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What about a clean install of Windows?

Surely you still need the original (phyisal) disc in the the case of win 2000/XP/Vista?

If not, how do you do it?


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Just as with any software that comes on a CD or DVD, once I image the original source disc (create the ISO), I never need to see it again. With software that must install from a bootable disc (such as an OS), I merely burn a new disc whenever I need to do an install. Since I install Windows so often on both personal and client systems, I burn custom install discs that have all of the current updates fully integrated (i.e. XP SP3 plus all updates since), more than 50 of what I consider essential freeware tools and applications, large numbers of additional drivers, plus custom Windows registry tweaks and other settings I've refined over the years. These discs are also scripted to run unattended, that is virtually no user input is required during the process. Basically, the installation is such that I only have to manually select the destination drive and partition for the installation (hit a few keystrokes), then walk away. When I return about 30 to 45 minutes later, the install is finished and the system displays the Windows desktop, with no need for further updates, drivers, common or essential application installs, custom settings, tweaks, etc., as those are ALREADY installed. Needless to say, this saves *hours* of work for each installation I perform.

As new Windows and application updates appear, I refresh my installation source, so it is always up to date and ready for deployment. When I am ready to do an install, I create the custom ISO from my current source, burn it to a physical disc, then use that disc to install. I normally use a DVD+RW, so I can re-use the same physical disc over and over again without wasting discs. For testing purposes, I never even need to burn the physical disc, I merely install directly from the ISO to a virtual machine using Virtual PC 2007.

The tools I recommend for creating custom Windows install images (and discs from those images) are nLite http://nliteos.com (XP), vLite http://vlite.net (Vista), and the BTS DriverPacks http://driverpacks.net (XP). For XP I also use the RyanVM Integrator and UpdatePacks http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn along with a series of scripts I've written myself.

While there can be a learning curve in getting started making custom and/or unattended OS install discs, if you install Windows on more than just one or two systems each year, the up front time investment pays off on the back end. As for myself, I easily perform 100 or more Windows installs every year, so the time savings payoff is huge. Scott.


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Scott, will the new edition of Upgrading and Repairing Windows have detailed information on how to do this?


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Yes indeed, in fact it is covered in detail on the included DVD! Thanks for asking, Scott.


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Great! I already have the book pre-ordered at Amazon


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>will the new edition of Upgrading and Repairing Windows

Does this refer to Edition #19 ?

Apology in Advance , and Thanks , too !


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