How can I create a Windows Server 2003 bootable CD-ROM that has
Service Pack 1 (SP1) slipstreamed into it?
To create a bootable Windows 2003 CD-ROM, you
first need to extract the boot sector of an existing Windows 2003
installation CD-ROM. (This procedure should also work to create a
Windows XP bootable CD-ROM; simply capture the boot sector of an XP
To extract the boot sector, I used the IsoBuster
CD-ROM and DVD data-recovery tool, which you can download here .
After you install IsoBuster, perform these steps:
1. Insert the Windows 2003 CD-ROM that you want
to integrate with SP1.
2. Open IsoBuster and select Bootable CD from the
left pane, right-click the Microsoft Corporation.img file, and
select Extract Microsoft Corporation.img from the context menu, as
the figure shows.
3. Enter a name for the boot sector you're
extracting and click Save.
4. Exit IsoBuster. Alternatively, you can use a
pre-extracted Windows 2003 boot sector file called
Windows2003StdCDBootSector.img , which you can download from
Next, you'll create the new structure for the
Windows 2003 with integrated SP1 CD-ROM by performing these steps:
1. Create a new folder on a local file system,
and name the folder windows2003sp1.
2. Copy the contents of the existing Windows 2003
CD-ROM to the new folder.
3. Create an extracted version of the service
pack that you want to slipstream (in this example, SP1). To do so,
download the service pack, then execute it with the /x switch, as in
the following example:
4. Open the extracted service pack, navigate to
the "update" subfolder, and run this command: update /integrate: as
in this example
You can also choose to not extract the service
pack first and instead simply add the /integrate switch to the
downloaded SP1 file, as in this example:
The integrate switch tells the update
command to integrate the service pack files into an existing Windows
2003 installation source. You can also update the support tools and
deployment tools with their SP1 versions. (For download information,
see the FAQ "Where can I get the updated support tools and
deployment tools for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)?" at
Rename the downloaded deployment tools .cab file
to deploy.cab and place the file in the \support\tools subfolder of
the Windows 2003 CD-ROM folder that has the slipstreamed SP1
(replacing the existing deploy.cab file). To update the SP1 support
tools, extract them to a new folder using the command \c \t as in
D:\temp\windowsserver2003-kb892777-supporttools-x86-enu.exe /c /t:d:\temp\2003sp1suptools
Copy the four extracted files (sup_pro.cab,
sup_srv.cab, support.cab, and suptools.msi) to the \support\tools
folder of the Windows 2003 folder. You're now ready to burn this new
structure and the boot sector you extracted earlier to a CD-ROM to
make a bootable Windows 2003 CD-ROM that has SP1 slipstreamed into
For this example, I used the Nero 6.6 CD-ROM
burning software, but you can use any CD-ROM burner software that
lets you create a bootable CD-ROM. To create the Windows 2003
CD-ROM, perform these steps:
1. Start the Nero or other CD-ROM burning
2. From the File menu, select New.
3. From the list of CD type options, select
4. Select the Boot tab, then select "Image file"
and enter the location of your boot sector image file. Check the
"Enable expert settings" and set the emulation to "No Emulation."
Set the load segment to 07C0 and the number of sectors to 4, as the
5. Select the Label tab and enter the volume
label of the original CD-ROM (e.g., NRMSFPP_EN for Windows 2003
6. Under Burn CD, select the "Finalize CD (No
further writing possible!)" option.
7. Click New.
8. Drag all the files from the Windows 2003 with
slipstreamed SP1 folder to the CD project, as the figure shows.
9. From the Recorder menu, select Burn
Compilation. Click Burn.
The application then creates your SP1-integrated
bootable Windows 2003 CD-ROM.