This post will show how including updates with Windows XP is easier than you think. There are tools out there to help slipstream the updates. Since there are so many Windows XP patches, this saves a ton of time.

First you will need to grab the UDC script (previously at To get all the updates, simply run it. Feel free to ween out any updates you do not need. Also, be sure to read the footnote on the UDC website.

If you want to run IE8:

  • Replace WindowsXP-KB2586448-x86-ENU.exe with IE8-WindowsXP-KB2586448-x86-ENU.exe
  • Replace WindowsXP-KB2510581-x86-ENU.exe with IE8-WindowsXP-KB2510531-x86-ENU.exe
  • Replace WindowsXP-KB2544521-x86-ENU.exe with IE8-WindowsXP-KB2544521-x86-ENU.exe

When you burn a disc or make a bootable flash drive, be sure to add the following batch file in the same folder as the updates:

echo Installing post SP3 updates...
for %%a in (*.exe) do (
start /wait %%a /quiet /norestart /nobackup )

Note: /nobackup is optional

After your Windows XP install, simply run the batch file.

That's how including updates with Windows XP makes everything so much easier. I've probably installed Windows XP 200 times before making things easy on myself.

Update: it looks like the last update here was on September 21, 2015, but they posted a tweet on the page – “The cats out of the bag. Softpedia published article about it so here goes. Get XP updates til 2019 w/ this reg file.“.

Additional Method of Packaging Windows XP

Another great tool is a Windows installation customizer called nLite.

You can choose which components to install, whether it's patches or not:

  • Service Pack Integration
  • Component Removal
  • Unattended Setup
  • Driver Integration
  • Hotfixes Integration
  • Tweaks
  • Services Configuration
  • Patches
  • Bootable ISO creation

Give it a whirl when you get some free time.

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