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Slipstreaming Windows Easy

Slipstreaming Windows Easy


SATA can be a pain

SATA drivers were not fully developed when Windows XP came out thus were not included on the disk. Anyone with SATA drives knows that drivers must be extracted to a floppy disk and F6 MUST be pressed at the beginning of the installation process in order for the drives to be recognized. NLite can integrate the SATA drivers into the slipstreamed installation disk.

Download the latest SATA files from the chipset maker or the motherboard maker. Here are links to the chipset makers for three of the popular SATA chipsets.

VIA ARENA VT8237 SATA Drivers

Silicon Image SIL 3114

PROMISE 20579 SATA Drivers (PROMISE does not host these files. See your motherboard manufacturer website for the latest drivers)

The downloads usually are .ZIP files or .EXE files. These extract to a directory of all the SATA drivers needed pre and post installation. Look for a folder that is named similar to DISKETTE or BOOT drivers. In this folder may be several subfolders. Either by OS or by drive type (IDE or RAID). Point nLite to the OS and RAID type folder specific to your own setup that is desired.

If your motherboard package came with a SATA diskette then transfer the contents of that diskette to the hard drive into a folder.

IMPORTANT. SATA driver packages come with a file marked TXTSETUP.OEM. Place that file in the same folder as the specific .INF that nLite will point to.

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It wasn’t clear at first but nLite was asking if the TXTSETUP.OEM was included in the same folder as the .INF file.

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Click YES if the TXTSETUP.OEM file is in the same folder. If it isn’t…move it there and re-insert the SATA INF file. Click YES and NEXT.

WARNING: Multiple SATA drivers cannot be added. The installation will crash. The finished slipstreamed installation disk is created for a specific type of SATA chipset and either RAID or non-RAID setup.

Slipstream NVIDIA RAID drivers

Many have problems installing windows to nVIDIA nForce 4 (NF4) RAID controllers with two or more drives in RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10.
On many forums there have been recommendations to download the nVIDIA 5.10 or 6.53 drivers and copy the contents of the IDEWinXP folder to a floppy disk. This folder is 1.7 MB so all of it can’t be copied to a floppy. It is then recommended to copy all the contents EXCEPT for the RAIDTOOL folder.


Unfortunately this folder is also required so a successful solution has been found so you can integrate or slipstream NVRAID drivers into the WindowsXP install disk. It has allowed for a successful installation of WindowsXP on a RAID 0 setup (disk array) on a Gigabyte GA-K8N NF4 nForce4 motherboard.

1) Download the Windows XP/2000 – nForce4 Standalone Kit (6.53) and extract the folder. You’ll be dealing with the nForce standalone_6.53IDEWinXP folder.

2) Find the txtsetup.oem file and right click and chose OPEN. CHOOSE Select the program from a list and then choose NOTEPAD to open the file. Make sure the box is UNCHECKED for always use the selected program to open this kind of file.

Delete the contents of the file. CTL-A to select all and delete. Replace with this (copy and paste between the ………….:

………………….
[Disks]
d1 = “NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI)”,disk1,

[Defaults]
scsi = nvraid

[scsi]
nvraid = “NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)”
nvatabus = “NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)”

[Files.scsi.nvraid]
driver = d1,nvraid.sys,nvraid
inf = d1,nvraid.inf
dll = d1,nvraidco.dll

[Files.scsi.nvatabus]
driver = d1,nvatabus.sys,nvatabus
inf = d1, nvatabus.inf
dll = d1,idecoi.dll

[Config.nvraid]

[Config.nvatabus]

[HardwareIds.scsi.nvraid]
id = “GenNvRaidDisk”,”nvraid”
id = “*_NVRAIDBUS”,”nvraid”

[HardwareIds.scsi.nvatabus]
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_008E”, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0085″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_00D5″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_00EE”, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_00E3″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_00E5″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0035″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0036″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_003E”, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0053″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0054″, “nvatabus”
id = “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0055″, “nvatabus”

………………….

