Slipstreaming SATA driver into WinXp boot cd using nLite

Options:

A) If you don’t have Floppy Disk Drive especially on a notebook. You still can install Win Xp but you need to read the "Slipstreaming SATA driver into WinXp boot cd using nLite".
B) If you have an empty partition for WinXp installation, proceed to "WinXp Installation"

Materials needed:

1) nLite(download here), a free tool to help you slipstreaming(integrate) your SATA drivers into WinXp installation disk.
2) Extracted SATA drivers(if you are using Intel chipset Intel 82801GR/GH, 631xESB/632xESB, 82801GHM, ICH8R/ICH9R, 82801HEM SATA RAID Controller, get the drivers from here)

Steps:

1) Get your Windows XP installation disk and copy the contents to a new folder(I named it "WinXp").
2) Extract the SATA drivers you downloaded into a folder, namely "Floppy 32Bit".
3) Run nLite->choose "Next".


4) Now, locate the Windows folder(for me, it’s "WinXp").

5) Next again and you will come to "Presets". Ignore this by choosing "Next" again.

6) In "Task Selection", choose "Drivers" and "Bootable ISO" by high-lighting them.

7) Choose "Insert"->"Single driver"

8) Browse to the SATA driver folder(I named it "Floppy 32Bit") and select either one of the .INF file, I choose "iaahci.inf".

9) A screen like below will pop-up, make sure it’s "Textmode driver" and select all of them by holding CTRL+A key and choose "OK"

10) You shall see something like this. Choose "Next" and you will be prompted.

11) Choose "Yes" to start the process.

12) Let it finish and choose "Next".

13) Finally, you can create your project as ISO image or burn it directly to CD-R under "Mode". I choose "Direct Burn". You can put anything for "Label" but not too long. Choose "Burn" and you will be prompted again.

14) Choose "Yes" to burn it to CD-R. Wait for it to finish and choose "Next"

15) Choose "Finish" to exit nLite.

Proceed to?
If you have an empty partition for WinXp installation, proceed to "WinXp Installation"

Product Key Invalid When Reinstalling Windows 7 Student Version

We were recently contacted by a reader who encountered a problem when trying to reinstall a Windows 7 Professional student version from Digital River. The product key was not accepted during installation even though it had been accepted during the first installation of the operating system.

It was possible to continue the installation without the product key. Windows 7 however did not accept the product key after installation displaying the error code 0xC004F061 in the activation window. The description read “The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not clean installations”.

Microsoft did however confirm in numerous occasions that it is possible and allowed to perform a clean install with a Windows 7 Student version.

Research on the Internet revealed another user with the same problem who posted on the official Microsoft support forums. This user received instructions from Digital River on how to resolve the invalid product key issue.

Open regedit.exe with Start Menu Search and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

Change MediaBootInstall from “1? to “0?. Close RegEdit.

Start Menu on the Command Line utility. Right-click this shortcut and choose “Run as administrator.” Click Yes to the UAC prompt.

In the command line window, type: slmgr /rearm press enter wait for the “Command completed successfully” dialog.

Then, close the command line window and reboot.
After Windows 7 reboots, Right Click Computer select Properties select change product Key.

If the Key does not work now please contact Microsoft technical support at:

Hope this helps everyone who is seeing the same product key invalid error when reinstalling a student version of Windows 7.

Matthew Glover
www.matthewglover.co.uk