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Old 08-24-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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Cool Question about Windows Activation?

I was reactivating my copy of Windows XP the other day and I was thinking, is there any way to get a Confirmation ID keygen or something. Just thinking because it is such as hassle to call Microsoft everytime I want to reformat.

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Old 08-24-2007, 11:31 AM   #2
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There probably is, but 1. MS would not accept it. 2. It is illegal and should not be discussed. It won't work.
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:31 PM   #3
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Why don't you ghost your hard drive as soon as you've installed windows then you will never need to call Microsoft again I know because thats exactly what I did, when you want to reformat just restore to you ghost image its a Lot less hassle an quicker
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:57 PM   #4
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Great idea, never thought about that, thnx! (Feels dumb)
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:02 PM   #5
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It's actually something really useful. You can install Windows and install all your drivers and crucial software, then make an image. That way, when you want to reformat, you don't have to go through reinstalling all your drivers and such.
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:52 AM   #6
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It's actually something really useful. You can install Windows and install all your drivers and crucial software, then make an image. That way, when you want to reformat, you don't have to go through reinstalling all your drivers and such.
yeah, but the reason why I don't do it is because then right after you reformat you have 6 month old drivers and about 50% of the programs you have are some old versions.
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yeah, but the reason why I don't do it is because then right after you reformat you have 6 month old drivers and about 50% of the programs you have are some old versions.
Yeah exactly why I don't do it as well. One of the reasons I also reinstall is to do a fresh install of all drivers and software.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:37 PM   #8
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another good idea would be to use Norton Ghost and back up your entire HHD onto another hhd if you don't want to restore using a image disk.
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another good idea would be to use Norton Ghost and back up your entire HHD onto another hhd if you don't want to restore using a image disk.
Still provides you with the same problem, old software, old drivers, etc. You can create a backup before you install drivers, than you will just have to install windows updates.

I have a pretty genius way of doing drive imaging that I developed at work. Using ghost, I made the images. I burned freedos, ghost and the ghost image all onto a single DVD. Boot off the DVD and it automatically loads into ghost, and you press enter a few times and BAM imaged windows.

I could provide the instructions how to do this, however I cannot provide the ghost executable as you need to buy that.






Creating a bootable ghost DVD for imaging computers
Written by: Chris Mayhew, 2007-08-27
Written for: Population Health


For this guide, you should have a few items ready.
-A copy of the DOS ghost 8.3 version.
-A copy of freedos (I use the FDOEMCD.builder.zip)
http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/ISO/FDOEMCD.builder.zip
-Ghost format image of the computer you want to clone
-Working DVD burner & DVD with any ISO burning program

This tutorial does not cover making a ghost image, as readers of this should likely already know how to create one. This method will also work with SATA DVD drives and SATA Hard Drives. First step I do is in the folder FDOEMCD\CDROOT\isolinux I edit the file isolinux.cfg. I change the line “ontimeout hd” to “ontimeout BootCD”. I also change the “timeout 150” to “timeout 30” to give me a three second timeout.

Second step is in FDOEMCD\CDROOT in autorun.bat I add “ghost.exe” into this folder, as well as the ghost images.

The next and final step to create the ISO is to run the makeiso.bat file in the main directory. This script CANNOT be run from a UNC path (\\server\files\makeiso.bat) but must be ran from a local path (z:\files\makeiso.bat). This leaves you with an ISO called FDOEM.ISO and you can now burn this with your favourite burning program.
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DJ-Chris:

How did the people on the below link create a PXE boot with freedos then run ghost? Any ideas? This would save me lots of time having to boot BartPE just for ghost....

Any help would be great!


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