It appears the original txtsetup.oem that comes with the standalone drivers (or unified) isn’t quite right for installing drivers off a diskette and the fact that the RAIDTOOL folder is missing complicates a few things even more thus crashing the installation.

ONE MINOR CORRECTION: Do not select (check) the box by SCSI/RAID in the REMOVE COMPONENTS.

2) When using NLITE to build your slipstreamed disk apply all of the service packs and updates as the guide outlines. It’s during the INSTALL DRIVERS section that the NVIDIA drivers are installed.

Browse to the extracted NVIDIA 6.53IDEWinXP folder and select the NVRAID.INF file that is displayed. Not the bus driver. A new window will open up with two files highlighted NVRAID and STORAGE. Both will have the (REQUIRED) entry. CTRL Click to select both and choose OK.

Answer YES to the question about if a txtsetup.oem file exists and NLITE will slipstream the all the necessary drivers into the install disk.

3) If you haven’t already…immediately upon boot press DELETE to get into BIOS. You may notice that with some nForce4 boards that have both the SI3114 and nVIDIA controller that there are a mess of SATA bios settings.

Refer to your manual to determine exactly which is for what but, as an example, on the Gigabyte nForce4 Ultra SLI board the first set of entries (IDE/SATA RAID) turns on and off the entire SATA controller…be it nVIDIA or SI3114. This must be enabled. The 4 ENABLE/DISABLE entries below that entry are the SATA controllers for the SI3114. Those don’t matter as, if you use the SI3114 headers…setting up a RAID in that bios (F4 on the Gigabyte board) will override the settings.

In otherwords…they are there for eyecandy as most would complain if they were not…even though they really don’t do anything.

The SATA-1 and 2 (and the subsequent primary/secondary bios entries) are for the nVIDIA controller. Set all of these to enable.

4) Press the function key to get into nVIDIA RAID BIOS. F10 in the case of the Gigabyte board. Set up your desired raid structure there.

5) Reboot and have your windows disk in the drive

6) Continue the installation as per normal. I setup my NLITE build as an unattened installation wallked away after creating the first partion and formatting it. 20 minutes later the desktop appeared and built on a RAID 0 array.

Now learn about continuing with NLITE to apply hotfixes and service packs and additional drivers. NOTE: Windows Media Player 10 or DOT NET cannot be slipstreamed with NLITE.

Hotfixes (Windows security updates, cumulative updates and Windows updates) are easily added at the next menu. Simply choose insert and navigate to the folders that the updates were downloaded to.

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Select all the updates in that folder and choose OPEN. They will be added to the list of updates and patches to apply.

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Repeat with each of the update folders until all the updates, hotfixes and patches have been inserted.

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Choose NEXT and the OPTIONS AND TWEAKS menu will appear. GENERAL 1/2 allows for a few simple changes to the installation process and each has a help bubble on mouseover. In otherwords…each will be explained when the cursor is put over the entry.

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General 2/2 can basically be ignored unless you really know what you are doing.

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The TWEAKS section is more fun. It allows for custom configuration of how Windows appears when installation is done. Each one of the categories has a help file that appears and please TAKE THE TIME to look over each entry carefully before selection.

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Click NEXT and nLite asks one last time before beginning the process. Click NO and any one of the steps can be backtracked to. Moving forward in the program after backtracking will leave all other customizations in place but it would be a good idea to double-check along the way.

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nLite takes it from here to prepare, integrate, remove, delete and finish the installation files. The time taken for this depends on the computer speed.

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The second to last screen shows the final size of the newly created slipstreamed files. Space reduction is shown if any components were removed.

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Click FINISH and the next step can be taken. If the ISO option was chosen at the beginning of the nLite process then the program would create an ISO of the slipstreamed files to be burnt to a disk via an ISO burning program. This guide is not yet finished with the installation files so this option was not chosen.

