Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jul 2006 11:00 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. It is hardware agnostic so it can adjust to different systems, and you can also install your own apps into it so that your Vista install becomes a full system image install. There's an interview with a Microsoft Australia tech specialist as well as a story that looks at some of the pros and cons of image-based installs.
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re: ubuntu
by gfx1 on Tue 25th Jul 2006 04:11 UTC
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What other OS uses this technique to install? To my knowledge neither OSS or Mac OSX installs this way

BeOS used it, it just booted from cd and copied
the files over... only the image wasn't compressed
and that was in 1998 way before ubuntu

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