Sunday, 5 October 2014

Windows 8 Tips, Tricks, Advice And Warnings

Wow windows 8 and 8.1.. Ooooops says someone in a dark corner at microsoft. So what have we got here, well its a scary operating system, especially for those who despised windows xp's "network sharing and login basis in the home os" Windows 8 takes that one level further and begins its walk in the realms of iOS and Android... yes that's right.. windows 8 has a store.. no more are you offered out the box to just simply create a User name and password ON YOUR MACHINE...

You CAN create a "Local Account" if you stick in an email and the wrong password twice (don't click try again, just click create local account)

Here's some Advise (Before you even turn on that New PC or New LapTop)

Hit the net on a different system and create a brand new Hotmail OR Live mail account
On Its "Profile Information" what ever NAME (first and 2nd) will become Your Windows Log On Name  AND the PATH to your Documents & Settings..
you may remember these paths on windows XP as simply
C:\Documents and Settings\Users\Your Windows User Name\.. Private Personal Stuff....

Using Your own personal Email to set up windows 8 will make that path your FULL NAME
Now this is something Websites can Read from your machine...
User Name, Operating System, Browser Type and other info like IP and what not...
So that is why i recommend a NEW hotmail or live account for setting it up.

For the noobs i shall go into more detail about why not to use your normal email or an email anyone has in their book..  and this may scare some of the not so noob'ish too.  Once you log on, you get a folder on the top left of the desk top view, this folder is ALL the storage upon your email account, as you no on windows live you can store around 10gb of stuff, be it photos videos or even EXE files (anyone accesses your email and it happens to many) they can upload a file, that is something you will inadvertently access when opening your "My Documents"  so you NEVER give anyone this email OR use it to mail ANYONE, you don't even add it to your other address books, you just use it to log onto the machine and nothing more (under login options you can log in with a pin) i think the log in with photo is the most pathetic thing ive ever seen so don't use that or even set that up.

Other really bad ideas (network wise) is the fact you can share these SUB Folders with anyone with a windows live account, so your my documents "with a little malware in your system" can make all your personal stuff public (windows gets updates for vulnerabilities ALL the time) Even more oddly you can Share other folders "right over the net like an FTP of sorts" using the  live .com websites as an interface to access them folders.  SO considering how vulnerable we became moving from windows 98 and Windows Millennium to Windows XP, this shift from XP, Vista or Win7 up to Win8 is a risky business unless your on a "hardware firewall" then it certainly isn't an operating system i would recommend, that said wont be long until you don't have a choice... hence this blog post to try and help.

Note, I don't recommend these 3rd party "Start Menus" because just like windows XP, certain updates like the shell32.dll or even implementations to the UAC system can stop you using your system. BUT what you can do is change the start menu you get with windows 8 to better suit what you need.

You can right click on the "Tiles Start Menu" and select open "location" you'll see your essentially inside the folder view of the classic start menus of yesteryear. Renaming and moving stuff around in their will change what's shown on the tiles menu, then you can also right click the tiles and re-size them. So you can organise the start menu "Old School" in the folder, just like always (remember though some are under "Your Login Name"  and others are under the path of "All Users"  just in case you get lost trying remove something that appears to be gone, yet shows up, easy mistake in this new environment. Windows 8 Internet Explorer comes with Flash built in, doesn't include java or shockwave.

What ever the OEM virus killer is, i advise you Don't even open that, and if it opens just hit close, go to control panel, programs and features, and Uninstall the virus killer (be it mcafee, norton, panda or what ever) once installed, reboot, go back into control panel and open "Windows Defender" Updated it, now you have a FREE virus killer.

To avoid confusion here, microsoft past and present had its own antimalware, antivirus and a duel package.

