Originally Posted by Dodge1970
That's the IT developers download not the separate stand alone for desktops seen there. Another page no longer seen had the correct stand alone for single user machines you saved to a folder. The 522mb disk iso or update site carries the correct version of SP3.
An alternate 3rd party site that carries MS updates as well as various downloads for various OSs carries the correct SP3 at http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/...s-XP-SP3.shtml
The IT version causes a good number of problems for the average user. The download page first seen saw the IT first above the correct single user download second followed by the disk image for use on more then one system.
For seeing SP3 slipstreamed there's an article for that seen at http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...slipstream.asp
UPDATE: Through instructions found at the last link, I managed to create a slipstream disc, however it didn't fully work but I did manage to allocate the full use of my drive. As stated before the disc did allow me to allocate the the full drive, but when it came to putting in the cd key it 1) didn't work and 2) wouldn't let me go past it like the article said (if it is possible there was no explanation in the article).
So, what I did was put in my original copy of xp and just overwritten all the files on the existing partition. This let me get past the cd key portion with a valid cd key with only one hang up; during the installation it did hang up. But after rebooting the system let me resume where I left off. Long story short, I was able to make full use of my hd via a random backdoor method.
Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand to me