My son’s school has 19 computers that may require a total reinstallation of Windows XP due to some viral problems. Each computer is a Dell Dimension 3100 and has a restoration partition hidden on the hard drive. It seems very time consuming to go through each one to reinstall all the patches, SP3 and some basic security programs. Each computer appears to have its own authentication number for XP Home (not a multi-user license). I was wondering if it was possible to install all the necessary software and patches on one computer and then clone it to each of the other computers. Does Acronis True Image or any other freeware option do this? Will there be problems with the authentication and with subsequent updates to the OS? I do not suspect any problems with the hardware since the hardware should be the same. Is there an easier way to accomplish this task? Thank you for the input.
I tried to do a slipstream XP SP3 disc, but I’m running into problems with the optical drive not reading CD-R discs (but will read commercial software discs). The first computer took a few hours to set up and I’m hoping to reduce that time dramatically.