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Create complete Windows XP disk with SP2 and all updates


Category: Tuning your PC

Microsoft Windows XP can integrate SPs (Service Packs) into the intallation of the operating system. You'll find out how to slipstream Windows XP SP2 and create a Bootable CD.

You can replace the original source files with updated SPs, and when the OS is installed, these updates are installed automatically.
Here are the steps to make the CD:

Step 1 - copy Windows XP CD to hard-disk

Make a folder named XP (D:\XP\ in our example) and 2 subfolders named SP2 and


Folders XP SP2 and Updates

Copy the entire Windows XP CD into the folder SP2.

Step 2 - Updating the Deploy Tools

In this step, we will update the Deploy Tools. First, download the Windows XP SP2 Deployment Tools.

Delete D:\XP\SP2\SUPPORT\TOOLS\deploy.cab.

Copy the updated Deploy Tools to the folder D:\XP\SP2\SUPPORT\TOOLS\

Rename the deploy tools file to deploy.cab.

Step 3 - Updating the Windows XP Support Tools:

 Download Windows XP SP2 Support Tools and save the file in D:\XP\Updates\ folder.

Click on Start > Run… and type the command line:

D:\XP\Updates\WindowsXP-KB838079-SupportTools-ENU.exe /C /T:D:\XP\SP2\Support\Tools

And click OK.

Windows Support Tools Setup

When asked to overwrite the files, click the Yes to All button.

Step 4 - Installing the SP2

Copy your SP2 file to D:\XP\Updates\ folder.

Click Start Run… and type the following command line:

D:\XP\Updates\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe /integrate:D:\XP\SP2\

Service Pace 2 - Updating Windows Share

When ready, you should get a confirmation.

Service Pack 2 Integrated install completed

Step 4* - Installing the SP2 updates

First you must download the Windows Security & Updates from http://www.microsoft.com/download/ and save them to D:\XP\Updates\.
Now, you must create a .bat file (install.bat) in the same folder. Each update file looks like this: WindowsXP-KBxxxxxx-x86-ENU.exe, where the xxxxxx, is the number of the Knowledge Base. In the install.bat file you should write, for all the Security & Updates patches (KBxxxxxx):

WindowsXP-KBxxxxxx-x86-ENU.exe /quiet /passive /integrate:D:\XP\SP2\

Step 5 - Making a bootable CD

For this, we use the Nero Burning Rom 6 software and ISObuster.

Open the ISObuster application, select which drive your CD is in and go to where it says bootable CD. You will see the files listed below. The one you will need is Microsoft Corporation.img. Right click on the file, select extract and save it with the name boot.ima to D:\XP\Updates\ folder.

ISOBuster compilation

Start Nero and choose a new CD compilation and select CD-ROM (boot). Next, make the changes like in the pictures:

Nero bootable disk

Nero ISO mode

Nero label select


Nero more labels

Click the Burn tab.

- Check Write.

- Check Finalize CD (No further writing possible!).

- Set Write Method to Disc-at-once.

- Click the New button.

- Go to folder D:\XP\SP2.

- Select everything in the folder and drag it to the ISO compilation panel.

- Click the Write CD Dialog button.

Click the Boot tab and verify the settings and correct them if needed.

Now click the Burn button.


Related Links:

Windows XP SP2
Windows XP SP2 Deployment Tools
Windows XP SP2 Support Tools

Posted by: Endless on March 28, 2006 at 14:58.

» Comments

Not entirely accurate?
This article's title isn't completely accurate, since it says complete with all updates but ONLY includes SP2 itself, plus the deployment and support tools. I was hoping for something that contained all the updates released since SP2.

Posted by Tufty on October 31, 2006 at 01:17 PM.

looks good to me
to pervious comment. Read step 4 - you must download all of the updates yourself, and then your set.

Posted by Mitch on January 18, 2007 at 03:35 PM.

Ok I understand the sp2 intergration but how do you intergrat the updates that step is after the sp2 thing I got all the updates down load made bat file but if u only burn the sp2 folder the updates are left out

Posted by Tommy on February 17, 2007 at 05:57 PM.

Run the batch file first before burning the sp2 folder.

Posted by Filipino on May 1, 2007 at 10:08 AM.

I'm running XP Home with an auto update,therefore i've got SP2 plus all the updates,now where do i find these update on my hard drive,and how do i create this XP cd with all the upgrade.I'm new to computer,but i'm planning to upgrade my hard drive.Can someone run through the steps i need to follow to create this cd in a simple manner.Thanks and cheers

Posted by Kyaw on May 6, 2007 at 02:26 AM.

problem with step 4
i've tried both ways: copy folder sp3 into updates folder, and also the contents of sp2 folder into updates folder. start-run cmd D:\XP\Updates\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe /integrate:D:\XP\SP2\

i get this error message.

C:\Documents and Settings\sufjan>D:\XP\Updates\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe /i
'D:\XP\Updates\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe' is not recognized as an internal
or external command,
operable program or batch file.

my d: is a partition, does that matter. also, does anyone have a link of how to create a cabs folder, (etc...) to put xp files in there so i don't have to hunt down and insert my xp disc. i did it with win98, but i don't remember how. i would direct the pc to look into that folder and it thought it was the disc. thanks for your time.

Posted by rand al'thor on July 6, 2007 at 01:20 PM.

Conserned about the work i must have :)
Does someone have a .bat file with all updates released up to date, lets say June 2k7? Downloading them all is a LOT of work

Posted by l0n3 on September 13, 2007 at 06:10 PM.

Little Trick
i download all the updates, when its all in the folder updates, i put display as detail, then, i right click them one by one and select rename, by default, it select the complete name of the update, i just Ctrl+C then, in the batch file, make a Ctrl+V, after i made em all, i just put the argument next to it

Posted by Francois on October 1, 2007 at 04:28 PM.

Updates need to be in release date order
OK, Don't the Updates you download have to be put into release date order when you create the .bat file? This way they get installed in the correct order. For anyone interested, I found a way to find the release dates for all the post sp2 updates. Go to:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads and select Product Families/Windows/Windows XP/Release Date, And they will show up in order. Advance to year the 2004 and on, find your KB******'s and write down the release dates. This way when you create your batch file you will have them in the correct order for installation. For a list of your downloads you can check with the Microsoft Update Site and click on Review Past Downloads & then print it out.From here you can also pick and choose which ones you want to install or not. To Download them, go to Microsoft's Update Catalog, http://catalog.update.microsoft.com, find your KB***'s and save them to the basket. When your done, download them, put them in order and create your batch file.There is also a way to create a batch file of your post sp2 updates that will install them for ya. If you just want that See Here, http://www.instructables.com/id/E1EXV9BMLZES9J3RMM/

Posted by Maryann Reitano on March 15, 2008 at 06:31 PM.

Re: updates need to be in release order
This is not correct, XP and Vista recognise the internal dates on the files in the patch and only install the latest file when there are multiple copies done in a batch.

Posted by Colin on April 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM.

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