And, yes, telling me to read the instructions IS useless, because it's not offering me any information or any suggestion as to what might be causing the problem. If you don't have any information to provide, it's pointless to respond at all. I know I'm doing something wrong, thanks for stating the obvious. Unless it's hidden somewhere in the previous 32 pages, there aren't any "step-by-step" instructions.
The only thing in the first post (which is where the method should be described) is
1. Run this on a clean install of Windows.
2. Slipstream and make the MST file according to MSFN's instructions
3. download and run this program
There is no information on why running this on a clean install of windows is important. There is no information on how failing to do this will affect the results.
Repartioning your hard drive
Installing XP - And nothing else. NOTE NOTHING ELSE. That is clearly
stated on the first page of this topic.
i dont know how you can miss that.
actually, this only requires that Office is not installed, not necessarily a perfectly "clean install"
Yes, I have my office source copied to a seperate directory containing the .mst file I created with the CIW, and as stated before, CIW says that the resulting installation should be about 130 MB, but after running office shrinker, the source goes from around 400MB to 293MB. I do have other things installed although I didn't have Office installed. I'll try installing windows w/o any other programs in vmware to see if it makes a difference.
why has so many thousands been able to do it and u can't. You must
be doing something wrong.
That's not a reason, that's my question!
I think I've actually put the phrase in some of my posts "what am I doing wrong?"
You seem to misinterpret every question as an attack on the proceedure.
problems was failing to perform an administrative install point at the beginning(setup.exe /a) - a step not included in the instructions but was mentioned in the comments.