Slipstreaming Windows XP To Create a Bootable Windows XP CD or DVD


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Preparing XP For Modification

Having prepared the items we want to slipstream in advance, it’s time to start integrating these objects into the disc. At this time, you can launch nLite and press “Next” to skip the welcome screen (Fig 3-1).

Fig. 3-1: Simply skip this screen by pressing &#82

Fig. 3-1: Simply skip this screen by pressing “Next.”

Step 3A: Press browse on the window indicated in figure 3-2, and locate the ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD you’ll be using as the basis of the new disc. In this case, my original Windows XP CD is in my F:\ drive.

Fig. 3-2: Select your Windows XP CD in the browse

Fig. 3-2: Select your Windows XP CD in the browse window.

3B: Once you have selected the Windows XP CD, nLite will ask you where to save the contents of the disc. Direct nLite to the Windows CD directory created in step 1C. When nLite is done copying the disc, it will give you information about its size and version as in figure 3-3.

Fig. 3-3: Windows XP has been copied to the hard d

Fig. 3-3: Windows XP has been copied to the hard drive and is ready to be worked on.

3C: Because of the vast variety of options nLite presents when customizing an XP disc, it’s very easy to select one that will cripple support for a feature or type of hardware you find critical. Thankfully, when you are done customizing your XP CD you can save a presets file as a record of all the options you selected. If you load this file now, repeat steps 3A and 3B, and then proceed as prescribed throughout the remainder of the guide, you can easily correct any mistakes and burn a new disc in less than twenty minutes.

Fig. 3-4: You can load a presets file here to relo

Fig. 3-4: You can load a presets file here to reload all prior settings and change them.

3D: nLite breaks the slipstreaming process down into four stages. In the “Integration” stage, all the materials we downloaded in steps 2A – 2C will be decompressed and added to the Windows CD we put on the hard drive in step 3B. In the “Remove” stage, you’ll be able to flag components of Windows for removal; these components include services, hardware support, languages and drivers. In the “Setup” stage, you can add custom Windows themes to the disc, tweak the appearance of the desktop, supply a CD key for automatic usage and more. Lastly, the “Create” stage will allow you to decide how you want your disc created: Either as an ISO, or directly to CD. Because all of these stages are important to us, configure this screen as in figure 3-5 and press next.

Fig. 3-5: Select all integration stages as seen he

Fig. 3-5: Select all integration stages as seen here.

The Actual Slipstream

The network install of SP3 that you downloaded earlier is actually an executable file. We run that file (which in my case I also downloaded to C:\t) with a special parameter:

C:\SLIPSTREAMWORK> c:\t\WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:c:\SLIPSTREAMWORK

The program will first extract all of its files into a temporary folder:

Then the program will update your Windows XP image

Then the program will update your Windows XP image:

And when it’s done, you have an updated Windows XP

And when it’s done, you have an updated Windows XP with SP3:

Now we just need to make a CD out of that. (You ca

Now we just need to make a CD out of that. (You can delete the temporary folders created by the SP3 extraction at this point if you like.)

More Secure

If your computer is always connected to the network or the Internet, and you do not have Service Pack 3 integrated, it is vulnerable to any malware that targets pre-SP3 XP. Although the window of opportunity for a successful attack of your system is small (the time needed to apply SP 3 and reboot), some people prefer not to take the chance.

Method #1 via Command Prompt

1. Open a Command Prompt (Windows key+R > type cmd and press Enter), and go to the folder where you downloaded SP3 by typing:

cd yourfoldername (eg. cd D:\XP-SP3)

2. Then type the command:

WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU /integrate:drive\path

In my example the command is:

WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU /integrate:D:\XP-CD

Preparing Items For Integration

Step 2A: Download the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package to the Service Packs directory you created in step 1C. Because nLite will integrate SP3 automatically in later stages of this guide, do not extract or run the executable.

2B: As previously indicated, it is possible to build SATA drivers directly into the Windows CD, thereby averting the need for a floppy drive. These drivers are often difficult to locate, so we have prepared a driver package for the major AMD, Intel and NVIDIA chipsets of recent make. You can download the driver package from our repository and extract it to the drivers folder created in step 1C.

Installing and Using nLite

After you’ve downloaded nLite and the other necessary components, start off by installing the .NET Framework. You can follow the default prompts and do a reboot after the install completes. After the reboot, start the nLite installer keeping all of the defaults.

