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Installing Xp Within 20 Mins Or Less


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Norton Ghost does it in 2 mins!

Make a clean install of Windows XP, get all the settings as you want them and don't install any apps. Ghost an image of that and store it on another hard drive. Whenever you want to restore, start up Ghost again and choose to overwrite the drive with the image, and its done in about 2 mins (depending on HDD speeds and IDE placement)

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Maybe I'm missing something here, but won't this (using Ghost) cause problems for installing to machines with different hardware? Maybe everyone else works in an environment that can afford to upgrade every machine at once. :)

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my experience is bad with ghosting to different hardware too.

a lot of the time if the ide controllers are different you will get a BSOD staright away.

If it does boot there are often problems with onboard devices.

Perhaps you could ghost the image of a part install which has halted at the /syspart stage as detailed here to speed up an install?

http://www.MSFN.org/board/index.php?showtopic=9509

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i am sure if you setup a system run sysprep and tick certain box's you can install on a totally diffrent system using ghost, also ghost generates a new SID automatically for the machine if i am correct.

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