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Title: Making A Bootable CD-ROM, Bootable Floppy Disk, Or Bootable USB Device
Description: This document will show you different methods for creating a DOS compatible boot disk.
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Making a DOS boot disk in Windows XP, 2003 or VISTA
  1. Put a 1.44" floppy diskette into diskette drive A:

  2. Open Windows Explorer:

    a) Left click Start.

    b) Left click Run.

    c) In the open box, type the command explorer.exe and left click OK.

    d) Windows Explorer will load.

  3. Locate the floppy drive icon in Windows explorer.

    a) Right-click the floppy drive icon.

    b) From the drop down menu select the Format item.

    c) Check the box "Create an MS-DOS startup disk", to instruct Windows to copy system files needed by the system to boot properly.

    d) The following files are required for a diskette to be bootable by the system.

    IO.SYS.
    MSDOS.SYS.
    COMMAND.COM.

    You can delete the files you do not need. If you do not have an US keyboard, then you need the KEYB.COM file.

    You can include that command in AUTOEXEC.BAT.

    KEYB xx (xx = the keyboard country code.

Making a DOS boot disk in Windows ME
  1. Open the Windows Control Panel

    a) Left click Start menu.

    b) Left click the Settings drop-down menu.

    c) Select Control Panel from the list of items.

    d) Select: Add/Remove programs Select: Startup Disk.

    e) Select: Create Disk

    f) You need at least the: IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM You can delete the files you do not need. If you do not have an US keyboard, then you need the KEYB.COM file. You can put that in AUTOEXEC.BAT.

    KEYB xx(xx = the keyboard country code)

Making a DOS boot disk in Windows 98se

Method 1:

  1. Open Windows Explorer:

    a) Left click Start.

    b) Left click Run.

    c) In the open box, type the command explorer.exe and left click OK.

    d) Windows Explorer will load.

  2. Locate the floppy drive icon in Windows explorer.

    a) Right-click the floppy drive icon.

    b) From the drop down menu select the Format item.

    c) Select a format option: Quick or Full.

    d) Check the box "Create an MS-DOS startup disk", to instruct Windows to copy system files needed by the system to boot properly.

    e) The following files are required for a diskette to be bootable by the system.

    IO.SYS.
    MSDOS.SYS.
    COMMAND.COM.

    You can delete the files you do not need. If you do not have an US keyboard, then you need the KEYB.COM file. You can include that command in AUTOEXEC.BAT. KEYB xx (xx = the keyboard country code.

  3. Check: Copy system files in Other options. You need at least the: IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM The drvspace.bin normally is not necessary

Method 2:

  1. Go to the Control Panel

    a) Left click Start.

    b) Left click Settings.

    c) Left click the Control Panel link. The control panel window will load.

    d) Locate the Add or Remove Programs icon.

    e) Left click the Startup Disk option.

    f) Select the create disk option.

    You need at least the: IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM You can delete the files you do not need.

Method 3: In DOS or a Dosbox:

  1. Go to C:\

    a) Left click the Start menu.

    b) Left click the Run command.

    c) In the open box, type command.exe and left click OK. The DOS command prompt intrepreter will load.

  2. Run the command: SYS A:

  3. If you also want to format the floppy type the command FORMAT A:/S

Making A Bootable Device Of USB CD and Floppy
  1. Check if the COMMAND.COM is also copied.

  2. You can copy that from C:\windows\ by using the following command:

  3. (COPY C:\windows\command.com A:)

  4. Sometimes you need HIMEM.SYS (to drive part of DOS high to preserve memory) or also EMM386.EXE (not recommended). You can copy them from c:\windows\

  5. If you do not have an US keyboard, then you need the KEYB.COM file. You can put that in AUTOEXEC.BAT KEYB >xx (xx = the keyboard country code).

Making a DOS boot disk in Windows NT or 2000.

If you want to use the CD-ROM You need 2 files: MSCDEX.EXE and a CD-ROM driver like OAKCDROM.SYS.

You have the add a line in CONFIG.SYS : DEVICE = OAKCDROM.SYS /D:MSCD000

You have the add a line in AUTOEXEC.BAT : MSCDEX /D:MSCD000 Files Download CD-ROM I cannot describe all the burn programs.

In short this what you have to do:

Put a bootable 1.44 floppy with the files you need in drive A: Put a CD-R(W) in the CD-writer (I use an 8cm CD-RW)

In the Burn program select: CD-ROM boot Select: source of boot image: A:\

Burn the CD.

This is the most simple way to make a bootable CD After booting your CD acts as an 1.44 floppy.

You can use also a bootable USB-stick as source or a bootable Hard disk partition.

As long as the size fits the CD-ROM.

USB-Stick Making an USB-stick bootable: To make an USB stick bootable you can use this utility: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (sp27213.exe)

You need a boot floppy made with FLOPPY DISK (!!! This utility deletes all the files on the USB stick, Backup to files first !!!) Only the IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM are copied.

(Or download these files: dos files)

If you want to do it yourself:

The stick has to have an ACTIVE primary partition.

With SYS or FORMAT /S you can transfer the system files to the stick.

To let your computer boot from the USB stick: If booting of a stick does not work: You can always use the stick together with a bootable CD-ROM or floppy If the USB stick is not usable after boot with CD-ROM or floppy, then this is a solution You have the add a CONFIG.SYS and 2 or 3 files to your CD-ROM or floppy: USBASPI.SYS and DI1000DD.SYS With the DOS of Windows98se you need (if there is to less memory)6

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