If you want to create a backup copy of your Windows XP CD, and you want it to include Service Pack 3, so you can avoid downloading and installing nearly 200 updates, which takes forever, this is an excellent solution. The process is called Slipstreaming.
Lifehacker.com has an excellent article on how to do this. I have tested and verified that it works.
You will need 5 things.
- Your Windows XP CD
- nLite (and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0)
- A copy of Service Pack 3 (SP3) for XP (32-bit), downloaded from Microsoft’s servers
- A spare computer with at least 1 GB free hard drive space (or use virtual machine software such as VMWare or the free Microsoft Virtual PC 2007)
- Blank CD or DVD
- WinUpdatesList (recommended)
I see no reason to rewrite Lifehacker’s entire article in my own words, as it’s very well written and easy to follow. Follow the instructions to the letter and you shouldn’t have any problems or hiccups. The software listed above is also very easy to use and does most of the work itself, you just have to point it to where files are located.