows 2000 CD but its not bootable at the moment
and i f its no too much of a hassle then i can also try slipstreaming SP3
but if i can just get a bootable Win2k CD that will be great!


18-05-2003, 04:44 PM
Hmm... My Win2K CD is bootable.. Any particular reason yours wouldnt be?

Win2K SP 4 is out isnt it? With SP 5 a few months away??

Ive made a bootable CD long time back, but cannot remember how sorry.

Have a look on the Win2K CD, as theres info on there to make an un-attended install which requires copying the info the your HDD first and then re-creating the CD, so it may have information in there (I think its a zip file called unattend or something similar)

Hope this helps


18-05-2003, 09:53 PM
Another piece of erroneous guesswork by my unlearned friend from Dorkland.

The difference between an unattended Windows 2000 installation and a bootable Windows 2000 CD is similar to the difference between chalk and cheese.

All Windows 2000 CDs are bootable.

If the CD is a legitimate disk, check the CD drive is a bootable drive.

To create bootable CDs - of any type - read here (http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd)

18-05-2003, 10:21 PM
Or this site: Win2k bootable cd (http://www.thetechguide.com/win2kbootcd/) might be better?

18-05-2003, 10:24 PM
> All Windows 2000 CDs are bootable.
> If the CD is a legitimate disk, check the CD drive is
> a bootable drive.

My point exactly!
Which is why it should be dead easy to do. I was hoping to go for the subtle approach by telling the person about Un-Attended Setup so they might realise this for themselves...

> To create bootable CDs - of any type - read
> here (http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd)

And how could I have made a bootable CD myself a couple of times if I am 'unlearned' thankyou?

18-05-2003, 10:26 PM
LOL - Actually, Ive seen both those exact URL's before, and that was how I made my CD :-)

18-05-2003, 10:42 PM
Good point Chill. I always notice an aggressive tone on Merlin's posts. Maybe thats just him, but this is a help forum and a bit of politeness is in order. Not everyone needs a sarcastic/rude response implying they are inferior, and no-one knows everything.

*Grabs riot shield* :D

18-05-2003, 10:50 PM
Well it must be so nice to be perfect.

I agree that Win2K disks are bootable. WinXP disks are bootable as well.

Just sometimes though I want to modify the ORIGINAL disk.

For example I have a bootable Win98SE disk and want to just have the \Win98 directory on an other CDRom and make it bootable. I want to use the rest of the space on the SAME CDRom for things like Simmtester, Sisoftsandra, Partition Magic, Windows Commander and other utilities.

You are correct in saying that "Barts way" is the best way. Well it works for me anyway.

You must admit ( I think ) that if I only copy certain directories off a bootable CDRom and leave out the root then the CD may not boot.
Well it almost certainly won't!!!!

This is just a help forum and quite a few people here asking for advice leave out very important information like what hardware and operating system they have. Sometimes they don't know and sometimes they don't even know how to find out which is why I advise using the Control panel, Sisoft, Aida32 etc.

Yes..... We know that most of the Hardware will show when booting if you know when to push the pause key.

Talking of the pause key I suggest you get one for your fingers and pause before you offend.

While you did help the poster of the question by pointing Him/Her to be PC you also just may have offended someone who was trying to help.

Just my 2 cents worth.... If you care!!!

18-05-2003, 10:55 PM
Whoops I knew I forgot something. Pulls old 386 desktop case over head and hope it helps.

Blub. I don't have a riot shield.

Eeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkk!!!!

19-05-2003, 12:47 AM
I just read that the dude is using easy cd creator. Well done on picking such a good product.

Anyway, heres a more exact approach to making a boot cd (using easy cd creator). I used it for windows XP, but it should work for any I believe.

Make boot cd with easy cd creator (http://www.geocities.com/bootablecds/easycdcreator/index.html)

19-05-2003, 02:40 AM
Thankx Guys,

I have managed to get a Win2k Bootable CD with SP3 thru your
weblinks, although i did followingthis site (http://www.ntfaq.com/Articles/Print.cfm?ArticleID=21331)

Chilling, poWa , elephant, Merlin.....Many Thanks!