In this tutorial, we show you how to make a bootable Windows XP installation CD with SP3. You will need to install XP operating system first into the computer and further install the service pack (it could either be SP2, SP3). Installing SP3 could be a little difficult after every re-installation of XP operating system. You can find some XP installation CD that usually comes along with SP2. However, Microsoft has already introduced the latest Service Pack 3. If you have the CD then install it and further update it with the service pack 3.
Steps for Installing Service Pack 3
1. First set up 2 folders such as C:SP3 and C:XPCDi386. Next you need to copy the data’s and folders to the i386 folder that is found in the actual windows XP to the respective folder of C:XPCDi386.
2. Next you need to download the XP Service Pack 3 to C:SP3. Now the filename will be WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.exe. It is an executable file, where you need to select Start and choose Run and then type CMD. Further select OK.
3. In the command prompt, you need to type the command C:SP3. Press Enter
4. In the command prompt, you need to type WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.exe – X. Press Enter
5. Make sure that the C:SP3 is titled in the command prompt. When the C:SP3 is examined as the terminus folder, Click OK. Doing so, you could extract the files.
6. Type C:SP3i386updateupdate/s:C:XPCD in the command prompt. Upon placing this command, the SP3 Wizard will start executing and a popup will appear on the screen. This notifies the SP3 Setup in your computer. Now the Windows XP Service Pack 3 files will be integrated to the installation folder.
7. When the process is done, you could find a popup screen appearing in the computer. The dialog box will appear stating that Completed Successfully. Select OK
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Completion of Service Pack 3 Update
When the command prompt execution is done successfully, service pack 3 will be updated. Remember, the procedure doesn’t ends here. You cannot burn or use the CD, while you to setup an ISO file for using it.
Steps for creating the ISO file
Here are the steps described in detail to create the ISO file:
- For creating the image ISO file, you can use 3rd party software called Bart’s BCD software. You need to Google on the web for downloading this software.
- After downloading the BCD software, unzip it. Find a location and have it safe for use. For instance, consider the location as d:bcd.
- Then download wnaspi32.dll.
- Place it in the BIN folder, while for instance consider it as d:bcdbin
- You need to download the XP file which might have an approximate size of 5 KB
- You need to unzip the file in the root folder. Here the root folder is d:bcd
- The subfolder must be unpacked. Now you need to copy the i386 folder to any of the folder, considering whether it is XP professional or Home operating system. The location for copying the i386 folder will be any of these 2 source path:
C:bcdcdswxphomefiles – this is targeted for home edition
C:bcdcdswxpprofiles – this is targeted for professional edition
It’s time to roll on! Click the d:bcd folder and then type and execute the commands : bcd wxphome for home edition and bcd wxppro for professional edition. Doing so, the ISO image file will be initiated and the image files will be found in the temp folder navigating through MY DOCUMENT.
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