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Reply #15 - Dec 16th, 2005 at 11:03am
 
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1.They are in the read only/ hidden folder named $hf_mig$, which is black & not blue which are the uninstall ones. Present in the main Windows (C:/windows) folder.

Okey, you didn't specify the subfolder. That folder contains files which Windows Update use to cross reference file versions. This is to prevent an older version of a file being substituted for the most recent version (some files are shared and may be affected by different updates).

Are you telling me that you have used the stuff in $hf_mig$ to install the updates on the new installation?

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3.Regarding office updates I meant where are they stored in the OS, folder etc?

I don't think they are, I have searched for uninstall information but found nothing. I have also searched the registry but found no reference to Office Updates. There must be a reference ...... ??? ...... but where?

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Reply #16 - Dec 16th, 2005 at 11:06am
 
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Found 2 more updates, text files, unhidden, in C:/windows.


I have no idea whatsoever about what you are doing but it is clear that you are not following my suggestions!

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Reply #17 - Dec 16th, 2005 at 11:27am
 
Hello Mr. Christer,

No I didn’t use the stuff in $hf_mig$ folder to update.

The updating was done automatically the moment I got connected to the net after a fresh install XP SP2. I keep the auto always on & the Bits to manual.

I haven’t even started following your suggested way. Was just telling you where the updates were lying. This OS was installed months ago.

Once I get all the updates downloaded than shall I format & make a fresh install, updating XP & Office your way.

As far as services & software’s are concerned it’s not just hogging of resources, but more for security & utility.
I have had bad experiences with Norton & MacAfee so either I use AVG, Bit defender, Nod 32…….

As you mentioned earlier about your machine, despite poor installation, my machine with 1.8 GHZ CPU is more efficient than 2 GHZ plus machines & smoother in performance with only 512 of memory.

Basically am getting back ground knowledge to make a trouble free OS to last for a year at least.

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Reply #18 - Dec 16th, 2005 at 12:06pm
 
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No I didn’t use the stuff in $hf_mig$ folder to update.

You got me worried there for a while ...... Wink ...... since I've never heard of anyone trying or being successful!

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Was just telling you where the updates were lying.

Those are not the complete updates. I have compared the size of the update with the size of the files in $hf_mig$:

For WindowsXP-KB905915-x86-SVE.exe the size is 4.75 MB compared to C:\Windows\ $hf_mig$\KB905915\update folder which is 1.13 MB.

Clearly not the same or even close.

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Once I get all the updates downloaded than shall I format & make a fresh install, updating XP & Office your way.

You should have the information you need to do that now.

One additional hint, if the updates to Office are burnt to CD, if you install from the CD, you will be prompted for the Office XP CD. If you copy to the hard disk and install from there, no need for the Office XP CD.

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Reply #19 - Dec 16th, 2005 at 12:33pm
 
Hello again Mr. Christer,

The sub folder $hf_mig$ of windows is of 101 MB size, contains 488 files, 101 folders, size on disk is 103 MB.

The KB905915 sub folder of it, contains 28 files, 2 folders, size 11.2 MB on disk.

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Reply #20 - Dec 19th, 2005 at 2:46pm
 
Hello Mr. Christer,

The following is a created list of XP SP2 Updates till today.

I made up this list keeping in view your created list & the list of updates already installed on my machine, running XP with SP2 & Office XP with SP3.

I have downloaded & saved them.

I shall be grateful if you could scan through the list & give your expert comments, views.

Following are my queries are:

1. Why are the build dates different on some of the updates, especially windows installer 3.1?

2. Why are there some extra updates installed on my OS?

3. Regarding KB-904706, there are 2 updates. One for just Direct Show & the other for Direct X 9. The one in your list (date wise) matches for the later, but in its properties it says it’s for XP SP1?

4. Reboot is required after Installer & Package update. Rest all should be installed in one go & the machine than rebooted or should reboot be performed after each update installation??

5. In what order should the XP updates be installed after Installer & Package updates, build date wise?

6. In your personal opinion is the GDI detection tool update critical & necessary?

Waiting to hear your expert views,

Regards!

