Unattended Install vs. Norton Ghost
Posted 13 August 2004 - 11:47 AM
I find it a lot easier to use Ghost and make a baseline image with all my installs, drivers, apps, registrations, activations, settings, etc then using the Unattended install. I made a UI (unattended install) and tried it out. It took me a number of tries to get it right and to be honest resetting up everything on my computer using the UI seemed a bit more work for me than I wanted to spend. With Ghost I just restore the image, udate programs etc, then rewrite and verify the image. Mostly an easy process.
One advantage UI has thought is the cost. UI is free, it just costs your time.
What do you gusy think?
Note.... I reinstall about every 2 weeks not because of problems but I do beta test a lot of software and tweak and tweak stuff left and right........
Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:10 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 03:58 PM
x00783, on Aug 13 2004, 11:47 AM, said:
why dont you use Vmware to test that as all that resinstalling would make me crazy
but i think ghost is a better way to reinstall windows but if u create a cd that u can give to famely and college's to use with differente pc's unattended is handyer it both has its up and downsize
Posted 29 August 2004 - 03:17 AM
Going to use that as the Install for new PC's.
After the install, I do the ghost image, as always.
There is other apps that are equally good I guess but
I have yet to try, I heard ImageDrive is an app that
actually compresses the image more than Ghost,
go figure, im just use to using the ghost by now.
Recently got me new hardware and I had to try if it boots up with
the ghost image from the older PC, it didnt. Maybe there's a workaround
for that, but now I find the Custom Unattended more interesting,
maybe because it will work on most PC's and I can Customise the setup too.
"Normal" install from my XP Pro cd takes some time
but thats not all, I also have to install them apps I like,
firefox, incredimail, firewall/antivir, huge audio-apps (samples up to gigabytes)
and of cource, tweak the helll out of it,
disable most of the services I dont need etc.
and that will take a lot of time if done manually.
Ghost image takes about 10 to 20 min. to throw on the partition, depends on the size,
and it can be burned on several cd's or dvd-r's, which is cool if one has
many gigabytes of extra programs.
The next move now is for me to make a Xp Pro unattended booting
from a dvd so I can automatically install my favorite apps, all of them.
I got a unattended CD that works allready, was pretty basic, but
now I want more, he he, custom Setup screen with all the bells and whistles...
I know I could strip down the Xp a lot to make a room for my favorite
audio apps, but I wont, I want to have the
opportunity to install Win. Components later if I needed.
Sounds a bit silly but thats the way things are.
Simply, Ghost is pretty easy and fast to use, perfect way of making a backup,
but my Unattended install will probably work better on other PC's etc.
Posted 03 September 2004 - 01:12 PM
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