In this guide you will learn...
• How to use AutoStreamer to Slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Real world application...
• Slipstreaming is a way of integrating a service pack [for this purpose] and is a convenient way to update Windows XP without the need to download numerous updates and the time consuming process of installing them.
With a few clicks AutoStreamer can slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2 with the contents of your Windows XP Installation CD. This can make slipstreaming seem easy and can be a very convenient way of carrying out an otherwise laborious task.
Before I can get into the details of using AutoStreamer to slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2, we'll first need a few items...
• Windows XP Installation Disk: [Home or Professional and Pre SP1 and SP1 Editions can be used]
• Windows XP Service Pack 2
• CD-Writing Software
Windows XP Installation Disk
• Place the disk in your CD/DVD drive.
Windows XP Service Pack 2
• You will need to download Windows XP Service Pack 2 from Microsoft.
If you have the Windows XP Service Pack 2 on CD you use the CD with AutoStreamer. You can also copy XPSP2.exe from the CD to your computers' hard drive.
• You can download AutoStreamer from Softpedia
• In this guide I'll refer to Nero version 6.
The following is how you install and use AutoStreamer....
[Please download AutoStreamer before continuing, the location where you have downloaded AutoStreamer [for example: My Documents Folder] does not matter as the installation is the same.]
||To start the installation of AutoStreamer, either double click the downloaded AutoStreamer.exe or right click the icon and choose Open.
||Click Next to continue or click Cancel if you wish to exit the installation.
||If you have any reason to change the default installation path, then click Browse... and choose the new location. If you want to keep the default installation path then click Next to continue.
||Click Next to begin the installation.
||AutoStreamer should only take 30 seconds or so to install.
||You can choose to View readme file or Launch AutoStreamer and when you have made you choices click Finish to complete the installation.
||If you had chosen to Launch AutoStreamer on the final part of the installation [see above] then Autostreamer should have opened. However if you did not want AutoStreamer to open then click Start, All Programs, AutoStreamer and choose AutoStreamer.
As AutoStreamer may only have a short but useful task, you may, once you have finished using it, want to uninstall it.
You can either do this via the Control Panel or by the Start Menu.
For the Start menu: Click Start, All Programs, AutoStreamer and choose Uninstall.
For the Control Panel: Click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, find and select the AutoStreamer entry and click Remove.
A great benefit to you the user is that AutoStreamer explains the options that you will be choosing. So to get a little help along the way move your mouse over the area where you are having trouble and an explanation should appear towards the bottom of the AutoStreamer Window.
When you first run AutoStreamer you are presented with three options from which you have to choose just one. You can choose from the following...
• I want to use my original Windows CD
• I want to specify my own local Windows share
• I want to manually customize my installation
Please click on the option that applies to you, if you are in doubt choose I want to use my original Windows CD.
I want to use my original Windows CD
Choosing this option will copy the contents of your Windows XP CD to a temporary location on your computers hard drive. So you will need to have your Windows XP CD in your CD/DVD drive. This is the easiest option from which to choose and if you want a quick and easy Slipstream make sure you choose this option.
I want to specify my own local Windows share
This option is more for advanced users who have a local or remote folder share. Instead of having a Windows XP CD in which AutoStreamer will copy from, AutoStreamer will slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2 with this folder share. In other words the contents of a Windows XP CD have been copied to a folder on a local or remote computers hard drive.
I want to manually customize my installation
This is again for advanced users and AutoStreamer will slipstream Windows XP Service Pack 2. Then you can add customisations such as adding your own applications, updating certain tools that are found on an Installation CD.
What To Do With The ISO File... [Note: There is a link to this page in each of the above pages.]
Which ever of the three options above that you have chosen you will need to know what to do with that file that AutoStreamer creates.