XP SP3 Silent Install

XP Service Pack 3 (XP SP3) command line switches
For anyone who wants to deploy XP Service Pack 3 (XP SP3) through a batch script at logon and doesn’t know or like me, can’t find the switches, here they are.

I googled numerous phrases trying to find this info anywhere but couldn’t. So, I just started executing the file, in a command line, guessing at switches. ‘/help’, after extracting the contents, gave me a window with the switch information. I’ve copied and pasted that here so others can save the time and just get their work done. Since this is a copy and paste, the layout is a little malformed. I'd suggest copying and pasting the switch info into a Word or text document to read it as it appears. After the switch info, I'm posting the command line I used to install it through out my network.

Service Pack 3 Setup
[/help] [/quiet] [/passive] [/norestart] [/forcerestart] [/warnrestart] [/promptrestart] [/overwriteoem] [/nobackup] [/forceappsclose] [/integrate:<fullpath>] [/d:<path>] [/log:<fullpath>]

/help Displays this message


/quiet Quiet mode (no user interaction or display)
/passive Unattended mode (progress bar only)


/norestart Do not restart when installation is complete
/forcerestart Restart after installation
/warnrestart[:<seconds>] Warn and restart automatically if required (default timeout 30 seconds)
/promptrestart Prompt if restart is required


/overwriteoem Overwrite OEM files without prompting
/nobackup Do not backup files needed for uninstall
/forceappsclose Force other programs to close when the computer shuts down
/integrate:<fullpath> Integrate this software update into <fullpath>
/d:<path> Back up files into <path>
/log:<fullpath> Create log file at <fullpath>

My Install
Command line:
O:\xpsp3\WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU /quiet /forcerestart /forceappsclose /d:d:\temp\bu /log:d:\temp\bu\xpsp3.log

What is does:
From a mapped drive "O:" and a directory named XPSP3, the service pack is executed to install without any user notification (you can detect it in Task Manager), forcing a restart, forcing any open apps to close for the restart, backing up the uninstall files to D:\Temp\bu. The last switch , "/log:..", was supposed to create a log file, but it didn't.

The 'log' switch instructs to provide <fullpath> which I took to mean everything including the file name because the backup switch indicates simply <path>. Since I tested the install before deploying it I don't really care, the log was more a curiosity than anything else.