That is where slipstreaming comes into play. Slipstreaming a service pack saves time, disk space and makes future installs easier.
When you slipstream a service pack into an OS the finished install already has the service pack included so you don’t need to install it as a separate step. (Edit:This a HUGE time saver and normally brings me flashbacks of installing XP SP2 on the first 10 machines manually. Not fun guys!)
All you need to do is install the 87 #%^@* updates and patches Microsoft has released since the service pack.
You will need a few things to create a slipstreamed OS disc:
1 – The original bootable OS CD.
2 – The full version of the service pack you want to slipstream. Microsoft refers to this as the “network install” version. It is used by admins to install the service pack on multiple machines. It is much larger than the other SP versions you might come across and cannot be obtained from Windows Update. You can find the network install version of Windows XP SP2 here. Windows 2003 Server SP2 is available here.
3 – A copy of nLite.
4 – Software to burn the slipstreamed ISO image to disc (like Roxio).
To slipstream the service pack, download the full network version of the service pack, and copy it to your hard drive.
Next, create a foder named WinCPCD (or something similar), and cop the Windows XP CD to that folder.
Now, switch to a command prompt, and navigate to the folder containing the service pack. Enter the service pack’s file name followed by the following command line switches:
/Integrate:drive/path For example, the command might look something like this:
Keep in mind that you can not use an OEM WIndows XP for the update process, because it contains proprietary updates from an ISV.
Once the slipsstream process is complete, you just have to burn a CD. Every CD burning software package is different, so I can’t give you exact instructions, but you will want to create the CD in a way that makes it bootable.
When you are done, you will have an OS installation disc that functions exactly like your original OS disc, but contains all the updates included in the service pack.
You can also use nLite to add additional patches and updates as well as additional drivers. There is a guide on the nLite site that goes into more detail about how to do this.
Slipstreaming a Windows service pack works the same way for both server and desktop operating systems