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9/16/2004
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Fred Langa
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Langa Letter: How To Save An Hour (Or More) On XP Installs

Prepatch your XP Setup CD once, and never have to install SP2 again. Fred Langa walks you through a 16-step process.

The Steps Required
Step One: Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the top level of your hard drive, or to some other suitable location that's easy to get back to.

Step Two: Create a new folder. We'll use this new folder to hold the components of your CD project. You can give it any name, but for clarity, let's call it XPSP2 in this working example.

Step Three: Open the newly created XPSP2 folder. Inside, create three new (empty) folders; name them Root, Boot, and SP2. These folders will house various components that later will be combined into a new, pre-patched setup CD.

Create a working folder for your CD project in a convenient location (e.g. c:\) and with an obvious name. The disk you select to host the project should have at least about one gigabyte free.

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Create these three empty folders inside your main project folder. These subfolders will be used to store the working pieces of the new CD you're building.

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Step Two:

Create a working folder for your CD project in a convenient location (e.g. c:\) and with an obvious name. The disk you select to host the project should have at least about one gigabyte free.

Step Three:

Create these three empty folders inside your main project folder. These subfolders will be used to store the working pieces of the new CD you're building.

Copying Files, Folders
Step Four: Put your original, unpatched XP installation CD in the CD drive; copy all of its files and folders to the new "Root" folder you just created in Step Three. (i.e. C:\XPSP2\ROOT )

Step Five: Open the Root folder; you'll see the files that have just been copied from the installation CD. Click to open the Support folder; then click to open the Tools folder inside that. Delete the file named "deploy.cab" inside the Tools folder. (In other words, delete: C:\XPSP2\ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\DEPLOY.CAB )

Copying the contents of your original read-only setup CD to a normal read/writable hard drive makes the setup files patchable. Getting the files off the CD can take a long time on older, slower systems, but isn't too onerous on newer PCs.

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The original Deploy.Cab, in the \ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ folder, must be deleted. Later, we'll replace it with an updated Deploy.Cab.

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Step Four:

Copying the contents of your original read-only setup CD to a normal read/writable hard drive makes the setup files patchable. Getting the files off the CD can take a long time on older, slower systems, but isn't too onerous on newer PCs.

Step Five:

The original Deploy.Cab, in the \ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ folder, must be deleted. Later, we'll replace it with an updated Deploy.Cab.

Step Six: Download the (free) "Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools" from Microsoft.

Download an Install Package
Step Seven: The file you download In Step Six will have a name like "WindowsXP-KB838080-SP2-DeployTools-ENU.cab". Rename this to "deploy.cab" and copy it into the C:\XPSP2\ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ folder, replacing the "deploy.cab" you previously deleted there.

Microsoft's free ''Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools'' can be downloaded for free, and will become the basis of the new ''Deploy.Cab'' you'll need for your prepatched setup CD.

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The original Deploy.Cab, in the \ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ folder, must be deleted. Later, we'll replace it with an updated Deploy.Cab.

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Step Six:

Microsoft's free "Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools" can be downloaded for free, and will become the basis of the new "Deploy.Cab" you'll need for your prepatched setup CD.

Step Seven:

Rename the Deployment Tools to "deploy.cab" and copy them to the \ROOT\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ folder.

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