Thanks for all the replies.
You'd be better off taking a copy of XP Home or Pro, slipstreaming SP2 and the latest Windows Updates.
That's actually what I'm trying to do. However, AFAIK, to get this FPP (full packaged product) version of XP properly installed and authorized on this Asus laptop of mine (with the product key of this laptop), I need to replace some files of this installation by files from my recovery partition.
Indeed I found out (thanks for the tip boooggy) that Norton Ghost can open the ASUS.PQI file and extract its content - this is a big step forward. This is how it looks like
. And this
is how the I386 folder inside looks like.
So, I have copied the content of the friend's FPP retail XP Pro to a loaction F:\WinXP_source\, and I need a bit of help in figuring the following procedures exactly:
1.) From this
If I've understood correctly, I need to copy these files
from the Windows\I386 folder of my my recovery partition to the F:\WinXP_source\I386 -folder. Is this true? Do I need to modify these files in any way and or do I need any other files?
2.) Am I correct in assuming I should do things in this order:
- first overwrite the 8 files (listed above) of the retail XP Pro by those found on the recovery partition
- after this nLite this modified XP installation and integrate SP2.
3.) From one relevant OEM-thread I found this quote: "u need 2 use Winnt.sif (which is what im guessing your OEM cd is using) so, first 2 obtain your product key or open the winnt.sif file in notepad & copy the key, paste it inside the key input box inside nlite & continue with your options
Is this true at all? If so, where do I find the winnt.sif file on my recovery partition?
4.) I'm very confused about the product activation & registration of this nLited OEM XP. So apparently the Product Key found on the bottom of my Asus laptop is good for nothing, ie it will not be entered into any field?
However, during installation (or in nLite if I'm making an unattended installation) I need to enter the code found on this
Is that all - should this work?
5.) My computer literacy doesn't extend with far enough that in nLite I could make educated decisions what to remove and what not. I skimmed through the stickies ("What Not To Remove For Some Programs" and "Complete Beginners Guide to nLite Unattended CD's") but these don't get me very far in knowing what I can safely remove. Can someone point me towards another guide or forum post that would elucidate doing a standard & safe slipstremed XP?
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance!