A. Its often useful to have a directory with an expanded service pack/hotfix in to allow faster installation.

To expand a service pack to a directory perform the following:

  1. Download the full service pack
  2. Run the downloaded service pack with a /x at the end, e.g.
    sp6i386.exe /x
  3. You will be asked for a directory to expand to, enter your selection and click OK
  4. A completion dialog will be displayed and click OK
  5. In the selected folder a subfolder called update will be created. In this folder is update.exe which can be used to install the service pack.

To expand a hotfix perform the following:

  1. Download the hotfix via FTP from ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/nt40/
  2. Run the downloaded hotfix with a /x at the end, e.g.
    q244599i /x
  3. You will be asked for a directory to expand to, enter your selection and click OK
  4. A completion dialog will be displayed and click OK
  5. You will now have a list of files in a directory including hotfix.exe which is used to install the hotfix