Windows XP = Microsoft Security Essentials <--this is virus killer & anti malware
Windows Vista = Windows Defender <--this is only anti malware

Windows 7 = Windows Defender <--this is virus killer & anti malware
Windows 8 = Windows Defender <--this is virus killer & anti malware

So the misconception that Windows Defender is not a virus killer is only true within Windows Vista and not the others  :)


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Trying To Install Windows On A Laptop With Faulty DVD Drive?

Trying To Install Windows On A Laptop With Faulty DVD Drive?
Turn it on its side... don't knock it till you've tried it...
don't knock it while you try it..
and DON'T block the air vent's..

Works  on average 7  times outa 10..

Friday, 20 June 2014

People Trying To Make Multiple "Blog Posts" Upon Page Tabs, RATHER THAN Comments

People Trying To Make Multiple Blog Posts Upon Pages And Failing  lmfao

Ok i have been watching random tutorial videos (them annoying kids who type in notepad with real crappy music blasting away) and i came to the conclusion that every Tutorial on youtube for this was a total Pile of Sh**  so i decided to write one for my mate whos been trying to do this for a number of years.. and after looking for videos to "send him"  i thought jeeezz screw this lmao

You Need MORE Than ONE BLOG!!!  (FACT!!)
don't argue, just deal with it lol

You Create as many blogs (AS YOU NEED PAGES AKA THREADS)
(and Keep the blog names pretty much the same, add a 1 and a 2 at the end of their names)

Create your FIRST Main Blog and get the Template, the Colour Scheme JUST THE WAY "YOU" Want It..
Make sure the Layout, down the sides, the adsense, all that stuff is ALL set up and Sorted...

Save your Blogger  "Template"  oo yes... now where cooking with code lolz

Create Your OTHER blogs (that WILL serve as Pages/Forum threads)
and Import your Template Upon each of the other blogs....

Look at this Image, note i access that BOX from the   "Layout Tab"   NOT the   "Pages Tab"

Access this screen on your MAIN blog..
Use the ADD Link and rather than you adding a Page, Your Adding A Blog (a Thread)

You With This?  lmfao,  can you even believe this capability Is Their?

Now each TAB/PAGE  on your Blogger can be an actual Blog/Forum/Threads....

Tutorial by  TheWraith517..

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Windows XP SP3 x86 Delta System

Looking back over XP's life from its first bootlegged VLK release with the FCKW serial to the XP Delta Files created to be able to Store 16 Versions of Windows XP within a mere 930mb
yip, thats right, 9.10GB of data stored within 930MB... Seriously Outstanding...

Not only that, but when you MD5 test the images against the MDSN official microsoft images, the MD5's match.

A guy essentially used a program xdelta3.0z.x86-32 to look at 1 Specific
Windows XP Source / Disc Image, namely this version

Windows XP Professional Retail Release

Then with a catalogued listing of all the files within & the configuration, he then scanned the following versions of windows XP


The concept essentially removed "any duplicate file" from each of them that was already available within the original Retail Professional ISO.

In turn reducing each of the 15 images down to anything between 130KB  to  54.3MB

These were saved as .DELTA files

So on your hard drive you could store essentially 16 versions of Windows XP x86 and the total size was 930 megabyte. Delta Files = 341mb in total & the Pro Image = 589mb

One Single ISO and 15 DELTA Files

To reconstitute this 930MB back into 9,10GB all you had to do was place the Original ISO along with the DELTA files and the App into the same folder as the BAT file and run it. It took mere seconds on a reasonable machine to spit out the 15 new images alongside the original oem pro.

16 ISO's from 15 Small Delta Files & One ISO with a lil exe & bat

How cool was that Idea...
 Sadly the Indepth post about this was deleted by the user who set it up as he was trolled by a moron who apparently had a job and a life so insisted on step by step instructions. Ironic really as the guy who made & posted this gear also did a step by step guide & provided links to the Deltas & a Donor ISO file. Kudos to "LateShift" for this amazing set.

