I purchased a Dell Dimension 4550, about March 2004, and it came with Microsoft Windows XP Professional (sp1a) reinstallation CD. Recently I read a Microsoft article, "Combining Windows XP with Service Pack 2 for reinstallation ( keywords:kbhowto KB894947) and I attempted to use my Dell supplied windows reinstallation cd for intergration with a SP2.exe file. I used the technique outlined in the Microsoft article and by using the "Autostreamer software" (http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/using_autostreamer/using_autostreamer.shtml) and by using Bart Pe (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ ) .
No matter what method I used, I didn't find a SP2.exe file in the newly intergrated file. A friend of mine used "Auto Streamer" with a Microsoft Windows Installation SP1 CD (non O.E.M.) and was able to intergrate with a SP2.exe file, which produced a file folder showing the SP2.exe file .
But with all of my attempts, the specfic utility said the file intergration was sucessfull. My question is, does a Dell O.E.M. Microsoft Windows installation CD have a different technique for file intergration with the SP2.exe update, or were my intergration techniques sucessfull but because I was using a Dell O.E.M. Windows Installation CD, is their a different file intergration with SP2.exe updates which would appear different when opening the file in Windows Explorer?
Any feedback from anyone with experience in this matter would be appreciated !