A SITE BY Steven Bink
Making a Bootable Windows 2000 CD with Service Pack Integrated
Service Packs in Windows 2000 have a new feature to
integrate the service pack in the original installation folder (i386)
A SITE BY Steven Bink
So when you install a Computer with a fresh copy of Windows 2000 it will be directly at the Service Pack level.
This feature is called slipstream. The Recovery Console
isn't updated after installing a SP, when installing the Recovery Console
from the slipstreamed i386 folder it will be updated.
Wow, that's great if you have an installation folder shared on the network, but what if you don't have a network?
Then you use a CD-R you made with the integrated i386 on it. One problem, it won't boot
Booting is a comfortable feature of the original Win2k CD, so you don't have to use the much slower multiple floppy boot process.
On this page are the instructions of making a
bootable Win2k CD (Professional or server editions) with the integrated
Service Pack and while your at it, you can add extra files, like drivers or
Internet Explorer 6 setup files.
With unattended scripts (winnt.sif) you could auto install this software.
see MS website
These instructions should work on every version of Windows 2000 and every language.
Datacenter was released after sp1 and so already has sp1 in it!
For SP2? Officially your are not able to use the update.exe to install or sliptream Datacenter to SP2 level.
MS restricted this cause applying a SP to a high end system like datacenter requires skills and can only be done by the engineers of the hardware vendor. So when you try you get the following error:
But Bink.nu is the first to publish a patched version of update.exe, which ignores the win2k datacenter check.!
Get sp2 here ,sp3 here and sp4 here (this is obviously completely unsupported by Microsoft or Bink.nu)
For sp3 hotfixes you need an patch version of hotfix.exe get that here
SP4 can be downloaded here (English version 129 MB)
For other languages go here
for the list of sp5 hotfixes see: Windows 2000 SP5
See MS KB about adding hotfixes using unattended scripts, which is not slipstreaming. New better article:
Here is a document with an example unatended bootCD !!!
Windows XP is out, some get it on CD, some download it from
MSDN (subscribers only) and some get it in another way. When you get it not on
a CD you also have a boot problem, you can interpret the instructions below and
make your Whistler bootable!
For booting to work you need Identifier files (see win2k instructions below)
So use the right files.
Go direct to How to make XP bootable
NT4 section at the bottom of the page!!
slipstream is in progress, wait till:
Slipstreaming sp5 hotfixes?
Now it is possible:
See details here from MS on how to do that.
Another source on slipsteraming anything
|CDROM_NT.5||NT5 CD Identifier file|
|CDROM_IP.5||Professional CD Identifier file|
|CDROM_IS.5||Server CD Identifier file|
|CDROM_IA.5||Advanced Server CD Identifier File|
|CDROM_ID.5||Datacenter CD Identifier File|
|CDROM_SP.TST||Service Pack1 CD Identifier File|
|CDROMSP2.TST||Service Pack2 CD Identifier File|
|CDROMSP3.TST||Service Pack3 CD Identifier File|
|CDROMSP4.TST *||Service Pack4 CD Identifier File *|
Depending of which edition af Win2k edition you want
to burn you choose the CDROM-Ix.5 Identifier file
Where x is the edition of Windows 2000 (See above table)
On every CD you need the CDROM_NT.5 file and because the Service Pack is integrated in the i386 folder
you also add a CDROMSP?.TST file. depending on your sp level
(CDROM_SP.TST if you are making a SP1
This file may already be there after the slipstream process.
All the identifier files need to be in the root of your CD, so copy it to D:\CD-root
* The cdromsp4.tst is not in the zipfile, but don't panic! The file is placed in the root of your CD patch by the slipstream process, it is also in the extracted SP4 location in the folder root!
Note! Be sure only one "CDROM_Ix.5" file is in the root, otherwise
booting will fail!!
Check this step! I get a lot of people mailing me because about the CD asking "put the SPx CD into drive A:"
This is because they forgot to put a CDROMSPx.TST file in the root.