You can also get this same concept for Xp 64 Bit {x64} and Windows 2000 releases.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Windows XP 9in1 x86 SP2 and SP3

Windows XP dies tomorrow so ive been thinking back to all the things i have seen and learnt over the years "regarding windows xp and random releases" From the DevilsOwn to the XP Delta files and it's been a wild ride for the modders and tweakers of this awesome OS.

Once hated by 98SE Lovers and slated to death by Windows 2000 users... I my self thought it looked like a nickelodeon's desk top theme lol. But none the less it gained a following and the varied releases got butchered to hell as all the random gurus jumped at the chance to built the Ultimate XP.

Case in Point...

The Discs SP3 Splash Screen (Not The OS Boot Screen)
This was first released as an SP2 disk with 9 of the favourite flavours of Windows XP by  XiSO way back in March 2003. It was a clean disc featuring Home / Professional / MCE

In Essence it came with all these on one Disk

Windows XP Home OEM with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Home Retail with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Home Upgrade with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Media Center 2005 with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Pro Corp with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Pro OEM with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Pro Retail with Service Pack 3
Windows XP Pro Upgrade with Service Pack 3

I know that's only 8, not 9 right? but you gotta figure the 2002 MCE is their alongside the 2005 apparently. But then the Tablet CAB is present in places, so maybe its a 10 in one.

This later release with SP3 was released in May 2008 by FOX007 as
who's name oddly rings a bell from WinMX..

Anyways... after being shown the splash screen (when booting from disc)
your presented with the Install Menu to choose an OS

OS Install Selection (from booting from disc)
The Upgrade options are only shown when running setup from within windows its self. Its got some handy extra options from boot, but sadly if you set the machine to Boot from CD it will get stuck on that menu and you'll have to keep ejecting the disk then pushing it back in.

If your machine supports either of the F10, F11 or F12 to select a one time only boot option then i would set the systems bios to boot from the HD and use the defined F key to opt for a one time boot from the dvd (yes this release was a dvd) which begs the question why no extras besides stupid cracks.

We you try to install Windows Media Centre you get a nasty error you cant get past

MCE Media Center ehiEPG.DL_ is Missing

Even the SP3 release spits out the error "Please Insert Windows XP CD2" when attempting to install on certain machines and virtual environments and it first insists on

ehiEPG.DL_    also known as   ehiEPG.DLL

The default browse path its looking within is here
(my Drive was E: but regardless, browsing E: didn't show the file) in fact the folder only contains 3 CAB files...

Now even if you went out your way to find it, that elusive DLL, you'll still find 81 Other files are sadly missing...

82 Files in total are missing

  and yet their not.. they are in there, but in a CAB
I am unsure if 007 updated those cabs to SP3 or if they are still SP2, but regardless setup won't continue without ehiEPG.DL_ and if you do give it the file it just looks for more, then actually fails to install the MCE features and gives a setup error during the "installing features part of setup".

 What could you do to fix this?

Well if you have the SP3 version of the disk you could download windows XP service pack 3, right click on it and select Extract to WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU

This would make a folder called  WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU  with folders and files inside it, you would then Navigate to


Then Copy the 82 Files From Their...  Into Here...

(or here if your using the 9in1 SP2 release)
extract XP Service Pack 2, and copy the 82 files from here

Into Here...

Be it SP2 or SP3, you may also wish to put the 82 files into here, otherwise i would assume the "Within Windows Upgrade Option will also fail" i would assume, i have yet to test it.

What i never understood about this disk is why it was so big anyway, i mean most the Home Files are the Same as the Professional and the Corporate (aka the vlk) In fact not many files really are different, even worse so the .NET is 1.0 (not 1.1) A setupcomplete file should of checked for MCE and installed .NET 1.1 SP1 or at the very least .NET 1.0 SP3

An interesting attempt for sure, but lacking some easier tasks really.. considering the work that clearly went into it...

