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7001  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A few questions about slipstreaming, or PE type setup on: October 30, 2005, 11:37:27 AM
See http://www.donationcoder....ve/BackUpGuide/index.html (but I'd guess you might have already).

WRT imaging to DVD, Acronis will break backups into chunks ready for burning, and Acronis Support have promised direct burning in the current version. I have used Norton Ghost before and PowerQuest Drive Image (these have been combined now and are called Ghost AIUI) which both burn direct and to be honest I don't think it is worth the hassle.

If you have enough disc space to set up a partition (don't let Acronis configure it's secure storage!!!) to store your backups temporarily then producing DVD size chunks is ideal. You can create the full backup (overnight - if your system is like mine the first backup takes a while) and then sit at the computer to burn your DVDs. The disadvantage of direct burn is that you have to keep coming back to the computer to feed it DVDs - and if you verify the image Ghost/DriveImage doesn't do this in a terribly logical way which means lots of disc swapping.

I really recommend having enough hard disc storage to store your backups - especially if you have large amounts of material to backup. By all means burn to DVD but if you want to recover a single file (or even a partition) nothing beats having it on hard disc!! USB/FireWire hard discs are a possibility, but make sure your system can find them in DOS mode!

To answer your question - Imaging copies the whol partition, that includes System Restore data. Personally I always do a disc clean up and defrag before a full backup, including getting rid of lots of system restore points.

With hard disc backups and incremental backup capability you could actually disable System Restore as a quick incremental backup is much more effective than SR.

By the way you can still defrag your system, but it will make the next incremental backup a bit bigger. Using Perfect Disc as your defrag program has the advantage thatit minimizes the repositioning of un modified files so incremental backup sizes will be smaller (and quicker) than with some defrag programs.
7002  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flowchart and Diagramming Review on: October 30, 2005, 10:28:25 AM
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Looks great, but for the ~300 bucks it should  Did you really use that one for a longer period?

I bought it a few years ago at academic pricing, and got a cheap upgrade too. I wouldn't pay full price for it though ...

It is an excellent program.
7003  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flowchart and Diagramming Review on: October 30, 2005, 07:29:52 AM
Just to remind again, SmartDraw is now at version 7.3. There have been some big interface changes since version 6, so any review would need to be based on that version.

If you haven't got access to version 7.3 there is a free trial version on their website: here
7004  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: NEW SITE FEATURE: Bug Tracker + Feature Request System on: October 30, 2005, 07:19:11 AM
Great ... will people be able to read what is going on here or will it be private support etc. ?

Good idea, kfitting ...

Again - add to the menu bar?
7005  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: NEW SITE FEATURE: Wiki on: October 30, 2005, 07:16:26 AM
This could be fun, and useful ....

How about adding it to the top MenuBar ?

As with the bug tracker is this going to be open access to all registered members? If so can the site membership be integrated into the Media Wiki user database so that we only have to login once ?

If you work out how to do this automatically I will be really interested how you did it ....
7006  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A few questions about slipstreaming, or PE type setup on: October 30, 2005, 06:55:11 AM
It is possible to include some applications and get Windows to run the installer automatically, but I'm not sure it is possible to have preconfigured applications installed.

There is also a limit to how much you can fit on the installation CD.

This is the sort of thing thatis ideally approached via disk imaging.

One method you could try is to use a utility like TotalUninstall to take a snapshot of your system immediately after you complete windows fresh install, and then again after you have installed the required applications. You could then copy all the files and registry modifications to a backup disc and simply copy them, and reapply the registry changes after using your slipstream disc. Shouldn't be too hard to acheive.

Personally I don't really want to take the approach that Windows installs all sorts of extras. Once you have created your "slipstream extra" disc, and get it all working perfectly, by the next time you want to use it you will have changed your needs, and half of the software/drivers on the disc will need updating anyway.

My preferred approach is to make a slipstream of the most recent service pack for clean installs, and then on a fresh install do regular incremental image backups, that way you can roll back if you have issues. If you install your core applications first you can restore the image at any time, and at any key point int he set up process. Burn those backups to DVD and you have a multiple possiblilty install system that will get you up and running in minutes without user intervention.

The only disadvantage of image restoration is that you are fixed in the drive label you can use for windows from that image. eg. If you backup up a Windows installation on Drive C then it can only be restored to Drive C. If you want a multiboot system then you can image and restore the drives separately.
7007  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A few questions about slipstreaming, or PE type setup on: October 29, 2005, 05:36:01 AM
Slipstreaming is the way to go for a generic setup disc. If you look around there are loads of good websites that will help you compile a stipstreamed CD with all your srivers and some standard software applications ready to install.

For day to day system building (on your current hardware) imaging is the way to go. You install everything the way you want it, image the hard disc (Norton Ghost, Acronis Ture Image etc) and when you want to reinstall you just restore the image. This also has the advantage with Windows XP in that you activate windows before makng the initial image and then you never have to activate again when you reinstall. Trouble is when you change hardware the image probably won't work well, although it really depends what hardware you change ...

For slipstreaming checkout this search page for lots of links.

Here are a couple I have found useful in the past:

http://www.winsupersite.c...dowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
http://www.helpwithwindow...sXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html


This one looks helpful for your needs (at least as a starter) but I haven't used this one:

http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=284
7008  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / FIXED >>> Re: SMF forum problem/query on: October 28, 2005, 08:38:53 PM
Fixed ...

