nlite: Make a XP Reinstallation Disc with Service Pack 3, Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 11 CD/DVD
Insert your Dell Windows XP Reinstallation CD/DVD and copy the entire contents of your XP CD/DVD to a folder on your desktop. Do not Slipstream any Service Pack, Internet Explorer 8 or Windows Media Player 11 if you have XP Media Centre Edition - it will break the installation.
This guide is useful if you need to make an XP disc e.g. if you have lost your own and want to make a new one from a copy of your friends. Or if you want a more up to date disc or need to slipstream SATA drivers.
Download the standalone service packs to your desktop, if your disc includes these Service Packs you don't need to download them:
Download and install nlite (220.127.116.11). Also download the Windows Media Player 11 slipstreamer and install it to the following location: C:\Program Files\nLite. Alternatively install the Windows Media Player 11 slipstreamer and copy the "WMP11Slipstreamer" to the folder where nlite is installed.
Run nlite and when asked for XP installation select the folder you copied your XP disc to. Then click next and next again.
Select service pack then click next.
Slipstream the SP2 and then the SP3 if not already present. Click next and if it says "do you want to start the process" select yes and then select finish.
Open nlite again, select your Windows XP installation again.
This time select "Hotfixes, Add-ons and Update Packs" and "Drivers" (if you want to slipstream SATA drivers). Also select "Tweaks".
Select insert and select the Windows Media Player 11 file. Then select the ProgramAddons Internet Explorer 8.0
Click next (if you selected drivers you will get this)
At this stage you may slipstream the likes of SATA drivers. You will need to download them from the Dell Drivers and Downloads Page and use 7zip to extract them. You then select insert and navigate to the extracted folder. Actually you may do this with all the Dell drivers, however you must delete any 64 bit drivers from the extracted folders. If you save all the extracted files in a folder called drivers you may add this entire folder via insert. You would need to use a DVD if you done this. While the idea is nice having all the drivers on the disc, in practice it doesn't quite give all the utilities (with all of the drivers). I would reserve this only for the SATA drivers.
Select next and you will get to the tweaks.
As you see there are a great many. Be careful with these, note changing too many may end up making the computer slow. For example I once enabled everything under My Computer but it made Windows Explorer very slow. Generally I select "Disable Windows Tour popup" under "Taskbar" and change the following settings; "Reduce popup delay" and select "My Computer", "My Documents", "My Music", "My Network Places", "My Pictures", "Printers and Faxes" each to "Display as a link" in "Start Menu". I leave all else be but as you see there are alot of options. Once selected what you want click next and if it says "do you want to start the process" select yes and then select finish.
At this stage open nlite again, you may then mess around with the other settings, "Components", "Unattended" and "Options" but personally I don't change these and recommend you leave them be also.
Open nlite again, select your Windows XP installation again. This time select "Bootable .iso"
Click Make ISO save it in an appropriate place. You then burn this program to a CD or DVD. I will assume you don't have an appropriate program and hence for completeness tell you to download and install imgburn. Run imgburn
Select "Write Image File to Disc"
Browse for your .iso file and then finally click the burn file to disc button. Wait for it to burn.
Use this new disc to install Windows XP.
Dr Philip Yip Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide