How to Make a Windows XP Boot Disc With UltraISO

By Justen Everage

A Windows XP boot disc enables users to repair system errors before Windows starts. A Windows XP boot disc can be created on a CD using a CD burning program such as UltraISO. With UltraISO you can burn ISO files, commonly known as disc images files, onto a blank CD. Loading the correct files onto a CD using UltraISO, and inserting the CD into your computers CD drive before starting Windows, will allow you to access the Windows XP system repair.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • CD-RW drive

Step 1

Right click on your desktop and select \"New Folder\" to create a folder on your desktop. Make copies of the files that needed to create a Windows XP boot disk and paste them into this new folder. There are three files needed to do this; Ntdetect.com, NTDLR and Boot.ini. You can find the files by going to \"My Computer\" then opening your local hard drive which is usually the C: drive. Next open the C:\\I386 folder and locate the three files. Copy and paste each of the three files into your new folder using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

Step 2

Open UltraISO and go to the \"Actions\" tab at the top menu. Select \"Add Files\" and browse your desktop to find your new folder containing the boot files. Add all three files to UltraISO by selecting the three files and clicking \"Open.\"

Step 3

Click the \"Make disk image\" option in UltraISO which is under the \"Bootable\" tab at the top menu. Select the disk drive location containing the boot files, and click \"Make.\" Save the image file to your new folder to simplify the process. The image file will end in \".iso.\"

Step 4

Select \"Write disk image\" from the \"Bootable\" tab at the top menu of UltraISO. Browse to find your newly created boot disk image in the \"Image file\" bar. Insert your blank CD into your CD burner drive and select your disk drive in the \"Disk drive\" bar. Click \"Save\" to save this project, this will enable skipping all above steps in the future, then click \"Write.\" Depending on your CD drives write speed, the disk should finish in one to five minutes. Restart your computer when finished, leaving the boot disk in the CD drive. Upon start-up the Windows XP system repair should load from your boot disk.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the boot disk is not working on your computer, it may be a BIOS issue. Enter your computers BIOS menu by pressing the settings key for your computer a few seconds after powering it on. Most computers use the \"f2\" key for settings, although some use \"f1\" or \"delete.\" Using your keyboard, scroll into the BIOS option that pertains to the computers boot sequence. Arrange the boot sequence to start with the CD drive rather than the hard-drive. Save your BIOS settings and restart.
  • Do not move or delete any files contained in the I386 folder of your hard-drive. These files are part of the Windows XP operating system, and if deleted can cause your computer to malfunction. This is the reason for making new copies of the three relevant boot files.