Slipstreaming sp2

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    I have been asked about this by a poster in a pm. We both agreed that for the benefit of all, I will respond to his question in a public thread.

    How to slipstream sp2

    You will need your original Windows XP CD.
    You will need the SP2 (
    You will need ISOBuster (download at: ).

    All operations will be performed on drive C; for all practical purposes, any drive will do.

    Download SP2. Rename the file to SP2.exe.
    On C drive, create a folder called XP.

    Insert the Windows XP disk into a cd drive. Explore the Windows XP disk using Windows Explorer. You can do this by right-clicking the cd drive letter and choosing Explore from the options.

    Copy all files to C:\XP.
    Copy the SP2 file to a folder called C:\SP2.

    You need to extract the SP2 files. To do so, open up the command line window:
    Click Start > Run, and type "cmd" (no quotes); then hit ENTER.
    Write the following commands one after another, and hit ENTER after each command.

    cd \
    cd sp2
    sp2.exe -x:c:\sp2

    After the extraction completes successfully, a folder called i386 will have been created inside sp2 folder.

    Now, access this folder and integrate the service pack by executing the following commands.

    cd i386
    cd update
    update -s:c:\xp

    Once this is done with success, install ISOBuster.

    Start ISOBuster. In the drive letter window select the drive where you have inserted your Windows XP disk.

    In the left pane, you will see a tree of CD contents and in the right pane all the files that belong to each "branch" of the tree. Select the "branch" called Bootable CD by left-clicking on it.

    In the right pane, you will see a file called Microsoft Corporation.img. This file needs to be extracted. Right-click on the file and select Extract. Choose the location as C:.

    You can close the program now.

    Now, we need to burn the new cd.

    Download this CD burning utility; it's free and quite good.

    Select all files for burning from within XP folder.
    Name the disk WXPVOL_EN for English version or accordingly for localized versions. In any case, the name should be EXACTLY the same as of the original disk.

    In the File Menu, click Disc > Boot Options.
    Select Make Disc Bootable".
    The grayed out "Boot Image Properties" browse will become available. Navigate to C: and select Microsoft Corporation.img as your desired file. Leave other options as they are. Click OK.

    Under "Burn" options, click the little arrow down and tick "Burn and let me choose settings". Then, once you click the "Burn" button itself, you will be taken to the "Settings" menu.

    Tick "Finalize" and "Verify" options. Reduce the max. speed to about 60% of the max. available speed to reduce the chance of errors during the burning.

    Now, click "Write" and enjoy.

    Once the disk is burned successfully, you have a slipstreamed Windows XP with SP2.

    If my post does not make sense, you can try this:
    The above guide also explains how to burn integrated cds using Nero and Roxio.

    I hope this helps.
  2. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

    May 28, 2004
    Portland, OR (USA)
    There are also apps that will do this for you...


    nLite (which will also incorporate any hotfixes or drivers, let you disable or remove many components, apply many tweaks, and create an unattended install that just lets you start the format, walk away and come back to a fully finished install)

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