I'm sure there is a way to bundle the hotfixes, post-SP2 updates, etc to a CD before you re-install, but is it really necessary?
I have two questions for you;
1] Do you use a firewall ''Other'' than Windows Firewall, (or Internet Firewall for pre-SP2 XP)?
2] Why re-install the OS if everything is fine?
I don't really expect an answer to question 2, if you want to do so, even if your system is working fine, then that's your choice of course.
But question 1? If you have a 3rd party firewall, (eg ZoneAlarm, Sygate, etc), then by disconnecting your cable connection, doing all of the re-install, and then re-installing the firewall so it is up and running before re-connecting to your cable connection is all you need.
It isn't viruses that attack an un-firewalled computer, it is hackers who recognise one, and send malware to it. So all you have to do is protect the computer by a firewall, then when you re-connect the cable ISP, you will be safe to re-visit Microsoft's web site for all the updates, and re-install AVG Pro and re-download all AVG's updates.
With a cable connection you may find it easier to let Microsoft and AVG decide which updates you need, rather that working through all the folders on your system for updates.
The key to re-installing, (and I have never done it on my 4 yr old XP), is preparation. Save everything that is important, eg documents, photos, videos, music, email settings, passwords, etc.
Do you still have all the program disks for programs you have installed yourself? Or did you save the downloaded installation/self-extraction files if you downloaded them?
Do you still have the ISP installation/setup disk? Is the ISP installation procedure the same now as it was when you originally set it up? (A phone call to your ISP telling them your intentions may be useful). My own ISP installation disk is now out of date and I would struggle to get my ISP back without calling up their tech people.
Other people here will, I'm sure tell, you which and how to save any hotfixes etc onto CD.
Dell Dimension 8200, 512MB RAM, Intel Pentium 4 2Gig, Phoenix BIOS, chipset i850, Dell Intel-based motherboard, Dell 1702FP LCD, Windows XP SP2, and I know I've forgotten something important.
I haven't done a clean install for quite awhile now. I'm having no problems, but, given everything I've read about clean installs being good for XP, I'd like to do one.
I have my original XP installation CD, SP2 on CD, and AVG Pro on CD.
Problem: There have been a zillion updates, patches, etc. to XP SP2 and AVG Pro. I'll have to disconnect from our cable internet connection to avoid virus problems during the install -- but I can get only so far, ie: SP2, AVG Pro.Then, I'll have to reconnect to our cable to get all the additional updates, etc., and it seems like I'm leaving a large hole for all kinds of disaster.
Is there any way I can put all the post-SP2 updates, hotfixes, etc. on a CD, and then be able to install them while I'm offline? Or, can I order a CD of same? I guess I should ask AVG the same question regarding their program.
Thanks so much for any help you can give me. By the way: I've found a couple sites that explain how to slipstream loads of updates onto an installation CD, but I'm not advanced enough to comprehend. Is there an easy way?