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Old June 5th 05, 10:02 AM
monsi
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Default Upgrading from XP home editon SP2 to XP Pro

Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade CD for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the XP Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying out the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP, suggesting the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to launch it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the warning but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as advised by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home edition. I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they were at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi
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  #2  
Old June 5th 05, 12:46 PM
Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
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Hi,

Autostreamer seems to be the tool of choice for many, and I understand that
it is not difficult to use (I create mine manually, so cannot personally
vouch for it). The warning message appears anytime software is run that has
not been certified. This is quite common, it only means just that - it
hasn't been logo tested by MS, it doesn't mean that it won't work properly.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade CD
for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the XP
Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying out
the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch
thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP, suggesting
the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to launch
it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the warning
but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as advised
by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home edition.
I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then
found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they were
at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing
wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any
tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi



  #3  
Old June 5th 05, 05:31 PM
monsi
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Thanks. Will give it a try.

Regards

--
monsi


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

Hi,

Autostreamer seems to be the tool of choice for many, and I understand that
it is not difficult to use (I create mine manually, so cannot personally
vouch for it). The warning message appears anytime software is run that has
not been certified. This is quite common, it only means just that - it
hasn't been logo tested by MS, it doesn't mean that it won't work properly.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade CD
for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the XP
Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying out
the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch
thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP, suggesting
the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to launch
it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the warning
but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as advised
by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home edition.
I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then
found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they were
at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing
wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any
tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi




  #4  
Old June 6th 05, 12:31 PM
monsi
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Rick,

Wonder if I can trouble you again.

I managed to slipstream the XP Pro CD with the SP download file. I ended up
with a file with a .ISO extension - is that correct.

Thereafter, is it simply a case of burning that file onto a CD (which is
what I have done). Thing is, I can't open the ISO file. I know I must be
missing a trick here - any help very much appreciated once again.

Many thanks.

Regards
--
monsi


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

Hi,

Autostreamer seems to be the tool of choice for many, and I understand that
it is not difficult to use (I create mine manually, so cannot personally
vouch for it). The warning message appears anytime software is run that has
not been certified. This is quite common, it only means just that - it
hasn't been logo tested by MS, it doesn't mean that it won't work properly.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade CD
for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the XP
Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying out
the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch
thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP, suggesting
the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to launch
it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the warning
but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as advised
by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home edition.
I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then
found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they were
at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing
wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any
tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi




  #5  
Old June 7th 05, 12:17 AM
Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
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Hi,

Actually, that's just what you want. An .iso file is a CD image file. You
don't burn the image directly to CD, but rather choose it as a source for a
CD copy function. Most CD burning software can easily handle an .iso file.
If you run into trouble, try the help files for your software or post back
here with what you are using for direction.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Rick,

Wonder if I can trouble you again.

I managed to slipstream the XP Pro CD with the SP download file. I ended
up
with a file with a .ISO extension - is that correct.

Thereafter, is it simply a case of burning that file onto a CD (which is
what I have done). Thing is, I can't open the ISO file. I know I must be
missing a trick here - any help very much appreciated once again.

Many thanks.

Regards
--
monsi


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

Hi,

Autostreamer seems to be the tool of choice for many, and I understand
that
it is not difficult to use (I create mine manually, so cannot personally
vouch for it). The warning message appears anytime software is run that
has
not been certified. This is quite common, it only means just that - it
hasn't been logo tested by MS, it doesn't mean that it won't work
properly.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade
CD
for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that
one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the
XP
Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying
out
the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch
thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and
decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP,
suggesting
the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download
nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to
launch
it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the
warning
but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as
advised
by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded
ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the
publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home
edition.
I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then
found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they
were
at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that
the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I
have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing
wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that
base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any
tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi






  #6  
Old June 11th 05, 03:53 PM
monsi
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Rick,

Thanks for your feedback.

I have a hard-disk directory that holds the .ISO and a .nrg image file too,
the image of the ISO after the Nero burn image is executed. From what you
have said in your reply (6th June) , and how I understand it, the ISO is the
image and it is simply a case of copying the ISO onto a CD using CD copy?

