Make Bootable Windows XP Installation CD Updated With SP3

Though Microsoft has stopped its support for Windows XP, it is still worthy. About 30% of the computer users still use Windows XP. At the modern computers with x86 architecture, you cannot install Windows XP first then the Service Pack (SP2 or SP3). You need a installation media which is already slipstreamed with service pack. While the Windows XP installation media with service pack 2 is available in the market, Microsoft did not released any installation media labeled with Windows XP Service Pack 3.

In the older computers, you can mange to install the Windows XP first and then the service pack (sp2,sp3). No doubt, this technique takes lot of times to install service packs after the installation.

If you have a Windows XP installation media, then you can make your Windows XP installation CD updated with the Service pack 3. Here is how to make the bootable image(ISO) file of Windows XP Service Pack 3.

How to slipstream Service Pack 3 into Windows XP

At first, copy the content of the XP installation CD and save it in a folder named as XP (say) in the root drive, say ‘C’. Now, download Service pack 3 From Microsoft and save a copy of the downloaded file in a folder named as SP3 in the same location where the folder XP resides.

Now, open command prompt and change the directory to SP3 (use this command: cd SP3) and run the following command.

servicepack_filename  /integrate:drive:XP_folder

In this example, the command will look like this:

WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU /integrate:C:XP

windows xp service pack 3

After the successful execution of the command the system files and the installation files of the folder ‘XP’ are updated with the Service Pack 3. But you cannot use this XP folder to prepare the installation media. You’ll have to make the ISO file.

How to Create the Windows XP Sp3 image(ISO) file

We shall use a software called as Bart’s BCD software to create the image file. Download it from http://www.nu2.nu/download.php?sFile=bcd111.zip. Once downloaded, unzip it to a folder. We’ll unzip it to c:bcd for this example.

Download another file: wnaspi32.dll and copy it into the BCD’s bin folder (in our example, c:bcd > bin). Also download Windows XP file (5 KB) and unzip it into the BCD’s root folder (c:bcd in our example).

Make sure the subfolders are also unpacked. Copy the i386 folder (in our example, from C: > XP > i386) into one of the following folders, depending on whether it’s Windows XP Home or Professional:

c:\> bcd > cds > wxphome > files (Windows XP Home Edition)
c:\> bcd > cds > wxppro > files (Windows XP Professional)

Copy the win51ic.SPx or win51ip. SPx file here as well . Optionally, you can also copy the following files (not needed for bootable CD installation):

autorun.inf, readme.htm, setup.exe

windows xp service pack 3 iso image

Now you are ready to go. Open the command prompt again, change the directory to C: > bcd and run one of the following commands.

bcd wxphome    (For Windows XP Home edition)

or:

bcd wxppro     (For Windows XP Professional)

The above commands will prepare the ISO image. The image file is generally located into the folder ‘Temp’ under ‘My Document’. Grab that image file of Windows XP Service Pack 3 and burn it with Nero Image Burner. That’s all you have to do to slipstream service pack 3 into Windows XP.

Some more guides related to installation media:

1. Create Multiboot USB Drive

2. Install Windows 7 from USB Drive

3. Install Windows XP from USB Drive.

If you face any type of problem then feel free to share at the comment section.

Comments

  1. kartik :

    i type command bcd wxppro. but when i goto tha temp folder it shows me empty.

  2. tanmay :

    @kartik
    If you follow every steps carefully then it should work. Don’t be in hurry and start the process from beginning and follow every steps carefully.

  3. prakash :

    Dear Sir
    i have one win xp sp3 cd that is not bootable i got from my friend
    i told him to take a image of win xp sp3 operating system cd but he has copied the all cd contents that files i burn in bland cd but that is not taking boot up can we make it a bootable ? sir please give me suggestion

    thanks

    bye………….

  4. tanmay :

    @Prakash
    Yes you can. Just follow the part with heading “How to create the image(ISO) file??”.

  5. aidan :

    The file: bcd.iso

    is approx 560 mega B. in size and it burns successfully to a CD.
    BUT the CD will not boot, and I can find no way to get XP to install from this CD.

