How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11

Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:11 AM
Hello all,

I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?

When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
OR
2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
without going through the xp setup stuff.

Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
after I did the restore?

If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
slows down the system)?

Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
use it to restore your saved image?

Thanks in advance for the help

Alex

How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11


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Patrick Keenan
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:22 AM
"Alex" <ad1979@telenet.be> wrote in message
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> Hello all,
>
> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
Yes. For my usage, the term "clone" is to a new active hard disk, "image"
is for a stored file.
> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
That would be rather pointless. Even ntbackup ASR doesn't require it.
> OR
> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
> without going through the xp setup stuff.
It's #2. You boot from the Acronis CD and point it to the image.
>
> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
> after I did the restore?
You might need to activate, you might not. This isn't a real problem,
since at worst it is a quick and free phone call.
> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
> slows down the system)?
Yes. But it's also not "no more junk", it's "no more data".

So before you restore, you need to be sure that you did actually also save
your data.

Restoring this way is a commitment.
> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play?
See your own explanation below, and your question above.
> I
> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one?
See your question above for the reason.
> From
> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
> use it to restore your saved image?
Yes. But the restored image won't include data created after the image, so
casual use after a "crash" may not be appropriate.

HTH
-pk
>
> Thanks in advance for the help
>
> Alex

Big_Al
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:30 AM
Alex said this on 1/25/2009 8:11 PM:
> Hello all,
>
> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
>
> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
> OR
> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
> without going through the xp setup stuff.
>
> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
> after I did the restore?
>
> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
> slows down the system)?
>
> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
> use it to restore your saved image?
>
> Thanks in advance for the help
>
> Alex
Create your image.
Also have Acronis make a boot CD.
When you need to restore, you put the boot CD in the drive, boot, pick
the image (hopefully on some external media right?!) and restore it.
The restore rebuilds the HD. Its not a format but it just re-writes
everything back to day one.

I suggest you also test this procedure, not to the point of reloading
but I suggest you boot from the CD and try to find your image. Just
simply find it. Some people seem to have issues with external USB
drives or whatever. If you can find the image file and then abort
you're more than likely good to go.

The boot CD has value in that if you are horribly infected you can't
boot some times. Also I can't begin to count the number of problems
you would have running Acronis from a HD and trying to reload it at the
same time. A quite improbable function.
Max Wachtel
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:45 AM
On Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:11:42 -0800 (PST), Alex, in
<news:ee4d2dcc-f4f7-4e00-8936-8a77dd92810b@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com>,
after much thought, came up with this jewel:
> Hello all,
>
> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
>
> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
> OR
> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
> without going through the xp setup stuff.
>
> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
> after I did the restore?
>
> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
> slows down the system)?
>
> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
> use it to restore your saved image?
>
> Thanks in advance for the help
>
> Alex
You want to create the bootable disk with the Acronis program. Then if
you get in trouble you can restore the image using the Acronis boot disk
(just follow the prompts). If you activated windows before you made the
image, then you will not have to do it again. You do not need to
partition or format or use the windows install disk again because you
already have a clean/fresh install from the image of your fresh/clean
install. Works very well- I have never had a problem using it.
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:49 AM
"Alex" <ad1979@telenet.be> wrote in message
news:ee4d2dcc-f4f7-4e00-8936-8a77dd92810b@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
> Hello all,
>
> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
You create an "Image Backup" and not a clone.
It's best to store the image backup file to external media.
>
> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
> OR
> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
> without going through the xp setup stuff.
You use the True Image "Rescue CD" and boot from this CD to
restore the PC back to that "fresh install with everything set and
installed" state.

Note: You need to create the "Rescue CD" after you install True
Image, so the user's manual on how to create the CD.
>
> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
> after I did the restore?
No.
>
> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
> slows down the system)?
Your boot drive will be overwritten and only contains what was on
the boot drive when you created the image backup. So all updates
to Windows and applications installed after creating the
image backup will need to be reapplied
>
> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
> use it to restore your saved image?
If your hard drive should fail then the only way you can restore the
image is by booting from the CD and using that image file you save
on external media.

Note: I use Norton's Ghost and that is the exact process I used
(Norton's Restore CD) to restore the image file to a new drive
yesterday as my old boot drive was failing.

