Already have restore points. I want to be fully prepared with an image though. Seems to be the best, most reliable method.hamluis:
I do in fact already have a Recovery CD that I used the PC to create, but as your link states, I can only create 1 and no longer can copies be ordered from HP. Its not absolutely necessary to delete the recovery partition and it takes up a few gigabytes of space that is unused on the system anyway so I don't need to remove it. Having said that, could I use the recovery CD in place of a working XP CD for the purposes of slipstreaming with nLite?
In the first few steps when applying the process using nLite
you need to copy the windows source files into a folder on the HDD and since I don't have an XP CD I was wondering if I could use said I386 folder in its place. Would that work the same?usasma:
You've had Acronis for some time. Do you have to repay for updates and buy new licences every few years or so? Is it definitely better than all freeware solutions? I don't mind investing in something that is worthwhile and will last me a long time but as you can see I'm not a very heavy user and so far I am only tinkering with the idea of imaging, cloning, restoring etc so I am unsure if perhaps it is better to stick to freeware for now. What do you think?