Hiren Boot CD 15.2 is a very well-known live CD which has a mini XP which is very useful for older PCs and which can obviously be converted into a bootable USB key using various programs if you wish.
The 1st free and easy to use program that you can use is : Rufus.
Once the program has downloaded, launch it and accept the automatic check for updates if you wish.
Then, click on the "Select" button.
Select the Hiren Boot CD iso file and click Open.
By default, the file system used will be "FAT32". Leave this option at default and click Start.
As indicated by Rufus, all data on your USB drive will be destroyed.
Rufus resets your USB key by erasing the partitions on it.
Rufus installs Syslinux on your USB key to make it bootable.
Wait while the files from the Hiren Boot CD iso file are copied to your USB key.
Your Hiren Boot CD bootable USB key has been created.
As you can see, Hiren Boot CD has been copied to your USB key.
Change your motherboard BIOS boot order to boot from your bootable USB key and this will be displayed.
The 2nd free program that you can use is UNetbootin.
At the moment, our USB key is empty.
Once UNetbootin is launched :
Wait while the files are extracted from the iso file to your USB key.
UNetbootin then installs "syslinux" on your USB key to make it bootable.
Your USB key has been created.
Warning : by default, when you create a bootable USB key of Hiren Boot CD, there is a problem with the "syslinux.cfg" file created by UNetbootin.
To solve the problem :
DEFAULT main LABEL main CONFIG /HBCD/isolinux.cfg
Finally, in order to be able to boot your computer from your bootable USB key, you must configure your motherboard BIOS so that your computer will attempt to boot first on your new bootable USB key.
To do this, refer to our tutorial : Change the BIOS boot priority
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