This is the PC I'm using now and it's exactly as it was when I created
the image backup file.
>
> Thanks in advance for the help
>
> Alex
JS
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Gary Brandenburg
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 02:11 AM

"Alex" <ad1979@telenet.be> wrote in message
news:ee4d2dcc-f4f7-4e00-8936-8a77dd92810b@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
> Hello all,
>
> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
>
> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
> OR
> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
> without going through the xp setup stuff.
>
> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
> after I did the restore?
>
> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
> slows down the system)?
>
> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
> use it to restore your saved image?
>
> Thanks in advance for the help
>
> Alex
Alex-
You don't need to create a boot disk if you have the Acronis install disk, in spite
of what the last 2 responders say.
(perhaps they didn't see the part about you having this disk,already)

~Gary


Gary Brandenburg
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 02:49 AM

>
> "Alex" <ad1979@telenet.be> wrote in message
> news:ee4d2dcc-f4f7-4e00-8936-8a77dd92810b@b38g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
>> Hello all,
>>
>> I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
>> last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
>> want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
>> and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
>> state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
>> or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
>> use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
>> create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
>>
>> When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
>> of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
>> 1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
>> create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
>> interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
>> image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
>> OR
>> 2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
>> without going through the xp setup stuff.
>>
>> Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
>> after I did the restore?
>>
>> If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
>> overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
>> slows down the system)?
>>
>> Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
>> know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
>> what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
>> True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
>> computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
>> use it to restore your saved image?
>>
>> Thanks in advance for the help
>>
>> Alex
>
> Alex-
> You don't need to create a boot disk if you have the Acronis install disk, in spite
> of what the last 2 responders say.
> (perhaps they didn't see the part about you having this disk,already)
>
> ~Gary
>
Make that-the last 3 responders.(before mine)
You have a bootable disk with the Acronis disk.

From the user manual:
<snip>

If you purchased the boxed product, you already have such a bootable CD, because the
installation CD contains, besides the program installation files, the Acronis True
Image Home standalone bootable version.

If you purchased Acronis True Image Home on the Web, you can create bootable media
using the Bootable Rescue Media Builder.

<end of snip>

~Gary


RMD
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Re: How to clean install XP Home with Acronis True image 11
Posted: 01-26-2009, 04:18 AM
On Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:11:42 -0800 (PST), Alex <ad1979@telenet.be>
wrote:
>Hello all,
>
>I have done a clean install of windows xp home and I have spent the
>last 2 weeks updating, reinstalling and configuring programs the way I
>want it to be. Since I now have a fresh install with everything set
>and installed as I want, now I would like to 'freeze' this computer
>state so that I can restore the system in no time in case of a crash
>or just when doing the next clean install. I have been reading how to
>use Acronis True Image 11 and if I understand this well, it is best to
>create a disk image for this purpose and not a clone, right?
>
>When later the need to start with a fresh/clean install arises, which
>of the 2 methods do I have to follow:
>1) install xp the classic way: boot with xp cd, delete partition,
>create partition, quick format partition and install xp via the user
>interface. Then reboot, install all drivers, install Acronis True
>image 11 and use it to restore the disk image that I created.
>OR
>2) Simply use Acronis True image 11 to restore the saved disk image
>without going through the xp setup stuff.
>
>Will I have problems with windows activation/registration warnings
>after I did the restore?
>
>If using method 2 from above, will my boot drive be erased and
>overwritten with the clean image (in other words, no more junk that
>slows down the system)?
>
>Last question: when does a bootable rescue media cd come into play? I
>know how to create it but what's the advantage of having one? From
>what I understand, it's a bootable cd that also contains the Acronis
>True image 11 program so that you can boot up with it after your
>computer crashed and start Acronis True image 11 from the CD and then
>use it to restore your saved image?
>
>Thanks in advance for the help
>
>Alex
Alex,

I've restored XP computers quite a few times from a C-drive image
file. (Which btw must use the Acronis TI boot CD to do this, as others
have said.)

I've never had to reactivate XP, even when I've upgraded the C-drive
to a new bigger drive.

Btw I always do my image backup to a second hard drive (or a second
partition on a single drive), since I have sometimes had trouble
getting the Acronis TI boot CD to find USB external drives with some
computers. With an internal second drive or partition Acronis TI is
sure-fire never-fail.

Ross

 
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