After spending time building a bootable Windows CD with the latest service
pack slipstreamed into it (See Part
1) I wanted to dive into integrating
Windows’ critical updates into the install. The first article in this series
is extremely important and I will refer to it throughout this document
so please read Part
1 before continuing with this article.
I will also be working from the directories I had already created from
the previous article.
of Part 1 from December Techtrax
CD’s (You may go through a couple cycles)
Updates listed below (Available from www.microsoft.com)
Gathering the Hotfixes
After building the Windows CD with the slipstreamed service pack from the
article provided in the December issue of Techtrax we are going to want to
add the critical updates to it. In order to do that, we will need to determine
the critical updates that need to be installed. Fortunately, this was already
done, but if you were to do this on your own the easiest way would be to
go to Microsoft’s Windows Update page after installing Windows from the CD
you had created in the previous article. To date, the current list of critical
updates you will need is as follows:
Knowledge base article 330994
Knowledge base article 814078
Knowledge base article 816093
Knowledge base article 817787
Knowledge base article 819696
Knowledge base article 823182
Knowledge base article 824105
Knowledge base article 824141
Knowledge base article 825119
Knowledge base article 826939
Knowledge base article 828026
Knowledge base article 828028
Knowledge base article 828035
Knowledge base article 832483
Knowledge base article 832894
Knowledge base article 282784 (Qchain.exe)
Create a directory on your drive to download the critical update to. I created
a folder WinXP_Updates as seen in the image below, but you
can use your own naming convention.
Download the critical updates to the directory you created and note the
naming conventions. The downloaded files have a number of naming conventions
as seen in the image below.
I advise when downloading the critical updates to rename the files then.
Use the QXXXXXX.exe format where the XXXXXX is the Knowledgebase article
number. After completing the downloads and renaming the files, the directory
should look like the following image (I named the qchain.exe download Q282784_Qchain.exe).
Slipstream the Update Rollout 1 (KB826939) into the Windows XP installation
First the Update Rollout 1 must be slipstreamed into the installation of
Windows XP. This update contains 23 critical updates and integrates them
into the installation of Windows XP. For more information on the Update Rollout
1, please visit the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=826939.
Double click the Q826939.exe file and it will extract the files to a temp
directory that it will create using random numbers and letters like in the
Once the extraction is complete, a Welcome to the Windows XP KB826939
Setup Wizard will appear. Leave this window open and browse to the
directory the extraction created,
they are created at the root of the drive. Copy the sp2 folder to
the WinXP_Updates created.
Note: If the extraction is done on any other platform except Windows
XP, you will receive an error message like the following image. If this window
is closed before copying the sp2 directory, the temp folder will be removed.
Once the sp2 directory is copied you can exit the setup or ok the error
window that appeared. Now comes the complicated part.
Delete the following files from the i386 directory of your Windows installation
directory (This is the directory used for creating the Windows CD).
Next, copy all the files from the sp2 directory into the i386 directory
you deleted from. This will create an Update folder in the i386 directory.
Next, open the DOSNET.inf file located in the i386 directory.
Add the following to the file (see the image below for a visual).
Then, add the following entries under [ForceCopyDriverCabFiles] in
Do not delete the files already listed—just add these after the last
The SVCPACK.inf File
Download the following file AutomateWin2KInstall_Part2.zip [1k].
Inside you'll find the following file: SVCPACK.inf.
Save this file into the i386 directory.
This file does two things.
- If you open the file you can see the section [ProductCatalogsToInstall].
This installs the Update Rollout 1.
- The next section is [SetupHotfixesToRun].
Listed here is update.exe –q –n,
which gives the command line switches to install the
Update Rollout 1. The remaining are the critical updates that we are
going to slipstream into the installation. And qchain.exe allows
for all the critical updates to get installed.
The Critical Update Files
Finish up the project by copying all the critical updates downloaded to
the Update directory in the i386 directory as in the image
below. Finally, extract the Q282784_Qchain.exe by double clicking
the file. Copy qchain.exe to the same directory with the critical updates
and the project will be complete.
Burn Baby Burn!
Using the same settings for writing the CD from the December
the CD. Once you are done you should have a working bootable Windows XP CD
with Service Pack 1a and the critical updates integrated into the installation.
critical updates were not installed articles Q832414 and Q817787.
I am currently looking into adding this to next month’s article.
am working on the same directions for Windows 2000 with all the
critical updates. Hopefully next month I will have some directions
to complete this.
you next month with more automation.