81. How Do I Create A Slipstream CD Of
Windows XP And Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Slipstreaming a CD basically means incorporating
the current updates into the original CD. Let us
assume that you want to, say, reinstall Windows XP.
Currently the procedure would be to first install
Windows XP and then update with Windows XP Service
Pack 2. This can be time consuming because you are,
in effect, having to do two installs.
By creating a slipstream CD you are taking your
Windows XP CD and 'adding' the contents of the
Service Pack to create a new CD which contains both
the original operating system and all the current
updates of the new service pack. Because the
slipstreaming is actually done on your pc's hard
drive first the contents of the Windows XP CD are
updated with the current service pack so the
actually CD size is not different to your original
The older files are simply removed and updated
with the new ones. After this has been done and ISO
file is created which can be 'burnt' to a new CD and
used to install the operating system and service
pack together. It is a lot simpler and quicker this
Before you start you do need a few things:
- Your Windows XP CD (full version).
- A copy of the Service Pack (this has to be
copied to your hard drive).
- A copy of the 'freeware' software called
AutoStreamer (available from
Now proceed as follows:
- Download a copy of AutoStreamer
and unzip it to a folder.
- Create a folder for the service
pack to be copied to.
- Copy the service pack to
the folder you have just created.
- Launch AutoStreamer by clicking on the
- The option 'I want to use my
original windows cd' is enabled by
- Click the Next button.
- The next screen contains the following
1. Windows CD Drive
2. Service Pack File
3. Temporary File
- Insert your Windows XP CD
into your CD ROM and then click on the Magnifying
glass to the right of the Windows CD Drive option.
- AutoStreamer will now search for your Windows
XP CD and will insert the location in the
Windows CD Drive dialog box.
- Next Click on the magnifying glass
to the right of the Service pack File option.
- You can now need to locate the folder
where you copies the Windows Service Pack files too.
- Once you have located the service pack files
click on the XPSP2 setup icon.
- The location of the XPSP2 file will now be
inserted into the Service pack File dialog box.
- The Temporary File dialog box should already
contain a file location. This is usually C:\$AutoStreamer$
- Now click the Finish button.
- Another window will now appear with the
1. Desired label
2. Target ISO File
- In the Desired label dialog
box type in a suitable name, i.e., XP
- Next either enter the path of the folder
where you want to copy the target ISO file to, i.e.,
alternatively, click on the magnifying glass
on the right of the dialog box and browse
for a suitable folder to copy the ISO file to.
- Once both these dialog boxes have been
completed correctly two green 'ticks'
will appear on the left of the option boxes.
- Now click the Finish button.
- AutoStreamer will now proceed to create the
- Once the file has been completed (usually 15
to 20 minutes) click Exit to exit
- Finally burn the resulting file to CD using
either Nero or Roxio CD burning software. If you use
the Windows XP built in cd burner you may have to
use an application such as ISO Buster (www.isobuster.com)
to convert the file before the files can be burnt to
- The slipstreamed cd is now ready for use.