Well, I'll go along with your recommendation jaclaz (re: burning from the Folder). HOWEVER, please note that the OP is creating a DVD as noted in post #17
It's too large in size, since I added so much software.
hence my off-the-cuff suggestion. IOW, use the nLite "post-integrated" folder to burn -OR- create an ISO (then burn the ISO) with IMGBURN -after- copying (?) said "software" into "wherever". Bear in mind, the OP isn't saying how said "softare" is to be installed. Could it be using cmdlines.txt or "other"? Who knows? Nonetheless, a DVD with fully integrated XP plus Software is the end-game, correct?
As for the Boot Record, fine - use the one directly from the CD. AFAICR, the nLite Boot Image is a Windows 2000 extraction and the XP one hasn't changed from RTM->SP1->SP2->SP3, so is a moot point. Also note that the Language is totally irrelevant, noting that nLite uses the EXACT SAME BOOT.BIN regardless - note that it supports other than just English (look in the LANG folder) . So, you lose the bet.
Now, as for COPYING to a folder, let's say the extracted ISO was successful but the CONTENTS of it were "broken". The proof of the CONTENTS is the ability to copy directly from the physical CD to a folder. Did you use IMGBURN to make the ISO Image?
And YES, there could also be a "glitch" in the location of the files - I DID say there's a difference between CD and DVD, right? Please note the first link jaclaz gave (above 4gb) and YOUR statement
I get a file with about 3.5GB in size, after nlite finishes.
Less than 4GB. I believe/concur that your SOURCE has something wrong with it, hence COPY the darn thing. If it reads, then -chances are- you have a good SOURCE on the HDD to start with.
Adding single steps by recommendation (from any EXAMPLES) and NOT adding single steps that are NOT recommended is what we are trying to get you to understand. Trust us (mostly) to provide accurate information and instructions since we HAVE already been down all of these roads... or not. Your choice.
...and if you REALLY want the "proof of concept" I'll repeat TO THE LETTER the method to create a GOOD CD/DVD ISO or Physical Media and test it, although all I'll be doing is repeating what I've (and others) done before. Note that I the ONLY difference would be LANGUAGE. AND now, can we -also- know that your SOURCE XP CD is ALSO German! (Finally, after dragging stuff out...)
The next "run" you make, please give a Point-By-Point list of the -exact- procedure you used so we may better assist in "what's going wrong". You have been vague on many points.
Edited by submix8c, 23 March 2014 - 09:50 AM.