Installing XP with SP3 Plus All The Updates

By gerrymar ·
I would like to do a fresh install of XP(HE) on a new harddrive. Is there a way that I can save and copy all of the windows updates to the new drive? My install disk only has SP2 but to update all of the patches would take forever.

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you could download the XP SP3 Network install

by Snuffy09 In reply to Installing XP with SP3 Pl ...

This will cutdown on the time it would take Automatic updates to download SP3.

download sp3 here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en

burn it to a disk

you will still need to download the updates that came after sp3 but they dont take too long.

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Much Appreciated

by gerrymar In reply to you could download the XP ...

Thanks for the tip. Microsoft certainly don't make things easy.

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This is easy.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Installing XP with SP3 Pl ...

Since you have Windows with sp2, you only need to download and burn to CD the ISO image of SP3.
Download here:
When burnt to CD, load on the Windows disk, then your motherboard drivers, then your graphic card drivers, when done load on the Windows SP3 disk. Do NOT LOAD any updates from the internet just yet. It takes a while when it has loaded all from the disk. When finished then you can go to the Windows update site.
Hope all goes well.

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Much Appreciated

by gerrymar In reply to This is easy.....

Seems like you've don't this before. Thanks for the link and the procedure, I'm going to give it a try. I think Microsoft goes out of their way to make life miserable for us.

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No problem.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Much Appreciated

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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All the Other Updates

by TheChas In reply to Installing XP with SP3 Pl ...

Once you download the network install for SP3, you could then use the slip-stream method to integrate SP3 with your SP2 install CD.

As to all the other updates, there is no simple way to recover them from your system in a way that you could install them as part of a new clean installation of Windows.

What I do, is every week I go to the Microsoft download page and get all of the new downloads that are of interest to me.

I store the files along with the download details page in organized folders on my hard drive.

The main reason I do this is that I support many users who only have access to dial-up connections. I can burn the updates to a DVD or external drive and install them without needing to download them each time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you will not need all of the updates you have installed since the last time you installed Windows. SP3 will take care of a lot of them. Others have been superseded by newer updates and will not be needed at all.


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Thanks for the tips

by gerrymar In reply to All the Other Updates

I like your tip about storing the files which is the direction I was looking for. It's too bad that I have to do the SP3 upgrade which is what I was hoping to get around as I already have it on my system. Maybe Windows 7 will be simplier ... probably not.
Thanks Again

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Well the easy way forward here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Installing XP with SP3 Pl ...

Is to make a Slipstreamed Install Disc with a product like nLite available here


Just be sure the read the directions for use on their web site here though


As others have already said you'll need to download the SP3 Update and the other Patches and for just 1 computer this probably isn't worth the time that you'll spend doing it unless you need to reload often.

The other way to proceed here is to Clone the HDD after you have everything installed and in the case of XP Activated and that way you can recover in a matter of 30 or so minutes and the time required to reload your Data.

You can use Cloning Utilities like Ghost or Acronis True Image or if you don't want to pay for one of these there are several Free Cloning Utilities available here


For a one off system I would be looking at doing a base install and then cloning an Image to some Media so you can recover from problems quickly latter.


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by gerrymar In reply to Well the easy way forward ...

I do have Acronis which I have used before. Great program. If a fresh re-intall becomes to time consuming I'll probably use it again.
Thanks for the suggest.

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