- Windows Media Player 11 and Updates
- Internet Explorer 7 and Updates
- .Net Versions 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0
- Digital Rights Management
- Windows Update Agent
- Windows Media Player 11: The various installation files have been extracted from the original distribution file, in order to install without the uninstall option.
- Internet Explorer 7: In order to install the updates during the Windows Installation process, the main Internet Explorer file, IEXPLORE.EXE, has been slipstreamed into the Windows source.
- .NET 2.0 / 3.0: Two registry edits, as noted in Aaron Stebner’s Blog, are made to allow the installation to succeed
The most difficult challenge in preparing this version of XPCREATE was installing .Net Version 3.0, without breaking the WebClient Service. For reasons unbeknownst to me, the key seems to be in the order of which different updates are installed, some of which would appear to have no relation to either .Net or the WebClient service. I cannot explain the why or wherefore of this, but after burning and installing an embarrassing number of installation DVDs, I came upon an installation order that works.
The resulting Windows Installation DVD does cause a few errors to appear in the Windows Event Log Viewer. In the System Log, there is a reported error for the installation of the Shockwave Flash Internet Explorer plug-in. I believe this to be a “false” alert, as Shockwave is installed and working. Both .Net 2.0 and .Net 3.0 result in 2 errors in the Application Log. These errors are better explained on Aaron Stebner’s Blog. Both version of .Net do install and function.
Finally, the Windows Installation Source produced is close to 900 Mbytes in size. Even removing many of the “unneeded” files results in a source over 700 Mbytes, thus too big to fit on a CD. Until Windows XP Service Pack 3 is released, I will not be attempting to “slim” this down to CD size.
The XPCREATE Web Site has been updated to list the hotfixes needed for Windows XP.
This version is still in the test phase. If you are an experienced user of XPCREATE, and if you are interested in testing, and have access to a VLK or Royalty OEM version of Windows XP to test, please send me a PM, and I will send you a link to the test version of XPCREATE. Once I have enough testers, I will remove the downloadable test version, until I am satisfied with the results and the (possible) corrections.