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Post by weedpeople » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:13 am

Hi everybody! I'm new to this forum and I have few questions , I'd be very happy if someone could help me. So the question is - How can I integrate(slipstream) Switchless installers in my win xp cd ? Cuz' I saw here few nice Switchless Installers and I'd like to integrate them in my WinXPSP2 CD. Can someone explain me how to do this ? Wich programm use and so on !? Thanks

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Post by DaRk MaDnEsS » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:33 am

you can use any of nlite or rvm integrator

to know how here is a small way

first make a folder named svcpack add all your switch installer in it (if you want to make a AIO pack ) or one by one

then out the folder make entries.ini

add this lines to it

description=switch installer
title=switch installer


the file name (setup.exe)

you can change in the general section for each program

and in the addprogram section it's for the program file name

then compress both file and folder with (rar,zip,cab etc..)

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Post by pasito » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:31 pm

Were you wanting to make AddOns from the switchless installers?

Just in case it's more basic info you want, this is how you integrate switchless installer with your XP source, easier than falling off a chair:

-Copy your OS cd to folder A.
-(slipstream SP3 or not.)
-Create a folder B. Download from this site an update pack for XP SP2 (or SP3). Put that and your silent installers in folder B.
-Optionally/recommended create 3rd folder C for Integrator to fill with the final output (instead of overwriting source folder A).
-Run Integrator and select A as source, C as destination and browse to B to select your update pack. Browse to B again for yr Addons and or installers. Hit 'integrate' and when finished..
-Switch to ISO tab and do that.
-Burn your disc with your favorite app, ImgBurn works well (v2.5). Burn to a dvd and you're free of space issues.

If that fills your need you shouldn't need additional info. The Integrator will integrate everything in the correct order automatically.

If, however, you decide to do more, you'll likely find any additional info you may need in existing posts on this site..explore, use the search. A good template for an install disc with all the bells and whistles is the following from Beats

(Quote is from the thread Whats your order of integration????)
Beats wrote: 1) A clean XP/SP0 VLK source with SP3 already integrated.

I only use the i386 folder, which already is cleaned up (see crashfly's post above), and the required root folder files. The basic layout looks like this:


Keep this pre patched and cleaned up source in 7z or rar format whatever you prefer) for easy reuse.

2a ) Integrate update pack of choice with nLite. Personally, I use Red's and Xable's update packs, depending on the variant I'm preparing. Xable's for uber minimalistic and specialised +/- 100MB XP cd's, and Red's for full blown - albeit still stripped - winxp + applications dvd's.

2b ) Red's DirectX addon, Xable's HashTab and WGAN addons, Kel's Runtimes addon, and a few of my own addons.

* 2a+b can be done in one run.

3 ) Windows Media Player 11 + all updates with Booogy's WMP11 Slipstreamer.

4 ) nLite tweaks and stuff. Important! Never start hacking your source with nLite tweaks and stuff, always do this after integrating your update pack, third party addons and stuff like WMP11 and IE7.

5 ) Driver packs with BTS own integrator. Important! Driver packs should really be the final step.

6 ) After all the integrations, I copy my own i386 template/skeleton with various modified INF's, CAB's and stuff like WINNT.SIF, cmdlines.txt etc. + my $OEM$ folder layout.

7 ) Nero Uber Lite 6 (a self made custom version) to burn the final image (or nLite when creating an ISO for testing in virtual machines).

If you want to integrate Internet Explorer 7 as well, do it after step 3) WMP11. For all other applications (about 120 in total in both English and Dutch), I use Windows Installation Helper Utility (WIHU). It's comparable to WPI but its not maintained anymore. Yet, I still l ike WIHU better, in combination with silent installers for maximum flexibility on my DVD's. On first boot after the installation, it enables you to change to computer name, add user accounts, etc. as well. Of course this can also be predefined. I've also predefined a minimal default application set; this can be changed during the T13 stage, but if nothing is changed within 60 seconds, it will install the predefined set. WIHU can also be run after the installation is finished, at any time, on any win2k, winxp or win2k3 machine. Same applies to all driver packs, with DriverForge you're able to add any missing drivers to already installed - alien - systems. Everything runs and installs directly from the CD/DVD.
(with one caveat from 5eraph later in same discussion):
5eraph wrote:WINNT.SIF can be copied into I386 any time before the DriverPacks. I include it before an Update Pack as part of my source.
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Post by beats » Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:09 pm

I do WINNT.SIF last, because nLite thinks it's fun to mess with it, even when you told nLite not to. :S

Edit: Oh, shortly after the post you quoted, I ditched nLite for integrating completely (see step 2) in favor of RVMi, because RVMi doesn't poke in any file it finds. It's a much cleaner solution. I still use nlite (in step 4) though, to remove some stuff and apply some tweaks.

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Post by weedpeople » Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:49 pm

Beats, tell me which files you keep and which one you delete to get a clean XP VLK source ? And what do you delete from the i386 folder ? I'd like to get a clean XP/SP0 VLK source too for use it later with my addons and update packs

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Post by beats » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:50 am

You don't have to delete anything to get a clean source. All you need is the i386 (or AMD64, in case of 64 bit) folder that 's on the XP cdrom. You may remove the following subdirectories from i386/AMD64, if you don't use upgrades, languages and stuff:

But do NOT remove:

I keep a zipped i386 folder with SP3 applied (and the above subdirectories removed), which I use as a clean base for my unattended setups. As for Windows XP components, I remove "malware system restore", "indexing service" and "help & support", but this is personal preference. I don't need nor want them on my systems.

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Post by 5eraph » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:27 am

beats wrote:All you need is the i386 (and AMD64, in case of 64 bit) folder [...]
Fixed that for you. :)

Both are needed for x64 sources.

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Post by beats » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:59 am

True that. Thanks for fixing. :)

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Post by weedpeople » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:22 pm

Can I remove these folders (cmpnents, DOCS, SUPPORT, VALUEADD) aswell ?

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Post by beats » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:26 pm

Yes, you can remove them.

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