Monday 16 May 2011

How to manually extract Windows Service Pack files using the command line

This applies to Windows XP, 2000, Me, Vista, 2003, 2008, 7

While there are various third-party utilities you can use to extract Windows service pack files, it is far easier to do it from within Windows.

The steps below will take a Microsoft Service Pack install file and extract its content to a location of your chosing. This is hepful for instances where you require a specific file contained within a service pack to complete the installation of a driver or application.


- Move the service pack install file to your C:\ drive (This will make extracting from the command line easier)

- Open a command prompt window and type cd\ and press Enter (This will change the prompt to C:\> as per below)



- Type SP2.exe -x: c:\SP2  and press ENTER

(The example above will extract the Service Pack files of the file names sp2.exe to the C:\SP2 folder)

NOTE: Replace SP2.exe above with the actual name of your service pack. Replace c:\SP2 above with a folder name of your chosing.





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