I am trying to prepare installation disks ( 1st for my laptop and 2nd for my desktop) using nLite, starting with 1) XP home SP2, and the SP3 update, or 2) XP Media Centre 2005 SP2,
What is happening with nLite on my desktop where I am trying to make the new files, it that I locate the original SP2and then try to add the SP3, and I either get a computer freeze, or I see that the upgrade moves the i386 files to a temporary file AND then freezes. It doesn't matter whether whether I try the SP3 from .exe or .iso, or use the i386/update/update.exe.
With each failure I go back, erase the programs, clean up the registry and start with new installations of nLite, SP2 and SP3. I never got far enough to get a settings.ini.
Any thoughts or comments would be really appreciated.
You don't want to manually add SP2. You want to only add SP3.
If your Windows CD has SP2 already integrated, I think nLite will remove it for you automatically. When you come to the "Service Pack" screen near the beginning of nLite, just click to integrate your SP3, and nLite will first ask you to click OK to remove SP2, and then it will carry on to integrate SP3 instead.
For me, my Windows CD has SP1 (but not SP2) and nLite handles it like I said. I assume it handles SP2 the same way.