Friday, January 9, 2009

How to Extract Service Pack Files

Here is one that I have used a few times and never remember so I alway have to search for it. The below steps will take a Microsoft Service Pack file and extract it into a folder in case only certain files are needed.

xpsp2.exe -x: c:\sp2

This will extract the Service Pack files to a folder at the root of the c drive called "sp2".

I my example I used SP@ but you can use any service pack.

Hope it helps.


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great tip.

I wanted to install the Recovery Console to my XP hdd but the CD is SP2 and I had already installed SP3 on the hdd so I could only run RC from the CD. This fix will allow me to merge the SP3 files with the RC files so I can run it on my hdd.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can. As a matter of fact. It doesn't matter which OS your disk or iso you are using to boot into recovery console or WinRe.
Its altogether a different OS, whether you use XP or Windows 7 or windows 8/8.1 disk.