Hi oldbod. Merging the SP2 update right into the XP install CD (aka "slipstreaming") would be the fastest way to install SP2 in the future. This can be done easily with a free tool called nLite.http://www.nliteos.com/
You will need to download and install the MS .NET Framework (free) first.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
nLite may seem complicated but the vast majority of the settings can be left in their default state. Follow the directions carefully and it will produce an .ISO image file of the XP install disc that includes SP2. You will never have to install the SP2 package separately again, saving the 30 minutes or so that it takes to run the SP2 update by itself.
An .ISO image file can be burned to a CD with a burning program such as Nero, Active ISO Burner (free), ISOBurn (free) or the general-purpose burning program CDBurnerXP Pro (free).http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htmhttp://dpaehl.dd6338.kasserver.com/cdr/isoburn.phphttp://cdburnerxp.se/download.php