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Creating a Multi-Boot CD

By karma1 ·
Righty-oh...

Here's what I would like to do. I want to create a CD that boots into different enviroments to install Windows OSs. Getting past the fact that I can't remember enough to do the batch file. I want to be able to choose to boot between a 98SE/ME enviroment to install early versions of Windows (95/98/ME/NT4) and an enviroment to install the newer vers of Windows (2000/XP/2003 Server).

I know a standard 98SE or ME diskette will allow me to install everything up to NT4 (runs DOS and a generic CD Driver)... It's the newer versions I'm wondering about. Since each of those programs (2000, XP, and 2003) all have their own boot methods.

I use Nero v6.6.0.1 which allows for making a Bootable CD. To be quite honest, I'm not too sure what I should be doing in there either... but I can cross that bridge when I get to it.

So, any ideas how I can get the multiple boot environments onto a CD and how I can select which to use at bootup?

Karma1.

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by TheChas In reply to Creating a Multi-Boot CD

Reading your question, I wonder why?, and, what are you attempting to accomplish?

You can boot off of any Windows OS CD since 98SE.

Just boot off of the OS installation CD and run what you need from the prompts.

Unless you plan to severely limit the installation options, you just can't fit more than one version of Windows on a single CD.

You would need to create a bootable DVD in order to have Windows XP and any other version of Windows on 1 disk.

As far as having a utility CD to prepare drives for installing Windows, there are a few options.

I suggest that you check out the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows:

http://www.ubcd4win.com/

Here are some links for bootable CD creation:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rossstew/drs/bootcd.html#contents

http://multiinstall.sourceforge.net/

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm

An issue that comes to mind with having a multiple OS environment on a CD is that the version of Command.com that you load as the first step of the boot process limits you OS choices.
You would need to boot into a boot manager in order to be able to select different environments.

Chas

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by karma1 In reply to

My mistake, I had CDs on the mind, I was going to create a bootable DVD, which after some searching I managed to do w/ a program called The 911 CD Builder linked from one of the above sites.

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by willcomp In reply to Creating a Multi-Boot CD

If I understand your question correctly, I believe MagicISO will do what you want. Link follows.

http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-createmultibootcd.htm

Note: Good discussion by Chas above.

Dalton

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by robmcinnes In reply to Creating a Multi-Boot CD

Hi I recently started looking into unattended installations I hope some of these links may be of use...If you do need some help with this go to the willowhayes link and send Oli an e-mail he is a Microsoft MVP god!!!
http://www.willowhayes.co.uk/
http://old.bink.nu/
http://bink.nu/
http://www.thetechguide.com/win2kbootcd/
http://unattended.msfn.org/index.htm
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=297

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by admin In reply to Creating a Multi-Boot CD

This is the solution that I used for that exact purpose. Use the following URL. You can download a trial version to see if it fits your needs.

http://www.ezbsystems.com

EasyBoot is an integrated tool to create MultiBoot, Menu driven Compact
Discs with local language. It has the ability to automatically produce
boot image files, and generate the ISO file as well. Using your CD-R/W
Recording software such as Nero or Roxio to Record the ISO, you get a
bootable CD that completely belongs to you. You can customize it with
your companies name or slogan or even use it for your clients.

EasyBoot runs on Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP I have also run it on Windows Server 2003 .

Good Luck

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by 412Know,1 Must Seek In reply to Creating a Multi-Boot CD

As I remember, In Nero when you go to make a bootable CD it will ask you to put in a Floppy Boot disk so it can copy the boot string, then it puts what you want in after that. I like the nero programs much better than the roxio, I've had trouble with them both for CDr's and DVD-r's. Anyway.. Cheers!~

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