Additional Notes:
Installing MCE (from Boot Up) actually Installs MCE 2002 (not 2005)
To get the 2005 edition.. You should Install the MCE from boot (if drive is bare)
and then from "Within Windows" run set up, select MCE 2005 and choose Upgrade
  (or run it within windows and use the Create ISO option to get the discs)
Main reasons a user ends up with "Professional" instead of "MCE" is they used a Professional product key...

Windows XP x86 Off line Installing Updates (Home-Pro-Corp-MCE)

With the death of Windows XP destined for the 8th of April 2014, it will no longer be supported by Microsoft.. which means it will no longer be safe to use online.
Remember windows XP is a Networking Operating System, which means it only has to be left on and the internet plugged in for a port scanner to attack it.

Even with the best firewall it just takes 2 connections to a server to expose your IP, stealth only works with 1 single connection. That said MalwareBytes 3 seams good for protecting XP in real time (if you get the paid version) I duno if the Pc Doctor thing is still going (but so many fake versions of apps called pc doctor, malwarebytes is easier to find)

Regardless of the Internet...MANY MILLIONS of us still use XP for other tasks such as video, audio, and art editing & creation.  IE many of us will still have an XP Machine. Ive got mates who use them with 4 IDE HD's inside as a mere jukebox with winamp.

However.. one would like that machine to be as stable, cost-effective and healthy as possible. Memory leaks = electricity waste regardless of that unneeded pressure on a PSU, the hard drives and the ram.      Instability wrecks work and hardware, can be dangerous!.

This expiry means if we ever have to wipe a machine after April 2014 or even loose a hard drive, then it would be risky trying to update it with at-least all the security & stability updates that have already been made for it.. The kids are gona nail XP as hard as they can now its wide open for abuse.

Chances are Microsoft will still allow the downloading of updates released before its life cycle lapsed (just like they do/did with Windows 95, 98 and Millennium) The thing is though, the time you will be on line for with XP while getting those updates WON'T be safe to do so. Also you realise Windows 95, 98 and Millennium now have major issues trying to Install the windows update & microsoft update ActiveX Certificate To The Root Store...   as it expired in October 2013.

So here i will help you to make your very own Windows XP x86 System fully (legally) up to date.
This is really easy to use and contains Everything Required that was Legally on Offer up to the 8th of April 2014 (inc the IE update file from the 30th they gave away)

Granted you could use that lads XP-SP4, but No way in hell my company will ever install that file on an End Users OEM Machine... or a Retail Installation... Your not legally entitled to install anything "made by ms" after the 8th of april 2014. It aint our rule or law, its just a fact.

Download our Legal Pack and extract it (extract with WinRAR or 7Zip)
 you can grab our Complete x86 XP Pack HereNOTE WE ARE ADDING MORE Odds SOON

You will get Six initial folders and Two text files. (we are trying to update it, but updates = 3rd party stuff, so this is Still the pack to legally go for, were just tying up the flash distribution paperwork to cover our selves to pad out the Optional folder more for you folks)

Once Unpacked

Read the ReadMe.txt and the Q & A.txt before use.

In Folder 01
CAPICOM-KB931906-v2102.exe (Runtime) Updates one version XP Comes with
js56nen.exe (JScript Runtime) Updates one version XP Comes with
WindowsXP-KB923789-x86-ENU.exe (flash 6 ocx file) Updates one version XP Comes with
 rootsupdOCT2013.exe (if you have newer SIGNED File) not beyond apr 2014 give us kb number

and  InstallALL.bat   This bat file saves you double clicking 1 by 1, If you wish you can "right click" on it and select Edit or select Open WITH and choose notepad to read the script, but this is essentially what it does...

for %%a in (*.exe) do (
start /wait %%a /q )

These updates are not the same as the usual windows Updates as they use a Winzip type self extractor, though they are official untouched files that are digitally signed on the properties. (due to the difference in package type the usual /Silent and /Norestart parameters don't work) and you have to use /q  If they were usual hotfix packages they would be inside Folder 03.
 Use the install all script file, or run the EXE Files one by one.

