How to make XP snapshot image

September 12, 2006 at 12:35:15
Specs: Win XP Pro SP2, AMD Athlon64 3500+ 2GB RA
I would like to create an image of XP just after a fresh format and installation of programs which I will always want loaded on my PC. I want to do this so when I have to format again, I'll just copy the image back on to the drive and have everything like it was without having to install everything and setup all of XP's and my programs settings.

I've heard this was possible but I don't know how to do it. Prehaps a third part program?

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September 12, 2006 at 12:46:09
Google for Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. Both are good - your choice.


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September 12, 2006 at 12:52:48
I use Ghost for this. I keep my C: partition small (usually less than 6GB) by installing non-critical applications on another partition and try to make an image of the C: partition at least once a month. I especially like to do this before a hardware or software change so I can "undo" any unwanted changes.

I tried using Acronis to this and never could get it to work as well as Ghost.

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September 12, 2006 at 12:55:41
A little tip. Use maximum compression for a smaller image file. Use no compression if speed of the backup and restore is your main concern.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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September 12, 2006 at 14:49:47
Thanks guys!

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