In addition to these ten Windows installations, you also have two more boot options:
5) Acronis Backup + Restore 6) Mini Windows XP (ONLY) - Live Bootable Environment
Option 5 - is the Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server bootable ISO that allows you to backup your current Windows partition or disk and it also allows you to restore a previously created backup.
Option 6 - is a live bootable Windows XP called "Mini Windows XP" that is taken from Hiren's BootCD v10.6. IMPORTANT: This is not the complete Hiren's BootCD. The only option that works is "Mini Windows XP". If you try to use any of the other tools, it will not work. This is done intentionally, the live XP environment is only on this CD so you can access your hard disks whilst your Windows installation is offline. This allows you to access your disks in a completely separate Windows XP environment where you can get to your data if a virus is stopping Windows from booting normally.
This CD includes an updated version of the fabled "TinyXP Beast Edition" that was originally released on 6th June 2006 (06.06.06). Instead of having to wait 996 years until 6th June 3006 comes around, now a brand new "TinyXP Beast Edition II" is included on this CD for 10th October 2010 (10.10.10).
Some people that have used the original TinyXP Beast Edition have reported hearing bumps in the night. You have been warned...
To install Windows from this CD, set your PC up so it will boot from the DVD/CD-ROM in the PC's BIOS.
In the normal (not unattended) editions of Windows you have access to the "Repair" option.
You can install Windows as an "upgrade" from within Windows with the usual setup.exe in the "XP01" folder.
This CD is designed to autorun like a normal Windows XP CD does, so setup.exe runs when you put the CD in on systems that have AutoPlay enabled.
You do not need any product key in this release.
The "normal" Windows installations are the same as a normal Windows setup, asking you for your Language settings, Timezone, Username and network/workgroup settings. The only thing you will not get asked for is a product key. With the four "normal" installations, you can access the "Repair Option" and the "Recovery Console".
In the the "unattended" installations, no user input is required, Windows will automatically install. All you have to do is format your partition or hard disk and leave Windows to install all by itself. All unattended installations are set to "US English" for the language choice, but your keyboard settings can be changed in Control Panel after installation. There are no adverse effects from using the unattended option, but be aware that the "Repair Option" and "Recovery Console" are both not available in these types of Windows installations. Remember this in case you make a standalone ISO file of the option.
In all ten of the Windows XP installations on this CD (yes even Beast Edition and MicroXP) the latest QFE addon was used:
Options that include Internet Explorer 8 had the following addon in addition to the QFE addon:
Options that include Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media Player 11 had the following addon in addition to the QFE and IE8 addons:
Because of the nature of the QFE addon, no added features are included. For example, DirectX is not added, the .NET Framework is not added, or Silverlight. The addon only updates Windows XP with the necessary updates.
For full details of removed components and added hotfixes, see the files in the "INFO" folder. This folder contains a file for each individual installation. When you look at the file names you will see which file relates to which installation.
Most of these folders contain quick solutions to things that otherwise would be buried away in the Windows GUI or require DOS style commands. - Check WGA Status (see if Windows is still Genuine) - DeskSave (save desktop icon layout) - Driver Install Tool (ReadMe file explaining about DP_Install_Tool.cmd) - Hibernation (turn Hibernation on or off) - Registry Backup (quickly backup the entire registry) - Services Configuration Files (reduce RAM usage and speed up boot time) - ShrinkXP Scripts (reduce bloat and speed up virus scan, backup, defrag) - System Restore (can be re-enabled here) - System Volume Information (lock/unlock this folder) - User Password (access the screen to choose if windows needs a password)
In the ISO folder on the CD you can make a single ISO file of any of the ten Windows installations, to use as a standalone CD. This CD will not have any of the other options, only the Windows version you choose.