Slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD
In This Article I’ll let you know How To Create A Windows XP Installation CD with SP2 Integrated! Provided That You Have The Original XP CD.
Lets Start With the Basics.
The Process is called Slipstreaming. It is the Process of combining the XP and SP2 Installation fines so that you dont have to Install SP2 Again and again after a fresh install of your OS.
Installing SP2 Will Be A Big Annoyance if you keep reinstalling your OS once in a few months or so.
Of course i usually opt to install it once, Tweak, Optimize and do what i want with it and then create an image of the HD With Drive Image XML.
Download The Full Installation of SP2 [english version is 266 MB] or if you already have it in a cd then copy it to a folder onyour hard drive [in my case D:\XP-SP2]. Other Languages can be downloaded from the microsoft download website.
Note: do not use spaces in the folder name!
Next copy your Windows XP CD to your hard drive. Just create a folder (I used D:\XP-CD), and copy all the contents of your Windows XP CD in that folder.
Next, open a Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd), and go to the folder where you downloaded SP2 (cd \foldername). Type the command: servicepack filename /integrate:drive/path. In my example the command is WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU /integrate:D:\XP-CD.
Creating a Bootable CD
For this part I used IsoBuster and Nero Burning ROM 6 (make sure you have the latest version, but at least 126.96.36.199).
After you install IsoBuster, you can choose to use only the product’s free functionality for what we want to do, IsoBuster will look like the image below (you need to have your original Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM drive).
Start to extract the boot loader from the original Windows XP CD. Using IsoBuster, select the “folder” Bootable CD, and right-click Microsoft Corporation.img. From the menu choose Extract Microsoft Corporation.img, and extract it to the folder on your hard drive where you have your Windows XP files (D:\XP-CD in my case).
Next, start Nero Burning ROM, and choose CD-ROM (Boot) in the New Compilation window. On the Boot tab, select Image file under Source of boot image data, and browse to the location of the Microsoft Corporation.img file. Also enable Expert Settings, choosing No Emulation, and changing the Number of loaded sectors to 4 (otherwise it won’t boot!)
You can configure the Label tab to your liking, I would however recommend that you keep the Volume Label the same as on your original Windows XP CD. Here are some (English) Labels:
* Windows XP Professional: WXPCCP_EN
* Windows XP Home: WXHCCP_EN
* Windows XP Professional OEM: WXPOEM_EN
* Windows XP Home OEM: WXHOEM_EN