Making a XP CD with SP2 & 3

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
January 16, 2009 at 03:06:46
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.999 GHz / 2046 MB
Hi all,

ok so i have 3 CDS like this

CD1 = Windows XP Pro (SP1)
CD2 = XP SP2
CD3 = XP SP3

When i build my machines i install xp, then sp2, then sp3.

I was told that there is a way to 're-build' my original xp cd with all the service packs on it already, so essentially all i need to do is install xp and sp 1,2 and 3 will install with it

Can this be done?

Im assuming yes because my xp cd has sp1 on it, but how do i put 2 and 3 on it? or do i only just need 3?

any help would be appreciated.


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January 16, 2009 at 04:08:42
The process is called "slipstreaming", and a google search will give you many results, some including step-by-step instructions.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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January 16, 2009 at 04:18:15

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January 16, 2009 at 04:27:08
nlite is the easiest way to do this i found

i made a cd with xp sp3 + sp2 onboard very easily

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January 16, 2009 at 04:46:36
You don't need to slipstream OR install SP1 or SP2 at all. SP3 has it all.

As was stated above nlite is an easy way to go. Just slipstream SP3 into the files you get off the WinXP CD. You may also need to slipstream SATA controller drivers if you are using SATA hard drives.

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January 16, 2009 at 05:00:32
Awesome, im glad you mentioned the name of this process "Slipstreaming". i imagin you can do this manually as well as using nlite?

dont get me wrong i wouldnt do it manually if there is a piece of software that can do it for me. i was just wondering, i will read up on this os google, there are plenty of sites i have found.

Thanks for the link to the software as well, this will help me save a lot of time when building pcs.

i have another question however,

once i have totally reinstalled xp sp1/2/3 and all my software, drivers etc.

i want to create an image of this so that if i have to format ever again i can just install the image on my pc and not have to do each software indivually,

any idea what i can use?

Thanks again,

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January 16, 2009 at 05:12:18
"When i build my machines i install xp, then sp2, then sp3"

You're wasting your time install all 3 SP's in succession. All you need is SP3, it contains ALL the updates from both SP1 & SP2.

Response #2 has a link to nLite which is a software program that you can use to slipstream whatever you want (SP's, drivers, software, product key, etc) & create a custom Windows CD.

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January 16, 2009 at 05:16:49
There are MANY methods to slipstream. The process was brought forward by Microsoft as a way for IT personnel to easily install the latest versions of Win2000. Slipstreaming only works on Win2000/XP.

nlite is so much easier than some other methods but there sometimes are reasons to use other methods. nlite automates what the other make you do manually. Mistakes happen and the disk doesn't work. Even when using nlite you should test the CDR.

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January 16, 2009 at 06:02:39
thats makes sense, ok, i will have a look at using this sofwtare, if i need help i will post back, and also thank you for letting me know about SP3 only needing to be installed. i kinda assumed that but wasnt completly sure.

Thanks again everyone.

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January 16, 2009 at 06:14:06
I have seen others here state that when using SP2 and above to install you don't need the SATA drivers. I can't verify that and am kind of sceptical because SP2 was released way before some the of current chipsets were even on the market.

You can get by without the SATA drivers by running the SATA drive in an IDE compatibility mode. However, that slows the transfer rate down AND if your drive and board are NCQ capable installing the drivers allows that enhancement to work. NCQ can speed up data writes and reads.

Look at the link below for info on AHCI.

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January 16, 2009 at 07:12:49
Alwayswilling, OTH told you that in Response #4. :)

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 16, 2009 at 07:19:36
Sorry i am sometimes very slow and miss things, but thank you all so much for your help and the information. it very very helpful and will save me a lot of time from now one when building machines.

Cheers all... :)

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January 16, 2009 at 10:48:00

As per your question about making your own restore file.

There are a few different imaging programs out there. I recommend Acronis true image.

If you don't want to buy an imaging software then start a new thread asking for recommendations.

You may want to consider using multiple partitions. There are many advantages. Look at the link below.

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January 16, 2009 at 13:48:54
Another suggestion.

You can add hotfixes using nlite. If you download the post sp3 service pack from

You can slipstream sp3 plus the latest hotfixes. Nlite will let you integrate drivers, & make an unattended install.

After making an iso image, you can test it with Virtual pc

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.

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