 In Folder 02
Folder two contains all the updates for the Internet explorer 6 that comes with windows XP-SP3. These cover Stability as well as Security, ber in mind some security flaws are memory leeks (they can cause hardware damage, be it delayed write hard drive failures to your ram going bad) So it is always advised to install updates. Also remember some software including windows depends on components within internet explorer, so even f you don't use it, It doesn't mean something else isn't.

 Folder 02 Contains 17 IE and IE Runtime Updates and 2 choices of Install Scripts

A)  0UpWBkUp.bat
This installs all the updates and allows the updates to create the back up folders in the win dir (works out the same way as Windows Update were you get those  $KB73622$ kinda folders and log files) for uninstalling.

This is how the script looks

ECHO  Running First Pass
echo   Installing IE 6 Updates for Windows XP SP3
for %%a in (*.exe) do (
start /wait %%a /quiet /norestart )

ECHO  Running Second Pass With Reboot
echo   Installing IE 6 Updates for Windows XP SP3
for %%a in (*.exe) do (
start /wait %%a /quiet /norestart)

ECHO Restarting System

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 10 -f -c "Folder 02 Complete Restarting Your System"

You'll notice the script essentially runs Twice, the reason for this is because some updates are not needed until another update has been installed (IE, microsoft often create a new vulnerability whilst patching a previous one or even adds a feature with a new file that isn't available to patch until a previous fix has been installed) Don't worry about updates Downgrading when running a second pass because updates use  Qchain  This checks each DLL version number and bins the oldest and installs only the latest when you restart the machine. Double pass with this condensed pack is required.

B)  0UpNBkUp.bat (Place/Use the one from folder 04, drop it inside folder 2 ;)
This installs all the updates but implements the /nobackup parameter which prevents them all from creating them $backupinstallerfolders$ within the windows folder. Regardless we included a bat that cleans up for when your finished which we noet further down this post.

Both these scripts use the /quiet parameter rather than the /silent as it cuts down on graphics / memory use. Clearly /silent shows the installer, it hits next and agrees to the license then hits next, ticks don't reboot now due to the /norestart and then it hits finish (automatically of course) But visually shows it all and using resources to do so.. Time is life its self and quicker is better.

Feel free to change the /quiet   To   /silent    if you wish to see the hotfixes on screen in action, but it will slow things down.

 In Folder 03
The Windows updates, the critical, security and important updates. The advise for Folder 03 is "exactly the same advise as given above for Folder 02"   Though ide go grab a cupa as the script of choice takes a double pass on 131 updates. Not bad really considering that's a fair few years worth of updates narrowed down and superseded ones removed.

The only update not in this folder that microsoft considered "important" was the end of support update that notifies you XP is not supported as of april 2014 with the check box not to show again. We have however included that update (KB2934207) and it's located within the folder labelled "Optional\EndSupNote"

Also inside folder 3 is TWO reg files (need renaming for use)
File 01 activate_KB968389
File 02 deactivate_KB968389
This file its self that installs under the name of KB968389 is to help strengthen authentication credentials in specific scenarios, its important if your online or use a network that can be invaded via telnet. Although the update installs, the Service its self doesn't AutoStart. If your off line it doesn't matter at all and just skip to folder 4. If your on line then rename the activate_KB968389  to  activate_KB968389.REG and double click it and say yes to import (then reboot) and the service will be active.

 In Folder 04
These are the Optional Updates Inc the eXfat support update.

 In Folder 05
Complete DirectX Package
Internet Explorer 7 & Updates
Internet Explorer 8 & Updates
Windows Media Player 10 & Updates
Windows Media Player 11 & Updates
TweakUI for Windows XP
TweakUI for Windows XP Media Center 2005
MS.Net 1.0 SP3 Updates (Only For MCE)
MS.Net 1.1
MS.Net 1.1 SP1 and Update
MS.Net 3.5 & Updates (also supports 2.0 runtime)
MS.NET 4 & Updates
Windows Search 4.0
more to list....