List:

040924 – KB85884…Off XP later has to be installed.
041014 - KB887472.
041021 - KB886185.
041027 - KB885835. (041028)?
041028 – KB885836. (041029)?
041103 - KB887742.
041116 - KB888113.
051102 - KB890830. (To be installed at the last).
050502 – KB883939.
041117-KB873339
041207-KB888302
050111-KB891781 (05110)?
050119-KB885250 (05118)?
050321-KB890859 (050319)?
050503-KB893803 (#1) (041206)?
050507-KB894391.
050510-KB896422.
050511-KB896428. (050510)?
050517-KB890046.
050517-KB898461.
050525-KB893066.
050527-KB896358. (050526)?
050629-KB901214. (050628)?
050630-KB896423.
050630-KB899587.
050630-KB899591.
050709-KB893756. (050708)?
050726-KB902400. (050725)?
050818-KB899589. (050817)?
050822-KB905414.
050823-KB905749. (050822)?
050830-KB904706. (1.3MB) (051028)???
050830-KB904706. (966KB for Direct X 9.0)(050830) But it’s for XP SP1???
050910-KB901017. (050909)?
050928-KB900725. (050927)?
051005-KB896688.  (051004)?
051006-KB896424. (051005)?
041117-KB873339.
051130-KB905915.
041025-KB888240.
050318-KB890923.
050719-KB896727.
051201-KB910437.
 
 
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Reply #21 - Dec 19th, 2005 at 6:45pm
 
Hello Ivanov!

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1. Why are the build dates different on some of the updates, especially windows installer 3.1?

As I mentioned in Reply #8, my dates are the date of the digital signature, not build-, publish- or release-date. We have different language versions, I have swedish and you english (I presume). Don't worry about that.

About Windows Installer 3.1, there have been two versions, it should be WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe

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2. Why are there some extra updates installed on my OS?

If you refer to the ones that I have marked
RED
then they are old cumulative updates to Internet Explorer, all superseeded by the last one = KB905915 (
GREEN
in your list).

KB888240 is strange. It is an update to Internet Explorer but I have only found it in the english version. I only found the download, not the descriptive KB-article. Don't install it but follow my list. Later, when you have connected to the internet and check Windows Update, if it is offered, install it but I don't think it will be.

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3. Regarding KB-904706, there are 2 updates. One for just Direct Show & the other for Direct X 9. The one in your list (date wise) matches for the later, but in its properties it says it’s for XP SP1?

There have been two versions, it should be WindowsXP-KB904706-v2-x86-ENU.exe and I quote the KB-article: "Microsoft DirectX 8.1 on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft DirectX 9.0c on Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2".

Your date is correct but mine also. I downloaded the update when it was "new" and the file name is WindowsXP-KB904706-x86-SVE.exe ( 050830 ) but the file I downloaded today is named WindowsXP-KB904706-v2-x86-SVE.exe ( 051028 ) but since I have not been prompted for it, I assume it is the same (but different ...... Lips Sealed ......)

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4. Reboot is required after Installer & Package update. Rest all should be installed in one go & the machine than rebooted or should reboot be performed after each update installation??

I recommend to reboot after #1 and #2 which are out of sequence. Install the others with a single reboot when done.

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5. In what order should the XP updates be installed after Installer & Package updates, build date wise?

I don't have the time to check the build dates. As I mentioned earlier, I refer to the date of the digital signature and install in that order. (I don't think it is important. I believe that after SP2 it can handle any order by the information in the $hf_mig$ folder.)

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6. In your personal opinion is the GDI detection tool update critical & necessary?

No, that's a piece of garbage that Microsoft should be ashamed of. It only directs to a download of other updates. Those "other updates" are included in my list and if you follow that one, you will not be prompted for the GDI detection tool.

Your list with
my comments
, bold = correct date according to the digital signature (for the swedish version of the file, other language versions may differ):

040924 – KB85884…Off XP later has to be installed.
Office XP does not have to be installed later but if you don't get KB885884 and install Office XP afterwards, you will be prompted for it when you visit Windows Update.

041014 - KB887472.
041021 - KB886185.
041027 - KB885835. ( 041028 )?
041028 – KB885836. ( 041029 )?
I proof-read my list but got them wrong ...... Embarrassed ......

