Create bootable dos disc
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Sometimes it's handy to boot DOS from a CD-R/DVD-R to e.g. flash a motherboard BIOS or run Ghost, instead of a USB flash drive because optical media has better backward compatibility than USB.
DOS boot image
- Download MS Windows XP System setup disk from freepctech.com
- Install Winrar and right-click on the wxpboot.exe executable and choose 'Extract to wxpboot'
- An error will show reporting the file is corrupt, ignore this message, all is well
Create boot image
- Download and install UltraISO to create the boot image
- Use the trail mode, select 'Load boot file' from the 'Bootable' menu
- Select the IMA file extracted above and the 'Image' type should change to 'Bootable CD/DVD'
- Now, add all the necessary files needed to the right file browser in UltraISO
- Now either burn the image using 'Burn CD/DVD image' under 'Tools', or select 'Save as' to save the image as an ISO file for later
- Before the PC will boot the disc, enter the BIOS by pressing DEL or F1 right after the computer is powered on
- Find the 'Boot priority' menu and make sure CD-ROM has a higher priority than Hard drive
- Insert the disc and wait for it to ask you to note the CD/DVD-ROM drive letter, normally r:
- Cd to r: and dir to see all the files included in the disc