XPfree - AudioXP Build Guide

Preamble: AudioXP is a stripped-back build of XP or XP x64 designed primarily for use with audio workstations. It is fast, up-to-date and provides excellent security and streamlined use. They are the builds I use in my music studio, on three different computers. I will not provide an ISO or downloadable build, only instructions on how to build it yourself, using nlite.

If you want a solution for building streamlined Windows 7/8/10 ISO's, look at ntlite.

x86 (32-bit) build Guide

You will need:

  1. .NET Framework v2 or higher installed (if you're running Vista/7/8 this will already be installed, if you're running XP it is not included by default - download here).
  2. 7-zip or similar installed (for extraction).
  3. Nlite installed.
  4. Your Windows XP Professional cd (should probably work with XP Home, haven't tested, won't guarantee).
  5. My audioXP nlite settings file.
  6. Hard drive text-mode drivers for your particular motherboard (if not sure which your motherboard uses, download and integrate all four of these): If your motherboard's chipset does not fit these categories, either the built-in windows drivers will, or there should be textmode drivers specific to your motherboard which you can download and integrate, on the motherboard manufacturer's website (search for your particular model). If you're running your hard drive in IDE mode, generally you won't need a textmode driver for your hard drive chipset.
  7. The latest XPSP3_QFE post-sp3 update pack from here. There are other update packs available, however this one is the best I've tried.
  8. The SP1 Firewire drivers. These were the only firewire drivers that ever worked correctly with 1394a (firewire 400) devices under 32-bit xp. Do not download if you're using 1394b (firewire 800), instead install the AVT alternative firewire bus drivers after installing your OS.
  9. If your Windows XP CD is not already sp3 (service pack 3 updated), you will need the full SP3 network update package.
  10. A program installed to burn your resultant Windows XP ISO to CD. I recommend Infrarecorder.

Build instructions

  1. Create a folder on your hard drive somewhere. Use 7-zip to 'unzip' (extract) the files from your hard drive text mode driver packages to it. Do the same for the 1394 driver files, but to a different folder.
  2. Put your Windows XP cd in your CD/DVD drive. Close any application that automatically starts.
  3. Start nlite. Select your language and hit 'next'. Locate your Windows XP cd using the browse button. Create a folder on your hard drive to copy your CD to. Some details will come up about your XP cd version.
  4. If your Windows XP cd is already SP3 (service pack 3), hit 'next', then go directly to step 5.

    If your Windows XP is NOT SP3, do the following:

  5. Hit 'import' and find the audioxp32bit.ini file which you've downloaded. Select it. Click 'next', then 'next' again.
  6. On the 'Hotfixes, Addons and Update packs' screen hit 'insert' and select the XPSP3_QFE post-sp3 update pack .7z file which you've downloaded. Click 'next'.
  7. On the 'drivers' screen, click 'insert', 'multiple driver' and select the hard drive textmode drives which you've downloaded. Find the folder you've extracted the hard drive textmode drivers to in step 1, and select it. Click 'all', then 'ok'. On the 'driver integration options' popup, under 'textmode integration options' click the first entry, then hit CTRL-A. This will select all the drivers. Click 'ok'. Now, repeat the process for the 1394 (firewire) driver folder. Then click 'next'.
  8. On the compatibility popup click 'ok'. You are now on the 'components' screen. By default, audioXP is only set up for english. If you are planning to use any languages other than english under windows, then expand the 'Keyboards' and 'Languages' trees and make sure the other languages you wish to use are unticked. Once finished, click 'next'.
  9. On the 'Unattended' screen, click on the 'Regional' tab. Select your language, localisation, language groups and set your timezone. Click 'next'.
  10. Hit 'next' twice, skipping the 'options' and 'tweaks' screens - these are already set for you. Nlite should ask you if you want to start the process. Click 'ok' and wait while Nlite integrates and tweaks for you. This could take anywhere between 2 and 20 minutes depending on the speed of your machine. Once finished hit 'next'.
  11. On the 'bootable iso' screen either click on 'make iso', or burn your image directly to CD by changing the 'mode' under 'General' to 'Direct Burn'. I recommend creating an ISO image as you can make additional copies later if your CD media fails. Once you've burnt your CD or created an image, click 'next' then 'finish'.
  12. You're done! Your .iso file should be somewhere around 170MB. Go to Installation Instructions at the bottom of the page.

x64 (64-bit) build Guide

The 64-bit build is about 5% faster on the same machine running 32-bit apps, and has fewer memory limitations so I tend to recommend that, but it basically depends whether there are XP x64 drivers available for your devices, as to whether it's worth it for you. Please note, a lot of 64-bit device drivers are built into XP x64 - so you might be lucky..

