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Slipstream Service Pack 1 into your Vista disc

Rather than installing Vista Service Pack 1 on top of my existing Vista installation, I prefer to slipstream it into a new install disc so it's already there upon installation. Although Microsoft's official stance is that SP1 can't be slipstreamed (see this article by Paul Thurrott), this method worked fine for me and countless others. To create a bootable Vista install disc that includes SP1, follow these steps. This works for any version of Vista.
  1. Create a folder on your C: drive named vista.
  2. Copy everything from your Vista install DVD to C:\vista.
  3. Download Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Standalone (that's the 32-bit version; get the 64-bit version here) from Microsoft to the C: drive.
  4. Download and install vLite.
  5. Run vLite. Point it to C:\vista for your Vista source. Choose your Vista version.
  6. On the Tasks screen, check Service Pack Slipstream and Bootable ISO. Click Next.
  7. Point vLite to the SP1 executable you saved to C:.
  8. vLite will integrate the SP1 files into your Vista installation source. This could take well over an hour.
  9. On the ISO screen, select your Mode (Direct Burn, Create Image, etc.).
  10. If you chose Create Image, choose a label and filename for your ISO. vLite will create an ISO (disc image file) that you can burn to DVD with your favorite DVD ISO burning program.
  11. Boot from this DVD and install Vista as normal. You may want to hold off on entering your Product Key until after you know Vista is running OK.
Once installation completes, you'll have a fresh copy of Vista that already includes SP1.

For vLite's slipstreaming instructions, see their Slipstream Vista Service Pack documentation.
For more about vLite, see their limited but still helpful vLite documentation.


Bird Champ said…
That's all very useful information, but how can I slipstream my Vista installation without a Vista Install DVD?
warnerchad said…
I'm not sure I understand the question. Do you want to slipstream a service pack into an installation source other than the Vista DVD?

Or do you just want to install a service pack in your current installation of Vista?

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