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Apologies if this is old hat, but the answers I need are quick to give I promise.

I'm having trouble minting an nLite'd WinXP Pro disc. I'm getting odd behavior after I burn off each new copy. Things like Windows File Protection requiring the disc when trying to install Nvidia video drivers, and some things I select in Unattended and Tweaks simply do not integrate at all (for instance, I have the product key in the unattended settings but the last build I tested prompted for a key).

Also, here is something I do not understand. The 'Last Session' function allows me to take off from my last changes, yes? So if I make customizations to the 'tweaks' section, and later load up that session, those checkboxes should be saved? But when I get to the screen that allows me to select which operations I want, they are all de-selected (red dot). When I select them and procede forward, some sections retain my changes, and some are blank even though I remember making changes in that session that I am presumably continuing. Also, the Unattended setup warns me that there are settings there that will be overwritten no matter how clean an installation source I make. Is this normal?

My nLite build is not aggressive at all, maybe 10MB smaller than usual with a few packages thrown in. This is very frustrating because I have used nLite in the past without trouble to do the same thing. Thank you.

Last Session.ini:


Env = 1.3 RC - 2.0.50727.42.Microsoft Windows NT 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

Target = Windows XP Professional SP:2 - 5.1.2600.2180 - English (United States)


Remove Components

Unattended Setup

Hotfixes and Update Packs


Create a Bootable ISO



;# Drivers #

Tape drives

Toshiba DVD decoder card

;# Hardware Support #

Multi-port serial adapters

;# Multimedia #

Old CDPlayer and Sound Recorder

Tablet PC

;# Compatibility #















ProfilesDir = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"

TargetPath = "WINDOWS"

temp_dir = %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp


TcpIp = 100

UsbPoll = 250



Boot and Shutdown-Logon Page-Classic

Explorer-Add 'Command Prompt' to folder context menu

Explorer-Advanced Search: preconfigure options

Explorer-Change Explorer Folder View to: details

Explorer-Classic Control Panel

Explorer-Disable Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Explorer-Disable Prefix: Shortcut to

Explorer-Display the contents of system folders

Explorer-Recycle Bin: allow to rename and delete

Explorer-Restore previous folder windows at logon

Explorer-Show Drive Letters in front of Drive Names

Explorer-Show extensions of known file-types

Explorer-Show hidden files and folders

Explorer-Show protected operating system files

Explorer-Show Statusbar in all windows

Explorer-Show the full path in the Address Bar

My Computer-Add Device Manager to Context Menu

Performance-Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links

Performance-Do not cache thumbnails

Performance-Enable USB Idle Endpoint support

Privacy-Disable Error Reporting

Privacy-Remove Alexa

Start Menu-Add Administrative Tools menu

Start Menu-Control Panel-Display as a menu

Start Menu-Disable Highlight newly installed programs

Start Menu-Disable popup on first boot

Start Menu-Do not use Personalized Menus

Start Menu-Remove Windows Catalog shortcut

Taskbar-Disable Group similar Taskbar buttons

Taskbar-Disable Hide inactive icons

Taskbar-Disable Language-Bar

Taskbar-Disable Windows Tour popup

Windows Media Player-Accept Privacy Statement

Windows Media Player-Disable starting with Media Guide

Windows Media Player-Do not show anchor in Designmode

Windows Media Player-No visualization

Windows Media Player-Optimize fullscreen mode behavior

Windows Media Player-Remove all context menu entries


ComputerType = Default


MaximumDataStorePercentOfDisk = 12

RestorePointLife = 30

DesktopTheme = Default||

AutoUDay = 5

AutoUHour = 15

ProgFilesPath = "\Program Files"


connname = ""

macaddress = ""

ipaddress = ""

subnetmask = ""

defaultgateway = ""

dnsserver1 = ""

dnsserver2 = ""

winsserver = ""

netbiossetting = "0"

ipxnetworknumber = "00000000"

ipxnetworkframetype = "0xFF"






D:\XPResources\Apps\nLite\ProgramAddons Firefox 2.0.cab





Last Session_u.ini:


; nLite private info

; (don't post it on the net, it's not important for debugging)


TimeZone = (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

CDKey = "[key goes here]"

ComputerName =

Organization =

Language = English (United States)

Locale = English (United States)

Keyboard = US

DomainAdmin =

DomainPass =

JoinDomain =

JoinWorkgroup =

Owner =




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The reason it says there are unattended options is because your original CD apparently has some preset unattended options.

Is your CD an original retail CD or did your CD come with a computer purchased from somewhere like dell or hp?

The answer to that question may help us to figure out the other problems.

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The original CD was a Dell XP cd that has had Corporate VLK guts overwritten onto it then slipstreamed to SP2 manually some time ago.

That is the problem. When you overwrite an OEM CD (that requires activation, even if done transparently to the user) with a Corporate CD, you are bound to have problems. I would try using nlite on either the original VLK CD or the original Dell CD. nlite can remove anything the Dell CD has on it that you dont want, and can slipstream SP2.

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