041103 - KB887742.
041116 - KB888113.
051102 - KB890830. (To be installed at the last).
Not necessarily but I have them in a separate folder. As I mentioned earlier, this one has been replaced by 051209-890830.

050502 – KB883939.
041117-KB873339
041207-KB888302
050111-KB891781 ( 05110 )?
050119-KB885250 ( 05118 )?
050321-KB890859 ( 050319)?
050503-KB893803 (#1) ( 041206 )?
050507-KB894391.
050510-KB896422.
050511-KB896428. ( 050510 )?
050517-KB890046.
050517-KB898461.
050525-KB893066.
050527-KB896358. ( 050526 )?
050629-KB901214. ( 050628 )?
050630-KB896423.
050630-KB899587.
050630-KB899591.
050709-KB893756. ( 050708 )?
050726-KB902400. ( 050725 )?
050818-KB899589. ( 050817 )?
050822-KB905414.
050823-KB905749. ( 050822 )?
050830-KB904706. (1.3MB) ( 051028 )
050830-KB904706. (966KB for Direct X 9.0)( 050830 ) But it’s for XP SP1
050910-KB901017. ( 050909 )?
050928-KB900725. ( 050927 )?
051005-
KB896688
.  ( 051004 )?

051006-KB896424. ( 051005 )?
041117-KB873339.
051130-
KB905915
.
[041025-KB888240.]
The strange one, don't install until later if prompted by Windows Update.

050318-
KB890923
.

050719-
KB896727
.

051201-KB910437.

This means that we are back to my list and as I said, don't worry about the dates, just install in my order from top to bottom with the exception of #1 and #2. The reason why I install those two before all others is that when going to Windows Update with a virgin (no updates, just SP2) system, those two are offered first with a reboot and the next visit will offer the rest in one batch.

What I (myself) have learnt from this:

1) The updates are dynamic and may be replaced by equivalent new versions which means that the dates may not be the same.

2) I will no longer quote the dates but only the KB-article number. #1 and #2 will still be marked for installation first and second but the rest in "random order" relying on the $hf_mig$ folder.

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Reply #22 - Dec 19th, 2005 at 7:42pm
 
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I proof-read my list but got them wrong ...... Embarrassed ......

Comparing the original list it seems like I didn't get them wrong but that someone made several typing errors ...... 8) ...... !

To compensate, I discovered mistakes among the updates to Office XP ...... Embarrassed ...... !

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Reply #23 - Dec 20th, 2005 at 8:59am
 
Since SP2, three updates to Windows XP have been released in revised versions:

KB893803 > KB893803-v2
KB893066 > KB893066-v2

Users were notified of the revised versions of the above updates through Windows Update and/or Windows Automatic Update. (Well, I was!)

I found the fact that KB904706-v2 had been released without notification through WU or WAU disturbing and wanted to find out the three W's (What-When-Why).

According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-050 the update was revised for the following reason:

There are many possible combinations of Operating System and DiectX version. If the correct version of the original update is chosen, then all is OK. If an incorrect version is chosen, it appears to install OK but nothing gets updated and the user gets no message. The revised update give the user a message if installation of an incorrect version is attempted.

It also says that users who installed the correct version of the original update need not take any action. (My conclusion is that if the original version installed OK, the revised version is not offered through WU or WAU.)

No matter what, I downloaded the revised version and replaced the original one in my archive ...... 8) ...... !

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Reply #24 - Dec 20th, 2005 at 11:39am
 
Hello Mr. Christer,

Thanks for sharing your expert views, comments.

This is my list of XP Updates with digital signatures now.

040924 – KB885884…Off XP later has to be installed.
041015 - KB887472.
041021 - KB886185.
041028 - KB885835.
041029 – KB885836.
041104 - KB887742.
041117 - KB888113.
051209 - KB890830. (To be installed at the last).
050503 – KB883939.
041118-KB873339
041208-KB888302
050111-KB891781
050120-KB885250
050321-KB890859
050505-KB893803…. (#1)
050507-KB894391
050510-KB896422
050511-KB896428
050517-KB890046
050518-KB898461…. (#2)
050526-KB893066
050527-KB896358
050629-KB901214
050630-KB896423
050701-KB899587
050630-KB899591
050709-KB893756
050726-KB902400
050818-KB899589
050823-KB905414
050823-KB905749
051029-KB904706 (1.3MB) WindowsXP-KB904706-v2-x86-ENU.