Here we have.. speaking of cupa im off for a cupa..  To be Updated.... like your OS, pack is ready, POST is a work in progress, pack is goot to go.. lol

also...    Check out Our XP Resource Page HERE

Be Aware...
Although we understand their are users legally using Windows XP Embedded, we have yet to test this pack on an XP Embedded SP3 Instillation. But we are fully aware that some KB numbers had differing exe files for Embedded installs (especially WMP updates) so as of yet, we don't advise running this on Windows XP Embedded, until we get around to testing it. EVEN if it does in fact work.. This pack wont feature ANY Updates after 8th of April 2014.

We may update it when XP Embedded Support Ends...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Autopatcher Wont Update?

If your using Auto Patcher for windows update you may of noticed a bizarre and very vague message
saying....  Switch Your Apup to

To Fix This Click On "OPTIONS"

Change That Highlighted Web Address From .com  To  .net

And You Will Get Your List back



Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Preparing For The End Of Microsoft Windows XP

Are you ready for the End?,  It's coming and im sure i am not the only one dreading being stuck on windows 7  (that's a gripe for those of us who understand that Vista & Windows 8 Are Rubbish)

 I My Self will be Keeping a few XP Machines for my music & video work, im not some multi millionaire who can just replace all his hardware because microsoft are sick of plugging holes in xp...

That said windows xp was due to be stopped a while ago, only Vista failed to take off so microsoft extended the Xp Home Edition life cycle to match that of xp media centre 2005 along with the xp pro and xp corp editions.

For many people (if they end up having to format their xp systems down the line) are going to have problems finding files and programs, especially such things as 3rd party runtime files that companies never want you to actually have the full installer for.. the likes of Shockwave, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Java, these things that seam to be "Internet Only" software, And Yet Many Many Programs you install say "WE REQUIRE THIS"   So just where are you then going to get this and that the next time you wish to set up a windows XP Computer or LapTop...  let alone how to activate an OEM version on possibly a none OEM board.  You can read about how to legally activate windows XP WHILE OFF LINE  here on my blog soon.

Any retarded comments such as "why use XP for anything"  you either have more money than sense, or the most advanced software you use is Facebook and iTunes....  There Are MANY REASONS as to why people need Windows XP..   you'll be deleted trying to troll here...

Ber In Mind XP Is Made Redundant On April 14th, so you don't really have that long to pre-pair your self (to take stock & stock up on the things you are going to need for any future XP Instillations)

As many sites use little STUB Installers (that download extra components)
you need to get your hands on the FULL Installers, this can be very tricky with certain companies...
So HERE i shall make it easier by providing some Direct Download Links and Direct Page Links...

Adobe Acrobat Reader 11.0.06
Adobe Shockwave
Adobe Flash Player Internet Explorer
Adobe Flash Player Other Browsers
Java Runtime 7.51
QuickTime 7.7.5
iTunes 11.1.5
VLC Media Player 2.1.3

Why Flash?, some programs need it, some programs have their own browser to show their HTML based help system (so a programs help system may not work without "both" versions of flash installed)

Q) Are These The Latest? Or Why Are These Not The Latest Versions?
A) Your Concern Here Is These ARE COMPATIBLE Versions For XP

Q) How Can I Update The Windows XP Operating System It's Self After I Install It?
A) Windows Off Line Updater...   Download THIS if you need any EXTRA help check out their forum
(this things important, so ide move your self on this whole issue.. APRIL 14...)

