1- How does Service Pack 3 integrate into your CD? nLite says to download SP3 to your desktop. What about the SP3 I already have on my computer? Will downloading SP3 again give me a completely updated SP3 with all recent updates and Hotfixes or will it be exactly the one I've downloaded a year ago (with which I'll have to provide all updates since)?
The SP3 install pack at http://www.microsoft.com/downloadS/details...;displaylang=en
has a published date of 05/06/08. If you have that one, it's the latest.2- What about .NET Framework? Will the new SP3 include it or do I have to find that too? Do I have to include all versions, like 2.0, 3.0, 3.5... or version 3.5 SP1 will include all the previous ones?
I don't understand your question. MS.NET has nothing to do with creating a slipstreamed installation CD...it's a program, like every other program installed in XP. For specifics about any version of MS.NET, please visit the appropriate webpage/website.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
Note that the Brief Description provides useful info.3- What about the Hotfixes and Updates? Do I have to manually add them all? Do I copy what I see in the WinUpdatesList program for instance?
Please read the instructions for using nLite and review just what is possible and what is not possible.
nLite - Deployment Tool for Unattended Windows - Guide - http://www.nliteos.com/guide/index.html 4- As for IE7 and WMP 11, are they going to be included automatically?
I believe that IE7 is part of SP3, while WMP is not a critical update of any sort...thus, WMP plays by different rules. I know that I had to download/install WMP as a separate item, just as I did with IE8.5- Drivers. Why doesn't nLite find them by itself? How can I know I correctly entered all the proper drivers in nLite? I'm not even sure what to look for...
I'm not prepared to answer questions about how nLite operates or why it functions as it does. This is not a nLite forum or FAQ. I'm just grateful that the website exists to facilitate updating the various Windows install CDs. That's the purpose for the development of nLite, as I understand it.6- I have Acronis True Image Home 2010 on my computer. Do I really need to create a slipstream CD? nLite seems like a big hassle to me. The instructions are not clear enough. Unless my one year old computer blows up, I don't think I'll be needing my XP CD for a long time...
Like so many things in life...it's all about choices a given person chooses to make. I see nLite as a tool for users who want to do things a certain way and who see that way as being personally advantageous when it comes to the operation of their individual systems. If you see it in another manner, that's your right/option/choice.
As to whether an updated XP install CD is necessary, I have one question. What do you do when you want to do a repair install or run sfc /scannow...and you find that such cannot happen...because your CD reflects a version of Windows that precedes the version installed on your system?
I don't use Acronis True Image...but I do my backups with Powerquest Drive Image.
I don't see using a slipstreamed XP install CD...as being in contrast to using Drive Image to backup my systems. IMO, they both are necessary and the results each yields...are not applicable to the service provided me by the other.
I could be wrong...