Let’s have a thread for this. I downloaded and installed the final SP3 (from Majorgeeks) today. Unfortunately it messed up my system, probably because I’ve cleared the folder Windows\Inf (there are so many crappy files in Windows until you actually make a change, then they might be important :(). When rebooting, I got a black screen and a message that the file “biossomething.inf” in Windows\Inf was corrupted or missing. Unable to repair this, I had to reinstall my Windows using a pre-made nLite SP2 CD.
So I started all over with a fresh XP SP2, and then successfully installed SP3. The only problem was, that SP3 recreated junk folders (and applications) like Windows Media Player, Movie Makes, xerox etc. - besides SP3 enabled SFC (Windows File Protection). Since I hate bloated Windows setups, I reformatted AGAIN and here I sit with XP SP2!
One particular bug I see fixed is the one where the wireless network tells you that it isn’t connected (the constantly searching computer) but actually is.
In the meantime they’ve introduced another one where on some standbys and restarts the wireless network says its connected but is not. To fix it I find it necessary to use the “fix option” when one right clicks on the wireless icon.
How did I predicted that being a clean freak at this high level will eventually come back and bite you in the A? ;D. My Inf directory is 21.3 MB. I think I can handle that much of vital install files (:TNG). Also, I would wait some months before a service pack (even if this one is supposedly small) is released.
I think you should go ahead and slipstream SP3 into a new nLite CD. It would most likely be your best nLite accomplishment ever! Take the challenge! And you don’t even need .NET Framework, as you know… (but what’s the difference, you will reformat anyway after the .NET => nLite event)
What’s the point? I can see absolutely all reasons to do the opposite. For one, I’d have to install all the programs and download all the files that I have right now and re-tweak all the things that I always forget because there are hundreds of things to do.
SP3 is mostly just security patches and some things to do a version upgrade of one of the XP system tools? It’s not like it’ll speed up my computer or create less head-aches.
Had no issues with SP3 until now. Just installed and everything is running smoothly. First I forgot that I had to patch tcpip.sys again for more half-open connections.
Did a slipstream into an XP SP2 CD which also worked great. (Without nLite, just with /integrate switch). Will do a clean reinstall in two weeks.
Don’t slipstream SP3 in your CD on a Vista machine! Several people in the MS Technet forum complain about strange side effects.
Do you know if you have build 5.1.2600.3311 or 5.1.2600.5512? I have the first one, and I guess 3311 is not the final SP3 build. That’s annoying because it said “final” as I downloaded it from Majorgeeks. Another reason to use nLite once more… maybe I can also do some further removals of components.