Requested to insert XP SP3 CD problem


I have a number of clients with XP Pro SP2 (OEM or installation via CD) and then moved to SP3 via the web update. A few days ago, a number of these clients rang and advised  that they were receiving the message "insert your windows xp professional service pack 3 cd now" - something that would appear with an SFC command.
Now, we have SP2 CDs in most cases, but no SP3 CD. I have extraced the SP3 patch to a CD trying to have the I386 files in their own directory and at the root, and the message advises that the CD is not the right one - admittedly I didnt know what the CD should be labelled.

For those of us with out SP3 CDs, how can I use the downloaded update to make such a CD to sort these error messages out, and by the way, does anybody know what patch/update triggered this?
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smiffy13Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Are these clients also using CA's anti-virus? If so, CA had a problem recently which should now be fixed, it identified a few files as infected and moved them to it's quarantine folder. After that users were requested to insert their SP3 CD to restore the deleted files. They can fix the issue by opening the quarantine folder and restoring the files from there.
akahanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
They should be able to use their SP2 CD's, even though it's asking for an SP3 CD.  SFC will (normally!) get files from the SP2 CD, and look on the hard drive, in the C:\windows\servicepackfiles directory (and subdirectories off of that, mostly i386) to find the updated versions of the files it needs.

Have they actually TRIED using their SP2 CD's even though it's asking for SP3?
debuggerauConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use nlite to slipstream the SP3 into a SP2 CD..
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hainsNET--What are the clients doing when they get the message about the need to insert the XP CD?
Does that message have a title bar to indicate the source of the message?  Ditto for the other message about the CD not being the right one?  Does the latter message give any options (like a Retry button or OK button)?  Perhaps a screenshot?
hainsNET--One specific thought.  Might an SFC scan be scheduled to run from time to time?
hainsNETAuthor Commented:
Yes the clients are using CA, and some files were quarantined! Excellent. Thankyou - I'll get onto this.

Thanks also to akahan and debuggerau for your help re the SP2/SP3 side of things.

Thanks also to jcimarron.

hainsNET--If you have time, tell us the solution.  Thanks.
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