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    windows xp slipstream cd

    I have a Dell XP cd that is pre sp1. Do I need to add SP1, SP2, and SP3 to make that slipstream cd?
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    All you should need is Windows XP SP3. From the download page:

    "Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. "

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    Its far easier to install with your SP1 CD, then download and install SP3 than it would be to stream the service pack into a new CD.
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    Curious...
    Why then does it not allow one to install SP3 unless SP2 is already installed?
    I recently did a re-install of XP on a friends PC. The Install CD had SP1 but it would not allow me to install SP3 until I installed SP2. What is the difference in a slip streamed install? From a logical stand point it makes sense that everything needed is there, but then I wonder why???...
    Oh yeah, it is "Microsoft" reasoning and logic are not needed, just do it my way.
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    It's been cussed and discussed and well documented that you don't need to slipstream that CD at all.

    Just acquire one that already includes SP3 and use that. They really are NOT that rare.
    It's the key on the label on the PC that makes any install disk legal, not the CD.

    Slipstreaming can be a real PITA. It's much easier to acquire one that's already done and known to work. Eh?

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    As I said my OS cd is pre sp1. I am going to format the hard drive to get rid of any files that may exist on the hard drive and registry from the last 10 years of use. Can I just slipstream a cd with SP3 and not worry about 1 or 2? Do I need to slipstream the cd with SP1 and SP2 and let it update with Windows updates to get SP3? Do I need to slipstream all three Sp's? Or would it be simpler to install the pre sp1 OS CD that I have and then install SP1, SP2, SP3 from the cd that I have them copied to.
    And by the way how do I acquire a cd that already has SP3?
    I realize everyone knows the best way to do this, so I will just do the best I can.
    Thanks to all
    Last edited by xyiegphriedt; 2012-01-06 at 20:51. Reason: additional info

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    Or would it be simpler to install the pre sp1 OS CD that I have and then install SP1, SP2, SP3 from the cd that I have them copied to.
    Unless you can borrow a SPx CD from someone, this is what I would do. It is the simplest and most straight forward. I recommend booting the PC between each SP. Then update after SP3.
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