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Disaster Recovery and Slipstreaming Windows XP Prof. SP1


Olivier

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Does Retrospect use the Windows installation disk to create a simple boot disk and then pull the latest drivers and updates from the hard drive configurations?

 

How important is it to make a Disaster Recovery Disk with a slipstreamed version of the operating system?

 

Currently, I have an OEM disk from DELL with Windows XP Prof. with SP1.

 

Thank you.

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Retro builds a recovery CD that has two 'levels' of Windows OS function.

The first level installs just enough of Windows OS to enable Retro to restore the backup. This first level has limited drivers installed - e.g., there isn't USB support.

The second level essentially does a complete Windows install and does support USB devices.

 

The Disaster Recovery CD MUST be at the same service pack level as the backup. For Windows XP, this is an absolute must [i.e., I have experience with it]. Not absolutely sure for other versions of Windows.

 

Just to confirm, the disk you have is an Windows XP install disk or a system/product recovery disk?

 

If it's an install disk, you're good to go. If it's a recovery CD, you need to find the i386 folder on it and copy to your hard drive. Retro will need access to the i386 folder when it builds the iso file.

PS. The drivers in the i386 file in OEM install CD's can cause Retro to create iso's that are too large to fit on CD's. This is a problem. Your only option is to find folders/files in the i386 folder that you really don't need - which most people don't know [i certainly don't]

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Jelenko,

 

I have a reinstallation CD from DELL (Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1a) and not a "recovery disk".

 

From what I have read, it's vital to update the disaster recovery CD with SP2 if your system is already updated with the latest version.

 

Have you had any success with any of the options below?

 

 

 

 

Resources on SlipStreaming:

WinXP SP2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/detai...;displaylang=en

How-To Slipstream

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894949

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

 

SlipStreaming Software:

http://www.nliteos.com/

http://www.autopatcher.com/

 

DeepBurner Free (Create and burn ISO images)

http://www.deepburner.com

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The Disaster Recovery CD MUST be at the same service pack level as the backup. For Windows XP, this is an absolute must [i.e., I have experience with it]. Not absolutely sure for other versions of Windows.

 


 

My original Win XP Pro CD is at SP1, but my PC has been upgraded to SP2. Are you saying that the i386 folder used in creating the Retrospect DR CD cannot be taken from my original Win XP Pro SP1 CD but must be taken from a slipstreamed SP2 version?

 

What about all the monthly Windows updates I have applied since SP2? Must they be also be slipstreamed into the CD from which the i386 folder is extracted?

 

David

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I've used nLite to build several slipstreamed XP install disks. Very easy to use.

 


 

I'm trying to use nLite right now for the first time but I'm getting confused at a very early stage. The link it provides to a Microsoft website to download the SP2 upgrade for Win XP Pro doesn't lead me anywhere useful. The SP2 upgrade is already installed on my PC and the website seems to be hiding any link for downloading it again for use by nLite. Can anyone tell me how to do this (or how to find the relevant file already on my PC, if that's a better alternative)?

 

David

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