Burning Bootable Windows XP from Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jownation, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Jownation macrumors newbie

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    Okay, this might be a ridiculous question, but...

    So I've had this mac for a number of years. I got myself bootcamp so I could run some windows games I had. My XP disc was even older... SP1, in fact, but it worked fine. Installed it, installed bootcamp drivers, updated packs. One time I had to wipe it and reinstall and that was a bit of a hassle, but it was fine.

    Anyhow, in the winter I got Snow Leopard through my work. Which, I guess, comes with bootcamp already. Okay, so awesome. My computer's been chugging along slowly lately, so I figured this would be a nice time to wipe everything off and start over from scratch. OS installs fine, everything works great (except for I realize I need to get more ram by now).

    Then I go to install XP. After the initial installation I find that I cannot install the drivers from my OS CD. And I can't just run the SP2 update I've got on my harddrive.

    So I go on the internet. I borrow a friend's windows computer to make a slipstream disc of XP with the SP2 update. I bring it home and realize, oh shoot... I selected to burn the folder instead of all the contents in the folder.

    So now I have a CD that will work when the computer is on, but won't boot. I was just wondering if Macs can burn a bootable CD from folder contents. No iso. No dmg. No disc image, just the files.

    Or had I really ought to just repeat the process on my friend's PC, correctly this time?


    EDIT: I suppose I didn't need all the background. Basically: Can macs burn bootable CDs without image files?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Just the files? What? You dragged the contents of the image to the disc?
     
  3. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    He said he doesn't have an *.iso file. He just has a disc with a folder containing all the XP files.
     
  4. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    As far as I know, you will have to get the original image...

    I'd recommend putting the .iso onto a thumb drive then burning it on the Mac to avoid anything like that happening again.
     
  5. Jownation thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah, okay, just checking. Thanks.

    This is a way I found to make a slipstream XP disc on a Windows machine. No iso's involved, apparently. I will go back and borrow my friend's computer.
     

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