  1. Start nLite by going to Start, Programs, nLite, nLite.

  2. On the main screen, select your language and press Next (Figure 1).

  1. You will now need to insert your Windows XP CD or point to a location where your installation files are located. Click Browse and select the location of your installation files. If you do use a CD, nLite will first copy the files to your hard drive before continuing (Figure 2).

  2. The next page will let you load some “presets” or templates. You can skip this step by clicking Next.

  3. The “Task Selection” page is the bread and butter of nLite – allowing you to determine just how much you want to customize your installation. For the purpose of this article, click on “Service Pack” and “Bootable ISO” (Figure 3). Click Next.

  4. On the Service Pack page, browse to the Service Pack you downloaded. nLite will start streaming the pack (Figure 4). When the process is done, you will receive notice. Click OK on the pop up window and click Next back in nLite.

  5. On the Bootable ISO page, select whether you want to create an ISO image (to burn later) or to write directly to a DVD. Click “Make ISO” to begin (Figure 5).

You now have a Bootable image (or DVD) with the latest service pack integrated. Keep in mind nLite can do much more than just integrate service packs!

The Basic Steps to Merging SP3 into the XP Setup CD

  1. Download and Save XP Service Pack 3

    If you have not already downloaded XP service pack 3, get it now, and save it with the filename of “XPSP3.EXE” at the top level of drive C:. Actually, you can save it anywhere you want, and leave it at its default name if you wish. However, for the purpose of this tutorial, I will assume that you saved it so that it can be accessed as C:\XPSP3.EXE. If you save it as some other name, you will have to change the command lines I supply below yourself to the appropriate one.

    Note: if you did not configure Windows to show you the full filename you should probably do so before changing the name of the file. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently saving the file as “XPSP3.EXE.EXE” without your knowing. (That is, you see the filename as “XPSP3.EXE” in Windows Explorer but it’s actually “XPSP3.EXE.EXE”.)

  2. Extract or Download the Boot Sector of the XP Setup Disk

    You will also need the boot sector of an existing bootable Windows 2000, XP or 2003 setup CDROM. You can either extract it from your CD yourself, or just download a boot sector already extracted by others. To save myself some time describing the procedure for extracting the boot sector, this tutorial will just use the same method mentioned in my guide to create your own XP setup disk. That is, download the file from [this location] (link removed, see below) and save it somewhere on your computer.

    Update (2017): the site mentioned in the previous paragraph is no longer available, and I don’t know any reliable alternative locations that provide the file. Sorry.

    When you’ve got the file, open it by doubleclicking it in Windows explorer. Go into the “cds” folder and into “wxphome” (or “wxppro”; it doesn’t matter which) folder, followed finally by the “files” directory. Drag the “w2ksect.bin” file into C:\ (the root directory/folder of drive C:). Don’t get creative and place it in some other directory. If you do that, ImgBurn will not be able to find “c:\w2ksect.bin” later.

  3. Create a Working Folder

    Create a temporary folder for the integration to take place. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will assume that you have created a folder called “XPSETUP” at the top level of drive C:.

    To create a folder, open “My Computer”, go to drive C:, right click somewhere in the window and select “New” followed by “Folder” in the menu that appears. Then change the default name from “New Folder” to “XPSETUP”. If you did this correctly, you will have a new folder, C:\XPSETUP.

  4. Copy the XP Setup Disk intto C:\XPSETUP

    Put your existing XP setup CD into your drive. If the setup wizard appears, dismiss it. Drag all the files and folders on the CD into C:\XPSETUP.

  5. Open a Command Prompt

    Open a command prompt window. You can do this by running the program “Command Prompt”, found in the Accessories folder of your Start menu.

  6. Slipstream the Service Pack

    From the command prompt window, which will be a black window with a blinking cursor, type the following, followed by the ENTER key.

    C:\XPSP3.EXE /integrate:C:\XPSETUP

    Note that there is only one space character — between the “C:\XPSP3” and the rest of the line. If you did not name the service pack “XPSP3.exe” and place it at the top level of C: as I described earlier, you’ll have to modify the command line accordingly.

    The process will take some time to complete, so take a coffee break if you wish.

This completes the slipstreaming part of the tutorial. You will now need to burn it to make a bootable CD or DVD.