Nero 7 Essentials is a CD and DVD burning utility that provides options for burning music, video and data to disks. Though the process is not obvious, you can also create a bootable disk for Windows 7 and Vista using the burning utility. Both Windows 7 and Vista operating system installation disks contain a “.com” file that will enable you to create a bootable DVD with just a blank disk and the burning application.
Copy the file named “etfsboot.com” from the installation source disk into a folder on the hard drive. The “etfsboot.com” file is the bootable image that is provided with both the Windows 7 and Vista operating system installation disks. Copy any additional files you may need to include on the bootable disk into the folder.
Click Start and then click the “Nero 7 Essentials” program. A context menu opens.
Click the “Data” option and then click “Data DVD.”
Click the “DVD Rom (Boot)” option in the left panel.
Click the tab labeled “Boot.”
Click the radio button next to the “Image File” option.
Click the “Browse” button. A file selector opens. Navigate to and click on the “etfsboot.com” file.
Check the check box next to “Enable Expert Settings” in the “Advanced” section.
Click the “Kind of Emulation” drop-down box and select “No Emulation.”
Type “8“ in the “Number of Loaded Sectors” input box.
Click the “ISO” tab and then click the “File Name Length (ISO)” option. Select the “Max. of 31 chars (Level 2)” option.
Click the “Label” tab and type the desired label for the bootable disk.
Click the “Burn” tab and check the check box next to “Finalize Disk (No Further Writing Possible)” option.
Insert the blank DVD into the CD/DVD burner.
Drag any additional files in the folder to the bootable DVD in Nero. Drop the files into the compilation.
Click the “Burn” button. The bootable disk is created.
Items you will need
- Blank DVD
- Installation source disk
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