The simplest way to create a Bootable Windows XP Pro or Home Installation CD Slipstreamed with SP3 is to use Autostreamer
. You point to your XP Pro/Home CD, the SP3 Service Pack .exe file, give it a path to write the .iso file to and off it goes. In 5 or 10 minutes you have a .iso file that you can burn to CD with almost any CD burner program you want to use. I used Roxio 7. There is also a good freeware burner called ImgBurn
which will do this for you.
Here is the link to Autostreamer
You can download the SP3 .exe here: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
If you have an original XP Install CD with no Service Pack applied, not even SP1a then you will need to do the above in two steps. First you will have to splistream SP2 then repeat for SP3.
You can download SP2 .exe here: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
An excellent alternative is nLite
. It allows you to merge SP2/SP3/Windows Updates into a new XP CD image that you can install from. Takes a bit of fiddling with but worth the effort since it also allows you to pre-answer all the questions asked during install so all you have to do is boot the new CD, select where you want to install, format or not and go to lunch. When you come back the install is finished and your are at the latest Service Pack and Update level. See here:http://www.nliteos.com/
If you have Vista, then give Vlite a try:http://www.vlite.net/
Use this site to get the MS updates: http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/
You can also get updates from an MS site but it takes more work: http://windowsxp.mvp...saveupdates.htm