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Windows clean install - Possible to slipstream service packs into initial install?

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Let's say I have a client box running one of the following operating systems:  Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server.  I'm running a clean install on the box using the original Windows OEM OS. Of course, after I run the initial install, I need to run Windows updates and more Windows updates and more Windows updates....

Is there a workaround to include the Windows updates in the initial install?  

The workaround needs to be completely on the up-and-up with the licensing process.  The box and the associated OEM OS are fully licensed, and I want them to remain so.
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For XP use NLITE


For Vista/windows 7 us Vlite

I don't think you can slipstream multiple service packs.

I usually make a saved search on auction sites to watch for the latest install media without a key for a reasonable price if they're not available from the computer's manufacturer (where they're typically free, or not much more than shipping cost).

You can download ISO's of security updates from microsoft on a monthly basis

There are various programs that will connect to Windows Update, download all updates for a particular OS, then create an ISO for you to apply them all at once...
DonNetwork Administrator

1. nLite allows you to customize your installation of Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows 2003. You can integrate service packs and hotfixes from Microsoft directly into your windows distribution files without having to re-download and install them every time you need to re-install windows.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
nlite as recommended by dstewartjr

And also see RyanVM Forums http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/index.php for a lot more packs to add to your disk.

This all might be a bit of overkill but can make installs easier.

And possibly consider

DriverPacks http://driverpacks.net/
See http://driverpacks.net/book/export/html/359
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I feel message# 37852387 contains valid options as well.