No, do not use Nlite at all for a clean installation. The main reason
you would use it is to make a slipstream installation disc where you
were adding a service pack to an older install disc. Using it to
integrate drivers is more trouble than it is worth. If you have found
and downloaded XP drivers for the hardware integrated in the laptop, in
the form of exe files, and you are sure they are the correct drivers,
then just do a clean install using your XP disc. After installation is
complete and rebooted, you can manually run the exe files to install the
drivers one by one on the new XP installation.
Install XP, reboot, install any chipset/motherboard drivers found, then
install the video driver, then sound driver, then network adapter driver
and wireless adapter driver, then any memory card reader driver and
other devices, in that order.
Have you ever done a clean install of XP on a computer before?
MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009