  6. Shahzad Ali :

    Dear sir after all these process when i want to install from the new cd which i burn the message appear
    Insert Windows XP Professioanl Cd -ROm
    Please Guide Me

  7. Tanmay :

    @Shahzad Ali’
    I can’t understand what you want to say. But I suggest you to double check every steps whether they have successfully completed. Check the SP3 file which you have downloaded. It should not be damaged one. Another thing that you must check the image file before burning it in CD. You can check it by extracting the iso image file from the ‘Temp’ folder in some new folder and run the setup file. It should show the installation window. If every thing is right then burn it in the cd.

  8. Tanmay :

    @pkv: You are most welcome.

  9. munaswamyk :

    can we make iso file to bootable disc

  10. Tanmay :

    @Munaswamy: Yes you can. Just unpack the ISO file and write the whole into a CD.

  11. VIJAY PRABHU :

    hello sir,,can u tell me how to add windows media player 11 and iexplore 8 to xp sp3 installation cd….

    • Tanmay :

      Yes, you can do this. kindly wait for some days. We shall write an article on this topic.

  12. VIJAYPRABHU :

    AND ALSO ADDING WINDOWS XP UPDATES RELEASED AFTER SP3
    …IF POSSIBLE TELL ME ABOUT ADDING SOFTWARE’S LIKE FIREFOX,,,ADOBE READER ETC..WAITING FOR UR REPLY…SIR

  13. Tanmay :

    @VIJAYPRABHU: Yes it is possible. You can use the software nLite. If you can not find it then keep reading our blog, we shall be bach with this shortlyly. thanks for your comment. in the mean time you can subscribe to us from http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechTipsGeek to get the daily updates free. Also become our facebook fan http://www.facebook.com/Techtipsgeekpage

  14. VIJAYPRABHU :

    nLite not adding the 3rd party software’s…sure i will subscribe…

  15. Tanmay :

    Okay I will be back with this issue. Keep on..

  16. Robs :

    Hello Tanmay, I have the torrent file .iso and i have burned it to CD, when i try to boot the system is not reading the file. I am tired of trying a lot many options , and finally the existing home edition Sound card is not working , will you be able to help me.

  17. Tanmay :

    @Robs: Some time some torrent files are not so believable. They may be corrupted or the download might not complete at all. One more thing, did you tried to run that file directly from your computer hard disk? If not then try this tutorial as reference: http://www.oxhow.com/install-windows-7-directly-from-hard-drive/ . here we have used it for installing windows 7. But you can not install the xp by this process if your current OS is Windows 7 or Vista. But you can check your ISO file by this method if it works fine or not.
    Sorry to hear that your Sound card is not working but there is no reason to think that your trying of booting from that cd is the culprit. You sound card may have damage by other reason. Also you can check the Sound card after a fresh OS installation. Thanks for commenting. Write again if you face any problem or have any question. I’m happy to help you.

  18. Rahul :

    Sir, I have A SP2 Window but it is not bootable …….
    Can u pls explain me how to make it bootable……..

    Pls Explain me full process for making a bootable CD/DVD on my id……..
    Pls…..

  19. Tanmay :

    Rahul: Follow the second part of this article, heading with How to create the image(ISO) file??

  20. Rahul :

    sir u have taught about XP Home or XP Professional but I am asking abt XP Media Centre Edition SP2 . Will this tutorial helpful in making bootable CD of Media Centre SP2 also???

  21. Tanmay :

    Rahul: This process involves the steps to create bootable cd of XP Home and XP Professional. I don’t know if it will work for media center. Actually you would want to know the actual things. Each bootable cd contains some files to create a boot environment. In this article we provided them for XP home and Professional. You can try XP media center to create a bootable usb drive from this link http://www.oxhow.com/windows-xp-bootable-usb-drive/

  22. Shrinivas :

    Give me the link to download windows xp service pack 3 bootable disk

  23. Tanmay :

    @Srinivas: We are very sorry that we can not provide such link to download Windows XP servicepack 3. Though you can get Windows XP from http://www.microsoft.com. If you have a copy of Windows XP then you can make your own bootable CD of SP3 following this article.

  24. Sam :

    i like this u r awesome thank u very much
    u kind of people make us expert thanks.

  25. Tanmay :

    Thank your Sam. I would like to get your more comments.

  26. Awal4real :

    Oh nice!
    I have both xp sp2 and sp3 cd which is having problems when booting from it. Is there a way to change the sp2 to sp3(using the sp3 cd)?

