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XP imaging best practice

By paul69 ·
Am in the process of configuring a desktop image for a future XP desktop rollout. What would be best practice/standard in regards to taking a template image for the new machines. The new machines are pre-installed with XPPro but have a number of apps along with a hidden partition which are not really required and thus complicate the image. Or would it be better to reinstall XPSP2 from our own media (we have vol license key) and download/copy across approriate drivers.
Have come across various opinions have would appreciate some best practice feedback.
many thanks

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Install from scratch and load the drivers.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to XP imaging best practice

This is going to be so much faster than trying to remove all the crapware the vendor is going to pre-install. You can install XP and the drivers in well under 90 minutes. I recently had two computers from different vendors where I had to run the vendor installation (don't ask why) and it took me over 4 hours each to remove the pre-installed garbage.

The only reason I can see to run the vendor install is if the stinking vendor didn't include a driver disk in the box. You may have to let the vendor install run then go into Device Manager to see exactly what hardware is included. You'll need to know this so you'll know what drivers to download from the vendor's web site. Some vendors have been know to switch components during a model's production run.

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Best Practise is the cleanest practise...

by jayblack69 In reply to XP imaging best practice

My standard is to repartition and format the drive, load the OS & system specific drivers and then load the base-line apps.
This ensures that...
you KNOW EXACTLY what is installed...
you KNOW you have as clean a registry as possible.
After extensive testing, if all is good, I clean up the drive, run check-disk & defrag, hardboot (w/ some minimal testing) then sysprep and create the base image for that type/make/model.
I work in a small enouh firm that I can make just one base image for each make/model and handle dept specific apps individually.

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