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How to create a bootable CD for Windows® XP

A bootable CD for Windows XP may be required if your computer crashes or if you want to do some troubleshooting. The bootable disk of Windows XP contains a command line interface which helps users to troubleshoot the operating system issues. Please do not get confused between a DOS bootable CD and a Windows XP bootable disk because both are different. With a DOS based bootable CD you will not be able to access the files and directories saved on an NTFS partition and you would not even be able to enter the Administrator password if required, but with a Windows XP CD, you will be able to do so. Given below are the steps for the same.

  • Step 1: Insert the CD into the drive
  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Start’ Button and then on the ‘RUN’ option
  • Step 3: When the ‘RUN’ box appears type ‘C:\I386’. This is the location where Windows files are stored on the computer. If this folder is not present, use the I386 folder present in your Windows XP CD.
  • Step 4: Copy the NTLDR file from here to your CD. You can do it by dragging it into another window displaying contents of yourCD, or through the ‘Send to CD’ option.
  • Step 5: Similarly copy the NTDETECT.COM file from the I386 folder to your CD.
  • Step 6: Close all the Windows Explorer or ‘My Computer’ windows and open a new Notepad window. The notepad can be opened from the ‘Start’ menu -> ‘All Programs’ -> ‘Accessories’ -> ‘Notepad’, or by running the ‘Notepad’ command in the ‘RUN’ box.
  • Step 7: Once you have the ‘Notepad’ open, type the following line of commands exactly as they are:

[boot loader]

Timeout = 10

Default = multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows

[Operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows = “Windows XP”

  • Step 8: Save this file as Boot.Ini in the CD.

After following the steps given above you can easily create a Windows XP bootable disk and you can test the same by inserting the CD while the system starts. Make sure that the first boot device is set to the CD drive.

How to Access Data of a Password Protected User in Windows XP

Computers can be very dangerous sometimes! It is one of greatest inventions of man, but we have become very dependant on it. Imagining life without the computer is difficult. Life is easy when everything is going fine, but once a computer crashes, that’s where all the problems begin to crop up. If you have protected your system with a password, then there is a slim chance of regaining the data stored.

Ways to Access Data of a Password Protected User in Windows XP in Case the PC Fails to Boot

If the PC fails to boot, the most sought after solution to fix it, is to re-format the hard disk. If you do so, all the files stored on the computer would be erased. To avoid this, you got to have a backup of files. This becomes very difficult if your PC is password protected.

As it is rightly said “Nothing is impossible”. Even if the PC fails to boot and your system is locked by a password, data can be retrieved from it.

The following mentioned procedure, if used correctly, can procure all the data:

  • First of all, grab a Windows XP bootable CD. Run it on your computer to boot it.
  • Now you have to locate the setup screen. Once located, select R on it. This has to be done using recovery console.
  • The console program selected will guide you to select the Windows folder. This is the place where Windows is installed.
  • Similar to DOS with only some features missing, you have to type Help to view further commands to proceed.
  • Open the current directory and change it to the user’s directory. This is the place where you will place all your backup data.
  • Now you have to type “CD” in “Documents and Settings\X”‘. Press “Enter” after typing. Here X denotes the username.
  • Once the above command is processed, your current directory will be changed to file X in Documents and Settings.
  • This directory will now be required to change to desktop. This can be done by simply typing “CD Desktop”. After typing, the moment the Enter button is pressed, you will be diverted to desktop folder.
  • Now, type DIR. Once you do that and press Enter, all the files available on the desktop will be visible.
  • Type Copy x.doc C:\BACKUP, followed by pressing the Enter key. Here, x.doc denotes the file existing on the desktop and C; \BACKUP is the place where the copied files will be placed.
  • As we did in earlier steps, change the directory to other names and place them in different folders, for all the other files. The files can also be placed in different folders other than desktop.
  • One thing which is noteworthy is that all files cannot be copied at once and in a single folder. Every file has to be individually copied one after the other.

Another method to establish a backup

This method can only be exercised by those who are comfortable with handling computer hardware and have one more computer lying at their disposal. The steps to be followed are listed below:

  • Shut down your computer and plug off all the connecting devices from your PC.
  • With the help of some tools, open up your computer very carefully.
  • Find the hard disk in it.
  • Now detach the power and serial ATA cables.
  • Accumulate the drive in to the other computer. USB or serial ATA can also be used.
  • Login the second computer and copy all the important information you wish to retain.
  • Now, you have the entire backup ready. So you can put the disk back it to the original computer and format it.
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