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Comments

  1. Thrax
    Thrax Holy crap. I've been looking for a program like that for FOREVER. YAYYYYYY. :D :D :D :D :D :D
  2. QCH
    QCH I've used it and it can do things that handmade custom Install Cd's cannot. I'm responsible for making OS install CD's that integrate all patches, all security settings, and profile tweaks. I do it by hand and update every time Microsoft releases updates.

    nLite is very nice. You can basically install an OS on a system with everything you need in just a couple of clicks... SO MUCH FASTER!!!!

    I still recommend doing it by hand for simple understanding of what is being done, but that is for corporate world.
  3. mmonnin
    mmonnin Wow thats awesome!!!

    MM: Did you try the non-Free version? Or at least know if there are any better options?
  4. Thrax
    Thrax I did my own disc, manually, but every step (And a thousand cross-referencing double-checks to make sure I got it right on the first burn) left me weeping like a sissy for a program that would effing do it for me.
  5. csimon
    csimon
    Thrax said:
    I did my own disc, manually, but every step (And a thousand cross-referencing double-checks to make sure I got it right on the first burn) left me weeping like a sissy for a program that would effing do it for me.
    ;D
  6. MediaMan
    MediaMan
    mmonnin said:
    MM: Did you try the non-Free version? Or at least know if there are any better options?
    For nLite there is no commercial version. WYSIWYG. As far as XP Lite? Me? Pay? Money? $39 vs. free. The choice was pretty easy. I make no comment on how XP Lite peforms as I have not compared it. I'm just after free stuff for you guys.

    :thumbsup:
  7. profdlp
    profdlp Beautiful! Perfect timing, too. I'm just starting a project which will involve a lot of format/reinstall action. I considered doing my own slipstreamed CD, but this looks to be so much simpler to use.

    :thumbsup:
  8. csimon
    csimon
    MediaMan said:
    I'm just after free stuff for you guys.

    :thumbsup:
    And I appreciate that MM .
  9. primesuspect
    primesuspect Nice! Thanks, mm! :thumbsup:
  10. Park_7677
    Park_7677 Word of caution to people with RAID and single HDs. I have 2x 160GB in RAID0 and a 300 GB IDE backup. When I use any unattended install, I have very bad results. This program is great, just be careful during unattended Windows install. What Windows does is erase my partition table on the IDE drive, even before I have any input. I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program. But this program does make it easier for people to create unattended installs and is particularly attractive being able to add RAID drivers onto the CD so I thought I'd mention it. This problem may only be in my case but it really isn't fun worrying rather or not you get your data back.
  11. Shorty
    Shorty
    Thrax said:
    I did my own disc, manually, but every step (And a thousand cross-referencing double-checks to make sure I got it right on the first burn) left me weeping like a sissy for a program that would effing do it for me.
    ;D ;D Yep. Been there.. till late.. at night.. not achieving my original goal ;D

    Awesome app! Wow.. nice find MM :eek:
  12. Unregistered
    Unregistered Couple of errors on page 2:

    For the dot net:

    Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable 1.0 dotnetredist.exe

    For that, you actually want the 1.1 version, not 1.0 or the updates don't work. Get it here (23MB):

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=262D25E3-F589-4842-8157-034D1E7CF3A3&displaylang=en

    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 NDP1.1sp1-KB867460-X86.exe

    Correct URL: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a8f5654f-088e-40b2-bbdb-a83353618b38&DisplayLang=en
  13. Thrax
    Thrax
    Park_7677 said:
    Word of caution to people with RAID and single HDs. I have 2x 160GB in RAID0 and a 300 GB IDE backup. When I use any unattended install, I have very bad results. This program is great, just be careful during unattended Windows install. What Windows does is erase my partition table on the IDE drive, even before I have any input. I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program. But this program does make it easier for people to create unattended installs and is particularly attractive being able to add RAID drivers onto the CD so I thought I'd mention it. This problem may only be in my case but it really isn't fun worrying rather or not you get your data back.
    You have to edit the produced winnt.sif file with the following parameters:

