Slipstreaming Windows XP 32-bit

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Sentinel, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Sentinel macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Hi, I'm trying to get a Windows version onto my Mac. Right now, I have the full version of Windows XP Professional SP 1a. (Dont say anything about Vista; I already have this and I'm not intending to buy Vista soon.) I'm trying to slipstream a later service pack.

    As I understand (or looked around), XP 32-bit is better than XP 64-bit (correct me if I am wrong). So is there a 32-bit version of SP3? I dont think there is one. In my search on the Microsoft Download Center, I could not find one.

    If there isnt SP3 32-Bit, I will need SP2. I have found a few download links to SP2, but I don't know which would suit me better in my situation.

    Link 1:
    In this link, I do not know if this is a 32-bit or 64-bit version.

    Link 2:
    In this link, it is a 64-bit version, but its specified for XP Pro.

    Link 3:
    This one confused me because it said "32-bit x86." I thought that x##=##-bit?

    So things I need to know:
    1. Is there a 32-bit version of SP3?
    2. Is is possible to install a 64-bit or 86-bit version of Windows in the first place? (I'm thinking no)
    3. If both of the above are "no," then which link would i supposedly use to slipstream my current SP1 CD?

    I am not very knowledgeable in computers, and my information was concluded from looking around the internet. Correct me if I am wrong anywhere. If there is a link referring to an answer to a question or any additional information needed, please provide it or say so. Thanks in advance.
  2. fiercetiger224 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2004
    Here's the link to SP3:

    You should be able to use this to slipstream it into your current SP1a disk. Here are instructions on how to do it:

    You might need to download ISOBuster. And I hope you still have a standard PC to be able to burn this slipstreamed disk. Good luck!

    Oh and to answer your questions:

    1. Yes there is ONLY a 32-bit version of SP3 I believe. There might be an x64 version as well (The 64-bit version of Windows XP), but I haven't used or kept up with XP x64 in a long time, and currently, Apple doesn't support it, meaning no official drivers.
    2. No, there is only a 32-bit and a 64-bit. x86 is a computer architecture, which Apple transitioned to when they moved from PowerPC.
    3. I gave you the link above.
  3. Sentinel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Thanks for the quick answers! I do have a PC to burn the CD and ISOBuster downloaded.

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