How to slipstream hotfixes that replace pre-existing driver files


This article describes how to correctly slipstream a hotfixed version of a pre-existing file that is contained in the file of a Windows XP distribution share, a Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)-or-later distribution share, or a Windows Server 2003 distribution share.

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Some hotfixes provided by Microsoft replace pre-existing files that are contained in the file. Windows Setup may not use the updated file, and may instead revert to using the file contained in the file.

To slipstream the hotfixed file into a distribution share and make sure that Windows Setup does not use the pre-existing (in-box) version of the file instead of the hotfixed version of the file, follow these steps:
  1. Connect to the network or computer that you want to create the distribution folder on.
  2. Create an i386 distribution folder by typing the following (using the appropriate drive name):
    MD E:\i386
  3. Use the xcopy command-line utility to copy the files and subfolders from the Windows 2000 SP3, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM (integrated installation) to the E:\i386 folder. For example, if your CD-ROM drive is drive D, type the following:
    XCOPY /E /I /V D:\i386 E:\i386
  4. Create an E:\i386\svcpack folder. For example, to create a svcpack subfolder in the i386 folder, type the following:
    MD E:\i386\SVCPACK
  5. Copy the hotfix executable program (Qnnnnnn_XXX_YYY_ZZZ_LL.exe) to the E:\i386\svcpack folder by using the 8.3 naming format (Qnnnnnn.exe), where nnnnnn represents the actual hotfix number.

    If you are deploying multiple hotfixes, rename all of the hotfix package files.
  6. Expand the hotfix to a unique temporary location. For example, to expand the files to a folder named samplefolder, type the following:
    E:\i386\svcpack\Qnnnnnn /X E:\samplefolder
  7. Copy the catalog files (.cat) and hotfix binary files (such as .exe, .dll, .sys), as follows:
    1. Copy to the E:\i386\svcpack folder. If you will be deploying multiple hotfixes together, make sure that you copy all catalog files from each of the hotfixes to be deployed. Each hotfix has a unique catalog file that you must copy in the format.
    2. If any binary files exist in multiple packages, keep only the file with the highest version number.
    3. Delete any binary files to be replaced in the i386 folder (typically you can identify these files in the shared folder by the underscore [_] at the end of each file name).
    4. Copy the hotfix binary files into the i386 folder.

      You do not have to copy Update.exe, Update.inf, SPmsg.dll, SPcustom.dll, SPuninst.exe, Update.ver, or symbols (.pdb) files.
  8. Delete the E:\i386\Svcpack.inf file.
  9. Create a new Svcpack.inf file at E:\i386\Svcpack.inf, using the following content:


    Signature="$Windows NT$"



    Q810400.exe /q /n /z
    Important If you plan to deploy multiple hotfixes together, add an entry for each hotfix under both [ProductCatalogsToInstall] and [SetupHotfixesToRun] (as shown following this paragraph). The following lines are a sample of these sections for an installation that multiple hotfixes are installed in. If you are installing a service pack, you do not have to include details about the service pack because it is included in the installation independent of this process.


    Q123456.exe /q /n /z
    Q123478.exe /q /n /z
    Q123490.exe /q /n /z
  10. Edit the E:\i386\Dosnet.inf file by making the following changes:
    1. Add the svcpack folder name to the [OptionalSrcDirs] section:
    2. Add the names of the hotfixed files to the [ForceCopyDriverCabFiles] section. This section is located at the end of the Dosnet.inf file. For example:
The distribution share is now configured and can be used to install the operating system with the included hotfixes.

Note The instructions in this article are intended for slipstreaming driver-related hotfixes only. Non-driver hotfixes or security hotfixes must be slipstreamed by using the instructions that are documented in the following Knowledge Base article: For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
828930 How to integrate software updates into your Windows installation source files

Integrating a service pack is only supported with Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. It is not supported with Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.