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The Supported Method For Service Pack Installation

The only officially supported method is by doing unattended service pack installation.

The first thing you have to do is extract the service pack files from the archive to the current folder. You do this by using the /x switch-- for example, type SP6ai386 /x at the command prompt.

Make sure you create an empty folder and copy SP6ai386.exe into it before typing this command. If you have the original service pack CD, you don't need to extract the files because the extracted files are already in the i386 folder.

The installation program (Update.exe) for service packs supports several switches. To find all of them, type update /?: at the command prompt. Among the switches that may be useful are the -u switch, which lets you perform unattended installation, and the -q switch, which performs quiet installation without displaying any dialog boxes on the screen.

You can also combine unattended setup installation with your unattended Windows NT 4 procedure. This allows you to install Windows NT 4 and the service pack together during one installation. While this still isn't as efficient as Windows 2000 integrated installation, it's more efficient than manual service pack installation.

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