by December 19, 2005 0 comments

Direct Hit!
Applies to:
System administrators
Create customized Win XP installation CDs with all the fixes and patches
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Whether you are a system administrator or a PC vendor, you would be dealing with hundreds and thousands of Win XP installations regularly. Had it only been the OS installation, life would have been easy; but the real action actually starts afterwards. You have to install service packs, hot fixes, specific drivers for some hardware that’s not included with Win XP, and many other essential applications and utilities. The whole process takes a good amount of time, and can be a nightmare when you have to do it on multiple machines. Imagine if you had a Win XP CD that already had all these add-ons, and moreover, if it could install them all without any manual intervention. Not only this, but, if you could also pre-configure XP with a lot of registry and other tweaks. Creating such a CD doesn’t involve rocket science. In fact all you need is a software called nLite. It lets you create such pre-customized XP CDs. Here’s how. 

Copy the nLite setup file to your machine and double click on it to start the installation. When this screen comes, select ‘English’ and proceed  Provide your original XP CD when asked during the installation. nLite will then ask you to give the path for an empty folder. Provide one with at least 600 MB free space
Select all you want to add to the installer CD, like service packs and hot fixes. Then create an ISO image for the CD To add all the hot fixes you want to include with your customized CD, click on the Insert button and give their path 
Here it asks you to integrate all the additional drivers you want. For this, click on Insert and then provide the path for the INF file of the driver that you want to include Here, nLite asks you what type of installation you would want to perform. If you want to create a CD for bulk installations, select the ‘Unattended Installation’ option
You can even choose the theme to install by default, automatic USB port polling for smooth USB mouse use, etc To get more options for some more important tweaks like renaming Administrator’s account click on Tweak
You can even fine-tune to disabe beeps on system error or set the default option to show all the hidden files Here you can opt to set the services you want to run or disable. When done, just burn the ISO on a CD and enjoy 

Anindya Roy

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