How To Create a Windows XP Installation Disk with SP3 included

Every week I have systems to rebuild for one reason or another.

Many of these systems are still running Windows XP. For those that have tried it you’ll know that building a Windows XP system from scratch now literally takes many hours if you load all patches and service packs.

I recently came across the process for creating a Windows XP install disk that slipstreams Service Pack 3 into the install files resulting in the initial rebuild being inclusive of SP3.

Many thanks to Christopher Heng who has documented this process over at

It’s a little tricky for the uninitiated but those with a good understanding of folders and files should be able to follow Christopher’s excellent instructions.

Note: The reason I came across this was that I had to rebuild a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop that had Windows XP Pro license but where the owner had lost the installation/recovery disks. My copy of Windows XP Pro did not have SP2 included and as the system had an advanced graphics card it kept crashing (blue screen with pci.sys errors). after creating a Win Pro SP3 disk using the process documented above all went well.

About taffybach

Author of the young adult fantasy novel series, The Portal Chronicles, including The Spider Gem and The Shimmering Gate. When not writing and promoting Taff runs a small IT support company, LITES PC based in Bourne UK.
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