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Thanks for that Helmi. I'm pleased to hear I don't need to use the network installer package.

I need to read the beginners guide, and take a look at nLite docs, and also RyanVM's package. I understand what you say about RyanVM's package not having anything to do with the DriverPacks. But if I'm going to build a slipstreamed CD/DVD then I may as well add the SP's and hotfixes to it first smile

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True, I include any updates myself, IF you are going to create your own disc image anyhow, you might as well make it as complete as possible.

Anyway, are you sure about that "network installer package"?
You don't happen to mean .NET runtimes by chance?
Just wondering...

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Maybe I was a little bit vague with that Helmi.

This is what I was refering to:

What you will need:

    * A Windows CD. This portion of the guide is applicable with Windows 2000 through Windows 2003.

    * The Service Pack you wish to use for your operating system.

You will need the NETWORK INSTALL. It's the larger of the two options to download.

I only want to create my own offline recovery CD/DVD. So I take it I don't need the NETWORK INSTALL ?

Maybe this can be made clearer on the beginners guide,

as they referer to the MSFN tutorial there?

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they are talking about the SP3 download... yes you need the Admin or Network version (about 300mb) not the 1MB local installer that downloads the files of the internet on the fly.

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What Jeff said wink
If you already own an SP3 XP CD (later version of it sold retail already contained it), discard the whole step.

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OK, thanks for that OverFlow.

Is SP3 OK now, as I read some poor reviews about it on Softpedia sad

Will this one do for an offline install?

I've also got SP2 as well, so I thought about doing that first, then adding SP3 to another ISO created from the slipstreamed SP2 XP ISO?

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XP SP3 is and always has been stable and reliable.

The only issue there ever was with sp3 was related to the Media Center Edition of XP the ISO you point to above is not MCE.

don't bother with a SP2 image it is a waste of your time (unless you intend to have a MCE disc)

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SP3 is the only way to go now, since all other version of XP are already unsupported by MSFT and hence insecure.
SP3 will soon (2013 I think) also become unsupported by critical security fixes so you may already evaluate alternatives for succession soon enough...

I think, the main reason SP3 got bad reviews in the beggining (though I never had any problems whatsoever) was a) because certain NORTON AV solutions stopped working (Symantec's fault for not following MSFT's guidelines on AV soft integration) and b) because many cracks and activation "tricks" ceased to work along with many corporate serials being blacklisted. So, most of the folks who cried were blatant pirates anyhow...

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Thanks @ OverFlow and Helmi for your detailed replies. Sorry this is getting pulled way OT. Look like it's turning into a newbies guide for using DriverPacks wink

I have loads other questions, but I think it'd be best to start a fresh topic for those.

I've read the Base Tutorial, (which seems to be pretty straight forward) nLite docs, and now reading RyanVM manual:

Once I've got a general overview of the process I will first try to build an XP recovery disk with SP2  and hotfixes applied to it. I know this will work for a particular laptop, as this is the machine the original recovery DVD came with. So getting that far will confirm I know how to use nLite, and how to sliptream SP's and hot fixes, and create an ISO image and build a bootable recovery disk.

Once I have sorted that out, then all I need to do is create another recovery DVD disk using SP3 and hotfixes, and use DriverPacks_Base to add the missing drivers for my target laptop.