I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question.. BUt I have an MSDN subscription. I have successfully downloaded Windows 7 from the MSDN dowload page and then used a product called IMG Burn to extract and burn the wondows 7.ISO file to a DVD. I reisntalled my Desktop PC with this BOOTABLE Windows 7 DVD.
NOw am have downloaded Windows XP from MSDN but when I extract the .ISO file to a DVD it is NOT bootable. What am I doing wrong and how can I create a BOOTABLE dvd from my Windows XP .iso download from MSDN
Best way to create an OS BOOT disk with the fastest load times is to use a USB drive and make it bootable. DVD and CD ROM's work fine when you are working with older platform software and hardware. When working with Modern system boards you will have a BIOS open to BOOT From USB Drive.
1. Check the system board BIOS for the option to boot using the USB Drive.
2. Set the Boot Order to BOOT from USB drive as the first boot drive.
3. Insert a new USB drive with a capacity large enough to support your OS.
4. Format the USB drive using Windows Computer Management or format commands.
5. Make note of the drive letter assigned to your USB Drive.
6. From a 2008 Server or Windows 7 - open a command prompt TYPE CD\ and press ENTER.
7. TYPE CD BOOT and press ENTER. You should now be in the BOOT directory.
8. TYPE BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 F: (Please replace the drive letter F: with the drive letter of your USB drive you made note of in step 5.
9. You can now copy the OS to the thumb drive that was extracted from any ISO image.
10. You will now be able to test the drive by rebooting and you should get the OS loading screen.
11. Once you know it works you can put the USB drive into any computer that supports USB booting and load the OS from the thumb drive and you will also notice loading the OS will be extremely fast compared to a DVD or CD ROM.
- Proposed as answer by ForbesCorporation Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:15 AM