2. Create a folder in Windows Explorer called ‘Slipstream Source’. We’ve created ours within My Documents. Pop your existing Windows CD into your optical drive, close the setup wizard if it autoplays, then copy the entire contents of the disc to your new folder (highlight everything then drag-and-drop).
3. Now assemble the Windows updates. To make this painless, download and install Windows Update Downloader (WUD). Before launching it, click ‘Update Lists’ on the same page. Click the file appropriate to your operating system and select ‘Open with’.
4. Launch WUD. Select all the updates shown in your Update List. Some updates won’t slipstream; let nLite worry over those later. Naturally, if your CD already contains SP2, you don’t need that. When you’re finished, click Change and create a folder called Slipstream Updates. Click Download.
5. Download hardware drivers specific to your PC. (We’ve got drivers for our G33 chipset, GMA 3100 graphics, Realtek ALC883 sound and Marvell 88E8056 LAN.) If your PC needs a driver loaded before Windows will install, get that driver now. Put everything in a new folder called Slipstream Drivers.