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Slipstreaming OfficeXP SP2
Date 22 August 2002
Author Kevin Baker


Slipstreaming is the process of applying a Service pack, in this case, Office XP service pack 2, to a CD. What this means, is when you install Office XP from this to-be-created CD, it automatically has the Service Pack 2 files on it, therefore saving you time when installing Office. We also have the option of integrating the CD-Key into our Office install, so you don't need to worry about typing it in wrong. Note that this article uses tools provided by Microsoft and is not intended to in any way endorse software piracy.
  1. Insert your Office XP CD1
  2. Open the autorun.inf file, and see what setup file it links to. Write this down. I shall refer to this as [Setup File]
  3. Go into a command prompt (Start-run-command for Win9x, start-run-cmd for 2k/XP)
  4. Type
    [CDROM DRIVE]:\[Setupfile].exe /a
    So, if your CD-ROM drive was D:\ and your [Setup File] was setuppls.exe, it'd be:
    d:\setuppls.exe /a
  5. Specify the directory you want Office files copied to on your HDD. This is where we will be slipstreaming the files to. I'll use C:\Office10 as an example.
  6. Type in your CD-KEY, this will auto-insert it for you when you are installing from your soon-to-be CD, saving you doing it :)
  7. Once all the files are copied, and you get the "Office XP ** Setup has completed sucessfully" message, hit OK.
  8. Download the Admin Pack SP2 from Microsoft here to a directory that is not the one from the previous steps..
  9. Run the Admin SP, and tell it a directory of your choice, NOT THE DIRECTORY THAT YOU HAVE MADE WITH THE CD-ROM SETUP. I'll use c:\OffXPSP2 as an example.
  10. Open up the command prompt again, and type the following command (if you have used my example directories. If you havn't, you should be able to figure it out.) Note: The MSI filename can be found by looking in the c:\Office10\ directory, it has .MSI as the extention
    msiexec /p c:\OffXPSP2\MAINSP2ff.msp /a C:\Office10\PROPLUS.MSI SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE /qb
Once this has finished, you have now got a directory, C:\Office10, that contains the setup files to install Office XP with a Slipstreamed SP2 and an auto-inserted serial number. Burn this directory to a CD, and you're done. Once burnt, you can delete all directories created from following this guide.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

All original content copyright James Rolfe.
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