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Make an Office XP CD with Integrated Service Pack 1, aka Slipstreaming

Written By:
Date Posted:
February 11, 2002

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If you're like me; i.e., you're not the brightest bulb in the room, you're likely the type who is constantly reinstalling your OS and applications on your PC. The obvious solution is to not install flakey software, or to create disk images. I actually do the latter, but sometimes I like to reinstall from scratch. Other than the hassle of reinstalling applications and stuff, the number two hassle is patches, be it driver or application updates.

For those of you running Office XP, you're probably aware, or at least you should be, that . For me, this patch solved more problems than it created, so in my opinion, this is a must have patch. It's available for download, and you can choose to download the , or simply use the the . For those of you on dial-up, you can order the for free in the US and Canada. Finally, there is another downloadable, which is the . It's a big one, 39.1MB, but it will update any version of Office XP you may have.

Depending on how you aquire the update, it's still a bother to some people to install the patch, after installing Office XP. Your CD is typically required (more annoying if you keep your CDs locked away from your desk), and if you're running Windows 2000, you may need to reboot (unless you update to ). To avoid all this, the easiest thing to do is to create an integrated Office XP CD with Service Pack 1. For the purposes of this guide, we'll be using the Administrative Update. I tried using the 17MB update, but it doesn't seem to acheive our intended goal. :\

Before I begin, at the time of this writing, Service Pack 1 includes all the previous patches and updates from the Office Update site, except for one, so you'll still need to apply the patches released after Service Pack 1. You can choose to install them the old fashion way; i.e., download them, but I'll demonstrate how to integrate it into this CD, otherwise know as "slipstreaming".


Before we begin anything, you'll need to have a few things...

1) Office XP CD (duh!) - We're going to be using Microsoft Office XP Professional w/Frontpage

2) The

3) CDR/CDRW drive, CD burning software and at least 525MB of free space on your hard drives

Really, the CDR/CDRW and software are optional. You can simply leave the installation files on your disks fi you have the room to spare.

Step 1

You need to insert the Office XP CD into your drive, navigate to your "Start" button, select "Run" and type "x:\setup /a", where x is the physical drive your CD drive is assigned. My drive happens to be "h", so your drive assignment may differ.

This is going to start the install process of Office XP. You'll be presented with the option of where you want the files to go (I chose "d:\office"), and you'll be asked to enter your CD key.

After entering the CD key, you'll be presented with the End User License Agreement that we all love to read. Uh..., you'll have to accept the terms before continuing. It's going to appear to be installing, but in fact, your files are being copied over to your hard drive...

Assuming you didn't run out of disk space, or cancel the install process, a few more Windows Installer messages will appear, then the completion window will pop up. This will take a while, depending on the speed of your system, as the entire Office XP CD is copied to your hard drive.




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