Streamlining XP with SP3

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December 13, 2009 at 15:12:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.659 GHz / 1023 MB
I did searches but didn't find much on this. I think I am getting near to needing a 'repair' install of XP Pro. It wasn't much fun the last time and took about all day to get the patches back in. I did a google search and came up with several methods, one using nlite and one I think imageburn or something. The problem is there are no directions for using these programs. Once they have finished making the image I have no idea where it is. My Nero doesn't detect any image files in any of the directories used. I am not an imaging freak, so there are just a ton of things I don't know, nor particularly care to learn. I'd just like a quick and clear method for making an image, one time only, that I can use to make a streamline CD. I hope to soon migrate to Win7 but probably not till next Summer.Does anyone have a simple, non-geeky way for me to do this?

I thank you all in advance.

PC Bob

PS I also have Acronis True Image 9.0 if that is any help.

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December 13, 2009 at 15:52:45
I think you are referring to slip streaming.

The easiest method to do that is to use nLite OS. Look at the link below for the guide.

If you have SATA hard drive/s remember to also slipstream the SATA controller drivers.

Keep in mind this is a complete installation file. Not suitable for a repair install that would save your personal files in the My Documents folder. It will be a new installation.

If you have Acronis True Image you can create an image as soon as your new installation is complete and use it to restore. Still may lose some files if you don't backup regularly.

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December 13, 2009 at 17:58:49
I've used a slipstreamed disk to do a repair instal. In some cases it is essential since XP will not allow an "older version" to be used for such a repair.

The process worked flawlessly in three systems I used it on.

Admittedly I didn't use the Nlite version of slipstreaming but I see no reason why a slipstreamed disk would not work as a repair instal medium as long as the current OS is the same version.

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December 13, 2009 at 18:38:40
I guess I didn't think about using the restore disk. That should work just as well as a full version.

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December 13, 2009 at 23:22:49
You might like to browse these two:

I have used both to integrate SP.3 then to integrate all Hotfixes since SP.3. Both are exceedingly simple to use, no user input at all until a blank cd must be inserted..

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December 14, 2009 at 11:00:45
After I posted here last night I ran nlite again. This time it seemed to run completely and then finished. However, not once did I get the chance to see where it saved the finished product. Or see the file name. I could not find any .img files in either of the two directories where I had the SP3 files and the XP CD files. That's my problem, lack of info on using nlite. I will check out the links given shortly. I was able to remove a bunch of keyboard files and language files that I will never use, which cut out about 100+ Mb, according to nlite. Now, if I could just get 'nlighted' on using the darn thing! I'm afraid it's just a bit too geeky for me. Sorry.

PS Hi othehill! Long time no see/hear from. I'm the same old PC Bob, just had to re-register, I guess since I haven't been here for awhile. Notice I am still using the crummy/lousy MB you advised me not to use all those years ago. Still works wonders, and hoping to try Win7 on it soon. MS says it will work fine. Thanks for the help on this one. I'll get there yet...

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December 14, 2009 at 11:48:02
Welcome back bob.

When using nLite you first copy the contents of your backup CD to a temp file so look in your temp folder.

I think the file will be 300/400MB in size. So you could sort files by size to find it.

BTW, Acronis can make an image of any partition on your drive. I think the version you have will also perform incremental backups. That means it writes ONLY what has changed since the last full backup. That will require re-writable media like a hard drive or DVDRW.

IMO it is easier to make periodic images and then save the incremental backup to a file on CDR for instance.

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December 14, 2009 at 14:28:24
It may have an "ISO" suffix rather than "img"

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