050830-KB904706 (966KB for Direct X 9.0) but it’s for XP SP1??? WindowsXP-KB904706-DX9-x86-ENU

050910-KB901017
050929-KB900725
051005-KB896688
051006-KB896424
041118-KB873339
051201-KB905915
041026-KB888240
050319-KB890923
050720-KB896727
051202-KB910437

1. Thanks for your personal comments regarding GDI detection tool.
2. You mean to say that I can safely remove the update KB-904706 (966KB),

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=36fbed29-e264-4bc7-ab48...

It’s conflicting & confusing, since SP2 has Direct X 9 present  in System 32 folder, the update is for X 9 but SP1. Whilst the other update is for SP2 but is for Direct Show.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2636cfce-49ea-4d06-80ba...


3. Thanks again for sharing your views regarding Windows Installer update & other non required updates like KB-896688, KB-890923, and KB-896727. Can I remove them from my list?

4. KB-888240, which I shall not install & let you know what happens.


The list of updates for Office XP:

040312-KB833858
040828-KB873379
040914-KB837253
050129-KB873352
050202-KB890829
050618-KB895589
050925-KB904018

Waiting to hear your expert views,

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Reply #25 - Dec 20th, 2005 at 2:19pm
 
Hello Ivanov!

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1. Thanks for your personal comments regarding GDI detection tool.

You're welcome ...... Wink ...... !

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2. You mean to say that I can safely remove the update KB-904706 (966KB), ...

Yes, I don't have it and I'm not prompted for it at Windows Update, conclusion > not needed!

WinXP SP1 came with DirectX 8 and this update is for WinXP SP1 upgraded to DirectX 9. You have SP2 which includes DirectX 9 and that's different.

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It’s conflicting & confusing, since SP2 has Direct X 9 present  in System 32 folder, the update is for X 9 but SP1. Whilst the other update is for SP2 but is for Direct Show.

I agree that it's confusing. It's the second one you need.

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3. Thanks again for sharing your views regarding Windows Installer update & other non required updates like KB-896688, KB-890923, and KB-896727. Can I remove them from my list?

Yes, I indicated items to be removed by a strike-through in my recent comments!

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4. KB-888240, which I shall not install & let you know what happens.

Good decision, will be interesting to hear about that one!

Apart from having 041118-KB873339 twice, your lists are looking like my lists now. Your Office XP list is the same as mine. When installing updates to Office XP, reboot as prompted.

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Reply #26 - Dec 25th, 2005 at 10:09am
 
Hello Mr. Christer,

Merry Christmas! Hope you are having a great one.

I did as you had suggested.

Wanted to experiment & let you know the results.

Following is the way I fresh installed XP, Office & other utilities.

The reason for the detailed reply is for you to analyze, suggest & answer some questions still lurking in my mind.

I would prefer to have an OS which should at least give me about 6 months of trouble free before having to reformat & install.

1.Installed XP with SP2 & Office with SP3.

2.Firstly installed XP updates, starting with Installer & Package than reboot & later the rest in one go.

3.Reboot than installed Office updates in one go.

4.Reboot again.

5.Created an image using Ghost 03, at this stage did not change any services etc.



