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#1 gib65

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:35 AM

I made a copy of an old Windows XP CD and it seems to respond when I put it in the CD drive (the "Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP" screen comes up) but it doesn't respond on boot up when I leave it in the drive (i.e. it doesn't tell me to hit any key to boot from CD).

How can I make a copy of my original Windows XP CD so that the copy does exactly everything the original does?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 11:51 AM

Why not use the original?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:02 PM

To answer your question, yes, you can copy the CD and it should be able to boot. How did you do the copy? Just copying the individual files won't work, you need to use CD burning software to make an image copy.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:35 PM

Generally, any CD/DVD burn program today...includes a "copy disk" function. Even if it doesn't, the entire disk can be copied, using a typical program to copy all files on the old disk...to a new disk which is made bootable.

Any version of Nero (for one) does the job quickly and easily.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:40 PM

FWIW, it's a very good idea to make copies of all your software disks. They come in handy if the original gets scratched, broken or lost. When I get new software, I always make 2 copies of the original.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:02 PM

Also make sure that the boot sequence in the BIOS is set to the cd before the hard drive.
If the hard drive is listed first you wont get the cd boot prompt.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:33 PM

I downloaded Nero and re-created the copy. This time it works.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:04 PM

Glad you resolved it, happy computing :).

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