Slipstreamed Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 Screen Shots

I've posted a few screen shots of Windows Server 2003 SP1 Release Candidate 1 to give you a flavour....

To do this, I first built a slip-stream ISO of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and installed it under Virtual PC. There's lots of information out on the Internet on how to make slip-stream CDs, but in summary:

  • Use something like ISOBuster to extract a base Windows Server 2003 Enterprise CD to a directory on the hard disk e.g. c:tempNRMEFPP_EN.
  • Extract the bootable bits which should include a .img file to (for example) c:tempBootCD
  • From a command prompt, run the SP1 RC download executable to extract to a temporary directory:
    "spsr1 /U /X:c:tempservicepack"
  • From c:tempservicepacki386update, run "update /S:c:tempNRMEFPP_EN"
  • Using your favorite burning tool, build a bootable ISO image disk using the contents of c:tempNRMEFPP_EN and the .img file from the first step.
  • Use the new ISO image to boot from and install into a new Virtual PC

Click each thumbnail to view

While installing
(No perceptable change) 
The first boot (notice 2004)
Windows firewall on the Control Panel menu
Windows Firewall General Tab
Help About
Firewall exceptions after configuring a File and Print role


Comments (6)

  1. dl91715 says:

    "From c:tempservicepacki386update, run "update /S:c:tempNRMEFPP_EN" "

    anything missing? How’s that work?

    BTW,I don’t have a Virtual PC installed.

  2. John Howard [MSFT] says:

    The update command simply unpacks the service pack overwriting the base files you grabbed from the original installation CD with the ones from the service pack.

    There’s a good article about slipstreaming over on Toms Hardware at When I was trying to do this, I did a quick search for "slipstream" on the internet to get the process as it’s quite been a while since I last slipstreamed an installation.

    The process I described isn’t unique to using Virtual PC – all the slipstreaming was done physically on the host. I just installed the slipstreamed image that was created at the end of the day into a virtual pc, but it could have as easily been a normal pc/server.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Martin Poulsen says:

    I’m having problems with the slipstreamed installation of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003. The cd boots perfectly, but during the copy of installation files, it stops with the following message: "Setup Cannot copy the file: cyclad-z.inf" and the same for cyclom-y.inf. The two files are in the i386 directoy as cyclad-z.in_ and cyclom-y.in_ and I have no problems copying them on another computer. Pressing ESC skips the files and the setup continues and the system seems to be working fine. I have followed the guide at Toms Hardware, I can’t see that I’m doing something wrong. What options are you using in Nero? I have set emulation to none, cleared the boot message, Load segment of sectors (hex) are set to 07C0 and Number of loaded sectors are set to 4 – is this correct?

  4. John Howard [MSFT] says:

    Hi Martin – Sorry for delay in replying – have been enjoying a few days break 🙂

    I didn’t use Nero as I don’t have a license for use at work 🙁

    I used the free cd burner software (cdburn.exe) which is included in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools which can be downloaded from

    Give it a go if you haven’t managed to work out the Nero settings….
    Hope this helps

  5. Martin Poulsen says:

    Hi John,

    Thank you for your answer. After a little bit searching I managed to figure out what was wrong. I simply used the wrong character set. It is set to ISO9660 per default, which means some characters are converted i.e. hyphen is converted to underscore. I changed the character set to DOS, burned the ISO and no files were missing during installation.

  6. John Howard [MSFT] says:

    Glad to hear the issues are resolved. I’ll remember the solution next time I use Nero to do something similar. Have fun playing with the RC.

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