New image-based OS deployment for Vista

By Derek Sooman on February 23, 2006, 4:06 PM
Build 5308 of the Windows Vista, which is currently being released to select testers, includes a feature that has long been awaited - image-based installations that install Windows modules to the hard drive not as separate files, but as contiguous disk images. This is essentially like restoring from the backup of a clean install. In order to make this work, Vista engineers had to finally scrap the very last vestige of MS-DOS. I, for one, am not shedding any tears over this. Vista now utilises Windows PE (pre-installation), which presents a shell with which users manage the installation process. PE remains available to users even after installation, so as to be used as a recovery environment in case of disaster, replacing the driver-free "Safe Mode" currently used by XP.

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thomasxstewart said:
Your related article on ALTAVISTA has nothing to do with vista os. Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
barfarf said: dos? Well all i used it for is typing the "cmd command then typing "ipconfig /all". I wonder if vista woul d have something at easy as that.die dos
spike said:
I think you may find that what you typed that is wasn't actually DOS. It was the XP command line which is somwhat (but not completely) different. A virtual DOS if you will. No doubt Vista will also have a command line application along the same lines.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
This might also make things much more difficult for utilities like [url=]nLite[/url]. At least in current beta versions, there's no installation configuration whatsoever in Vista. Apparently it's supposed to make things "easier".
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