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Installation disks

Discussion in 'A+' started by Dexter, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Dexter

    Dexter Nibble Poster

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    Maybe this is a little outside the intended scope of this forum but I'm a little ignorant of the types of installation disks available for Windows. Can anybody help me with this here? The impression I have is that you can get /purchase a disk to fully install an OS or get an upgrade disk to upgrade from an older system. This is my main question I guess, is this the case?
    Furthermore is it possible to get a service pack 2 installation disk for Winodws that already incorporates all the upgrades but installs them along with the OS or can you only purchase original XP disks for example and slipstream the service pack 2?
     
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  2. grizz3210

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    hi dexter

    this may help.
    http://http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    Yes, you can either buy a full install disk of a Windows OS or an upgrade disk. If you, for example, were to buy Windows XP full installation disk, it's my understanding that it would include SP 2, so you wouldn't have to go through the pain of installing *all* of the fixes and patches that were issued since the OS first came out.

    If you are running Windows 2000 Professional, you could buy a Windows XP Pro upgrade disk for a lesser price than the full install version and as far as I know, it would also include SP 2.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    Trip is correct.

    You can either buy a full retail version which will be the most expensive, but will allow you too install it on more than one computer or you can buy an upgrade version say from windows 2000 to XP, or you can buy an OEM version which wont come in a box or with a big instruction book and you get no technical support with OEM versions these are usually really cheap.

    If you want to install on more than one pc then you will need a full retail version or two upgrade versions, if its just for one pc then an OEM version is ok.

    Depends how much money you have at the end of the day Full retail versions of XP are about £220, upgrades £140 OEM versions about £80

    Hope this helps.
     
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  5. grim

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    there's loads if you take into consideration 32 and 64 bit versions of OEM, retail, corporate, upgrade, media center along with the various vista versions home server, home basic, home premium and ultimate

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  6. juice142

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    Um... just to clarify, Windows 2000 Pro is now on SP4. 8)

    J.
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    Just to clarify further - 1 Retail Copy = One Licence = One installation. That licnece can however be moved to another PC. 8)
     
  8. grim

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    NT 4.0 made it to 6.0a lol

    XP should have SP3 out begining of next year along with vista SP1

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  9. tripwire45
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    I meant that the XP upgrade disk would include XP SP2. :wink:
     
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  10. juice142

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    Oops, my bad...:oops:

    Still, W2K is on SP4. :biggrin

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  11. Dexter

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    Thanks to evryone. Exactly the info I needed :biggrin
     
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