1) INSTALL: Windows XP Professional SP3 (October 2011)
2) INSTALL: TinyXP Rev12 (October 2011)
3) INSTALL: MicroXP v0.87 (October 2011)
4) INSTALL: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise SP2 (October 2011)
5) INSTALL: Tiny2003 Rev03 (October 2011)
6) INSTALL: Micro2003 v0.83 (October 2011)
7) BOOT: Acronis True Image v9.7.8398 (Backup/Restore)
8) BOOT: Hiren's BootCD v10.0 (+ Live Mini XP Environment)
On all installations of Windows - when the PC reboots for the first time during installation (just after Windows files have copied) then you will see a driver selector pop up. You have one minute to choose which drivers you want to include, if you let the timer count down, then the default drivers will be included which are: Chipset, CPU, Lan Ethernet, Sound and Wireless LAN. If you want to include the graphics drivers then you will need to be there to tick the three boxes on the driver selector.
All six Windows installations are fully unattended. After installation, you should open the eXPerience desktop folder and then open the "Keyboard Settings" folder. With these unattended installations, all keyboards are set to "US English".
All of these installations include all of the required "security only" hotfixes, updating the OS to October 2011. Later versions of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player are not added. This includes the original IE6 and original WMP9/10 but they are also securely patched with their respective updates, to October 2011.
- Windows XP Professional SP3
This is the complete Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 updated to October 2011 with security hotfixes. This edition has the original IE6 and WMP9. Everything is updated. Nothing at all is removed.
- TinyXP Rev12
This is a cut down version of Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 updated to October 2011 with security hotfixes. This edition has the original IE6 and WMP9. Everything is updated. Many items are removed in this version, which is approximately half the size of full Windows XP. This version removes Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, Movie Maker, Internet Information Services (IIS) and various other items. To check exactly what is removed, open the "Last Session.ini" file here on the DVD: "XP02\$OEM$\Last Session.ini" and look under the section "[Components]" to see what is removed.
- MicroXP v0.87
This is a very small version of Windows XP Professional SP3 x86 updated to October 2011 with security hotfixes. This edition does not include Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player at all. Everything is updated. This edition is about as cut down as it can be and is only intended for gaming and squeezing life out of the oldest computers, however, many people use this version full time and use all the same programs and play all the same games as on full XP. Programs most likely not to work with this edition are gigantic Microsoft apps like Microsoft Office. Other software that relies on MDAC or the Jet Database will not work, because those items are removed. This version of Windows is less than a quarter of the size of full Windows. An extreme amount of components are removed, to check exactly what is removed, open the "Last Session.ini" file here on the DVD: "XP03\$OEM$\Last Session.ini" and look under the section "[Components]" to see what is removed. Then also look under the section "[RemoveFiles]" to see individual files also removed.
- Windows Server 2003 SP2
The three versions of Windows Server 2003 are roughly the same as the above XP versions in terms of what is removed. So the full Server 2003 has nothing at all removed, Tiny2003 has the same items taken out as TinyXP has (but UDDI and Windows Media Services are removed in 2003) and the same goes for Micro2003, it has pretty much the same files removed as MicroXP does.
WHY IS SERVER 2003 INCLUDED ANYWAY?
I found all the way back in 2003 when Windows Server 2003 was released that it runs faster and better than XP. This is something home users simply do not know anything about, but once you try Server 2003 you will realize Explorer is faster, copying files is faster, loading and using programs and games is faster... but the catch is a few programs will not install on a Server (or as they sometimes call it a ".NET Server" operating system). Luckily these are mostly blocks on .MSI files and there are included fixes in the desktop eXPerience folder to get around this blocking of installation. Once installed, the apps work just as they do on XP and it is often the case that the only reason you couldn't use the program on Server 2003 was the MSI file that installs the program was coded to deliberately refuse to install on a Server operating system. For EXE files there is also a fix, using "Application Verifier" to fool whatever you're installing into thinking the OS is XP SP3.
Server 2003 on this DVD is intended to be used as a workstation OS and all three installations of Server 2003 are tweaked that way.
To install Windows from this DVD, set your PC up so it will boot from the CD/DVD-ROM in the PC's BIOS.
You do not need any product key for any of the installations.
You have the following drivers included:
- Chipset -> (included by default)
- CPU -> (included by default)
- Graphics -> (NOT included by default!)
