How to Build a Windows XP SP3 Integrated Installation CD

You need:

  1. Old/original Windows XP installation CD (any of SP0 to SP2 will do even though only those from SP2 are supported officially). Make sure to use build 5512 or above.
  2. Microsoft Windows SP3
  3. unzipper like WinRar, unrar for  Linux / Ubuntu or the like
  4. ISO creator / CD burn program like mkisofs, InfraRecorder, UltraISO, Basero (or others) or even old school
  5. Boot image exctracted using BBIE or use this (also see box below)
  6. ~ 1 GB free tmp space on disk

You do:

  1. Extract / copy old Windows CD‘s content (including hidden files!) to one folder (e.g. c:\XPCD)
  2. extract SP3‘s content to another folder (e.g. c:\XPSP3) using e.g. unrar, winrar or hit Win+R and type
    c:\XPSP3\windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe –x

    and select target folder, here c:\XPSP3

  3. To slipstream the old CD do Win+R and copy+paste or type
    c:\XPSP3\i386\update\update.exe /integrate:c:\XPCD
  4. Create bootable CD image or CD using the boot image and your updated folder c:\XPCD. I recommend using mkisofs (Windows or Linux executable) using
    mkisofs \
        -b cdboot/msboot.img -no-emul-boot -boot-load-seg 1984 -boot-load-size 4 \
        -iso-level 2 -J -l -D -N -joliet-long -relaxed-filenames \
        -V "WINSP" \
        -o ../winsp.iso .

    from within the root folder of the CD to be, i.e. c:\XPCD. You need to extract the El Torito image first. Create a new folder there and drop your boot image, i.e. cdboot/msboot.img. This can be done under Linux for example using geteltorito /dev/scd0 > cdboot/msboot.img (or use BBIE or IsoBuster in Windows or Wine).

  5. Done.

You might want to try booting from the image using VirtualBox.


/dev/scd0 > {in-dir}/boot.bin


  1. dan said,

    Friday, 10th Aug 2012 at 18:10

    i tried this command line, just a few of minutes ago:1 c:\XPSP3\i386\update\update.exe /integrate:c:\XPCD . The error mess tells that the out of this command must be on a I386 folder (i think that of the SP2 install CD, already existing !!??).

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  3. garg said,

    Friday, 25th Jul 2008 at 21:50

    Ah nevermind. I got it using isobuster

  4. garg said,

    Friday, 25th Jul 2008 at 21:45

    I don’t have msboot.img for some reason… In fact, I don’t seem to have any img file on my windows XP OEM CD

  5. Wednesday, 23rd Apr 2008 at 20:24

    We have been getting bad feedback from users that have installed the Windows XP SP3. One of the biggest complaints is Microsoft did not include Direct X 10. The service pack employs many features of Vista and seems to turn your current version of XP into a steppingstone for purchasing a full copy of Vista. Please be sure your current computer programs will be able to handle the transition to SP3 or you may not be able to use them anymore.

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