By Dylan / Last Updated March 25, 2020

What is a bootable CD

A bootable CD is a removable storage device with a boot program from which a computer can boot into a certain program or system. After inserting a bootable CD to your PC, you need to enter BIOS to set it as the boot disk, and your PC will bypass the system disk to load the boot program when it starts.

Generally, people use a bootable CD in a situation where their computers cannot boot up properly due to some reasons, like misoperation. It allows users to start their computers to troubleshoot systems and disks issues or perform other tasks.

How to create a bootable CD? Next, we will show you how to create a bootable disk according to the 2 situations.

How to create a bootable CD with AOMEI Partition Magic?

To create a bootable CD, you can turn to a free yet powerful partition wizard, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is a comprehensive disk management tool, which can also make bootable media. As for a PC with a boot issue, it can help you to boot up this computer to fix the problem or manage disks and partitions. Meanwhile, it can create a portable system to run on any other PC.

● Besides a CD/DVD, AOMEI Partition Assistant also supports other storage mediums to make them bootable, including portable SDD/HDD, USB flash drive.
● Before we get started, you might need to back up the CD beforehand, because it will be formatted.

1. Create a WinPE bootable CD

WinPE, or Windows PE, which means Windows Preinstallation Environment, is a lightweight system with several features. If your PC cannot boot up successfully, you can use AOMEI partition magic to make this kind of bootable CD.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and click “Make Bootable Media” in the main interface, and click “Next” to confirm the operation.

Make Bootable Media

Step 2. There are 3 ways offered to create bootable media. Choose one according to your device.

Burn To Cd

● Burn to CD/DVD: To create a bootable CD/DVD.
● USB Boot Device: To create a bootable USB drive.
●Export ISO File: To generate a WinPE ISO file.

Step 3. This program will note you your device will be formatted. If there is important data on it, please make a backup. Waiting for the process to be complete, and click “Finish”.

When the operation is over, you can start a computer with boot issue from the bootable CD, and you will see the AOMEI Partition Assistant interface, and you can check error on the system partition, or fix MBR to fix the boot problem.

2. Create a bootable system device

In addition, if you want a portable system device to load a familiar Windows environment from anywhere. you can use another function of this partition manager-"Windows To Go Creator". It saves Windows OS to a USB flash drive. And a PC can boot into the system you stored in it. Here are the steps below.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. And click “All Tools” in the Wizards column, and choose “Windows To Go Creator”.

Windows To Go Creator

Step 2. Check “Create Windows To GO for personal computer” and click “Next’.

For Windows Pc

Step 3. And choose a Windows installation file in this window, and click “Next”.

With Iso File

Note: You can also upgrade to Professional edition to choose “Create Windows To Go with the current system if you don’t have an installation disk.

Step 4. Then select the target disk, and click “Proceed”.

Choose Usb Drive

Just wait for the process to get finished. And you can insert the Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 boot CD to any other computer.

To use the bootable CD, you just created by the partition magic, you need to enter BIOS setup to set the disc as the boot order.

How to boot from the bootable CD?

To use the bootable CD, you need to enter BIOS setup to set the disc as the boot order.

Step 1. Power on your PC, tap a function key to enter the BIOS setup.

Step 2. And use the arrow key to choose “Change boot order” and set the bootable CD to the top of the listed devices.

Change Boot Order

Step 3. Then press “F10” to save the change and leave the BIOS setup.


This post has shown how to use a powerful partition magic-AOMEI Partition Assistant to create a bootable CD in Windows 10, 8, 7. In addition, this partition wizard has a professional version, which covers all the features of Standard edition, and provides more advanced functions. For example, if you don’t need the bootable CD one day, it can help you to erase the data on the CD by DOD wiping method permanently and completely to prevent information leakage.