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Last post Author Topic: Simplifying Your Computer  (Read 7330 times)

rgdot

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Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2012, 05:23:37 PM »
I have original Windows discs sitting right here but for the purpose format/reinstall is there legal *up to date* Windows image available somewhere or is there some mystery method I am clueless about? (there have been 100s of MB updates since SP3 alone)

do you mean original as in SP0 so-to-speak?
If so, according to the nlite forums, you can slipstream it with SP3 (using nlite) and it should work. But I cannot guarantee that. I dont have links but did research it during the week. I actually tried it but it didnt work in a VM install - but I think that may have been to do with me adding the key in nlite and VMWare trying to also use a quick install system. Or maybe it just doesnt work...

There was an XP-up-to-SP3 download at one stage from MS -
I actually still have it I think, but it didnt work for my keys cause they are for OEM version.

Yes, I had seen WSUS Offline Update over the years at download sites but never considered using it, same with nlite. Have been hesitant to do OS reinstalls unless absolutely needed.

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Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2012, 06:13:28 PM »
I have original Windows discs sitting right here but for the purpose format/reinstall is there legal *up to date* Windows image available somewhere or is there some mystery method I am clueless about? (there have been 100s of MB updates since SP3 alone)

home/professional OEM/Retail ... What would you be looking for?


Addendum: if you do decide to do a clean reinstall, don't forget to backup all your current hardware drivers first. Hunting down drivers - especially XP drivers - is a real PITA. So if you already have a working machine, take advantage of that and get copies of the drivers prior to flat-lining your current system disk.


In a pinch I'll boot to WinPE, strip the attributes and permissions and toss the old install in a folder, and then just drop the new OS next to the old one (variation on a parallel install). Then I can pick out the driver bits from the old install and feed them to device manager (it's actually a lot faster than it sounds).

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Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2012, 06:41:03 PM »
In a pinch I'll boot to WinPE, strip the attributes and permissions and toss the old install in a folder, and then just drop the new OS next to the old one (variation on a parallel install). Then I can pick out the driver bits from the old install and feed them to device manager (it's actually a lot faster than it sounds).

And no chance of overlooking a driver  :Thmbsup:.  Works like a charm.  And you also have the old registry hives available for comparison(s).  That process has been a life-saver (and a hair-saver) more than once  :-* :P.

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Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2012, 07:06:39 PM »
home/professional OEM/Retail ... What would you be looking for?

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Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2012, 07:08:14 PM »
In a pinch I'll boot to WinPE, strip the attributes and permissions and toss the old install in a folder, and then just drop the new OS next to the old one (variation on a parallel install). Then I can pick out the driver bits from the old install and feed them to device manager (it's actually a lot faster than it sounds).

And no chance of overlooking a driver  :Thmbsup:.  Works like a charm.  And you also have the old registry hives available for comparison(s).  That process has been a life-saver (and a hair-saver) more than once  :-* :P.

@SJ: Wow! Power user! Haven't heard anybody doing the side-by-side trick in a long time. Muy macho! (I like!)

@Barney: Yes indeed! That trick has been a life-saver (or more correctly 'client saver' ) for me a few times too. :Thmbsup: