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Slipstreaming and Bootable Disc FAQ's (TTID #313)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 272,715 /  Created: February 7, 2004
Note: This article replaces the previously published Article TTID #184.

Slipstreaming and Bootable Disc FAQ's
What is slipstreaming?
Newer version of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (2000,XP,2003) have the ability to integrate Service Packs and HotFixes into the initial installation of the operating system. You can use this method to replace the original source files with updated Pack files before installing Windows. When the operating system is installed, the Service Pack and Hotfixes are installed automatically.

Newer Corporate versions of Microsoft Office Products also support slipstreaming.
Why we are using the Load Segment of 0000 in our newer articles.
As of 11.27.2003 we is recommended using:
Load segment of sectors (hex!): 0000

It was determined that most original discs from Microsoft have been using 0000. Early Windows 2000 CD's used 07C0. Many Dell Discs created using Nero Burning ROM had the Load Segment set to 07C0. We have not encountered any problems with the Discs created with it set to 0000.

Does SP1 have to be applied prior to applying SP2 NEW!
No. SP2 can be applied without applying SP1 or SP1a.

Error: This Service Pack Cannot be intergrated into a destination that also has intergrated Software Updates. NEW!
While applying a Service Pack the following error message is displayed.

Error: This Service Pack Cannot be intergrated into a destination that also has intergrated Software Updates. Consult the Service Pack documentation for more details about supported intergration scenerarios.

This is a common error message that occurs when using a disc from a large manufacturer such as Dell or HP.

You will need to remove some files and folders from the compelation prior to applying a service pack.

Remove the following file:
Removing the following folders will avoid older patches from being applied:
  • $OEM$
  • I386\SVCPACK
You may need to remove or edit the following file:
  • I386\WINNT.SIF
Product Key doesn't work.
If your product key starts with FCKGW you have the "Devil's Own" release of Windows XP. This key is blacklisted.

SP1 will disable Windows Update and certain features of XP running the Product ID codes:


- View Volume License Product Keys: Changes with Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Microsoft Link)
- View Unable to install Windows XP SP2 (Microsoft Link)
- View Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 302878
- View Product Key Validation: Frequently Asked Questions (Microsoft Link)
- View What is Licensing (Microsoft Link)

Can Dell Windows XP CD's be used to load other brand PC's?
Some Large OEM's such as Dell create their Discs to check the BIOS. If the BIOS type does not match the required System, a message will be displayed stating that the System Type is incorrect.

Slipstreaming a disc will not remove this message. Some files on these Discs are different from standard OEM Discs from Microsoft. Slipstreaming these Discs will update the files but will not remove the BIOS check.

Why the newer creating bootable disc articles using 'Easy CD Creator 5' and 'Easy CD and DVD Creator 6' use Joliet.
Nero supports dual File Table support, allowing Long File Names and characters like dollar signs. Roxio products do not. We now recommend using Joliet when writing disc when using Roxio products due to the inability to create unattended discs with the ISO9660.

NTLDR Error with Boot discs created with some versions of Nero.

- View Article TTID#: 177

The Disc is not booting?

  • Verify the original disc boots.
  • Verify the CD-ROM is set as the first boot device in the BIOS/CMOS/System Setup.
  • Verify the loaded sectors was set to 4.
  • When booting from a SCSI or Serial ATA controller, additional drivers may need to be added to the disc.
  • Nero may not have retained the Boot information. Verify the setting on the Boot tab prior to writing the disc.
  • Try using ISO Level 2.
If the disc still doesn't boot, include any error messages and your hardware configuration when contacting us.

Nero problems recording Discs with ISA SCSI Controllers.
- View Article TTID#: 238

When executing C:\OS\SP.EXE /U /X:C:\OS\SP it fails.


An error message is displayed when executing:
To better debug the problem, launch the Service Pack in Manual-Extraction-Mode using the following command from the Run Dialog:

When the Service Pack is extracting the Service Pack folder(directory) disappears and no prompt of completion is displayed.
The Service Pack file may be corrupt or incomplete. Remove the /U from the extraction command. If the following error is displayed download the Service Pack, again.

The following error message is displayed when the Service Pack is being applied.
Service Packs can only be applied from Windows 2000, XP, or higher. They cannot be applied from older versions of Windows such as Windows 98.

When trying to run the Service Pack an error message reporting the file cannot be found appears.
Verify the Service Pack is in the correct location. Check the spelling of the file name.

If the original file did not have an extension then you most likely have Hide file extensions for known file types enabled.

