How To Create a Bootable XP CD That Pre-Installs Additional Programs

To create a bootable XP CD that pre-installs additional programs, first install WUCC. You need to have Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher installed.

  1. When you open WUCC, you will be asked for the Windows CD or the directory of the Windows install files (the CD must be bootable). To add these files, click Select. After adding the install files, select a targetdirectory for the new Windows CD (or you can modify the source directory provided it is not read-only). If you’re going to “Select target directory”, then it is better to use a new directory rather than an existing one.
  2. The target directory will be a temporary location the software will use to create your disc image. After you create your disc, you can delete this directory. Now, you can add Windows hot-fixes like those to Internet Explorer, WMP, DirectX, etc. Find these in the Hotfixes tab. Click the Select button to import the .exe files. When you select one, it will ask for a short name in 8.3 format, like “Explorer.exe”. After confirming the name, click Add.
  3. Change to the Software tab. Here you add the software you want to install along with the Windows installation. Provide a name for the software in the Software Description box. Then “Select” the software type (Files Only or Directory). You’ll see that the files are being added to the program list. Click a program from the list and then click Select to enter the program’s start parameters (basically, the path from where it will be installed). Repeat this for every program in the program list.
  4. The start parameter is like “%CDROM%\Software\...” If you don’t want to copy the programs to the Windows CD, click the checkbox titled “Install directly from…”, but when you repeat the step where you provide the start parameters, you must type a valid source path. Change the default “%CDROM%\Software\...” to the actual path, say: “C:\My Software\...\...”
  5. When all your programs have been provided with their start parameters, switch to the Done tab. Here you’ll see the list of directories that will be included in the Windows CD. If the size of the disc you’ve made is larger than the disc size (usually 700 MB), you can delete unnecessary directories, or you can split the files according to the disc size. You can also use a DVD. Finally, click “Create ISO-image” to create the image for the new Windows bootable CD.


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