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,Aug 8 2004, 05:20] I successfully slipstreamed a Dell SP1 XP disc, using the normal methods used for any other disc.  Didn't use Autostreamer though.

I'll bet you haven't tried that Dell disk on non-Dell machines...or have you? I tried and received a BIOS message immediately stating it did not detect Dell hardware. But then again, I tried this with the original XP disks that they used to ship.

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I'll bet you haven't tried that Dell disk on non-Dell machines...or have you?  I tried and received a BIOS message immediately stating it did not detect Dell hardware.  But then again, I tried this with the original XP disks that they used to ship.

That's not what you stated as your problem. I said I was able to slipstream a Dell disc, not install a slipstreamed Dell disc on other than a Dell system. Dell discs have a winnt.sif file that contains the key that is locked to the system, which is why when you use a Dell disc on a Dell system, you aren't required to activate, and the key isnt required to be entered during install. However, if you use the key that comes on the little sticker on the actual case of the system, you'll be forced to activate. Both are legit keys, but the one on the disc doesnt require activation.

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Two separate issues stated. The second one was dealt with slipping to Dell disk. The first one dealt with slipping any xp disk with sp2, IF being slipped using a Windows 2000 machine.

Also, I was referring to the Dell disk verifying that the disk has a hardware checker in the boot sector of the CD, not XP activation. Although the winnt.sif is used for unattended installs, and contains the product code, it will not contain a key that doesn't require activation - those kind are Corp keys and not handed out so "loosely".

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Two separate issues stated.  The second one was dealt with slipping to Dell disk.  The first one dealt with slipping any xp disk with sp2, IF being slipped using a Windows 2000 machine.

Also, I was referring to the Dell disk verifying that the disk has a hardware checker in the boot sector of the CD, not XP activation.  Although the winnt.sif is used for unattended installs, and contains the product code, it will not contain a key that doesn't require activation - those kind are Corp keys and not handed out so "loosely".

Then kindly explain to me why, sitting here on my Dell system, and having slipstreamed both SP1 and SP2 onto both a Dell OEM Home Edition install disc and a Pro Corp VLK cd, I've -never- had to activate. Ever.

The Home disc I have slipstreams and installs fine. The key contained in the winnt.sif file (which I used in my own custom unnattended install disc w/ both SP1 and SP2) is DIFFERENT than the one contained on the system case. The key contained in the winnt.sif file on the disc DOES NOT require activation. The case key DOES require activation if used to replace the one in the winnt.sif file or that line is removed from the winnt.sif and that key is manually entered. As for your theory that the that the boot sector of the CD contains a hardware checker. Nope, sorry. I copied the install files from the Dell install disc, slipstreamed, then burnt those files to a cd that I made bootable with a different bootsector that I had downloaded from the net. So, not using Dell bootsector for disc, slipstreamed fine to SP2, Home Edition didn't require activation when using the original key from the original disc.

It does contain a key that doesn't require activation, but is tied to Dell systems. Sorry. :whistle:

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Ohhhh Kaaaaayy. So you've got a Dell OEM disk with a product key that doesn't match the license on your case...and you got that disk shipped with that system? I could be wrong, since my company never uses the disks that come with the systems from Dell, we use images with VLK. And I've never checked each product key on the cd with the one on the case, especially not Home Edition. It just sounds funny that they don't match and the cd key doesn't require activation. That defeats the purpose of WPA, unless your are a corporate subscriber.

You say you also have Pro-VLK CD. So either you are in IT and received it legit, or...never mind, don't want to make accusations, but then again, apparently you've dabbled in the keygens as you've stated here so that's irrelevant now.

You still never answered my question...have you tried that Dell disk on a non-Dell machine? Like I stated oh so long ago, the last time I tried that it didn't work (using non-service packed XP plain vanilla Dell-provided disk) :hint: the 05:25 post

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nice done on this great software!

no more manual updating for lazy me. :laugh:

i just notified tweakers.net (dutch tech site) of this and hope they place it on the site, it damn well deserves it :cool:

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@paratrupr; Apparently, this is pretty common practice w/ Dell systems and their install disks. The key on the cd can only be used for a Dell system, I'm assuming the case key is just a standard key, perhaps to solve licensing issues in case someone requires a replacement cd, since it does require activation. I've asked around about it before, and others have said theirs is the same. No, you can't install the dell cd on a non-dell system using the key supplied in the winnt.sif file. I've not tried it with the case key, however.

But with the key for the unnattended file on the install cd...it functions exactly like a Corp cd. Activation is completely bypassed during setup, but I've yet to fully understand *how* it works, since I can make two identical slipstreamed discs, one with the original unnattended key and one with the case key, and the case key one will require activation at the normal point during install.

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I see a few ppl complaint bout the errors... I only want to be in the list that did not encounter errors... I did not encounter one problem...dam AutoStreamer is simply too smooth... AutoStreamer makes this too easy that it took the fun away from doing manual slipstream. Damn. And I was gonna learn how to do manual slipstream.

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this is how I made mine this guid is made by gholagha

Slipstreaming" - Integrating the Service Pack 2 into Windows XP

First copy the entire Windows Windows XP CD to your Hard Drive. I use the folder C:\WinXPCD

Now creat a folder by name of "SPExtract" example C:\SPExtract

Now find the Service Pack file (Where ever you downloaded it to, I used C:\Download\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU

Now click Start > run and type C:\Download\WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe -x

this will extract that to a folder

Now browse and find the folder you just made C:\SPExtract to Extract all WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU to that folder

Once you have extracted the files from WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU to C:\SPExtract

Strat run and type

c:\SPExtract\i386\update\update.exe /s:c:\WinXPCD

Now you made Integrating the Service Pack 2 into Windows XP

all you need is make bootabl CD from C:\WinXPCD Folder

that's all

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I slipstreamed my XP Home Compaq OEM (SP1) CD with SP2 RTM. All went fine except I noticed when I installed it it got to the end and booted into Windows - it should come up with choose your username and connect to the Internet wizards but it went straight to the desktop with Owner as the user. Dunno if this is because I used AutoStreamer or something with SP2?

Anyone else confirm?

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Just combined Windows XP Professional & Windows XP Service Pack 2 together and during the section where setup is copying files from the CD to the hard drive, there are at least 25 files missing (stopped counting after that).

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I slipstreamed my XP Home Compaq OEM (SP1) CD with SP2 RTM. All went fine except I noticed when I installed it it got to the end and booted into Windows - it should come up with choose your username and connect to the Internet wizards but it went straight to the desktop with Owner as the user. Dunno if this is because I used AutoStreamer or something with SP2?

Anyone else confirm?

OEM copies do that generally i believe :)

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OEM copies do that generally i believe :)

See I have yet to do it to my retail Pro yet but it came up with the wizards on SP1 on my OEM copy :wacko:

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