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Cicero
20-01-2006, 11:28 AM
Is it a good idea to make a copy of XP with all updates on it,prior to reformatting?
Ta.

pctek
20-01-2006, 11:37 AM
You mean an image with Ghost or something? Only if its a clean install with whatever updates etc you wanted, otherwise you'd just be restoring all the clutter.

Cicero
20-01-2006, 12:38 PM
You mean an image with Ghost or something? Only if its a clean install with whatever updates etc you wanted, otherwise you'd just be restoring all the clutter.
In that case I will stick to getting updates from M/S after I have reintalled xp?

Metla
20-01-2006, 12:42 PM
Download autopatcher, its all the patches in 1 big hit.

Greg
20-01-2006, 12:53 PM
Download autopatcher, its all the patches in 1 big hit.Does it allow you to delect any unimportant patches?

bob_doe_nz
20-01-2006, 12:54 PM
Also... another program (http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/) similar to autopatcher though not there at the moment

Sweep
20-01-2006, 12:57 PM
It rather depends on what version of WinXP you have.

Or maybe not.

If you have a working copy of WinXP I would suggest you download WinXP SP2 if you don't already have it. This may update your version.

You can slipstream SP2 into your version using other software then do your reformat after making a Win XP SP2 CD for example.

Do you have a CD writer?

I would not advise trying to ghost an image from your current C:\ drive.

Make sure you have all documents you created plus address book plus downloads all on separate media.

Metla
20-01-2006, 12:57 PM
Does it allow you to delect any unimportant patches?

delect?

You can turn off or on any single item in the bundle.

kingdragonfly
20-01-2006, 01:15 PM
I'm guessing that if you're reformatting, you're starting over from scratch.

If you have the money, you could buy a new hard drive, and install a fresh copy of Windows to it.

After Windows and Office are installed, make your old hard drive a slave, and make sure your new hard drive is the master. Use Windows Explorer to copy the files.

Remove the old hard drive and put it in safe keeping till you're absolutely sure you no longer need any files off it, say one month. It's always nice to have a spare hard dirve.

Cicero
20-01-2006, 01:36 PM
I'm guessing that if you're reformatting, you're starting over from scratch.

If you have the money, you could buy a new hard drive, and install a fresh copy of Windows to it.

After Windows and Office are installed, make your old hard drive a slave, and make sure your new hard drive is the master. Use Windows Explorer to copy the files.

Remove the old hard drive and put it in safe keeping till you're absolutely sure you no longer need any files off it, say one month. It's always nice to have a spare hard drive.
Not into mucking about with my box,what about an external hard drive?

Thanks all for info,you can rest assured I will do the wrong thing.
I will get it in about another 5 years.

Haze
20-01-2006, 04:03 PM
You *could* make your own patched Windows XP disc by downloading all of the hotfixes and nLite (http://www.nliteos.com). This program will integrate the hotfixes onto your Windows disc, and will even slipstream SP2 onto it. This is legal AFAIK and highly recommended.

Cicero
20-01-2006, 05:02 PM
You *could* make your own patched Windows XP disc by downloading all of the hotfixes and nLite (http://www.nliteos.com). This program will integrate the hotfixes onto your Windows disc, and will even slipstream SP2 onto it. This is legal AFAIK and highly recommended.
Thanks for that,will deal to it when in the mood.
I have downloaded it meantime.

FoxyMX
20-01-2006, 05:48 PM
Not into mucking about with my box,what about an external hard drive?

Thanks all for info,you can rest assured I will do the wrong thing.
I will get it in about another 5 years.
Geez Cic, don't be such a wimp. :rolleyes:

If you can get your head around creating your own patched Windows disc I am sure you would have no trouble with kingdragonfly's suggestion of installing a new hard drive. Even I can do it. ;)

FoxyMX
20-01-2006, 06:07 PM
Er... after reading this thread (http://www.pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=65499) I now retract the above post. :waughh:

Elephant
20-01-2006, 06:25 PM
Er... after reading this thread (http://www.pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=65499) I now retract the above post. http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/images/smilies/@@.gif

And after waiting 5 years things will have changed as well will they not.

Cicero
20-01-2006, 07:22 PM
Geez Cic, don't be such a wimp. :rolleyes:

If you can get your head around creating your own patched Windows disc I am sure you would have no trouble with kingdragonfly's suggestion of installing a new hard drive. Even I can do it. ;)
Not so much a wimp Foxy,just not interested in what is inside the box,other than it is fast and can tolerate my mucking about.
Prefer it to boats.

Terry Porritt
20-01-2006, 07:33 PM
I can see a problem here. Cic's head is full of right wing fancies, yet if he actually gets his hands dirty and get inside his box, then he will become a worker. Horror of horrors for one of right wing persuasion.

So he is Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/tram/betweenthedevil.ram)

Cicero
20-01-2006, 07:45 PM
I can see a problem here. Cic's head is full of right wing fancies, yet if he actually gets his hands dirty and get inside his box, then he will become a worker. Horror of horrors for one of right wing persuasion.

So he is Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/tram/betweenthedevil.ram)
I like the theory,apart from the fact,that at the moment I am covered in dust from making furniture.
Now Terry who has been a public servant since he has been out here,wants to learn what its like in the real world,where if you do the wrong thing you go down.
That sounds a bit tough,it's not meant to be.As the yanks would say,just joshing.

Terry Porritt
20-01-2006, 08:01 PM
Well, I needed a tame excuse to quote the tune I was listening to on Live365.

Now when you have XP all up and going properly dont forget to install Real Alternative so that you can listen to the musical gems I offer from time to time :thumbs:

Cicero
20-01-2006, 08:24 PM
Righto.

FoxyMX
20-01-2006, 09:20 PM
I like the theory,apart from the fact,that at the moment I am covered in dust from making furniture.
Well you are just the man I want then - I have a question for you if you are a furniture expert. :)

I have a solid rimu roll-top desk and a couple of the drawers are sticky. Despite rubbing candle wax on the wood and even sanding it down a little it still gets harder to open and shut the drawers. I know the reason for this - it's the wood expanding or whatever, I just don't know how to fix it permanently.

Should it be sanded down a little more? I'm not sure of the proper terminology but the drawers have grooves in them that slide on plastic fixed runners.

Ta. :cool:

godfather
20-01-2006, 09:39 PM
I am quite happy to muck about with your drawers and sandpaper things Foxy, just whistle if you need me ....

Cicero
20-01-2006, 11:14 PM
Well you are just the man I want then - I have a question for you if you are a furniture expert. :)

I have a solid rimu roll-top desk and a couple of the drawers are sticky. Despite rubbing candle wax on the wood and even sanding it down a little it still gets harder to open and shut the drawers. I know the reason for this - it's the wood expanding or whatever, I just don't know how to fix it permanently.

Should it be sanded down a little more? I'm not sure of the proper terminology but the drawers have grooves in them that slide on plastic fixed runners.

Ta. :cool:
GF and I are willing to look at your drawers,after looking at them for some time,we will make a decision on what to do.

If the drawer is binding,you have to ascertain where and remove some material.
Can't say I am familiar with that type of runner.