Important information for those slipstreaming XP SP3 on Vista

May 13th, 2008

Note: I'm now told that this issue has been resolved and the latest version should be able to handle slipstreaming on Vista or XP no matter what SP1 you start with.

Yesterday I started to see something odd.

nLiteSlipstream packages that I was creating on Vista with nLite 1.4.1 (an earlier version nLite) worked fine on XP, while those I was creating with the latest version (1.4.5) wouldn't accept my CD key when I tried installing using the ISO. This is odd because according to everything I was reading I had to use 1.4.5 to slipstream on Vista.

After exchanging a number of emails with nLite author Dino Nuhagic (who is a very nice, helpful chap) and performing some tests (specifically, file compares to see what was different with ISO files made on Vista and XP) we finally got to the bottom of the problem. I was slipstreaming XP RTM to XP SP3 on Vista and a key file (pidgen.dll) wasn't being handled properly by nLite 1.4.5.

So, what does this mean? Let me break it down for you.

  • If you are slipstreaming XP RTM to XP SP3 on Vista, then use nLite 1.4.1.
  • If you are slipstreaming XP SP2 to XP SP3 on Vista, then use nlite 1.4.5.
  • If you are doing the slipstreaming on XP, then either version of nLite will work.

Hope this helps - and a big thanks to Dino for all his help and cooperation!

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