    [Data]
    AutoPartition=0
    MsDosInitiated=0
    UnattendedInstall=Yes

    [Unattended]
    UnattendMode=FullUnattended
    OemSkipEula=Yes
    OemPreinstall=YES
    UnattendSwitch=Yes
    FileSystem=LeaveAlone

    That will avoid autopartitioning and autoformatting; it removes the complete unattended functionality, but doesn't blitzkrieg your HDD.
  14. Thrax
    Thrax The only matter that displeased me with this program was the fact that you couldn't include installer executables, and set silent switches.. Like DX9C redistributable, for example, can be executed silently. I would like to have seen such an option made available.
  15. Tex
    Tex The versions I have used also didnt allow the boot drivers for the sata drivers in unattended insatlls which I do manually on my unattended installs..

    Each version keeps getting better though. And they patch stuff every few weeks with new versions so go back to their forums for the latest news and updates.

    Its also EASY to strip out stuff you regret so use a RW cd/dvd at first until you get the perfect install down and then save a ISO of it.

    And slipstreaming is just one command really and then burn the cd. The beauty of this program is that it allows you to strip down many of the XP install componets and make a much smaller install XP OS cd and also a smaller XP OS install after the fact. I have never seen another program that does that.

    Tex
  16. Tex
    Tex
    Park_7677 said:
    Word of caution to people with RAID and single HDs. I have 2x 160GB in RAID0 and a 300 GB IDE backup. When I use any unattended install, I have very bad results. This program is great, just be careful during unattended Windows install. What Windows does is erase my partition table on the IDE drive, even before I have any input. I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program. ack.
    Your just not setting up the answer file correctly. Mine work fine.
  17. Park_7677
    Park_7677
    Thrax said:
    You have to edit the produced winnt.sif file with the following parameters:

    [Data]
    AutoPartition=0
    MsDosInitiated=0
    UnattendedInstall=Yes

    [Unattended]
    UnattendMode=FullUnattended
    OemSkipEula=Yes
    OemPreinstall=YES
    UnattendSwitch=Yes
    FileSystem=LeaveAlone

    That will avoid autopartitioning and autoformatting; it removes the complete unattended functionality, but doesn't blitzkrieg your HDD.
    Yeah I've done that before but it still messes up the drive, I swear to you. The only way to get Windows to install to the RAID is to disable the IDE or unplug it. Thanks for the suggestion though. You know me, I've tried messing with it. It's something to do with the fact it won't write to RAID if the IDE drive is present. Period. Even if it doesn't erase the IDE partitions, it will try to copy the temp files to IDE (when I choose to install to a RAID partition). I have a friend with NF7-S and exact same problem. I won't waste any more of this thread. Thanks anyway Thrax.
    Tex said:
    Your just not setting up the answer file correctly. Mine work fine.
    Above :rolleyes:
  18. Tex
    Tex No matter what kind of install (unattended or not) you have to unplug teh ide to get ALL the files to the raid setup. The five boot files goes to ide0 no matter how you install.

    You claimed it deleted and formated your partitions. Not if the answer file is done RIGHT.

    If you do it RIGHT (and I have almost 100 unattended installs under my belt) it will never ever EVER friggin EVER do anything to delete the existing partitions. You are doing it wrong.

    I install to scsi and ide and sata raid partitions.

    My unattended installs are all automated EXCEPT it stops and asks me where to install to and allows you to add/delete partitions manually. Because both I and my customers PC's have wildly varying disk setups. And we can not afford the type of errors your unattended setup causes. YOUR unattended is meant only for new PC's with no partition and no existing data to save etc...

    Because YOU didnt figure out how to do it correctly does in no way mean it can't be done.

    Trust me... Mine do not in any way jack with existing partitions. It does not ever in any way modify or delete or anything else unless you specify it to do it.

    Tex
  19. Park_7677
    Park_7677
    Tex said:
    No matter what kind of install (unattended or not) you have to unplug teh ide to get ALL the files to the raid setup. The five boot files goes to ide0 no matter how you install.

    You claimed it deleted and formated your partitions. Not if the answer file is done RIGHT.

    If you do it RIGHT (and I have almost 100 unattended installs under my belt) it will never ever EVER friggin EVER do anything to delete the existing partitions. You are doing it wrong.

    I install to scsi and ide and sata raid partitions.

    My unattended installs are all automated EXCEPT it stops and asks me where to install to and allows you to add/delete partitions manually. Because both I and my customers PC's have wildly varying disk setups. And we can not afford the type of errors your unattended setup causes. YOUR unattended is meant only for new PC's with no partition and no existing data to save etc...

    Because YOU didnt figure out how to do it correctly does in no way mean it can't be done.

    Trust me... Mine do not in any way jack with existing partitions. It does not ever in any way modify or delete or anything else unless you specify it to do it.

    Tex
    You're taking this wrong. My post was general heads-up to people. I've seen it happen on 2 computers. Is everyone going to take time to master unattended installs before using nLite? No. This is a great article by MM, and the tool is useful. I just said to be careful. Please don't insist I'm wrong when you only read the half story.
  20. Tex
    Tex
    Park_7677 said:
    You're taking this wrong. My post was general heads-up to people. I've seen it happen on 2 computers. Is everyone going to take time to master unattended installs before using nLite? No. This is a great article by MM, and the tool is useful. I just said to be careful. Please don't insist I'm wrong when you only read the half story.
    YOU said .. and I quote you here..

    "I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program".

    This has nothing to do with nlite. Nor were my comments about nlite. It was about your problems which... from YOUR OWN WORDS quoted above... are unrelated to nlite.

    Tex
  21. profdlp
    profdlp Gentlemen, could we just agree that it makes sense to be sure that one understands how the program works before plunging ahead with it? :)
  22. Zero1
    Zero1 This is supremly excellent for someone like myself who can only acquire fixes or service packs, by either using my wonderful 56k or grabbing them from a freind who has high speed. The integration of the RAID drivers is also excellent. (I always missed F6 :mad: )

    Very excellent, thanks MM. :thumbsup:
  23. Medlock
    Medlock How do those "unattended installs" work anyway? You pop in the CD and it installs Windows? Surely I'm missing something? Do you pick all the time and network options and stuff before the install begins, and it goes from there? :confused:
  24. MediaMan
    MediaMan Let's first clarify what "unattended installation" means.

    It can mean several stages of the installation happen automatically. ALL or just some are unattended and the program has a full unattended setting but I did not try that.

    What I did try was the settings as indicated in the images I supplied.

    I slipstreamed the disk. I then "popped" it into the other computer in the CD drive and rebooted. Remember that BIOS has to be set to try to boot from the optical device first.

    I kept the option for pressing the "any" key to go into the windows install. The program does have a setting to bypass this if you wish.

    The system had two SATA drives on the SIL3114 headers. Windows automatically installed the slipstreamed SATA driver and found the drives. The system STOPPED at that point and waited for me to choose the partition and format the drive as I saw fit. Those drives were previously partitioned but clean.

    I made those two choices and everything happened "unattended" from there right to the desktop.

    That was because I chose that particular setting for that form of "unattended setup."

    If you choose the full unattended setup then the system assumes you are installing on c:\ and should proceed fully unattended from the time you "pop" in the disk and reboot..to the desktop.

    In other words...as I said previously...just depends on what depth of "unattended" setup you configure.

