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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:09 AM
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:42 PM
I will check in to the unattended DVD options. I use Acronis True Image and have a backup of my system. Also the HD has the original install on a partition. I am trying to figure out the best way to stay up to date with the changes so I can easily do a clean install and have my computer still be the same minus the problems. Is there a program that helps with this? Do I need to be very organized so I can figure out what needs to be manually reinstalled? The autopatcher sounds like it will help with re-updating XP at least.
There are many options:
1. Use a unattended Windows XP DVD
In this case you create an unattended DVD with all the customization, drivers and pre-installed software etc. You use a DVD instead of CD because all that stuff does not fit on a single CD. It is unattended setup, so all you have to do is put the DVD in your DVD drive, boot from this DVD and sit back and relax. Windows would be installed without any user input (unattended) along with the customizations and extra software you had put in it. For more information see http://unattended.msfn.org
2. Clone your hard disk
Wipe you hard disk clean and install Windows fresh. Install all required drivers and software. Now make a clone of the hard disk using tools like Norton Ghost (commercial) or freeware tools like CloneZilla, PartImage. This makes byte by byte clone of your hard disk on a DVD (if it fits). Whenever you want, you can restore your hard disk from that clone image. Your hard disk would come back to the stage when you cloned it. The process of cloning and restoring from cloning is usually lengthy.
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