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Beginners Guide: Slipstreaming a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2

Beginners Guide: Slipstreaming a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2 - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this guide, PCstats will detail how to create a bootable Windows XP CD with Service Pack 2 included.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats.com Oct 04 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Creating An XP Service Pack 2 bootable CD

Step 1: Create directories

As we start through the procedure for creating your slipstreamed CD, the first thing you must do is create a pair of separate directories to hold the WinXP installation CD and Service Pack 2 data in.

On a hard drive with at least 1.5GB of space free, create two folders using Windows Explorer. One will be called 'XPCD' and the other 'SP2.' It's best if you create these folders right off the root directory of your drive, ie D:/XPCD and D:/SP2, to avoid confusion later.

Step 2: Move the Service Pack 2 file

Time to move the Service Pack 2 file to a location where it can be easily extracted and used. WinXP-SP2, 266MB, is available here. Move the Service Pack 2 file (WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU or similar) to the root directory of the drive you just created the 'XPCD' and 'SP2' directories in.

Step 3: extract the service pack files

The Service Pack is downloaded as a single compressed file. We need to extract it into the directory we created in order to go about using it to update our XP files.

Open a command prompt by going to 'Start / Run' and typing 'CMD.' Navigate to the root directory of the drive you are using for this procedure by typing the drive letter followed by a colon. For example, to get to the D:/ drive, type 'D:'

Type the name of the service pack followed by '-x' and press enter.

A window will pop up prompting you for a location to uncompress the service pack files to. Enter the location of the 'D:/SP2' directory you just created and hit OK. The service pack files will be extracted to that location.

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Contents of Article: PCstats.com
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: Slipstreaming a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2
 Pg 2.  — Creating An XP Service Pack 2 bootable CD
 Pg 3.  Step 4: Copy the Windows XP CD onto your drive
 Pg 4.  Step 6: Extracting the WinXP boot image from the CD
 Pg 5.  Step 7A: Create the bootable WinXP SP2 CD Con't
 Pg 6.  Step 7B: Create the bootable WinXP SP2 CD Con't
 Pg 7.  Creating a streamlined XP CD image for network installation

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