How can I use slipstreaming to install Windows 2000 and a service pack at the same time?

A. To slipstream install Win2K and a service pack, follow these steps:

  1. Create a distribution folder and share named C:\win2000 on your Win2K server.
  2. At the command prompt, type XCOPY \ C:\win2000 /e.
  3. To slipstream the service pack, run \update.exe /s:C:\win2000.
  4. Install Win2K from the distribution share.

During installation, update.exe /s: builds a %systemroot%\svcpack.log file. You might want to rename this log file to prevent another slipstream installation from overwriting it. Be aware that you can't uninstall slipstreamed service packs and that slipstreaming replaces installation files with service pack files and modifies the necessary checksums.

If your slipstream installation generates an error message, see Why do I get an error message when I slipstream install Windows 2000 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) from a nonbootable CD-ROM?.

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