Yes, I understand the differences between the use of SP's in order for a running system or integration..and I am sure I had read somewhere about even when integrating there had been known issues. but where i saw that..???
I have just seen I only seem to have a SP1 XP edition..from one that I built up last time I looked at this..mid 2008 I think...So to my mind.yes, i'd go sp0 to sp3..but now I have started on the route of 1,2,3 i'll continue..for now at least.
I have made a breakthrough this morning. i was just initially assuming that all the downloads pulled off the net with the likes of MS updater, were instantly compatible and could just all be added to the nLite Hotfixes, Add-Ons and Update Pack screen. But it looks like that was a mistake. The downloaders download stuff like the MS Sesurity Essentials exe installer..whihc from what I now see, can't be slipstreamed ..they need to be run later after the instal.
i so far had just selected all the directories that were downloaded in to the nLite hotfix window..Looks like i need to do them all one at a time or at least in groups.
Looks like I will have to create multiple CD's or ISO's, adding a few updates/fixes at a time, then running nLite again adding more once I see the last one worked correctly.