  27. Harish Soni :

    hi tanmay can you tell me how to add more themws,boot screen, welcome screen,softwares , icon packeges , i worked on it but i can’t done it plas tell me how to add these things to windows xp sp3 cd……….i have a sp2 cd i have copied it on my computer i want to add these things (themws,boot screen, welcome screen,softwares , icon packeges) into it…..pls email me soon…………………..

  28. Amit :

    Hello sir,
    I hav same prob which Awal4real is having, please giv us suggession

  29. ReSq :

    For those struggling to find the iso image look in this folder for it
    “%userprofile%LOCALS~1Temp”
    type it in your adress bar just like that without the ”
    :-D

  30. ReSq :

    p.s it is
    “%userprofile%LOCALS~1Temp”

  31. ReSq :

    eish it do not post the backslash :-S

    okay type in adress bar
    %userprofile%
    make a backslash after that
    type in
    Local Settings
    make a backslash after that
    type in
    Temp

    now look for
    bcd.iso
    That is the iso file

  32. Riz :

    Hi All, Can someone tell me how can i make an ISO Image file which includes all the installed applications along with XP Pro SP2. As I require to install so many computers and its time consuming to configure each computer with same configuration. Thanks in advance.

  33. mohammad wasiullah :

    Hello SIR I want to add my name on windows XP boot screen how can i add my name on logo of windows XP

  34. NARENDRANADH :

    SIR WHEN I OPENED THE INSTALL CD IT SAYS “INSTALLATION SOURCEPATH IS INVALID FOR SETUP FILE.CONTACT YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATER”
    WHAT CAN I DO NOW ?

  35. Moni :

    Sir,

    I cant complete the process, I have a win xp pro(not sp1/sp2).
    please help me..

  36. usman :

    please illustrate it withe the help of diagrams and video. thank you.

  37. Premson :

    Awesome tip, there are many GUI options out there, but this simple CLI steps Aced all of them out. Great going and thank you.

    – Premson.

  38. ramesh :

    how to create a one key recovery disc or service partition , which cannot is visible in my computer list, only visible in Disk Management. this r generally in lenovo desktop PCs. so when pc’s data is corrupt, we can recover from this partition with one key.
    pls. give me solution on this …. thanks in advance.

  39. ramesh :

    •Go to the c:bcd folder.
    •Type in and run one of the following commands (depending on whether it’s XP Home or XP Pro):
    bcd wxphome (For Windows XP Home edition)
    or:
    bcd wxppro (For Windows XP Professional)

    WHERE TO TYPE & HOW TO TYPE THIS COMMAND SO THAT I CAN GET ISO FILE

  40. Tanmay :

    @Ramesh: type the command at command prompt (DOS)

  41. hari :

    hi sir i wan windows xp iso file

  42. deepika :

    thanx a lot, i could make the iso image and install in vmware player using your method…. great work…keep it up.

  43. jaco :

    good day

    i followed the steps as it was giving to perform a bootable win xp pro disc, as i’m about to finish off the step as follows goto the c:bcd run the command bcd wxppro. it doesnt regonize the command. ps i’m using win 7

    please help

  44. shameer :

    thanx alot man…u r a genius…hats off to u..keep rocking..

  45. ARNEL :

    •Go to the c:bcd folder.
    •Type in and run one of the following commands (depending on whether it’s XP Home or XP Pro):
    bcd wxphome (For Windows XP Home edition)
    or:
    bcd wxppro (For Windows XP Professional)

    HOW TO TYPE THIS COMMAND SO THAT I CAN GET ISO FILE,

    I DID ALL YOU TOLD I AM TYPING THIS IN CMD BUT IS SAYING NOT RECOGNIZABLE.???PLZZZZZZZZ HELP…………GOD BLESS..!!

  46. Satyaranjan :

    Hello Bro!I don’t have any windows xp installation CD and that’s why I download the XP SP3 ISO file from microsoft.Then how to make it bootable using nero

  47. jaxissterang :

    hi i can not do anything of these steps, {Open command prompt and go to the path C:SP3>} can you make a video of these steps to how make a bootable cd if you do this i will be thankfull

  48. jaxissterang :

    At first copy the total files from the XP installation CD and save it in a folder named XP (say) in the root drive, say ‘C’. the Cd file should be sp3 or sp2??????

