So you have a Windows XP installation disc. Why not make a new one with Windows XP Service Pack 3 included on it? This way you won’t have the extra step of installing SP3 when you install Windows XP. Here’s how to combine Service Pack 3 with your current version of Windows to create a new bootable installation CD.
1. Download Windows XP SP3 Network Installation to your Desktop.
3. Run the nLite installer. Follow the menus by clicking Next and eventually you will be asked where your Windows XP installation information is. In this example, I have selected the CD-ROM drive that has my Windows XP installation CD in it.
4. After choosing a location for where the install files are coming from, you will be prompted to select a location to save the files. In this example, I created and selected a C:\XPSP3 directory.
5. nLite then copies the files from the CD to the XPSP3 folder.
6. Select the location that you wish to customize. This will be the C:\XPSP3 directory. Click Next.
7. The wizard will prompt for preset information. You can just click Next.
8. Select Service Pack. You can also play with the other options if you wish. We just want to merge the service pack in this tutorial, so we just click Next.
9. Click Select to choose the service pack.
10. Select the service pack installation file we downloaded to your Desktop. Click Open.
11. The service pack files get extracted.
12. nLite will then merge the file in with the files in the C:\XPSP3 directory.
13. The integration finishes. Click OK.
14. The slipstream creation is complete. Click Finish. Now you can burn the files in the C:\XPSP3 directory and you have a Windows XP installation with Service Pack 3 included.
To take it one step further, you may want to make the CD Bootable. Here is an example of how to do this using Nero 8. It’s available for a 15 day free trial.
1. Download the Microsoft Corporation.img file to the Desktop.
2. Start Nero Burning ROM and select CD-ROM (Boot). Set the following settings:
- Image name, Browse to the Microsoft Corporation.img file on the Desktop.
- Kind of emulation, select No Emulation.
- Load Segment of sectors, select 0×7c0.
- Numbers of loaded sectors, select 4.
Click New when you are done.
2. In Nero, select all of the files in the C:\XPSP3 directory and drag them over to the left side to burn. Click the Burn button on the top toolbar when you are ready.
3. Insert a recordable CD into the drive and click Burn on the next screen.
4. The burn process should finish successfully leaving you with a bootable, slipstreamed Windows SP3 installation CD.