Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4 (Unofficial).
I am pleased to present the alpha build of the Windows XP SP4 update rollup package. Windows XP SP4 (Service Pack 4) is a cumulative update rollup for Windows XP.
Like its predecessor, Windows XP SP4 can installed on any version of Windows XP with SP1 or later installed or slipstreamed into any Home, Professional, Media Center, Tablet PC, K, N, KN, Starter installation source. It includes all updated components and hotfixes for Windows XP (there are a few updates and components which have not been yet integrated) in a single, convenient package. Windows XP SP4 is fast and robust and, for the first time, it's an update pack that fully reproduces Microsoft SFC signatures. Except for the SP4 package installer main executable (update.exe) I'm proud to say that no other binary file has been patched, everything is original from Microsoft Corporation.
Another cool feature of Windows XP SP4 is that it's possible to split the slipstreamed installation source into 2 650 MB CD-ROMs, which can be essential for older computers.
Unfortunately, this feature currently makes nLite to crash when it processes an SP4 installation source. I have already contacted nuhi, nLite's developer, and I'm sure he will look into this soon. The Alpha 2 build doesn't make nLite crash and you can tweak your XP installation image without problems.
Download at Windows XP SP4 development thread at RyanVM.net: http://www.ryanvm.ne...p=136387#136387
Latest Build: Alpha 2 (5 March 2014)
Size: 663 MB (695759427 bytes)
1. What's included in Windows XP SP4
The attached text file has it all.
2. Installing Windows XP SP4 Alpha
On a system running Windows XP SP1 or later (not Windows Embedded or Windows FLP) double-click the Windows XP SP4 installer EXE file and follow on-screen instructions.
- You have to install Windows XP SP4 while you're logged in as an administrator. You also have to log in as Administrator at the first installation reboot.
- If, for some reason, you're not certain about XP SP4 and you're thinking about uninstalling it afterwards, a good idea is to create an image backup of your system. Although Windows XP SP4 uninstallation procedure has been tested, you may observe some unexpected system behaviour after uninstalling the SP4 (or any official service pack). For that reason, reverting to the backed up image would be the ideal solution.
- It is recommended that you uninstall Windows Search 4.0 before you install Windows XP SP4. Windows XP SP4 includes Windows Search as an optional component - disabled by default, but this makes Windows Explorer shut down (crash) if Windows Search is running during SP4 installation process
- Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 and 2004 are automatcially upgraded to Media Center 2005 with Update Rollup 2 and all of its updates. To ensure proper MCE functionality after installing Windows XP SP4 it is recommended that you:
a) Browse to C:\WINDOWS\ehome after first installation reboot
Double-click medctrro.cmd in order to execute the medcttro batch file.
c) Wait for about 1-2 minutes then launch Media Center 2005.
3. Slipstreaming Windows XP SP4 Alpha
The official method:
a. Copy the Windows XP installation source to an empty folder, let's say C:\XPPRO. For MCE media, you have to copy the 2 setup disks (not the Updates disk) to the same directory. In addition, for K, KN, and N media there is an extra step you have to do:
- Inside the C:\XPPRO directory create one empty tag file named either (without extension):
WIN51NIC if you're using XP Home N or
WIN51NIP if you're using XP Pro N or
WIN51KIC if you're using XP Home K or
WIN51KIP if you're using XP Pro K or
WIN51KNIC if you're using XP Home KN or
WIN51KNIP if you're using XP Pro KN.
b. Open an elevated command prompt and go to the directory where the Windows XP SP4 installer resides. For our example, type this command:
and press ENTER.
IMPORTANT: You have to execute this command on a running Windows XP 32-bit system.
c. Wait until slipstreaming completes and you get the "Integrated install is complete" message.
d. Burn the C:\XPPRO contents to a bootable disk, which must support long file names. If you want to split to 2 CD-ROMs then you should know that the contents of the CMPNENTS directory, except for the CMPNENTS\STARTER directory, and the WIN51CD2 tag file must be present only on the second CD-ROM. If there is CMPNENTS\STARTER directory, then you should create an empty folder CMPNENTS on the first disk ISO and move the STARTER directory to that folder.
I hope there will be specialized slipstreaming tools to automate this process in the future.
Windows XP SP4 is not yet final, but it runs smoothly and it may speed up your system a little bit.
It won't include any SCSI/RAID drivers or third-party components: there are many tools out there which will help you with that.
Enjoy Windows XP Service Pack 4.
This is Windows XP SP4 slipstreamed in a Windows XP Home N installation source.
Edited by harkaz, Today, 05:08 PM.