You will need:

  1. .NET Framework v2 or higher installed (if you're running Vista/7/8 this will already be installed, if you're running XP it is not included by default - download here).
  2. 7-zip or similar installed (for extraction).
  3. Nlite installed.
  4. Your Windows XP x64 cd (please note, there is a major difference between "XP x64" and "XP 64-bit" - do NOT use "XP 64-bit", it was designed for one specific branch of intel processor).
  5. My audioXP x64 nlite settings file.
  6. Hard drive text-mode drivers for your particular motherboard (if not sure which your motherboard uses, download and integrate all four of these): If your motherboard's chipset does not fit these categories, either the built-in windows drivers will, or there should be textmode drivers specific to your motherboard which you can download and integrate, on the motherboard manufacturer's website (search for your particular model). If you're running your hard drive in IDE mode, generally you won't need a textmode driver for your hard drive chipset.
  7. The latest 5eraph post-sp2 update pack from here.
  8. If your Windows XP x64 CD is not already sp2 (service pack 2 updated), you will need the full SP2 network update package. Please note there is no SP3 for XP x64, it is a different system entirely based on Windows Server 2003.
  9. A program installed to burn your resultant Windows XP ISO to CD. I recommend Infrarecorder.

Build instructions

  1. Create a folder on your hard drive somewhere. Use 7-zip to 'unzip' (extract) the files from your hard drive text mode driver packages to it.
  2. Put your Windows XP x64 cd in your CD/DVD drive. Close any application that automatically starts.
  3. Start nlite. Select your language and hit 'next'. Locate your Windows XP cd using the browse button. Create a folder on your hard drive to copy your CD to. Some details will come up about your XP cd version.
  4. If your Windows XP cd is already SP2 (service pack 2), hit 'next', then go directly to step 5.

    If your Windows XP is NOT SP2, do the following:

  5. Hit 'import' and find the audioxp64bit.ini file which you've downloaded. Select it. Click 'next', then 'next' again.
  6. On the 'Hotfixes, Addons and Update packs' screen hit 'insert' and select the 5eraph post-sp2 update pack .7z file which you've downloaded. Click 'next'.
  7. On the 'drivers' screen, click 'insert', 'multiple driver' and select the hard drive textmode drives which you've downloaded. Find the folder you've extracted the hard drive textmode drivers to in step 1, and select it. Click 'all', then 'ok'. On the 'driver integration options' popup, under 'textmode integration options' click the first entry, then hit CTRL-A. This will select all the drivers. Click 'ok', then click 'next'.
  8. On the compatibility popup click 'ok'. You are now on the 'components' screen. By default, audioXP is only set up for english. If you are planning to use any languages other than english under windows, then expand the 'Keyboards' and 'Languages' trees and make sure the other languages you wish to use are unticked. Once finished, click 'next'.
  9. On the 'Unattended' screen, click on the 'Regional' tab. Select your language, localisation, language groups and set your timezone. Click 'next'.
  10. Hit 'next' twice, skipping the 'options' and 'tweaks' screens - these are already set for you. Nlite should ask you if you want to start the process. Click 'ok' and wait while Nlite integrates and tweaks for you. This could take anywhere between 2 and 20 minutes depending on the speed of your machine. Once finished hit 'next'.
  11. On the 'bootable iso' screen either click on 'make iso', or burn your image directly to CD by changing the 'mode' under 'General' to 'Direct Burn'. I recommend creating an ISO image as you can make additional copies later if your CD media fails. Once you've burnt your CD or created an image, click 'next' then 'finish'.
  12. You're done! Your .iso file should be somewhere around 300MB. See Installation Instructions below.

Installation Instructions



While all attempts are made to make this guide generic and straight-forward, I cannot guarantee that these builds will work on your specific computer due to the variance between computers. All advice given without guarantee - use your brain - if anything dies/fries/stops/explodes, see a doctor (but don't talk to me).


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