Bootable Windows CD..

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pnbalaji

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Hi,
I would like to know how to create a bootable CD-ROM(not the install or setup boot disk). The bootable CD should be able to bring up windows 9x/ME/2K as if it is getting booted from the hard drive. Hard disk should not be accessed at all. In other words, the CD should be able to boot and load windows in a system which doesn't even have a hard disk. Could some one please help me how to create such a CD?. In addition, we should be able to add more utilities(like antivirus, disk utilities etc) to the same CD.

It would be better if some one provides the step by step instructions to build the CD.

Thanks in advance,
Balaji.
 
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I don't think you will find its that easy.

Windows by its very nature needs to store data on the drive as it boots. It cannot do this on a CD of course. Some re-engineering of the OS would be needed, and thats not likely (its not open source)

It can be done using Linux (Knoppix).
 

Squashman

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I know it has been done with Windows 9X but not 2000 or XP. I will look for the link and post it when I find it.
 

Squashman

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Just a quick thought. Why would you need antivirus. Reboot the computer and everything is back to normal. It cant be infected because the only thing it writes to is the memory and that will be wiped when the computer is rebooted.

Linux definitely has the best distributions to do this. I have used Demo Linux and Knoppix. I really like knoppix.
 
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