update disc available?

Microsoft Windows xp inside out
July 18, 2009 at 13:53:02
Specs: Windows XP
I have laptop with XP home. I have to reboot but recovery disc is 6 years old (as is computer). I have been on automatic updates. When I reformat computer I will be back to step one with XP. any way to get a current image to prevent days in update cycle?

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July 18, 2009 at 14:15:58
Not heard of model called Microsoft Windows xp inside out

If you just want a new image with all of the crap, old reg
entries etc, image with Acronis.

But some recovery disks can be used with nlite.


You will need to download the latest service pack, then
integrate it with nlite

Then you can update with Ryans post sp3 update pack


You can also use a driver backup program & integrate your

When you have completed a fresh install, you can create an
new image of the drive with Acronis or Ghost.

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July 18, 2009 at 14:48:44
I would have thought that in the 6 years you had the laptop that you had rebooted multiple times. I think you mean restore.

Do you have any restore disks? If not, did you ever create any?

You you have disk writing capability on the laptop?

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July 18, 2009 at 15:44:03
Yes, i mean restore. The computer is hopelessly slow and I want to start fresh. The problem is the Toshiba restore disc is 6 yrs old and XP has has sp updates and many smaller updates. I was trying to find a way to avoid logging on to Microsoft updates and have to download 6 years of updates to XP.

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July 18, 2009 at 16:43:04
You won't have to download 6 years of updates. It will only download current updates that apply to the present. It will take awhile, but only a few hours. You can use the computer while they're being downloaded, so what's the big deal.

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July 18, 2009 at 17:39:07
If you have a CD burner, you could make yourself a slipstreamed CD , preferably a CD-R for best drive compatibility, that has the contents of your Windows CD with the SP3 updates integrated into it. You use the same Product Key, and it's Microsoft approved.

Nlite, as mentioned in response 1, is one of the programs you can use to make a slipstreamed CD - there are other ways of doing it too.

You need CD burning software that can make a bootable CD, such as a fully functional version of Nero Burning Rom, or there are freeware programs that can do that. Newer versions of Nero that came free with an optical drive have a Burning Rom version that cannot do that. E.g. I have Nero 6 SE that came with a Sony drive and it has a Burning Rom version that can, but only if you have a Sony drive.
NOTE that there is a bug in older versions of Nero Burning Rom you need to be made aware of, otherwise you'll end up with a non-bootable slipstreamed CD. Ask me about that if you need to.

If you don't do that, if you install Windows from your present CD, which probably doesn't even have SP1 updates included, you will have to load SP2 updates, and then SP3 updates - that will install most of what you need.

In both cases there will be additional Windows updates that need to be installed, but most of the ones you had before are now obselete.

All the original XP CDs with SP1 updates included I've seen have nothing printed on them to indicate that. However their volume label is different from the ones for XP without any SP updates at all, so you can use that on the web to determine which you have.
The original Windows XP CDs with SP2 or SP3 updates included have SP2 or SP3 printed on the CD.

You can't update XP with no SP updates to XP with SP3 updates in one step if you install Windows from the original CD - you have to load SP2 updates then SP3 updates - but when you make a slipstreamed CD you can integrate SP3 updates into XP with no SP updates no problem.

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July 18, 2009 at 18:13:56
You will need the distributable version of SP3.

You can also integrate updated drivers from the Toshiba site.

nLite is pretty easy to use.

Get the distributable version of SP3 at the link below.


Get nLite from the link below.


Good stuff in response#1.

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July 19, 2009 at 02:09:32
Auto streamer is a simpler way of integrating service packs.


You still need to download the service packs, If you already
have sp2 integrated to your recovery disk, sp 3 will work. If
you only have sp 1 integrated, you will need sp 1a? before
you can integrate sp2 or 3.
(I think)

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July 19, 2009 at 08:05:48
thanks for your help.

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July 19, 2009 at 08:36:15
You don't need to install any imtermediate updates. This is from the link I provided above.

"Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released updates for the operating system, in addition to a small number of new updates".

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