After you install all your programs, is it possiable to make a restore cd ?

By starvista9 ยท 5 replies
Nov 5, 2004
  1. I was wondering if it is possiable to make a restore cd that has all my programs I have loaded on my computer so I don't have to install each and every program individually again. I want to be able pop the restore cd in my computer with out having to install everything else.

    Is that possiable ? If so how do I do it ?
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Drive Image/Ghost 9(brand new from Symantec)
    It makes a complete image of all your drives.Save them to all kinds of Media and can restore all or part of your system.
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Or yo can use Acronis TruImage.

    Whatever you use, be prepared to use more than one CD. WindowsXP SP1 on it's own has to be stripped to it's bare bones to fit on a single cd at 1-1 compression (See this post by Soul Harvester). It's probably a good idea to carefully choose which programs you want to put in the image to keep the number of disks to a minimum, for example, you'd want to include any drivers that you have to manually install, maybe ms word/ms office if you use it a lot, etc...
  4. jstillion

    jstillion TS Rookie Posts: 91

    I would install any applications that you have purchased that require Internet Activation to "unlock", I have several of these programs that I have purchased Microsoft Plus DME, Comic Collector, Movie Collector, etc. That way you won't have to call them up if you "activate" too often and explain why.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I use drive image for this purpose.
  6. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    If you have a DVD-Rewriter you can use that to make a restore DVD, using Ghost, it works just the same except you can fit 4.7Gb of stuff on instead of 700Mb.

    With regards to cutting the sizes of XP installations, I highly recommend NLite , which allows you to remove bits of windows you never use from the installation source completely.

    Alternatively, by following the guides at you can learn how to create a Slipstreamed Windows CD which installs all of the latest Windows Updates, Drivers and Applications.
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