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    Windows XP SP2 installations

    Background

    I've noticed recently that a lot of people are either finding problems with SP2, or they don't seem to be getting the best performance out of it. In my view, there are two ways of installing the service pack with windows for the best performance and stability.

    1. Format, install your copy of windows, install SP2 on the clean installation once you reach the desktop.

    2. Follow this guide to install a slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 straight from the CD, with a lot less hassle in the long run.

    You Will Need:

    - WinRAR
    - Smart Project's "ISO Buster"
    - Ahead Nero CD-RW software
    - CD Writer drive and blank CD-R!

    Caching the Windows CD contents to hard disk

    To begin with, open up Nero Burning ROM and select the “Extras” menu, followed by the “Save Tracks…” option. Choose the drive that your original windows CD is in and configure the window as below:





    Once the process has completed, you will be left with an ISO image file on your desktop. Now, unzip the entire contents of this archive to the location C:\XPCD\ or wherever you prefer. This is the long way around, but copying the files from the explorer view of the CD may not copy absolutely everything, and this way it is done for certain.

    Obtaining the bootable image file from the OS CD

    Install ISO Buster (obtainable from http://www.smart-projects.net/isobuster.htm) and upon running the application, click the “Free funct. only” button so that you can use it without needing to pay for it.



    The main program window will show you the contents of the XP CD that should still be in your CD drive, and by highlighting the “Bootable CD” option on the left, you can then right click the “Microsoft Corporation.img” file in order to extract it to the PC. The reason for this is obvious later. Place the file where you will remember it is (the desktop is easiest).



    Integrating SP2 into our folder of the XP CD

    Download the full network installation file (~265MB) of SP2 from XPSP2 . Using WinRAR, open the file (which has no icon) and drag the i386 folder within it to the main root of C:\ so that the folder C:\i386\ appears.

    If you have not done this correctly, the following step will not work. Now click start, run, “cmd” and press enter (without the speech marks of course). Do as I have below, the command for integration refers to the location of your XPCD which we extracted before. In my case, this folder is F:\XPCD\.





    A window pops up with the process occurring, and once it has completed you can click ok on the window that pops up.

    Setting up CD burning

    Open Nero Burning ROM and select to create a new bootable CDROM. Set up the window as shown:



    On the Label tab, choose from the following for a disc name:

    - XP Pro: WXPCCP_EN
    - XP Home: WXHCCP_EN
    - XP Pro OEM: WXPOEM_EN
    - XP Home OEM: WXHOEM_EN

    There are even stranger names for discs with SP1 integrated already!

    Finally, on the ISO tab, select the settings shown below.



    Click “new” top right to open the explorer view, and drag the contents of the XPCD folder into the CD so that it will be written to the disk.



    Because we selected the .img file to be our boot image, our disk should be bootable, but only if you set the “Number of loaded sectors” to 4.

    Write this to a blank CD-R and hey presto, you should have a working XP installation CD with SP2 slipstreamed so you hardly have to do a thing to setup your system, just install hardware device drivers, tweak it all up and you’re done!
    Last edited by DaftpuNk; 08-09-2004 at 08:56 PM.

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    Both my systems were done this way by mr DaftpuNk himself and i have had not one problem so far

    thumbs up!

    *big smile with shiny star*

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    Yeah your right a slipstream is by far the best bet

    And use autostreamer it’s free and designed for this, it’s perfect and by far the most simplest one out there…

    Trust me

    See the link – pic’s included

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=188337

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    Dude, you're a STAR! I've been wanting to get this sorted out for ages now, but never could figure out how to use nLite properly! This was looks much easier! Thank you!


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    you can't go wrong! if i can get it working then you can

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    Can you confirm if this works with an XP Home OEM with SP1 included? As it worked till the last stage, but the CD it's trying to burn is over 1GB... :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftpuNk
    Nevermind, at this channel, I was selecting the ISO of the whole CD, not the Microsoft Corporation.img!!

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    just use the one i posted its so much easier

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    The one Bobby posted does look alot easier for a bit on of software muppet like me.
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    That's one seriously good post. Thanks mate.

    Could this be stickied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Sixkiller
    Yeah your right a slipstream is by far the best bet

    And use autostreamer it’s free and designed for this, it’s perfect and by far the most simplest one out there…

    Trust me

    See the link – pic’s included

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=188337
    Definatly the easier method.

    Run the program
    insert XP CD
    Select the SP you want slipstreamed.
    It extracts them and merges them together
    It creates a burnable image.
    Burn image to CD.
    Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic
    Definatly the easier method.

    Run the program
    insert XP CD
    Select the SP you want slipstreamed.
    It extracts them and merges them together
    It creates a burnable image.
    Burn image to CD.
    Done.

    yep done in mins! this thread should be edited and stuck!

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    Yeh it only took DaftpuNk about 10 minutes to do it when he did it for me.

    And I agree, this thread should be a sticky

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    both ways seem good, the one i posted is for the 'easy man' like myself and the other for the 'chap with time on his hands'

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    What can I say, I favour the geek method which takes longer and is far more cocky! ;D Thanks for the positive comments guys, and to Bobby Sixkiller for the great addition.

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    thanks for this guys, really easy stuff

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