Sunday, September 21, 2008

Windows XP Install

Today I finished re-formatting and re-installing Windows XP Home. This isn't the first time I've done this, but this time it was much much smoother. This is due to the process called "slipstreaming" that I had heard of before but never tried -- until today.

I read this page which showed me how to do it. You'll need some free software called nLite, about 1GB free disk space, and you'll need Microsoft XP Service Pack 3. Once you have these things assembled it's very easy. Refer to the link above for deailed instructions, but basically you will :

1) insert your XP install disk into your drive
2) start the nLite program
3) point it to the install disk
4) tell it where to write the new cd image
5) point it to the SP3 service pack you downloaded
6) tell it to make the new cd image
7) burn the new cd image
8) re-install with the new cd

The beauty of this is that it makes your new installation current from the get-go, and you won't have to wait while all the individual Microsoft updates happen. This will save hours.