Slipstream SP3 on Windows XP CD

You can slipstream latest service pack for Windows XP x86 (32-bit), which is SP3, on the Windows CD itself. The benefit of slipstreaming is that you do not have to separately install it after installing Windows. When you install fresh copy of Windows XP, the SP3 would be installed by itself.

Requirements :

  1. A Windows XP (x86) 32bit CD. It should be a Windows XP CD with SP1 or SP2. Windows XP Gold edition (without any service packs) is not suitable for slipstreaming.
  2. A copy of Windows XP x86 SP3 standalone installer which you can download from here.
  3. A copy of WinISO which you can download from here.
  4. A copy of empty and bootable Windows ISO image which you can download from here.
  5. A copy of ImgBurn which you can download from here.
  6. A good quality blank CD-R or CD-RW.
  7. A CD/DVD Writer drive.

Procedure :

  1. First of all copy all the contents of Windows XP CD to a folder for example to C:XP. After copying the contents of the destination folder c:xp would look like shown in the following image :

  2. In the folder, C:xp, delete the following files and folders if you find them :
    1. c:xpwin51ic.sp1
    2. c:xpwin51ip.sp2
    7. c:xpi386svcpack (this is a folder)
    8. c:xpi386svcpack.inf
  3. Copy the SP3 package (windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe) that you downloaded to C:. Next open Start Menu → Run, type C:windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe -integrate:C:sp3 and press Enter. This would extract and integrate the contents of SP3 package to C:XP.

  4. After integration is over, you would get a message that Integrated install has completed successfully. Click OK to dismiss the message.

  5. Open the downloaded image file bootable.iso in WinISO. Drag and drop the contents of the folder C:XP in WinISO window. Click the Save button in the toolbar to save the image. It would look like this :

  6. Place a new blank CD-R into your CD-Writer drive. Dismiss any dialogs that Windows opens. Start ImgBurn from its Start Menu shortcut. In the ImgBurn window, click on Write image files to disc.

  7. Click on the browser button as shown in the image, and browse to the ISO file you saved in the step 5.

  8. Finally, click on the image at the bottom in ImgBurn to start burning the CD.

Wait while the ISO image is burned to the CD. When it is finished you have a Windows XP x86 SP3 integrated CD in your hands! Time to celebrate.