    :)
  25. profdlp
    profdlp
    TheGr81 said:
    How do those "unattended installs" work anyway? You pop in the CD and it installs Windows? Surely I'm missing something? Do you pick all the time and network options and stuff before the install begins, and it goes from there? :confused:
    Check out page 3 of the article and you'll have some idea. Basically, you choose your options when you make the CD. :)
  26. MediaMan
    MediaMan ;D ;D

    Pof...you were just a bit more brief than I was.
  27. profdlp
    profdlp Good thing I don't get paid by the word. :D
  28. Tex
    Tex
    TheGr81 said:
    How do those "unattended installs" work anyway? You pop in the CD and it installs Windows? Surely I'm missing something? Do you pick all the time and network options and stuff before the install begins, and it goes from there? :confused:
    You can set everything from the workgroup/domain name to the computer name to the IP or cd-key or time-zone or keyboard used or... Whatever....

    ANYTHING a normal xp install requires...

    Mine asks only for the disk/partition to install to and also installs Office, Photoshop, Nero and a sheet load of other apps and only prompts for the partition to install to,

    Tex
  29. Unregistered
    Unregistered WindowsXP-KB885932-v2-x86-ENU is only avaliable on English :@
  30. TheSmJ
    TheSmJ Great guide MM!


    I made a new XP Home CD using this earlier today and I'm very happy with it. The only times I ever was asked for anything was the partition/directory info and the user and computer names (just like I specified).

    While I didn't feel like testing the install disk by taking down my RAID array just so I could see if the drivers worked, I noticed them loading at boot from the install disk (without the tens of other SCSI/RAID drivers which used to be on there that I'd never own in a bajillion years which normally take an extra 3-5 minutes to load) to I'll assume that given the hardware, they would have worked fine. ;)

    Having all my Windows Explorer settings, uxtheme.dll hack, and even the f'ing search assistant removed right from the get-go is incredible. I wasn't even aware you could change those settings before Windows was installed!

    I wonder: Would it be possible to have the just the nForce2's Ethernet driver pre-loaded on the CD as well? I realize it's best to use the latest drivers from the get-go, but without these drivers you cannot download the latest version to begin with, and it’d be nice to have a working driver already installed rather than having to dig out another CD beforehand. Would it just take adding the “nvenetfd.inf” file from nVidia’s decompressed driver package to the “Add Drivers” window (the same place you add the SATA drivers) along with all of the other files found in the \Ethernet\PreNEM\WinXP\ directory of the same package?
  31. mmonnin
    mmonnin I dont what Park did before. I used a disk with several versions of Windows on it, I choose which version and it went on without me asking where to install it. It prolly would have been fine if there was a partition where I wanted the OS to install. O well, live and learn right Park.:)
  32. Unregistered
    Unregistered Are there any options for disabling features in SP2?
  33. MediaMan
    MediaMan
    TheSmJ said:
    I wonder: Would it be possible to have the just the nForce2's Ethernet driver pre-loaded on the CD as well? I realize it's best to use the latest drivers from the get-go, but without these drivers you cannot download the latest version to begin with, and it’d be nice to have a working driver already installed rather than having to dig out another CD beforehand. Would it just take adding the “nvenetfd.inf” file from nVidia’s decompressed driver package to the “Add Drivers” window (the same place you add the SATA drivers) along with all of the other files found in the \Ethernet\PreNEM\WinXP\ directory of the same package?
    Use winrar to extract the nForce2 driver download and then point to the ethernet folder INF file during the process.

    You could also probably install the nForce2 drivers this way (or nForce3 or 4)
  34. MediaMan
    MediaMan
    Unregistered said:
    Are there any options for disabling features in SP2?

    Only that you see in the configuration settings.
  35. Unregistered
    Unregistered Hi,
    Great guide!
    Only 1 problem, when I choose to insert hotfixes, I always get an error with teh dotnet file, (I already tried both files, the original link provided by the guide, and the file someone mentioned earlier in the comments). They both give me an error when integrating the hotfixes. Something about a bad syntax. It tells me to run "command /?" for help. I Any idea why?
    Thanks!
  36. Unregistered
    Unregistered One more thing,
    About the integration of the WMP10. Every line in the .INF file in the HKCU section follows the same estructure with a "\" after "software".
    Is it ok that the line to be added does not follow the same estructure?



