You have to install the Windows XP first and then the service pack (sp2,sp3) in your PC. It is little bit laborious to install the service pack after each re installation of Windows XP. There are some Windows XP Installation Cd which is along with the service pack 2. But Now Microsoft has released the Service pack version 3 (SP3). And you have a XP installation CD. Then you have to install the XP first and then the Service pack 3 (available at www.microsoft.com).
To avoid the installation of SP3 separately after each installation of the Windows XP, you can make your XP installation CD updated with the Service pack 3 making the bootable image(ISO) file of Windows XP updated with Service Pack 3.
Here is the complete procedure:
- 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’.
- Download Service pack 3 From Microsoft.
- Save a copy of the downloaded file in a folder named SP3 in the same location where the XP copy resides.
- Open command prompt and go to the path C:SP3>
- Type the command given bellow:
In this example the command will look like
After the successful execution of the command the system files and installation files of the folder ‘XP’ is updated with the Service Pack 3. But you can not use this XP folder to burn the installation cd. You have to make the ISO file.
How to create the image(ISO) file??
- To create the image file we shall use a software named Bart’s BCD software. Download the software from http://www.nu2.nu/download.php?sFile=bcd111.zip.
- Unzip BCD to a folder. We’ll unzip it to c:bcd for this example.
- Download wnaspi32.dll.
- Copy it into BCD’s bin folder (in our example, to c:bcdbin).
- Download Windows XP file (5 KB).
- Unzip it into 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:WinXP C:XP) into one of the following folders, depending on whether it’s Windows XP Home or 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):
c:bcdcdswxphomefiles (Windows XP Home Edition)
c:bcdcdswxpprofiles (Windows XP Professional)
autorun.inf readme.htm setup.exe
Now you are ready to roll.
bcd wxphome (For Windows XP Home edition) or: bcd wxppro (For Windows XP Professional)
The process to make the ISO image will be started. The image file is generally located in the folder ‘Temp’ in ‘My Document’.
Collect the image file of Windows XP Service Pack 3 and burn it with Nero Image Burner. That’s all you have done to get rid from time consuming installation process of your Windows XP.
If you face any type of problem then feel free to share with me.