Slipstream XP PRO so I can down grade a laptop from Windows 7 to XP PRO

I am trying to slipstream drivers using nLite. Have a laptop that is & but I want all machines on our network to be XP Pro. I've done this in the past with no problem but I think I'm a bit rusty. I downloaded the drivers from DELL's support site using the service tag and specified the OS as XP PRO. Then when I go to slip the drivers, I don't see the files where I extracted them. nLite is looking for all .ini files in the proper location, but to no avail. I was able to click insert on a couple of the folders and then nLite threw up a list of versions and I was required to choose from that list. I think I'm a little lost and need to be put back on track. I can try to grab some screenshots in the am to better illustrate what I'm running into. Any direction here would be greatly appreciated.
pat_the_batAsked:
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dee_nzCommented:
What is the model of your laptop?
Try looking for the Dell driver pack for your laptop. These are .cab files that contain all the drivers that Windows will need during OS installation. Usually the drivers that you just download from the Dell website have to be installed by running setup.exe - and you cant use these during Windows setup.
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stlhostCommented:
I believe these drivers have to be converted to cab files before you can slip stream them in, I could be wrong though. If all dell systems that you are working on are same series or model you can use one computer to load what you need, create an image of that computer and then decompress that image to every other computer that needs work.

Not all drivers work for the some dell computers, some require different things if this is what you had in mind.
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dee_nzCommented:
nLite just needs the driver .inf files. Here is an article for you to read
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Guides/windowscustomization1/11.html

Sometimes it can be hard to find all the "unpacked" driver .inf files. Please post the model of the laptop, maybe I can help with this?

How many machines are you maintaining? You might want to think about creating a base Windows XP image and then using Microsoft sysprep to deploy that image to all your machines.
Or as stlhost suggested creating a disk image for that model of laptop and then using it to re-image the same model of laptops as you need to...

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pinascodeCommented:
did you extract the files from their setup.exe to the dell folder? Another thing you may want to try is to use Double Driver and extract the drivers from the specific PC. You also do remote driver collection. The double driver saved drivers slipstream without an issue.
http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
If Dell doesn't have XP drivers for your model, then you can't use the drivers available on their site ... Windows 7 drivers will not work for XP.  Having said that, if you are using XP SATA/AHCI drivers for the controller in your model, during nLite, select Multiple Driver files, select ALL that are presented, and choose TextMode.

What model are you working with so we can make sure you have the correct driver?
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