  49. John :

    Thank you for this excellent tutorial – worked perfectly for me!

    @ ARNEL – you need to enter that command from a DOS command prompt window opened in that directory. You may have to ‘elevate’ it as well by ‘running as administrator’.

  50. Hex :

    It sounds like most people are missing the Boot Trace Files (BOOTCAT.bin and BOOTIMG.bin). My bcd.iso looks exactly like the one picture above except missing those two files. Are those files added during the BURN process? If you burn the bcd.iso with Nero do you also make it Bootable at that time? Or is there a step missing in the instructions which explains where the bin files come from???

  51. Hex :

    QUESTION: Does the dll file need to be extracted also?
    Your inctructions say –
    Unzip BCD to a folder. Download wnaspi32.dll.
    ***Copy*** it into BCD’s bin folder. Windows XP file -Unzip it into BCD’s root folder. Make sure the subfolders are also unpacked.

    I assumed the dll needed to be unzipped also! So, no bin files in my iso image as of this post.

  52. Fredrik L. Konow :

    1. When 2014 comes, can we make an SP4 cd for the XP in case
    Microsoft does not bother doing this for us XP affectionados ?

    2. – or can we create a bootable cd from a pc running a fully updated XP (i.e incl. SP3 and subsequent security downloads) without using the WinXP installation cd and SPs ?
    (presuming that the i386 is saved)

  53. Tanmay :

    @Fredrik L. Konow: It is almost impossible to create bootable cd from the installed version.

  54. Fredrik L. Konow :

    Thank you Tanmay,
    good to know – there is nothing like facts ! The option then might just as well be to clone the working system to a second harddisk, keep both updated and backup personal files. In this way one can stick to XP for another decade.

    Happy New Year !

  55. Karina :

    •Go to the c:bcd folder.
    •Type in and run one of the following commands (depending on whether it’s XP Home or XP Pro):
    bcd wxphome (For Windows XP Home edition)
    or:
    bcd wxppro (For Windows XP Professional)

    I TRIED TO RUN THE COMMAND BUT IT COMES UP THEN DISAPPEARS SO I CAN’T TYPE ANYTHING – WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

  56. Jaro :

    I succesfully created bootable CD WXP SP3. Boot is ok, installation process ok, but i stopped on licence key. License key which i used with XP SP2 is 100% legal, but now is problem on XP SP3. I get error message: Product ID is not valid, but if I install XP SP2 with the same licence key is all ok. I don´t understand where is the problem?
    Thanks,

  57. Steev :

    What do you mean, “At first copy the total files from the XP installation CD and save it in a folder named XP (say) in the root drive, say ‘C’.”? Do you mean, “Open the CD Drive, copy all of the files and folders, and then drop them into the destination directory on your hard drive, e.g., C:XP”? **OR** do you mean drop them into a subdirectory of C:XP, e.g. C:XPContents-of-CD?

  58. Tanmay :

    @Steev : It is exactly what you guessed.

  59. Rishma :

    Sir, My XP Cd has broken. The have soft copy with me. How to make a bootable CD. Pl give me the procedure.

  60. Tanmay :

    @Rishma: This page describes exactly what you need.

  61. jaro :

    @Steev: All I do is by this page describes here. is there on XP install CD any files or folders which are hidden, or not visible, and then they don´t copy to C:XP? Something with licence, i don´t know.

  62. nettie :

    How to use my “Win XP Pro SP3″ reinstallation disc to make bootable? The SP3 is already on the disc I want to use. Do I still need to download and copy it from Microsoft? Also, after I copy..move the folders from my disc to C:folder,they are light in color. Does that mean they are hidden?

  63. Robin :

    Hi I am using legal version Win XP SP2. After integrating the SP3 the product key which they have provided with the CD is not accepting.

  64. Jaro :

    Robin: Hi,I have the same problem, i don´t know how to solve it. Any answer on this site. hallo

  65. prince :

    •Go to the c:bcd folder.
    •Type in and run one of the following commands (depending on whether it’s XP Home or XP Pro):
    bcd wxphome (For Windows XP Home edition)
    or:
    bcd wxppro (For Windows XP Professional)

    I TRIED TO RUN THE COMMAND BUT IT COMES UP THEN DISAPPEARS SO I CAN’T TYPE ANYTHING……..

