[mythtv-users] I'm thinking of switching to windows :(
korebantic at gmail.com
Wed Nov 30 15:23:44 EST 2005
Yeah, thats exactly what I use Symantec Ghost for. What do you use?
On 11/30/05, James C. Dastrup <jc at dastrup.com> wrote:
> Just an off-topic tip:
> My biannual Windows reinstall takes 5 minutes. Image a working
> system up to your network, then image it down when you need to
> rebuild. And if you use sysprep, then even any hardware changes
> don't affect the image process. Or, put a sysprep'ed image on
> a DVD and just image it to any computer - you never need to
> see the installation again.
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org on behalf of Michael T. Dean
> Sent: Wed 11/30/2005 12:27 PM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] I'm thinking of switching to windows :(
> And drivers, and ... I always set aside a minimum of 8 hours for my
> biannual (that's twice a year, not biennial--once every two years)
> Windows re-install of my gaming system and I don't have to install any
> apps on that system save the one game I'm playing at the time.
> Not to mention the obviously-flawed Windows installer to which people
> have grown so accustomed that they no longer seem to notice the flaws.
> You start the Windows install, you format your disk, it copies files, it
> reboots, and *then* it asks for the CD key. Gee, thanks Microsoft, for
> wiping my disk and preventing me from continuing to use my old OS before
> you told me that some crook OEM sold me an unlicensed Windows CD with my
> computer. (OK, this one has never happened to me, but still... That's
> basically imposing the death sentence without judge and jury.)
> So, the real flaw--that's always a problem--is the fact that there are
> at least three different points during the install at which the entire
> process comes to a complete stop waiting for user input. I was helping
> a Windows fan-boy install FC4 and after it asked all the information it
> needed and started downloading packages, I said, "Oh, wait. We have a
> problem. I know you really like Windows, and many apps for FC4 are
> designed to work like those on Windows, but the installer doesn't. It
> won't stop 45 minutes from now asking for more information, so when we
> come back, the install will be complete."
> OK, not all Linux distros do their installers correctly, either--yes,
> this means you Ubuntu--but come on... Does Microsoft really expect me
> to sit there in front of the installer reading their Windows XP ads for
> 45 minutes? If so, you'd think they at least have enough ads that they
> don't repeat throughout the install.
> And I won't even get into the installer loading drivers for every
> possible piece of hardware before the installer can begin. (Ever hear
> of auto-detection, MS?)
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