Restore a stable and updated Windows XP image
Posted on 2006-05-25
I recently installed Windows XP on my laptop (together with the laptop's own software) and upgraded all windows updates. Know I would like to create a stable imagem of this Windows boot, so that later I can restore to this point without having to do all installations again.
I would like to do this with a single bootable CD (carrying the image) that can restore this image with a clean formatted C: drive. (i.e., without windows)
I read on the internet about a few programs that can do this. Norton Ghost seems to do the trick, but it also seems that you have to manually create the boot CD with manual scripts.
I also read about otehr programs that seem to do the trick, but I wonder if they're any good: ASIS Backup, Paragon Exact Image, Acronis True Backup, Terabyte Image, Genie Backup manager...
I would prefer to use Norton since it's know to be quite stable and efficient, but I don't want to get in trouble creating hand made bootable discs that need to go into DOS and carry a working DVD driver.
Did anyone use the other programs I mentioned ? (or other alternatives) ? Are they any good ? The latest version of Norton (10) does it automatically as well ?