Articles :: How To Make A Slipstreamed Win XP SP2 Disc ::

D'arcy Lemay · 02-21-2005 · Category: Guides


I am a user who tends to install windows a lot. It is useful for reviews to have a fresh copy on the machine to remove software as a possible variable. I also tend to experiment with overclocked settings that from time to time cause the system to eat its own O/S. I am sure I am not the only one in a situation like that. Even my father recently asked me about how he can avoid downloading service pack 2 over and over again whenever he's forced to reinstall windows due to picking up a virus from the work LAN. To be honest, its just a pain even with high speed Internet. Even if you have a separate CD containing SP2 to add in later, it's still a slow and painful addition after you've already jumped through the necessary hoops to get XP up and running.

What is the solution? "Slipstreaming" is the process of taking that old, non SP2 (or in my case not even SP1) copy of Windows XP and upgrading it to a fully patched (well, close to fully patched) version that can be installed in one-step. The kicker is that you also have to burn a new bootable CD to be able to do this on a new install not done over a network. Another necessary piece of kit that might or might not be obvious is a Genuine Microsoft copy of Windows XP. This is where you'll be getting those initial files from to combine with the service pack, if your system came without a CD (like current IBM laptops for example) you are simply out of luck. That disc not only provides the base operating system files, but the bootable image so that it fires up immediately when you turn the system on with that CD in the drive.


  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Burning the CD

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