It must have been something odd happening in Internet Explorer's settings. I cleared cache/cookies/history and reset Internet Options/Security/Privacy settings to default and it now works.

Strange ...
7009  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SMF forum problem/query on: October 28, 2005, 07:51:26 PM
No, I have always used the default one installed.

I have backed up the database and am going to reinstall ...

I bet it is to do with tech support messing about with my account today ... Cry
7010  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SMF forum problem/query on: October 28, 2005, 06:42:34 PM
But I don't understand how it can find it in Firefox and not in Explorer ???

SMF forums are behaving really badly so I am finding it hard to get help there. I finally managed to post a message, only for it to appear three times and people to start shouting at me!! Two of the message have locked me out so I can't delete or modify them, and everytime I try and post the site dies ... or is it just me?
7011  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / SMF forum problem/query on: October 28, 2005, 04:51:25 PM
Sorry to ask this here - but I can't currently logon to SMF.

I have just set up my forum, but it has developed an odd problem. If I use Firefox it works fine, if I use Internet Explorer it now has severe problems.

I have attached images below to show what I mean.

I have tried clearing the IE cache, and also I have tried changing the Theme in the form - to no avail?

Anyone any ideas?
7012  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flowchart and Diagramming Review on: October 28, 2005, 02:50:36 PM
SmartDraw is now into version 7.3
7013  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The site is SPEEDING! on: October 28, 2005, 03:30:06 AM
S o I dooo
7014  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uninstalling the Microsoft Virtual Machine,is it safe? on: October 28, 2005, 03:29:20 AM
Windows XP doesn't include Virtual Machine as standard. You can download it from all over the web, but not from MS. It has been a dead project for along time now with no updates. It really should be avoided.

I used to use it but find that Jave RTE is just as good and it is an active project that produces security updates.
7015  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: I can not download License Key Process Tamer on: October 28, 2005, 03:25:07 AM
Are visitors supposed to get a license key? Have I missed something?
7016  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fucking site it's a rip offf on: October 28, 2005, 03:22:17 AM
Thanks Darwin - actually anyone who has seen Bridget Jones' Diary should get it (it is one of her favourite descriptions of useless boyfriends).
7017  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nero 7,will you be upgrading ,if not,are there any alternatives? on: October 28, 2005, 03:20:51 AM
I feel the same. I like Nero but I don't like the way each upgrade is a minor improvement (usually just adding burners as far as I can see) and loads more bloatware that really isn't needed.

I don't really know where Nero got the idea to add all these extras to the project but someone should tell them they aren't too good at it and to concenttrate on what they do best!

From what I read on their site Nero 7 burning seems to be identical to Nero 6 burning, they appear to have added some new odds'n'ends to their media package and updated a few other items, but Nero itself (as far as i can see) is still basically version 6 ???

The other thing I dislike is the way every bit they can separate from their main apps (like Dolby 5.1 Surround in ShowTime, MP3 support etc.) comes as an extra when all the competing apps come complete. I don't use ShowTime because it just isn't as good as WinDVD, and they won't encourage me back if I have to pay an extra $30 to get the ShowTime 5.1 plugin !!
7018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The site is SPEEDING! on: October 27, 2005, 06:43:32 PM
Do I get Brownie points for noticing ....
7019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The site is SPEEDING! on: October 27, 2005, 06:11:28 PM
By about a factor of 10 I reckon ...

by the way where has the spell check gone for forum posts?
7020  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fucking site it's a rip offf on: October 27, 2005, 02:30:05 PM
For all the boys out there who like to play with toys:

Try this ... cheap at twice the price  Thmbsup
7021  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: October 27, 2005, 01:56:17 PM
Hey that looks like it might solve quite a few problems ...

If you want to read what it does ... from the same site:

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Delayer has a simple function: to delay the execution of a program by a specified number of seconds (up to 24 days!).
Other use examples:

Pop up a periodic reminder to take a break (or get back to work!)
Periodically check E-mail, run diagnostics, etc.
Ping your ISP occasionally to keep it from disconnecting.
Automatically log off after 8 hours (assuming you have a program that will do that without user input.)
Run a sequence of programs on startup (instead of running them all at once).
Keep your taskbar tray icons in a certain order by running the startup programs in a certain sequence.

PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, WinXp


If you want to look at the author's site and his other software look here.

Works great but would nice to be incorporated into a neat interface rather than having to edit all your shortcuts to use it ...
7022  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fucking site it's a rip offf on: October 27, 2005, 01:04:35 PM
Do you think fw is an appropriate set of initials  Thmbsup
7023  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: replace cmd on: October 27, 2005, 11:49:11 AM
Checkout Control Panel > System > Advanced Tab > Environment Variables (button)  and look in the list of system variables at the bottom.

(THis is for windows XP but there are similar things in other windows versions but may have different tab/button names)
7024  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abusive idiot who can't spell ... on: October 27, 2005, 11:46:26 AM
Personally I would suggest the poster should be reported to his/her ISP for abuse (you have the posting IP and time so it is traceable)  - I find the comments offensive as, I'd guess, do most other people here.
7025  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: SERVER IS BEING MOVED TONIGHT !! - EVERYONE READ IN! on: October 27, 2005, 11:43:00 AM
Does that mean only use the forum if you see http://72.36.247.86 in the URL ??

As you said - it might be worth putting a not in the NEWS BOX that says "You are currently connected to ...." and if posts to the older server are going tobe lost warn people.

 Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup By the way, for the moment it seems an awful lot quicker .... YIPPEEE  Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
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