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Bootable ISO Image file -- How to?


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#1 Old_Feller

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 12:53 AM

I have an ISO image of Windows and wish to create a disk that will boot and run automatically just like a bought install disk.  I've never had occasion to give this any thought and am a bit bewildered.  I found a free program, ISO Image Burner, [ http://www.isoimageburner.com/ ] that seems to be what I need. But I'm not sure what exactly it is that I'm supposed to do.

 

Do I need to provide both the Windows ISO and a boot program? That's what I don't understand. Is the "boot" part a little program that the software puts on the front of the Windows ISO, then burns it that way? Or is whatever code that induces booting likely already provided as part the image burning program? I can't find any instructions. Some understanding of how that actually works would be helpful.

 

 Thanks ahead of time. You folks have helped me lot.   :guitar:  

 

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 01:45 AM

What operating system are you using on your PC ? Eg Win 7?



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:14 AM

xp pro, s.p. 3



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:29 AM

When it comes to "being bootable" the media itself (whether CD/DVD or USB) has to be in a format that allows this.   ISO files (disc image files, essentially) themselves do not, but when they are correctly burned to disc or transferred to a USB drive they are written out in a format that allows the computer to boot from them.

 

Your system is so old that it almost certainly has BIOS (as opposed to the newer UEFI) and somewhere during the "black screen" portion of your boot process you are going to see something across the bottom of the screen with regard to hitting some function key (usually F2 or F12, but not always) to either change the boot order temporarily for this boot or to change it in BIOS, which would make the change permanent until you went in again and changed it back.

 

From all appearances (as I have not used it myself) the utility to which you posted the link should burn an ISO file to optical media (CD/DVD) such that it is bootable.


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

Yes, I changed the boot order. Now I'm having problems burning the ISO. I keep getting error 921.

 

I'll try it if I can overcome this. Thanks for the help.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:53 AM

Then I'd try a different utility:

 

CD Burner XP

 

Anyburn

 

InfraRecorder

 

and ImgBurn 

 

are all good, free utilities.  I have no idea what a 921 error is just by number.

 

I ask the following in a completely non-snarky way:  Are you certain the optical drive on your machine has write capability?   Depending on the age of the machine and the drive itself it may be read-only.

 

You could also try taking the ISO on a thumb drive with you to someone else's machine and burning it there.   Older drives often get very cranky about writing long before they do so with regard to reading.   I've had a laptop that will still read CD and DVD flawlessly but hasn't been able to write to CD (which is all the drive was designed to do) for ages now.


Edited by britechguy, 02 May 2017 - 10:55 AM.

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     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 11:29 AM

Can you verify the error code? 9216 is an hardware error. I could find no reference to error 921.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:07 PM

Yes I used to use this computer to burn CDs. It's definitely CD-r w / dvd-r w.  But it's been a few years since it was used. I wonder if the burn head (or whatever it's called) could just be dusty...  I'll try a thumb drive and those other programs.

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Yes John it says 'error 921'. Not sure what to make of it. This cropped up on my search   -   http://www.wiki-errors.com/err.php?wiki=921

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by the way, another problem has cropped up. I wanted to use system restore to get rid of a lot of trash from yesterday, but now it has stopped working. Can malware cause that? The system acts normally, then restarts as per normal, but says "restore incomplete Nothing has been changed...." Tried several times with different dates but got the same results.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:33 PM

System Restore has always been at least somewhat flaky, and the further back you go the more "consistently flaky" it is.

 

I have had system restores fail in the past on more than one occasion and given the age of your system, and the strong possibility based upon what you've recently said that there could be a raft of Windows Updates that were never applied, this just adds to the range of ways system restore might fail to work.


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:42 PM

Yes there were definitely updates that were never applied. This system went unused for about two years.



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 04:48 AM

Update:  I uninstalled the drivers for the CD/DVD unit and then re-installed updated drivers. It worked after that. I used ImgBurn, which I really like.



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

Great!!   You have now burned your first ISO file to optical media.

 

Now we'll both have to forget that pretty quickly as optical media disappears and USB media quickly takes its place.


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    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:08 PM

Great!!   You have now burned your first ISO file to optical media.
 
Now we'll both have to forget that pretty quickly as optical media disappears and USB media quickly takes its place.

And here I am, feeling like I am in some ultra-secured Government facility, with my 3.5-inch Floppy-drive.:lmao:

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:19 AM

JOQ:  If you're using a 3.5" floppy then you are ultra-secure, since you're probably one of the five extant 3.5" floppy drives surviving.


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    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:28 AM

Haha, yeah, probably!:lmao: It's not that use it, or have ever needed it particularly much, it's just that my computer was from that era of uncertainty of whether or not CDs & DVDs would 'make it' as the primary storage of digital information.:)

Edited by Just_One_Question, 11 May 2017 - 10:30 AM.





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