I've gotten myself all confused reading online about reformatting. (It's on a friend's badly infected computer--that I've already wasted too many hours on--with zero personal files/added programs.) So, figured I'd put it to the experts!
I am wondering, since I don't have an actual XP disc, only the 'recovery' ones provided by Compaq, can I still use the SP3 iso disc (which I burned)? And if so, when during the process/how? I know about slipstreaming (and nLite) but it's impossible to use without the actual XP disc, right? I'd also read something about copying the i386 file or some other files within it in order to incorporate the two, but that was pretty confusing, lol! ;->
Also wanna know if there's a way to incorporate all the Windows updates from SP3 release to present without having to sit through that nightmare?
Is it easier/better to use recovery console instead of recovery discs?
I'm also wondering if there's a way *not* to get all the bloatware using what I have (and not the actual XP disc)?
There's also a site I found called "bootdisk.com" that allegedly has instant access so one can burn a bootable XP disc, but I'm not sure it's legit, and if it is, will my product key work?
Edited by dzgrrly, 30 October 2011 - 04:51 PM.