I tried that and I get “invalid track info” when I try and copy the ISO as
the source to the CD – mind you , I couldn’t quite establish where one
selected the ISO file as the source for the CD Copy. Have I understood what
you are saying in your reply? The CD Copy command of Nero Burning 5 seems to
want data on the CD at the start of the CD copy command – I am very confused!
The Nero Burning Help Files (so called) do not make it clear when and when
not to Burn an Image or simply copy a file to a CD!

Is it the ISO file I should end-up with on my CD or an image .nrg?

Whatever file I end up with, is it simply a case of then double clicking on
it and I should receive the menu of choices for upgrading etc as I would if
using the original OEM’s Upgrade CD?

Other Contributors to another thread I raised talk about a MicroSoft
Corporation.img file which they have used when burning their Boot CDs – is
that what I should be doing to the resultant ISO file? Or will the
slipstreamed ISO file contain the aforementioned MicroSoft Corporation.img as
part of the autostreamer process?

Thanks in advance once again.

Regards
--
monsi


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

Hi,

Actually, that's just what you want. An .iso file is a CD image file. You
don't burn the image directly to CD, but rather choose it as a source for a
CD copy function. Most CD burning software can easily handle an .iso file.
If you run into trouble, try the help files for your software or post back
here with what you are using for direction.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Rick,

Wonder if I can trouble you again.

I managed to slipstream the XP Pro CD with the SP download file. I ended
up
with a file with a .ISO extension - is that correct.

Thereafter, is it simply a case of burning that file onto a CD (which is
what I have done). Thing is, I can't open the ISO file. I know I must be
missing a trick here - any help very much appreciated once again.

Many thanks.

Regards
--
monsi


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

Hi,

Autostreamer seems to be the tool of choice for many, and I understand
that
it is not difficult to use (I create mine manually, so cannot personally
vouch for it). The warning message appears anytime software is run that
has
not been certified. This is quite common, it only means just that - it
hasn't been logo tested by MS, it doesn't mean that it won't work
properly.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"monsi" wrote in message
...
Currently I am running XP Home edition SP2. We have an install/upgrade
CD
for
XP Pro but at SP1, I purchased it last year from an OEM. I know that
one
cannot upgrade Home Sp2 to XP Pro SP1 without either slipstreaming the
XP
Pro
CD we have OR un-installing SP2 on our home edition and then carrying
out
the
upgrade to XP pro SP1 from the CD and then applying the SP2 patch
thereafter
to the newly upgraded XP Pro version.

I have read the various contributions on the discussion thread and
decided
to go for the slipstreaming approach. It was advised by a MVP,
suggesting
the
slipstream products from the following sites:-

Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide
http://www.msfn.org/articles.php?act...showarticle=49

or

AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (preferred)
http://www.wbeta.com/comments.php?shownews=1063&catid=2

The first site , among other things , advises that one must download
nLite
as the slipstream tool to use. I did so , however, when I came to
launch
it
a warning window was displayed. It advised that it was risky to run the
product when the publisher could not be identified. I ignored the
warning
but
to my frustration my PC hung! [note: I also installed .NET 1.1 as
advised
by
the web-site instructions before downloading and executing nLite).

I tried the AutoStreamer tool too. The same problem arose - downloaded
ok
but when I came to launch it the warning window advised that the
publisher
could not be identified and to run the software was risky - this time I
followed the advice and did not continue.

Plan B: I did some further searching to see what advice existed on the
discussion group as regards un-installing SP2 on the current home
edition.
I
read of one "horror" story where a person had un-installed SP2 but then
found
there PC to be in a "limbo state" and unsure what patch version they
were
at
and also they couldn't restore etc etc. All very worrying if one is
considering the un-install SP2 before upgrading to XP Pro appraoch.

Can anyone please advise on the slipstream products and the fact that
the
publishing name seems to be unkown when I come to launch the tool. I
have
Norton Antivirus running, XP Firewalls at its highest setting , pop-ups
blocked (apart from this site) and Spyware Doctor - what was I doing
wrong?
Or, is it ok to un-install SP2 and start the upgrade from that
base-line -
and I am needlessly worrying about carrying out such an un-install? Any
tips
on carrying out an SP2 uninstall etc?

Any help / advice will be very much appreciated.

Regards
--
monsi






 




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