Now you have your original installation DVD and a service pack ISO. Oh joy. And if you have an old machine like I do, the prospect of maybe re-installing Windows 7 in the future and then having to wait nearly three hours for the service pack simply palls.

At the end of the tunnel there is light. There is a tool called RT 7 Lite which can slipstream a service pack into the original media. Be sure to use the correct bit version. 

I used the beta version download at the bottom of the website because no other version gave me the ‘slipstream service pack’ option. It took me a while to find this out, frustration slowly creeping up on me to the point where I was about to give up. I didn’t find any part of the procedure even close to fast, and I am not sure if the resultant files, which I have yet to burn to a DVD, even work.

The only way I am going to find out is to dig my computer out from under the desk, open it up, disconnect the SATA drives, connect a 60gb laptop drive to the IDE cable, and then try it out. I have to clear the laptop drive first.

It is getting late here, so I will take a break and resume testing tomorrow

Friday, 25 Feb 2011.

Today, I created the ISO and burned the image to a DVD. It all took what seemed like forever. The SATA drives were disconnected, and an IDE 60gb laptop drive was hooked up. I rebooted, pressed F9 for the boot order, and the DVD booted up.

Less than a minute into the installation, the setup decided that there were no CD drivers..

Honestly, I don’t think that having a bootable Windows 7 SP1 is worth all of the time and effort it took to ultimately produce a FAIL. As it stands presently, I would not recommend RT 7 Lite to my worst enemy. Of course, this was my experience and may not be yours. If you have had success or want to try it out, be my guest. For me, the war game is over.

I never had a problem with nLite or vLite. I will wait for somebody else to produce a working slipstreamer or install Windows 7 and the SP1 pack separately if the need arises..