At the risk to seem unfriendly, which I am not , rest assured, I will be direct :
The UXP project is someting to re-install windows in a more friendly....
At the risk to seem unfriendly, which I am not
, rest assured, I will be direct
: Please do not worry, even after reading your whole comprehensive post I do not find you unfriendly, just like you said, direct, and that is not bad
The UXP project is someting to re-install windows in a more friendly, complete, optionally customizable way as compared to "standard" MS default install routine.No more, no less. It's not "magic", as it won't create files from thin air, nor create a proper installation source out of an already installed system.
First of all the Short Response is I misunderstood so now I'll go an rebuild the source (following Nuno's) and only then come back to enjoy & "tinker" with the uxp project.
Anyway below are a some comments/questions on your Post:
OK, now I think "I get it", sorry, my bad. Although I though I had read enough tutorials, (I confess not all by any extent ) evidently I did not. It is not that I though it was "magic", just did not completely grasp the idea of making a better more comprehensive installation source compared to the original xp, which sounds great. And yes I though somehow I could get a new installation disk either from the program or from an already installed xp system. Sorry
Forget for the moment about UXP, simply answer this question: Have you got a way to install XP normally? Answering YES to the above question implies that you have any of the following requrements: a. a copy of the XP install CD - NO
b. an already made by your OEM \I386 directory comtaining ALL the needed files on your hard disk - NO, and really not at all sure what this is, the recovery disks that came with the computer???
c. you know how to transform the files you have on your installed system
into a proper \I386 directory containing ALL needed files, AND the right version of each of them. - Don't know how to transform the files,... and sorry to ask, BUT.... aren't you saying here that by transforming some files you can make an operating cd/dvd from an already installed system,.. contrary to what you say at the begining of your post?
...nor create a proper installation source out of an already installed system...
Answering NO to the above question implies that you miss the pre-requisites to run the UXP project, thus you should: 1) try following Nuno advice on how to re-build a proper source; 2) check attentively this thread: http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=16381
where some hints and info are given.
Although I still puzzle at option ©, I will do as you suggest and follow Nuno's advice on how to rebuild a proper source and will check the linked thread.
3) if what is contained in points 1) and 2) is not clear enough, start a new thread asking for help in "rebuilding an XP source from <whatever you have>" Thanks, I will first go over (1) and (2) and explore them, and if I need help I'll start a new thread as you suggest, sounds fair.
4) only once and when you will have solved the problem of a proper source, come back to the idea of running the UXP project.
As I like to say, you can try squeezing lemon juice from cucumbers, but taste won't be the same.
Rest assured that we will try to help you as much as we can with points 1) to 3), but until we do not get succesfully to point 4), the questions about winbuilder and UXP will be not productive. Jaclaz, understood, and agree with you, no point messing with uxp & winbuilder until I do (1 to 3). Muito obrigado again for taking the time to answer and give me a more ample picture.
I do appreciate it and I look forward to advance to the point of being able to test the uxp project!