Have you ever considered what you would do if your installation of XP got corrupted to to such an extent that a reinstallation was required. On your left hand side is your knackered PC & in your right hand is your XP installation CD, would you have the confidence to carry out the reinstall by yourself? To some this would be considered a scary prospect & some would possibly have to resort to laying out cash for someone else to do the undertaking?
Wouldn't it be nice if you could work through the whole procedure in an interactive way without any fear of stuffing up your existing system, call it a simulated installation if you like!
Well whilst trawling around on the net I have found such a simulator compiled by the "EchoProject". They have put together an amazing simulator which allows you to work through a typical installation of XP PRO, so you can work through the Whole process without the FEAR factor.
Also in conjunction with the simulator, the "EchoProject" people have put together a an "E" Book which gives you a companion written editorial on the various stages of the XP PRO installation.
All you have to do is download the attached file below (Run your antivirus scanner through it) then create a folder somewhere appropriate & unpack xpsimsetup.zip into this folder created previously. You should find various files & a subfolder. The two files of interest are:
1) Windows XP Setup.exe = The simulator (It will fill your PC screen with the interactive tutorial, never fear though, all you have to do to stop it is, press the escape key on your keyboard & you will be given the oppertunity to exit)
2) Tutorial.exe = The "E" Book
Okay, here is the one reservation that I would like to point out to you - The origianal file from the authors site contains "Spyware" a TAC 3 IECache tracking cookie (Cookie:firstname.lastname@example.org/ as identified by Adaware & A2 free) The only time it seems this adaware is engaged is when you go to the authors site "EchoProject". Steer clear unless you want to collect tracking cookies! What I have done is remove the html link page & repacked in a zip file. I tested the tutorial file & the simulator, after a run through, then ran a full check on my system for spyware & non was found, however, once I linked to the site "Echo Project" the tracking cookie was apparent! The moral of the story is use at your own risk!
The simulator is really good (Best I've seen) & you get to play & learn in safety!