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File name,directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrec

by pcapprentice / March 19, 2012 8:54 PM PDT

When trying to integrate Win XP service pack 2 'uncompressed file' in command prompt with Windows XP home edition SP1 Image file, I get the above end result error in cmd.
Here is the string I used - C:\Users\Carole\Documents\XP-SP2\i386\update /S:C:\Users\Carole\Documents\XP-CD,

Result above, output produced, volume label syntax is in correct etc ..

Any help welcomed , pcapprentice, Vista O.S. 32 bit.

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Clarification Request
Volume label incorrect means

the executable is looking for a CD and not finding it. I'm not sure what you're actually trying to do but if you're wanting to make an updated CD for XP you might look up "autostreamer". It will perform the slipstreaming operation. Making of the CD will require entering of the proper volume label from the original.

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File name,directory name, volume label syntax is incorrect
by pcapprentice / March 20, 2012 9:33 AM PDT


Gentlemen , Thank you for your replies.

1/ I am trying to slipstream Windows SP2.

The guidances I am using is ..

2/ I moved both files to c:\ to give C:\XP-SP2\i386\update & C:\XP-CD & ran with switch /S
to give me the same output, syntax etc is incorrect...

When in command prompt, when using the CD command with C:\XP-SP2\i386\update,
the output gave me C:\XP-SP2\i386\update.. I am assuming that this correct without the .exe extension at the end of update.

I will look for the original volume label from XP CD & try to incorporate it into slipstraming tread in the command prompt.
I will keep you informed how everything works out ..

thanks again for your help , pcapprentice.

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Can you copy/paste
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 20, 2012 10:31 PM PDT

that link please?

I couldn't find .. or any variations.

You still need that .exe after update because you are pointing to a definite file in the i386 folder called update.exe


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Copying/Pasting Link
by pcapprentice / March 22, 2012 3:13 AM PDT
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Well, I see you are right
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 22, 2012 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Copying/Pasting Link

in that you have faithfully followed that blog's guidance and it shows update as just update and not update.exe, so my apologies for doubting you.

That said, I am not at all sure I followed what the blog was saying, and I feel it could have been described in a better and clearer way.

At this stage I wonder if you should start again.

Steven has offered a very good alternative with Autostreamer, or follow TheElderGeek's guidance from the link I posted below.

You will see the difference in TheElderGeek's Run line instruction as " C:\XP-SP2\i386\Update\Update.exe -S:C:\XP "

Good luck and I hope it goes well with you, whichever way you choose.


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If all else fails, I know what works
by Steven Haninger / March 21, 2012 12:47 AM PDT

As I mentioned, Autostreamer will do this and simplify the process. The bottom line is that you need to end up with a CD that has the same volume label as the original with the service pack installed. To make Autostreamer work, you insert the Windows XP disk (OEM or retail) into the CD/DVD ROM drive and have the service pak file available. When you launch the program, you'll point it to the copy of XP and the SP file. It will create the ISO for you which you burn to CD. I've done this numerous times. Make sure you get that volume label or you won't be able to apply the product ID code when installing or re-installing the OS.

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Are you attempting
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 19, 2012 9:13 PM PDT

to "Slipstream" SP2 into a Windows XP CD? If so, which guidance are you using if any?

I've never done it but I have a couple of thoughts on that directory path and command line instruction.

C:\Users\Carole\Documents\XP-SP2\i386\update /S:C:\Users\Carole\Documents\XP-CD

First of all, I would always create the XP-SP2 folders into the root directory, eg C:\XP-SP2 . I would also output to the root directory. It shortens the path where long paths can cause problems sometimes.

But secondly, doesn't that command line need an .exe file somewhere? I'm guessing update should be update.exe so the full path, (using a folder on the root directory), might read;

C:\XP-SP2\i386\update.exe /S:C:\Users\Carole\Documents\XP-CD

The Elder Geek has good guidance on slipstreamng if you want to check your method, here;

I see in the Elder Geek's guide that the output goes to C:\XP and not C:\XP-SP2 . Maybe the file name should be kept as simple as possible.

And finally, the S switch should be -S and not /S so the final command might look like;

C:\XP-SP2\i386\update -S:C:\XP {and note that spaces are important in this instruction}.

Does that help?


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