Change the last 3 digits of the Pid number to 270
Now it looks like this:
Note: This works on my MSDN version of Win2k If you get an error during windows setup about the product ID try using the exactly the same setupp.ini as mine and use my Volume label (later on this page).
Some visitors mailed me that this trick didn't work for them, so no guarantee!
Choose image file and browse to the w2kboot.bin file where you extracted it from the bootfiles.zip (in browse window set filter to all file (*.*)
Check "Enable expert settings
Set to "No Emulation"
Leave Boot message
Leave "load segment
SET "Number of loaded sectors" to 4 !!!
don't forget this last setting otherwise booting will fail!!!
Now go to TAB ISO:
Set everything as in the picture. except the Caracter set, experience shows that choosing DOS is better.
ISO 9660 may cause problems with longfilenames and copying from CD in DOS and win9x
set the "Do not add the ';1' ISO file version extension" !!!!
Otherwise booting will fail
Now goto TAB "Label"
Set Volume Label as you wish.
You also may leave it the same as your original CD.
My MSDN win2k CD's have these labels:
Advanced Server W2AFPP_EN
The rest may be ignored
Now press the "New" button
Go with the file browser to d:\cd-root and select all the folders and files in it. Now drag them to the other window "ISO1"
When done press the Burn button
Set theses settings
Burn baby burn !!!
You're done ! Now try it out !
If booting fails make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD first, if the booting gives an error, try booting at lower speed.
Good luck ! when succesfull please VOTE for my site:
Tip from www.nu2.nu
When trying to create a bootable copy of an OS from the MSDN cd's, you'll get an error during install: End User License Agreement (EULA) Not Found. The solution for this is to edit the file i386/txtsetup.sif section [SetupData], and change the setup source path, it should read: SetupSourcePath = "\". (because on the MSDN CD the setup root is not the root directory of the CD).
(C)2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Steven Bink
These instructions are based on instructions made by Doug
Kahler on his website during the NT5 beta
period in 1999.
John Savill also posted instructions about this subject on NTFAQ may 2000.
I think all the credits must go to Joseph R. Worrall, he was the first posting instructions in newsgroups which were used to create mentioned websites.
Another great BOOT CD instructions Website by Bart Lagerweij
Get all win2k versions on 1 CD !!!!! See instructions on this site Twinkie's How-to Website
Product-key tip by www.thetechguide.com
There is a new util that can get the any bootsector from bootable CD's!
Get it here, free! http://www.nu2.nu/bbie/
ISObuster, WinISO are GUI tools that also can do this
NT4: To Boot or not to Boot
Want to make custom NT4 boot CD, get the
bootsector-file, get identifier files from original NT4 CD-rom.
Or better use the win2kboot file and when you boot your NT4 CD you get the choice to boot or not!
You need a extra Win2k file in your NT4
i386 folder to get this trick to work! Get the bootfix.bin from the i386
folder on the Win2k CD.
This is cool cause everyone has experiences rebooting an NT4 box with the NT4 CD still in the drive, few minutes later you'll find you NT4 box in setup. This is more inconvenient if you remotely rebooted your NT4 box!
Extra TIP! after installing your servers change the BIOS settings of the server only to boot from the hard drive and not floppy or CD-rom. Then you won't have the surprise of remotely rebooting a machine from your home to solve a problem and discover it won't come up, after driving to the office on your free Sunday you find a floppy in the drive.....
NT 4 Enterprise Edition is a double CD,
but you can make it one by creating your custom boot enterprise CD:
Remove the install files of the CPU type you'll never use, in most cases just leave the install files of i386.
Now you have space to fill with the second CD and an unpacked Service Pack6!
Can't help you on this one, but now I have all the Logo's ;-)
Last updated 11-07-2003 09:35:06 +0200
I'm still experimenting with unattended scripts and include extra drivers and sp3 hot fixes. I'll update this page when that works correctly.
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