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Slipstreaming Windows [XP-SP3] Updates

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basically:
you build a base system,
installing windows as usual
installing only the necessary drivers to get it running
set windows update to download & notify
and plug into the network
go have a coffee or nap or something while the system retrieves the updates
once the updates are downloaded
install manually in as close as possible to the original release order
and you'll have a system ready to deploy

Following that you can use various means to strip the existing drivers to make the image bare metal ready eg. Sysprep or other backup imaging tools that have "bare metal recovery" functionality