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
- Open Device Manager.
- Double-click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers to display the list of controllers and channels.
- Right-click the icon for the channel to which the device is connected, select Properties, and then click the Advanced Settings tab.
- 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.