040924 – KB885884…Off XP later has to be installed.
041015 - KB887472.
041021 - KB886185.
041028 - KB885835.
041029 – KB885836.
041104 - KB887742.
041117 - KB888113.
051209 - KB890830. (To be installed at the last).
050503 – KB883939.
041118-KB873339
041208-KB888302
050111-KB891781
050120-KB885250
050321-KB890859
050505-KB893803…. (#1)
050507-KB894391
050510-KB896422
050511-KB896428
050517-KB890046
050518-KB898461…. (#2)
050526-KB893066
050527-KB896358
050629-KB901214
050630-KB896423
050701-KB899587
050630-KB899591
050709-KB893756
050726-KB902400
050818-KB899589
050823-KB905414
050823-KB905749
051029-KB904706 (1.3MB) WindowsXP-KB904706-v2-x86-ENU
050910-KB901017
050929-KB900725
051006-KB896424
051201-KB905915
051202-KB910437




The list of updates for Office XP:

040312-KB833858
040828-KB873379
040914-KB837253
050129-KB873352
050202-KB890829
050618-KB895589
050925-KB904018


6.Installed the required drivers & went one line. On scanning no updates were required for either XP or Office. You were very correct AS ALWAYS. Neither the STRANGE one or the old cumulative ones.

7.But will scanning MS downloaded an Active X for Office update Engine & WUW class control.

8.Any how decided to see how good I was at image restoration, so successfully restored the created image over the OS.

9.So at the moment I have only 1 raw image created after initial install.

10.Than I changed some of the services to my needs.

11.Installed required drivers.

12.Installed AVG from a CD & updated.

13.Than Ad aware SE & Spy bot 1.4 & updated both.

14.To my utter surprise, on reboot I found MS dumping tool, in Spy bot start up. I had some info regarding it & why it occurs & such an entry can safely be deleted & the exact cause of its appearance can be found through some file in system 32 folder? Could any services configuration change be the culprit, because I did not have any power shut down etc?

15.Than had to go online to www.macromedia.com to download flash player 8.0 & shock wave player 10.

16. Installed WinZip, WinRAR, Adobe reader 7.0, Disk keeper, Tune up Utilities all from another drive.

17.Ghost 2003 from a CD & updated it.

18. Installed Nero for my burner & Logitech for the cam drivers both again from a CD.

19.Lastly used Disk keeper to configure MFT & defrag.

20.Tune up to defrag system registry.


Now my questions are:

1.Regarding software/ drivers installations what steps did I take wrong?

2.At what other steps should I have imaged the OS?

3.What should the settings be for windows update?
4.Should I keep the windows update at automatically download & install OR notify me?

5.Spy bot system internals to be ignored gives this message:

a.% JavaDir%QT java.zip Missing shared DLL.
b.Install exe wrong path.
c.MsoHtmEd.ex  wrong path.
d.Winnt.32.exe   wrong path.


6.How can one be alerted about any new security/ express/ critical update regarding XP & Office, asides from scanning?

7.Is it ok to install Office update engine active X & WUB class control?

8.If supposing new updates are released, what exactly should be the procedure to install them……..install on the current running OS OR download & install them the initial raw image after its restoration?

9.Can you please specify what caused the MS dumping tool entry to appear?

10.Finally is image restoration over an OS is as good a format?

Sorry to have bothered you again.

After your response I shall once again fresh install OS, Office, updates, utilities etc, imaging side by side as per your recommendations.

Regards!

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Reply #27 - Dec 25th, 2005 at 10:58am
 

Sorry Mr. Christer,

Just to add, I installed acdesee 8.0 from a CD & Java run time (Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_07) from my drive.

While creating an image should the Documents, Local Settings, Temp folder be emptied along with the Windows, Prefetch? Apart from doing a drive defrag?

Hoping to hear your comments.

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Reply #28 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 7:45pm
 
Hello Ivanov!

Merry Christmas to you too, mine is proceeding as usual, no surprises.

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I would prefer to have an OS which should at least give me about 6 months of trouble free before having to reformat & install.

I installed WinXP in february 2004 and reinstalled in september 2004, not because it needed a reinstallation but because it was part of my "learning curve". With a good imaging strategy, you will not have to reinstall WinXP from square one, unless you want to.

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1.Regarding software/ drivers installations what steps did I take wrong?

None that I can see.

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2.At what other steps should I have imaged the OS?

At whichever point you think would be convenient to "roll back" to.

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3.What should the settings be for windows update?
4.Should I keep the windows update at automatically download & install OR notify me?

I have set it to notify but do nothing until I say so. I never say so but take notes on which updates are available and go to Microsoft Download to get them. I always store the updates in my archive.

