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  1. At least you're being somewhat honest with yourself. :yes: Using VMWare ( I recommend ) or VirtualPC would save a TON of wasted CDs and time. I just leave my original (virgin source) XP SP2 (in ISO format) on my hard drive. When I'm ready to reload my system, I extract the files into a folder on my desktop and point nLite to that folder and "go to town", so to speak.

    On average, I go through 3-4 different ISOs (which you can boot from in VMWare) used in VMWare before being satisfied with the end result. Only the final end result will end up on a CD-R, not my previous 4 "screw-ups".

    Bottom line: Use virtualization software, it'll save you a lot of grief. Good luck.

  2. In the case of nLite & vLite, as odd as it may sound, the destination is the source.

    I don't quite understand what you're asking. You want nLite to make a copy of your entire source CD that is on the hard drive? One word: inefficient

    Now, if you are using an illegal copy of an XP ISO, then I would hope you'd be smart enough to make a copy of the extracted files from the ISO when you run nLite through it.

  3. Looking at your Hotfixes section, I see a lot of possibilities (almost 20). Much like programming, one has to take baby steps to see where something breaks. I'm willing to bet one of those hotfixes is the culprit. Start there.

  4. I used RyanVM's .NET Framework AIO Beta and it installed 1.1, 2, and 3. You can download it from here.

    Simply drag the installer into the Hotfixes section. In case this or any other installers don't do it automagically, then you can do it manually.

    (anywhere you see quotes, do NOT type them)

    1. Start, Run, "cmd" (navigate to i386 location)

    2. type "expand svcpack.in_ svcpack.inf"

    3. type "svcpack.inf" at the command prompt, svcpack.inf will open in a text editor (likely Notepad)

    4. in the svcpack.inf file, look for the [setupHotfixesToRun] section.

    5. Add "dotnetaio.exe" at the top of the section

    6. save and exit svcpack.inf

    7. type "makecab svcpack.inf" ( it'll create svcpack.in_ )

    8. type "del svcpack.inf" (delete the expanded version, no sense keeping it around)

    9. copy dotnetaio.exe to the \i386\SVCPACK folder

    you're done.

    EDIT: cleaned up and added steps

  5. 1. Download the Firefox (or any for that matter) add-on.

    2. DO NOT extract or open the file. Leave it in its original form.

    3. Use nLite like normal, when you choose Hotfixes secion, click on Insert (or drag & drop) the UNTOUCHED file into the Hotfixes section.

  6. Create a batch file that does all the work for you. It will get launched at first login. You'll have to manually edit the WINNT.SIF file that's created once the Unattended part is complete in order for the batch file to run properly. In the batch file, have these lines:

    *assuming Bob is the name of the user you created

    @ehco off
    copy %SYSTEMDRIVE%\temp\whatever_goes_on_desktop.abc "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents And Settings\bob\desktop"
    copy %SYSTEMDRIVE%\temp\whatever_goes_in_mydocs.abc "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents And
    Settings\bob\my documents"
    copy %SYSTEMDRIVE%\temp\whatever_goes_in_mymusic.abc "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents And Settings\bob\my documents\my music"
    copy %SYSTEMDRIVE%\temp\whatever_goes_in_mypics.abc "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Documents And Settings\bob\my documents\my pictures"
    rd /s /q %systemdrive%\temp

    On the installation CD, create an $OEM$ folder at root level, then within that, create a $1 folder, then within that, create a temp folder. In this temp folder, place the items you need copied to desktop, my docs, my pictures, etc as well as the batch file. Call the batch file install.cmd and in the [GUIRunOnce] section of WINNT.SIF (if there is no GUIRunOnce section, then type it in at the bottom), include this:


    "%systemdrive%\temp\install.cmd" (leave quotes)

    Good luck. :thumbup

    EDIT: Come to think of it, I believe there's a RunOnce tab in Unattended, just include the above line for where GUIRunOnce is and nLite should add it automatically. Of course, you'll still need to create the folders on the disc.

  7. Did you run nLite multiple times through the "source" of XP or is this the only time you've ran nLite? The reason I ask is because this INI file is pretty bare. The INI file gets written over every time it's ran. You will want to locate the 2nd to last INI file or just start over with a clean source of XP SP2.

    Also, did you try Madhits45's suggestions?

  8. Join this forum (it's free) and you shall see the light. Once you get registered, go into the Releases section (only available for registered users), then click on Sticky: RogueSpear's Runtime Collection (2nd to the top).


    It's what I use in my installations. (just add it like any regular hotfix into nLite, it will place it in the SVCPACK folder automatically, gets installed during the "Registering Components" part of the install)


    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1, 2.0 and Visual J# Runtimes 1.1, 2.0

    Switchless Silent Installer - 31.7MB

    MD5: BC3F1056F9768C30DA6B4D10070A011E

    RyanVM Integrator Addon (.ZIP) - 31.7MB (download this one)

    MD5: 9B0012E5F8CA58B42BF1EF29FC89E42F

    Installs From: svcpack.inf

    Notes: .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1, KB886903, KB917283 and KB922770 are integrated into this installer.


  9. This is something I would greatly appreciate seeing in the next version of nLite. I see the option for renaming the Recycle Bin and deleting files directly, but not for removing the option for the "Display delete confirmation dialog". This is a setting I change upon a new installation of Windows, so having it in nLite would be heavenly. All that's required is editing the registry.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    Keep up the good work nuhi. :thumbup

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