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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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Creating a streamlined XP CD image for network installation

Once you have integrated the WinXP files with the Service Pack 2, you can also use the resulting directory to install the Slipstreamed Windows XP version over a network. Be aware that you will need a volume license from Microsoft in order to do this legitimately. This applies mostly to corporate or office situations, so the next few steps are a definitely a must for IT professionals to read through.

There's a couple of ways to go about creating a streamlined network installation file, but since one of the ways involves a Windows 2000 or 2003 Server using RIS (Remote Install Service) we'll go with the other, simpler one.

First you must share your 'D:/XPCD' directory. To do this, right click on the folder and choose 'sharing and security...'
From the 'XPCD properties' window, choose 'share this folder.'

Your XPCD directory will now be shared over the network under the name 'XPCD.' To test this out, open the run command ('start\run.') and type '\\(yourcomputername)\XPCD'

The XPCD folder should open in a new window. You are now ready to allow other users to access the install files.

You need to create or acquire a network boot disk which will work with your existing network card and allow you to access the network share without Windows being installed.

We've assembled three locations where you can download pre-made network boot disk images:

http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/network/
http://tdonline.com/bootdisk.htm
http://www.users.on.net/~driver/bootdisk/

With the use of these boot disks and the 'winnt.exe' file found in the 'I386' directory, you should be able to install WinXP over the network. This is not a procedure for beginners though, and will require various changes depending on your system's configuration. Remember to partition and format the drives on the system that will have XP installed, so that they are visible during the install process. Good luck!

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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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