but rather just copy it there and upgrade XP later. Another option, if you have a burner that can burn .iso files to disk is to use something like autostreamer to create a new copy of your Windows installation disk with SP3 already in it. All you need to make sure of is that, when you burn the .iso, you give the new disk the same volume label as is on the old one. It should take your product ID code and activate just fine. Just an option if you've not considered it.
Firstly, apologies if this has already been covered - I'm currently in Cambodian on a very slow dial up connection and google (who is usually my best friend) isn't even talking to me at the moment.
I've been using imaging software for more years than I care to remember, with Windows and a couple of other vital programs (and those rotten Google programs that don't give you the option) on drive C and everything else is installed onto another partition - not automatically, I do a custom install and change the installation directory. I have 2 questions.
I've been restoring, updating and making a new working image every Sunday for over a year and it's time for a format and new install, partly because the image is getting too big. My OEM XP Pro CD is SP2 which obviously will go onto drive C. I've downloaded SP3 and dotnetfx35 - will I come across any problems if I install them onto drive D? Seems logical that I won't, but what is logical when it comes to Microsoft? If this is possible, it seems reasonable that I can move all of those update files held in the Windows directory to the same location where I install the two big files, which should cut down on a lot of space on drive C over time.
My other question involves My Documents. I currently have My Documents on Drive D, but I DON'T want to move Documents and Settings from drive C - I test out a lot of programs which I install onto drive C and when I do my weekly restore all programs and app data that I've installed magically disappears. Thing is, I can't remember how I did this. My limited googling has only brought up links on moving both My Documents and Documents and Settings.
Sorry - a third question. Is it worth using something like nLite to do an unattended install?
Thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to give me. I can't wait to get back to 'civilization' with a broadband connection, although I have to admit that life on the beach is kind of nice
Once I'm up and working with a shiny new vanilla operating system image, my next project is going to be to have a go at installing Ubuntu, which should be a lot more difficult (and fun).