Saturday, November 14, 2009

Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Your Windows XP Installation CD

So I finally got bored of installing Windows XP a few times during some cross platform testing, setting it up with all my options and service packs etc.

I've got a Windows XP SP1a CD, but I wanted an SP3 install out-of-box. I had slipstreamed before, but somehow lost the CD during some moves. The good folks at lifehacker set me straight.

Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Your Windows XP Installation CD - Customization - Lifehacker

What I like about this solution the most is the use of nLite to create the whole package, which worked great! No cmd line work at all. It couldn't be easier I suppose.

Lastly since I was burning it from Windows XP running in VMWare Fusion, I had to enable DMA on the IDE channel my Mac Pro's CD drive was attached with.
Else nLite was throwing a burning error. Simple workaround below courtesy of this link here as a reminder.

To enable DMA mode using the Device Manager
  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Double-click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers to display the list of controllers and channels.
  3. Right-click the icon for the channel to which the device is connected, select Properties, and then click the Advanced Settings tab.
  4. In the Current Transfer Mode drop-down box, select DMA if Available if the current setting is "PIO Only."
    If the drop-down box already shows "DMA if Available" but the current transfer mode is PIO, then the user must toggle the settings. That is:

    • Change the selection from "DMA if available" to PIO only, and click OK.
    • Then repeat the steps above to change the selection to DMA if Available.

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