How to make a Windows XP SP3 installer CD?

This post is about how to create a Windows XP SP3 installer CD. I’m gonna tell you step by step how to make it. There’s an article which my method based on:

Only this article works! Don’t believe the others! If this article doesn’t work, just write your comment to my post which step I have forgotten to write.

1.: Make a folder named as XPCD and copy your entire XP installer CD into the folder. Important: Use Windows Commander and make sure you have selected all file attribute for copying.

My example folder name is ‘C:\XPCD’

2.: Download the SP3 service pack to the computer. Search for the file ‘WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86…something…exe’. Do not move or copy it.

3.: Extract the service pack with the old installer files:

There’s an usable article which describes it well, but I did it in a bit different way. The article can be viewed here:

Well, create a folder named as SP3 for the extracted SP3 files. For example  it can be ‘C:\XPSP3’.

Then click on Start menu. Type this: D:\Thefolderwhereyousavedthesp3file\windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe –x

An extraction box appears and you have to write the path where you want to extract the files. Type ‘C:\XPSP3’ (or where you saved the SP3 pack. I just use my example in the next lines)

4.: The next step is stripsteaming (integrating) the SP3 files to the old installer stuff. Click on start menu and type this:

‘C:\XPSP3\i386\update\update.exe /integrate:C:\XPCD’

Consider there’s no space after ‘integrate:’

A confirmation window will show something like this: ‘integrating completed succesfully’ if everything went okay.

5.: After integrating we need to copy the boot image file from the original installer CD. We need to download a software which can do it. For example there’s a program named as BBIE (Bart’s Boot Image Extractor) which can do this. I downloaded it from this site:

Download and open the zip file which contains the executable program file. Then extract it to a folder named as ‘C:\BBIE’

Run a command line window (I think ‘start menu’ and ‘run’ also works) and type: ‘C:\BBIE x:’

x is the drive in which there’s the Windows XP installer CD.

There will be a message for selecting the source of the ‘image1.bin’ Boot image file to save. Just save it to ‘C:\BBIE’ and simply close the command line window.

6.: Burn the CD! Requirements from the CD burner software is to be able to make a bootable CD using a boot image file. You can use any software which can do this. The article writer used Nero Burning ROM, I used Magic iso.

Good luck for your CD!


Névjegy csengeri
I love thunderstorms, lightning photography, interested in physics, paranormal things (ghosts), I like simulating explosions, clouds and smokes on computer. I like watching and making videos and upload them to Youtube. -------------------------- Szeretem a viharokat, villámokat fotózni, érdekel a fizika, parajelenségek (szellemek), szeretek robbanásokat, felhőket és füstöt utánozni a számítógépen. Szeretek videókat nézni és készíteni, feltölteni azokat a Youtube-ra.

One Response to How to make a Windows XP SP3 installer CD?

  1. Hi, interesting post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for blogging. I will definitely be subscribing to your site. Keep up the good posts

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