- Create a new folder on your computer (for example c:\XPHOME_SETUP\).
- Copy the i386 folder into the folder created above so you have c:\XPHOME_SETUP\i386\
- Create a file in c:\XPHOME_SETUP\ called "WIN51IC". The contents of the file should be "Windows " and a line break (note the blank space after the "s"). Other versions of Windows XP require some other files (see http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwindowssetupdisk.shtml)
- Install nLite (it is an amazing freeware tool that easily can create custom Windows bootable CDs). For Vista there is vLite.
- In nLite point out the c:\XPHOME_SETUP\ folder and follow the programs rather simple GUI to create an ISO.
- Optional: download a service pack from Microsoft website and integrate ("slipsteam") it into the installation with nLite.
- Burn the ISO (I used CDBurnerXP)
12 May 2010
How to create a bootable Windows install cd from an i386 folder
So you have bought a HP computer? Or some other brand that does not supply you with the proper Windows installation discs? If you are lucky you can find a "i386" folder on one of your hard drive. This folder can be used to create a bootable cd. I'm going to describe the Windows XP Home edition version on how to do this.