    HKCU,"SOFTWAREMicrosoftMediaPlayerPreferences","AcceptedPrivacyStatement",0x00010003,1

    Thanks!
  37. MediaMan
    MediaMan
    Unregistered said:
    Hi,
    Great guide!
    Only 1 problem, when I choose to insert hotfixes, I always get an error with teh dotnet file, (I already tried both files, the original link provided by the guide, and the file someone mentioned earlier in the comments). They both give me an error when integrating the hotfixes. Something about a bad syntax. It tells me to run "command /?" for help. I Any idea why?
    Thanks!

    There is a way to slipstream the .NET install file and .NET service packs into one main file but we were not able to find an easy method of slipstreaming .NET into an Windows installation CD.
  38. Unregistered
    Unregistered Thanks, and I apologize for skipping page 8!
  39. MediaMan
    MediaMan Note of caution:

    You can strip too much out of the installation CD so be warned. nLite is very useful for creating slipstreamed discs and partially or fully unattended installation disc.

    However,

    There is a part of the program where you can remove parts of the OS. You can remove too much even though it appears ok. For example...I stripped out 1/3 of what I thought I didn't need and while the installation went well...and apparently everything was working fine...

    Instability with some programs materialized after I spent a couple of hours setting up the entire computer. WMP crashed...the sound card would and wouldn't work. Optical drives lost their drivers. All of these components worked on many clean installs over the last couple of years.

    So just be cautious of how much you plan to remove.

    :)
  40. Straight_Man
    Straight_Man -->Park:


    WinXP likes to use the first drive in BOOT ORDER for temps and such. BOOT ORDER AS IN BIOS. I'm Emphasizing quick and not shouting.....


    Check boot order in BIOS, see if you have the IDE Drive booting first, and see if you can get the IDE DRIVE to boot SECOND or LATER, and the RAID First in boot order or second and before the IDE (IDE THIRD, then) if you, like me, keep my systems set to always boot from CD first....

    WARNING: (aka "Danger, Will Robinson!") Don't do this if you have a good working XP now and expect XP to boot after change, the boot preloader at least is in the IDE drive and changing boot order changes the Lun and Disk values in the boot values in boot.ini (given RAID now and current boot.ini, you should have a LUN 0 and a Lun 1(RAID), LUN 0 should be IDE). Fix is simple, see if it can be done, try it, if it works your XP should NOT boot. Change it back, write down what you have BEFORE and AFTER you change it if it does this(n/shouting, no time to format this thing). Changing it back leaves XP booting fine, then see if you can fix the install problem by changing it per your notes next time just before you try an install.

    (Another story as to why, won't hijack this, but it has to do with my OS studies on more OSs than MS things (which I use too, am posting from Windows in Firebird).
  41. Unregistered
    Unregistered A very nice piece of software.
    Re. the guide; It won't print correctly (on my HP officejet anyway)
    It clips the right-hand side of all pages quite seriously i.e. I loose several words.

    Apart from that, a very useful and easy to follow document.
    Thanks.
  42. Unregistered
    Unregistered Just one thing and I know I'm being picky sorry old age does that too you. When I tried to print the document off it cut off the right side of the page. I know I could have printed it landscape but I figure hey these guys seem to be fairly smart so I just printed it.
  43. Unregistered
    Unregistered BURNING BOOT CD HELP!!!

    I purchased a copy of Win XP Pro SP1 and have performed the proper slipstream on the data, including the SCSI drivers to avoid the F6(As my server does not have a floppy drive this is excellent!).

    I am using an OEM version of Nero 6, but the options to do all the fancy boot cd things listed here are not present, thus I can't make this slipstreamed win xp cd bootable. What can I do? Should I buy the full version or can I download some other app that will make this bootable?

