How to Create a Bootable Windows XP SP1 CD Using Nero

Last Updated on December 3, 2023 by Freddy Reyes

To create a bootable Windows XP SP1 CD using Nero, you have to follow the following steps:

  • Create Folders:

Create 3 folders – C:XPSP1, C:SP1 and C:XPBOOT

  • Copy WinXP:

Copy the entire Windows XP CD into folder C:XPSP1

  • Modify files:

You will need to download the SP1a Update, which is around 125MB.

Rename the Service Pack file to XP-SP1a.exe

Extract the Service Pack from the Run Dialog using the command:

C:XP-SP1a.exe -U -X:C:SP1

  • Update

Open Start/Run… and type the command:

C:SP1updateupdate.exe -s:C:XPSP1

Click OK

Now the Folder C:XPSP1 contains: Windows XP SP1

How to make a Windows XP SP1 CD Bootable

  • Download

Download xpboot and extract it (xpboot.bin) into the folder C:XPBOOT

  • Run Nero:

Start Nero – Burning Rom.
Select File > New… from the menu.
1.) Select CD-ROM (Boot)
2.) Select Image file from Source of boot image data
3.) Set Kind of emulation: to No Emulation
4.) Set Load segment of sectors (hex!): to 07C0
5.) Set Number of loaded sectors: to 4
6.) Press the Browse… button

  • Copy Files

Select All Files (*.*) from File of type:
Locate boot.bin in the folder C:XPBOOT

  • Define ISO

Click ISO tab
Set File-/Directory length to ISO Level 1 (Max. of 11 = 8 + 3 chars)
Set Format to Mode 1
Set Character Set to ISO 9660
Check all Relax ISO Restrictions

  • ISO information

Click Label Tab
Select ISO9660 from the drop down box.
Enter the Volume Label as WB2PFRE_EN
Enter the System Identifier as WB2PFRE_EN
Enter the Volume Set as WB2PFRE_EN
Enter the Publisher as MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Enter the Data Preparer as MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Enter the Application as WB2PFRE_EN

* For Windows XP Professional OEM substitute WB2PFRE_EN with WXPOEM_EN
* For Windows XP Home OEM substitute WB2PFRE_EN with WXHOEM_EN

  • Select Burn:

Click Burn tab
Check Write
Check Finalize CD (No further writing possible!)
Set Write Method to Disk-At-Once

Press New button

  • Final steps:

Locate the folder C:WINXPSP1
Select everything in the folder and drag it to the ISO compilation panel.

Click the Write CD Dialog button.

Press Write

That’s it!