Make a Bootable DVD or CD

For this section, we’ll be using the term DVD, instead of DVD and CD. If you wanted to install Windows Vista or XP, and were fortunate enough to find an ISO of either, the process is nearly identical for both mediums.

Before you start, make sure that your computer can write to to a DVD or CD. Many new laptops no longer have a DVD/CD player in them, and older computers may only have a CD reader. Be certain that is a new, blank, writable DVD to use and that it’s in your computer.

Let’s assume that you’ve already downloaded and installed CDBurnerXP. If you haven’t, get on it! Note that when installing CDBurnerXP, it gives you the option to install another piece of software called Wajam.

CDBurnerXP - Wajam Opt Out

Now, let’s get to the business of burning our Windows Bootable DVD.

Open CDBurnerXP. In the first window, you’ll notice several options. Each option functions like a configuration wizard. Choose the job you want to do, and the program will walk you through it. Let’s choose Burn ISO Image, then click on the OK button. Now is a good time to make sure you have a DVD in your computer.

CDBurnerXP - Burn ISO Image

CDBurnerXP would like you to choose to which DVD burner the ISO file will be burned. Chances are you’ve only got one, so it will be pre-selected. If you’ve got more than one CD/DVD burner in your computer, use the drop-down menu labelled Target device: to select which one you would like to use. CDBurnerXP may make some small adjustments to its settings, depending on the CD/DVD burner that you’ve chosen. That’s okay.

CDBurnerXP - Browse to ISO

Now click on the Browse button and navigate to your ISO file. Once you find it, double click on it to select it.

CDBurnerXP - Select ISO

To start the burning process, click on the Burn disc button. You’ll see a progress window like the one below.

CDBurnerXP - Burning Progress

When it’s done, you’ll see a completion window showing you how long the burn took and the average bit rate that it burned at. Kind of interesting.

CDBurnerXP - Success

The burning process for this example only took 7 minutes and 1 second. That’s pretty fast.

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