How do I create a bootable Windows 2000 CD-ROM with a service pack slipstreamed?

A. Win2K introduced to service packs the slipstream ability, which lets you apply a service pack to a Win2K installation distribution point so that any clients you instal from that location automatically have the service pack applied. Without much more effort, you can burn this slipstreamed installation to a CD-ROM to enable Win2K installs from a bootable CD-ROM.

  1. Copy the entire structure of the Win2K CD-ROM to a folder on your local disk (e.g., c:\temp\win2000pro).
  2. Slipstream the service pack to this installation point (you must point to the root of the CD-ROM's COPIED location and not to the I386 folder—e.g., c:\win2ksp2\i386\update\update -s:c:\temp\win2000pro.)
  3. The installation point will now have the service pack applied, and the root will include a couple of extra files; the important file is the one that indicates that the service pack is installed. This is an empty file with a name of cdrom_sp.tst if Service Pack 1 (SP1) is slipstreamed or cdromsp2.tst if SP2 is slipstreamed.
  4. Other important files that should be in the root of the distribution area are listed below:
    • CDROM_NT.5—Identifier indicating that the CD-ROM contains Windows NT 5.0 (i.e., Win2K)
    • CDROM_IP.5—Identifier indicating that the CD-ROM contains the professional version
    • CDROM_IS.5—Identifier indicating that the CD-ROM contains the server version
    • CDROM_IA.5—Identifier indicating that the CD-ROM contains the advanced server version
  5. Create the CD-ROM.
  6. You need the boot sector for the CD-ROM, which I explain how to get in FAQ How do I create a bootable Windows 2000/NT installation CD-ROM?. Or you download the boot sector that I extracted:
  7. You should then burn the CD-ROM (see the FAQ mentioned in the previous step). Steps 8 through 18 are the steps you would perform if you use Adaptec's Easy CD Creator.
  8. Start Easy CD Creator.
  9. From the File menu, select New CD Project, Bootable CD.
  10. For the boot settings, set the emulation to No Emulation, Load Segment to 0x7c0, and Sector Count to 4. Click Browse, and select the boot image (e.g., w2kcdbt.bin). Click OK.

  11. Click here to view image

  12. Add all the files in the Win2K folder to the CD-ROM folder (so CDROM_NT.5, etc. will be at the root of the CD-ROM).
  13. Right-click the root of the CD-ROM, and select Properties.
  14. Change the volume label to W2PFPP_EN for Win2K Professional, W2SFPP_EN for Win2K Server, and W2AFPP_EN for Win2K Advanced Server.
  15. Change the File System to ISO9660.
  16. Click OK.
  17. Click Record.
  18. Under Record Method, select Finalize CD, and under Record Options, select Record CD. Click Start Recording.
  19. When the recording is complete, remove the CD-ROM. You can delete the temporary Win2K local folder.
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