See article TTID#193 for Windows XP and article TTID#191 for Windows 2000 for additional information.

Service Pack reports that it is not a valid Win32 Application.
Verify the original file had the extension EXE before you renamed it. If it had a different extension such as ZIP or RAR you will need to extract the Service Pack from this archive first. Then rename the extracted file.

If the original file did not have an extension then you most likely have Hide file extensions for known file types enabled.

See article TTID#193 for Windows XP and article TTID#191 for Windows 2000 for additional information.

An error is reported during the extraction or file verification process.
The Service Pack is probably corrupt. Try downloading the Service Pack again.

Extraction of Service Pack is not working.
Try a manual extraction.
Click Start > Run...

Type in the path and file name to the Service Pack.
(example: C:\OS\SP.EXE)

Click the OK button.
In the Choose Directory For Extracted Files text box type where you would like to extract the Service Pack to.
(example: C:\OS\SP)

Click the Ok button.
Wait while the files are extracted.
Click the OK button.

UPDATE.EXE can not be found when you attempt to apply the Service Pack.
Verify that UPDATE.EXE is at the location specified in the Run command.

An error has occurred copying files from the Service Pack share to the distribution share.
The hard drive may be full. Check to see how much free space the drive has.

When running the UPDATE.EXE command the following error is displayed: Failed to copy some or all to the files necessary for integrated install.
- Verify the target folder(directory) contains a sub-folder(sub-directory) named i386.

- Check to see how much hard drive space you have available.

How big should the Service Pack files be that I download from Microsoft?
  Language File Name Size
SP1 English xpsp1_en_x86.exe 133 MB (140,440,152 bytes)
SP1a English xpsp1a_en_x86.exe 125 MB (131,170,400 bytes)
SP2 English WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe 266 MB (278,927,592 bytes)
SP1 64-Bit English xpsp1_en_ia64.exe 199 MB (209,265,752 bytes)

When running the UPDATE.EXE command the following error is displayed: The Procedure entry point _wcstoui64 could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll.
Occurs when running SP2 RC1 for Windows XP on a computer running Windows 2000 Server SP4 (msvcrt.dll 6.1.9844.0). We are still researching problem. Other people have experienced problems while trying to slipstream/intergrate SP2 for Windows XP using a computer running Windows 2000 Professional.

When running the command:

The following error is displayed:
That folder is invalid. Please make sure the folder exists and is writable.
Occurs when the original Disc/ISO doesn't include the Support Tools.

Create a folder named C:\OS\ROOT\SUPPORT
Or skip the Support Tools step.

After slipstreaming, the disc media is not large enough.
Some of the folder can be removed from the disc compellation.

The following folders are only required for upgrades:
  • I386\WIN9XMIG (32.7MB)
  • I386\WIN9XUPG (3.89MB)
  • I386\WINNTUPG (1.03MB)
The following folder is only required if you are using a language other than the default:
  • I386\LANG (99MB)
The following folder is only required if the information found in VALUEADD\VALUEADD.HTM pertains to the installation:
  • VALUEADD (9.87MB)
Where is TACKtech's unattended installation documentation?
02.05.2004 - It’s all over the place. Truthfully we have a wealth of data regarding unattended installations for both Windows 2000 and Windows XP. We are trying to come up with an easy way to organize the data for you. We understand adding custom drivers including SCSI as well as the current hot fixes to your discs. For the time being use our contact forms to ask question. The information should be appearing here shortly.

- View TACKtech Forums: Windows Unattended Installations

Revision History:

09.17.2002 - Changed parameter delimiters to /'s instead of -'s to match some Microsoft documentation. Both the - and / worked during tested and produced the same results. Rephrased a few areas to make them easier to understand. - Kevin
09.21.2002 - Added links to articles TTID#193 and TTID#191 about hidden file extensions. - Kevin
02.09.2003 - Converted article images to ping format. - Travis
02.12.2003 - Added error involving free space. Thanks Ross. - Kevin
05.14.2003 - new format / added ISO2 tip thanks Zero_Tolerance / added hex 0000 - Kevin
02.05.2004 - Added some new FAQ's and cleaned up the formatting. - Kevin
02.06.2004 - Converted article to used the new folder structure in the new articles. - Kevin
02.07.2004 - Grammer check. - Kevin/Anthony
02.15.2004 - Added Slipstreaming definition per mkaufman's request. - Kevin
10.01.2004 - Added infomation regarding too small of disc's. - Kevin
10.12.2005 - Added 2 new tips. - Kevin
12.15.2007 - Added Support Tools error handling. - Kevin

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