- LAN Ethernet -> (included by default)
- SATA -> (included by default)
- Sound -> (included by default)
- Wireless LAN -> (included by default)
When the PC reboots for the first time during installation (just after Windows files have copied) then you will see a driver selector pop up.
If you do not catch this in time, or are not sat at the PC when this driver selector has timed out (after one minute) then all the drivers will extract - bear in mind, this will take a few gigabytes of disk space. If you do not want to extract the driverpacks, make sure you are sat at the PC after the files have copied and it reboots.
The alternative to that is to make your own standalone ISO from the ISO folder on the DVD. This way there is no timer, or driverpacks.
eXPerience folder (Desktop)
Most of these folders contain quick solutions to things that otherwise would be buried away in the Windows GUI, or require DOS style commands.
The folder differs from XP to Server 2003.
INCLUDED WITH XP ONLY:
Check WGA Status - (see if Windows is still "genuine")
System Restore - (turn on or off)
INCLUDED WITH SERVER 2003 ONLY:
Data Execution Prevention - (turn on or off here)
Hard Drive Not Showing - (link to Disk Management)
Program Compatibility Fixer - (force certain programs to install)
INCLUDED WITH BOTH XP AND SERVER 2003:
DeskSave - (save desktop icon layout, in case icons are rearranged)
Hibernation - (turn on or off)
Keyboard Settings - (quick access to Regional and Language options)
Registry Backup - (backup the entire registry in one click)
Services Configuration Files - (save RAM by disabling useless services)
ShrinkXP Scripts - (safely remove files from the installation)
System Volume Information - (lock/unlock)
User Password - (quick access to "Userpasswords2" command)
APPS Folder (on DVD)
APPS\PORTABLE contains many portable programs. To use these programs, you need to extract the included archive to your hard disk drive. Open the archive with WinRAR or 7-Zip. Some of these programs might not be the latest version...
Agent Ransack v18.104.22.1682
Boilsoft Video Joiner v5.32
Boilsoft Video Splitter v5.16
Comodo System Cleaner v2.1.114194.1
Dead Pixel Buddy
Duplicate File Finder v3.5
ExamDiff Pro v22.214.171.124
FRD v 0.85 u1 b566
GIF Movie Gear v4.2
Google Earth v126.96.36.1994
Hex Workshop v188.8.131.5203
Internet Explorer 8
ImageShack Uploader v2.2
Img Burn v184.108.40.206
MP3 Splitter & Joiner v3.03.1
Nicotine+ v1.2.10 With GTK+ v2.16.0
Office Excel Powerpoint Word 2003
Photoshop v10 CS3 Lite
PowerArchiver 2010 v11.50.41
PowerDVD v10.0.0.2113 Ultra
Process Explorer v11.33
Registry Mechanic v220.127.116.110
Resource Hacker v18.104.22.168
Resource Tuner v1.9.9.R3
Shutdown Timer v1.0.3
SoftMaker Office 2010 Rev 570
Sound Forge 9.0a Build 297 LITE
Spoon Studio 2011 v9.5.2025
Startup Control Panel v2.8
TCP View v3.03
TextAloud v2.285 With Paul
ThinApp v22.214.171.1241923 (No Splash)
TuneUp Utilities 1 Click 2010 v9.0.3000.136
Unstoppable Copier v2.28
Video MP3 Extractor v126.96.36.199
APPS\SILENT contains a small collection of silent and automatic installations of programs not suitable to be made portable. To install any of these programs simply double click the file, all of these files can be installed from the DVD directly. Internet Explorer 8 is included here for Windows XP and Server 2003.
Comodo Internet Security v5.8.213334.2131
DAEMON Tools Lite v4.40.2 With SPTD v1.77
DirectX 9c June 2010
Flash Player v188.8.131.52 (IE)
Foxit PDF Reader Pro v3.0.1301
Internet Explorer 8 (updated to October 2011)
Java Runtime Environment v7 Update 1
K Lite Mega Codec Pack v7.9.0
NET Framework v2.0
Quick Batch File Compiler v184.108.40.206
QuickTime Alternative v3.2.2
Visual C++ Runtimes 2005 and 2008
VMware Workstation Lite v5.5.4 (Build 44386)
WinUHA v2.0 RC1