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Question for XP installation experts
Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:03 AM
I tried creating an installation DVD with the uncompressed versions and the installation routine is still looking only for the compressed files.
Is there a way to get windows to accept the uncompressed versions? Fred Vorck also cut his 2000 installation routine down by throwing out useless files and editing the layout or setup files. Is there someone that has already done that with XP as well that has some info on it?
Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:20 AM
Turns out they were wrong. The files are copied over and decompressed MUCH, MUCH quicker than being copied over uncompressed.
As for your last sentence -> Yup thousands do it all the time with nLite. (Found on this forum)
Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:25 AM
Posted 08 July 2009 - 10:09 AM
TXTSETUP and LAYOUT both copy files. nLite edits TXTSETUP and leaves LAYOUT alone, so you're still copying files that nLite removed from TXTSETUP (I hope that makes sense). As long as you run a global replace ",_x," to ",," then you can copy the file list from TXTSETUP into LAYOUT and the files nLite removed will not be copied at all, adding some speed.
I see in nLite that removing Printers also removes the files necessary for things like virtual PDF printers (or so the nLite warning says) so you might want to tread with caution there. Although my fileset does not have this complication, I really don't know what files to put into the "keep" box to retain virtual printer functionality and still drop all of those useless printer drivers which, in XP, are now 8 years old or so.
Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:30 PM
I didn't expect such a great detailed answer.
It's got me itching to toy with it and rev it to the max.
Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:58 PM
g-force @ Win-Lite.de
Make sure to always start with a fresh copy of your CD files/folders,
do all your work in one nLite session and integrate only one SP.
Please report when you have a solution, so others can benefit.
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