Creating a Bootable Windows Setup Disc with Linux

It’s quite annoying having to create Windows installation discs.

One thing I find is that every single time I do it – I keep having to check the internet, so here’s a note of the important bits.

  1. Extract the service pack
    <code>servicepack.exe /extract:C:\SP\</code>
  2. Integrate the service pack with the copied installation disc
    <code>update.exe /integrate:C:\OS_source\</code>
  3. Extract the boot image from the CD and copy it into the new O/S directory
  4. Create an iso with mkisofs
    <code>mkisofs -b bootimage.bin -hide bootimage.bin -no-emul-boot -boot-load-seg 1984 -boot-load-size 4 -iso-level 2 -J -l -D -N -joliet-long -relaxed-filenames -V "NRMSVOL_EN" -o newCD.iso C:\OS_source\</code>

Creating the ISO works in both Windows (with a 32-bit version of mkisofs) and Linux.

Office 2003 SP2 Released

I see that MS Office 2003 Service Pack 2 is now available for download through Microsoft Update.

I’m actually impressed with how well Microsoft Update appears to work. When I got home from work today, there was an update icon in my tray with Service Pack 2 ready to install.

Although, every cloud has a silver lining, and every bin has a bin liner.

Although the installation is fine, the update process lets itself down by having to restart once the installation is complete.


As for the service pack, no new features seem to have been introduced. Although if you do want it, a list of changes is available for download.

Now I’d better go and reboot my PC…