  66. jk :

    i have download free window xp sp-3 from microsoft .com ten i burn it on a disk but it has not contains setup.exe file ……plz..help me :-)

  67. HEX :

    ATTENTION:

    Anyone who is having trouble making a Bootable Slipstreamed Windows disk should search for the documents / webpages listed below …

    MICROSOFT SUPPORT / KNOWLEDGE BASE:
    KB832475
    KB828930
    KB900871
    (a few examples)

    APPDEPLOY.COM website
    Menu Bar – Research – Deployment Tips = Very useful information
    This url helped me …
    http://www.appdeploy.com/tips/detail.asp?id=98

    HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

  68. HEX :

    Found Interesting stuff here …

    WEBSITE – http://www.tacktech.com
    PAGE MENU > Articles > Software > Windows 2000/XP/2003
    Slipstreaming and Bootable Disc FAQ’s

    (http://www.tacktech.com/Software.cfm?sc=windows2000xp2003)

    More possibly useful information!

    NOTE: Sysprep Tool is included in the DEPLOY ARCHIVE which is located in the Value Added folder on the original Windows Disk. (WinXP-sp2 anyways) The Help File is fairly technical and contains everything you have always wished you knew!!!

    lol :-D

  69. banwarilal jhaver :

    Dear SIR

    I have winsp/sp3 bootale cd. SIR how to add other software ms office .acrobat winzip etc. i want to make bootable winsp/sp3with softwares pls suggest me

    thanks
    banwarilal jhaver

  70. Tony Hill :

    Dear Sir

    I have twice carefully followed your instructions, successfully created the iso image and burnt this to CD. The Windows XP Pro installation process starts okay but after the initial scan I get a request to insert the Windows SP2 CD into Drive A, and I can’t get any further. Any suggestions as to why it’s looking for Drive A or how I get round it. Thanks.

  71. Arpan Ghosh :

    i am integrate the windows xp Professional sp2 with sp3 and create a bootable cd. and when i am trying to install the new modified xp it ask me for cd key. now plz tel me whare can i get the cd key.

  72. pradeep :

    i have burnt the image succesfully but go a msg that insert cd named win xp professional sp3 . what could be problem but i am sure and feel no mistake in procedure applied .please answer

  73. Kishore Joshi :

    Tanmay:
    Thanks a bunch for putting together this elaborate procedure. Provided you follow it step by step, you can save yourself a bunch by installing XP on drives upto 2 Tb
    -Kishore

  74. Harshit :

    thank you so much it works greatly.
    But i want to ask you that it works for windows 7 for its sp1 cd to make sp2 bootable cd…….
    once again thank you so much.

  75. sub-optimal :

    Is it possible to make an installation that integrates sp1, sp2, sp3?
    I was thinking ….
    sp1 /integrate:drive:XPfolder
    sp2 /integrate:drive:XPfolder
    sp3 /integrate:drive:XPfolder

    or is it easier to just integrate the servicepackfiles/I386 folder from one of my machines?

  76. Ikem :

    The probem is, the iso doesn’t fit on a regular CD anymore.

  77. OW :

    i HAVE FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP AND STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND JUST WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR INSTANCE WHY COPY THE ORGINAL DISK, YOU MADE NO REFERENCE TO THEM AFTER THE INTEGRATION, FURTHER YOUR DIRECTIONS TO TYPE BCD WXPPRO MAKES NO SENSE IF I CAN'T GET TO A DOS PROMPT IN BCD.

  78. Kishore Joshi :

    Thanks for your help. Keep up the good work

  79. satan :

    where do i write the commands ?

    • Tanmay Ahmed :

      In Windows system, it is obviously the Command Prompt (Press Win Key + R and type cmd then hit Enter. This should open the Command Prompt).

  80. Umakant Mishra :

    The confusion is probably because a backslash is missing. I guess swxpprofiles should be wxppro backslash files
    (that means files subdirectory under wxppro).

    • Tanmay Ahmed :

      You are right Umakant .We have made the correction. Thank you for bringing in note.

  81. Adi :

    Please upload a video!!!!!!!!!

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