    Thanks,
    Andy
  44. Linc
    Linc Andy, I recommend signing up for the forums and posting that in the Windows forum. This isn't a very good thread to try and get troubleshooting help in. It's more for article comment and response. :)
  45. puusilmä
    puusilmä Where i can download this software?
  46. test_tube_tony
    test_tube_tony does anyone know how to integrate firefox? lol
    it would be neat if i could have it automatically install.
  47. BlackHawk
    BlackHawk Try and use this somehow with a bat file. It's been awhile since I've tried an unattended installation so I probably forgot how to do it.
  48. nickj
    nickj When slip-streaming the nForce4_amd_6.70_winxp2k_english\IDE\Win2K\sataraid SATA RAID drivers into Win2000, I get this error message:

    ---------------------------
    Warning!
    ---------------------------
    If this is NVRAID driver then find NVATABUS.INF file
    in this driver package and copy it in this folder
    before proceeding with ISO creation.

    P:\incoming downloads\new\DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D motherboard\new downloads from nvidia\slipstreamed RAID\sataraid
    ---------------------------
    OK
    ---------------------------

    Should I be concerned about this? Is it normal?

    All the best,
    Nick.
  49. nickj
    nickj P.s. there are some backslashes missing from the above post; The forum software seems to eat them; so please wherever you think there should be a backslash, you're probably correct.
  50. quranreading
    quranreading Window installation is not a problem.But after installation window will be corrupted with in few m.month.This is serious problem with window
  51. zinda
    zinda I've been trying to use "xp pro sp 0" adding in "sp 3" without any luck. I've been using Nlite for about 7 years now and every major service pack slipstreaming has workered out nicely. In fact I probably have made 6 or 7 versions of sp 2. All instal and work beautifully for years now. but after 10 tries with sp 3 I cannot get a full installation . It seems that every disk stops at [i'm guessing now, I stumbled upon this forum not prepared] mscrt.dll is missing and even if I try and pop in a previous disk to copy this file it fails. If I skip it the install will fail. Tried just acout every angle of simple program usage just sp 3 added/no extras, to unattended and even added drivers but for some reason I get the same outcome? Anyone else having this problem?
  52. Thrax
    Thrax Zinda, try using the updated guide linked at the beginning of the article: http://icrontic.com/articles/slipstream_windows_xp
  53. homequran
    homequran I dont know why the windows corrupted after some days. Should I be concerned about this? Is it normal?
  54. QCH
    QCH Not normal... there are a ton of reasons as to why Windows becomes corrupt. Hardware issues, drivers, infected with nasties, corrupt patch, accidental system file deletion, to just abrupt power loss/ hard reset. Please create a new thread if you need help troubleshooting your issues. Oh and Welcome to Icrontic. ;)
  55. jadhav333
    jadhav333 It would be handy to have this tutorial available as a pdf as well.. so it could be accessible ebven if one is not connected on the net.. The owner can consider this suggestion..
  56. equranschool
    equranschool some times window show a blue screen and windows become currupt. Can any body tell the reason and solution
  57. Yoz
    Yoz Excellent!!! Many Thanks. Worked first time... WinXPproOEM + SP3 + Intel ICH-9 EHCI SATA "F6" driver. Installed on eMachines E520 laptop (no FDD). Went straight in no probz. I watched amazed as it started up and didn't BSOD. Superb app, Thanks again. Its Fantastic, Doddle to use, Mint!
  58. mike@home
    mike@home Guys,

    after a week of nerve wrecking search:

    YOU R MY HEROES !!!

    thx

    mike
  59. Judi
    Judi I am trying to write xp onto a toshibe satellite L45 that had vista home pre before crashing. Hate Vista!! I keep getting a error when getting ready to install xp saying it cant see my sata hard drive. HELP Please!!!

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