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5.Spy bot system internals to be ignored gives this message:

a.% JavaDir%QT java.zip Missing shared DLL.
b.Install exe wrong path.
c.MsoHtmEd.ex  wrong path.
d.Winnt.32.exe   wrong path.

You've lost me here. Even if there is a question, I probably don't know the answer since I don't use Spybot the way you do.

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6.How can one be alerted about any new security/ express/ critical update regarding XP & Office, asides from scanning?

You are alerted of updates to Windows by the above settings but not to Office. When alerted and downloading the updates to Windows, I check Office Update manually.

Microsoft Update is an "upgrade" that I have denied. It would replace Windows Update and Office Update giving you all in one place. The reason on my part for not "upgrading" to Microsoft Update is that I like to have them separated, no question about what is what.

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7.Is it ok to install Office update engine active X & WUB class control?

Yes, without it ...... Wink ...... no updates to Office!

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9.Can you please specify what caused the MS dumping tool entry to appear?

Regrettably no, I have no idea.

"To my utter surprise, on reboot I found MS dumping tool, in Spy bot start up." > How did you run Spybot to find it?

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10.Finally is image restoration over an OS is as good a format?

It equals a quick format in that it rewrites the Master File Table. The difference between a quick format and a full format is that the latter includes a test to verify each sector. If you suspect disk error, reinstall WinXP and do a full format during the installation. If no errors, the test is done and you can restore the appropriate image.

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Just to add, I installed acdesee 8.0 from a CD & Java run time (Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_07) from my drive.

That version of Sun Java is no longer recommended or continued (as far as I know). Get Version 5.0 Update 6 instead.

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While creating an image should the Documents, Local Settings, Temp folder be emptied along with the Windows, Prefetch? Apart from doing a drive defrag?

I always do some "house cleaning" prior to creating an Image. I clear all temp folders, in Internet Explorer (or whichever browser is used), I clear cookies, temporary internet files and history. I empty the recycle bin and as a Norton SystemWorks user, I also purge the norton protected recycle bin. I see no reason to clear the prefetch folder. It would actually slow things down for a while until it gets "reconstructed". Finally, a defragmentation.

When it comes to the target location for the Images, I use a partition dedicated to Images and nothing else. The reason is that I never defragment that partition. I delete Images when I run out of space but I never ask for trouble by defragmenting.

Each month, prior to installing the batch of updates to Windows, I create an Image. There is room for 4-6 Images and when space runs out I delete all those but not any of the "master" Images created during the installation.

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Re: Required Mr. Christer's comments on XP install
Reply #29 - Dec 27th, 2005 at 10:28am
 
Hello Mr. Christer,

Thanks for your very prompt, elaborate reply which answered most of my questions.

As earlier said you are ALWAYS CORRECT.

I hope you aren’t getting offended by simple/ stupid queries. Please do realize that am new to this computer related stuff, but a fast learner too. (I think so.)

Thanks for clarifying about Office Update & WUW class active X controls, settings for Auto updates, views about imaging & image recreation being good as a quick format, software installation, new version of Java Run time.

Firstly regarding Spy bot, I use it in the advanced mode option. When opened in this mode, on the left corner is “Settings”. The last one is “Ignore System Internals”, in that I found the 4 errors regarding Java missing shared dll, Install exe. wrong path, Winnt32.exe. wrong path & MsoHtmEd.exe wrong path.

If you go in the section beneath Settings is the “Tools”.  That shows the Startup programs, where I found the MS dumping tool.

It’s smart indeed, to note when a XP update is available & download it later & adding to your archieve.

Regarding an office update I agree totally that they could be checked either manually or by Office Update Engine X.

Just a point I noted while online. If one subscribes to this site, having a hotmail account, one can be notified about an Office Product Alerts?

http://www.microsoft.com/office/using/newsletter.mspx

Now some queries about imaging.

What happens to a Ghost image, if that drive is defragmented?

As you mentioned you create & delete several images according to your needs/ requirements. The first basic/ Master one always stays……. Supposing you find new updates for XP or Office, which image shall you restore to install those, the last best or the first basic?

Hoping to hear your views, as always & please tell me to stop when I start to bug you.


Regards!

Ivanov.
 
 
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