Re-installing XP after support ends

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garfield411

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I have some older computers running xp pro. Now i know these computers cant handle win7 because i tried. But also i have software that I use that wont work on win7. My question is when support ends in 2014 and I need to re-install the OS will the latest SP3 have or most of the updates i need? Or is there software that is simple to use to create an image? Or can i download the updates manually so that i can put them in myself. Please advise. Thanking you in advance
 

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I don't know, but my assumption is that all the existing updates and service packs will remain available for years. Nonetheless, if I were you I wouldn't count on that unless somebody can say for sure.

Here is downloadable SP3. I think you can get all the updates at this Download Center, but I haven't used it.

There are many free and for-pay imaging programs. Acronis is a popular one. I use Macrium Reflect Free. Another popular free one is Easeus Todo Backup.

For creating an up-to-date installation CD there is a free program that starts with a genuine installation CD, adds service packs and updates that you specify, removes features (be careful; it's way too easy to get carried away; don't delete much) and creates a new bootable installation CD. Now the question is how long it will take for my faulty memory to drag up the name. I bet somebody else will post it before it comes to me.
 

garfield411

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thx and is that program nlite still around i think that one lets you customize an existing install disc
 

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Thanks for coming to my rescue, Crazy10. :)

You're welcome, garfield411.
 
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