How to Create Ms-Dos BootCD (Hiren's Bootable CD)?

Tools Used:

bfi.exe (Build Floppy Image - to create bootable image from files)

mkisofs.exe (a tool to create/build the CDRom ISO image file)

build-iso.cmd (batch file to create floppy and iso image)

We will need some files from Windows ME or Windows XP startup disk

io.sys (Dos Input Output System file)
msdos.sys (Dos system file)
command.com (MS-Dos mode command line interpreter)
himem.sys (An extended memory manager that is included with DOS and Windows)
mscdex.exe (Microsoft CD-Rom Extension)
oakcdrom.sys (Generic CD-Rom driver, work with the most of all IDE CD-ROM drives)
xmsdsk.exe (Adjustable XMS RAMdisk Driver - Freeware)
ctmouse.exe (Mouse Driver For Dos - also works on USB Mouse - Freeware) or mouse.com

All the necessary files are included in bootcd.zip Download (468KB)


AUTOEXEC.BAT
@ECHO OFF
MSCDEX.EXE /D:CDDRIVER /L:X
XMSDSK.EXE 51200 R: /t /y
CTMOUSE.EXE
PATH=A:\;R:\
GOTO %CONFIG%

:TESTDISK
COPY X:\TESTDISK\*.* R:
R:\TESTDISK.EXE
GOTO DOS

:GHOST
COPY X:\GHOST\GHOST.EXE R:
R:\GHOST.EXE
GOTO DOS

:NTFS
COPY X:\NTFS\*.* R:
R:\NTFS4DOS.EXE
GOTO DOS

:RPM
COPY X:\RPM\*.* R:
R:\RPM.EXE
GOTO DOS

:DOS
ECHO  X: CD DRIVE
ECHO  R: RAM DRIVE

CONFIG.SYS
[MENU]
menuitem=DOS, Dos
menuitem=TESTDISK, TestDisk
menuitem=GHOST, Ghost
menuitem=NTFS, Ntfs
menuitem=RPM, Partition Manager

[DOS]
DEVICE=OAKCDROM.SYS /D:CDDRIVER /L:X

[TESTDISK]
include=DOS

[GHOST]
include=DOS

[NTFS]
include=DOS

[RPM]
include=DOS

[COMMON]
LASTDRIVE=Z

You can add your favorite Programs in the bootcd,
All you need to do is Edit autoexec.bat and config.sys and add all the required files in the folder and double click on build-iso and you are ready to burn bootcd.iso

Example: You want to add Mcafee Antivirus in the bootcd, all you do is create a folder MCAFEE in the folder CD

and add a line in config.sys menu

menuitem=MCAFEE, McAfee Antivirus

add two more lines in config.sys
[MCAFEE]
include=DOS


and add 4 lines in autoexec.bat

:MCAFEE
COPY X:\MCAFEE\*.* R:
R:\scanpm.exe /adl /all /clean
GOTO DOS

when you start your computer with this bootcd, you will get to menu where you can choose which program you want to run. In this example we will create 50Mb Ram Disk (You will have Minimum of 64Mb Memory)


 Microsoft Windows Startup Menu
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    1. Dos
    2. TestDisk
    3. Ghost
    4. Ntfs
    5. Partition Manager
    6. McAfee Antivirus

 Enter a choice: 1

You can easily create bootable cd,
all you have to do is add few lines in autoexec.bat and config.sys
and copy files in CD folder and double click on build-iso.cmd
and it creates a iso file BootCD.iso

You can add as many items in the list but you are limited to 9 per screen
to add more items simply add submenu=MORE, More... (under [MENU] block)
and add [MORE] in config.sys and you can add more menuitem there.

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