Q) How Do I Use This To Update Windows
A) Follow Instructions Below

1) Download the file
2) Right Click on it and select Extract
3) Best Place To Run This Would Be On An External Drive
4) Run The File Called   apup.exe
5) Select Windows XP SP3 (in your preferred language)
6) Select Anything Else That Takes Your Fancy
7) More You Pick, More Drive Space It'll Take
8) Any Errors, Let It Finish, Exit, Re-Open and Go Again

Recommendations To Get?
1) XP SP3 x86 in your language
2) what ever Office you use (if it needs activating, ide not bother)
3) adobe, java, directX, reg tweeks, other apps
4) avoid security stuff, it wont work or update after april 14 so why bother
5) Burn to a DVD, insert after windows install and run  autopatcher.exe
IE: you use this disk on a CLEAN XP Install
7) Some Updated's Can NOT Be Seen In Auto Patcher, Until They Are Needed, So After Using The DVD and Rebooting, Use The DVD Again until it says ALL Updates Are Done... IE you wont see .NET updates until .NET is in, as like wise with media player 11 and internet explorer 8.0.. yes you update them...
IE some apps require your browsers "RunTime Files are up to date" whether you use the browser or not is irrelevant to what soem of your programs need.
(remember this is for stability.. we are NOT endorsing you keep using XP as an Online Computer)

Microsoft Security Essentials "Pattern Files"
(until July 14th 2015 to help you scan your XP Systems,  see links above)
For help updating MSE and Enabling After July, read here

XP Updates for the Government Will Continue Until 2019
(if you have a PosReady Windows XP you CAN Still Update)

I Will Update This Post As Time Passes, So Check Back...

Some OLD software you can always get from a website
(they also have ShareWare software, but you'll need your OWN serial numbers, they don't do piracy, they just host old software both free and retail, they do NOT provide serials or cracks)

You need to start making sure you have these programmes that you use, some people click RUN rather than Save As on websites, even if you save as, unless you burnt them programs to a disk or placed them on a back up drive, then your xp system is gona cost you serious cash and time trying to restore it back to how you used it and with the things you had on it.

Their will be a post soon about Activating Windows Off Line (which can be done by using the right windows XP for your computer) for many of you this will be going from XP PRO back down to XP Home, I am sure how ever your reasons of still using it, a pro version will be generally be irrelevant, and you Can legally activate home offline & download it from Microsoft tech net centres as an OEM disk image, I wont go to deep into it here as its about runtime and software in this post, but i am not helping with piracy, i only use legal methods.... and will cover activating the OS in a different post and then link to it here..
main concern is if Office needs activating that requires an online connection and i can assure you that "Office XP"  expires also on the 14th of april.  Google search for "Microsoft Office Life Cycle" 

AutoPatcher will Update Home, MCE and PRO, Corp, so ide not worry about that... just incase their was any concerns this updater would force activation, installing WAG Updates from it is the users choice, each update is optional. Note this doesn't support PosReady updates sadly.

Another good alternative would be "Norton Ghost" that can "Clone" an exact drive onto another drive, so everything is good to go, but that drive is only going to work in that specific PC (hardware drivers and blue screen, if plugged into a different machine and activation issues of software and OS) and don't be fooled buying 2 of the exact same pc's unless they where "Specifically Built To Your Specifications" not all that look the same have the same parts inside even with consecutive serials, internal stuff can still be same spec, different manufacture = different driver...

Xp Systems Make Ok Game Systems, Juke Boxes, Storage Machines, 4 HD's instead of CD/DVD Drives, and them systems will be going very cheep soon, those that can't take more than 1GB of ram will be redundant to many people, yet will be a god send to others...

Also check out iObitt Game Booster, can cut down on running processes that are no longer needed
(remember when windows98 and Millennium were NOT a network OS)

 So For Now... Happy Hunting... Check Bk For Edits... and new posts
this should be enough to get you up and running for now....

Please Don't Copy My Work Then Link To Me... Just Link To Me...

If your using Auto Patcher for windows update you may of noticed a bizarre and very vague message
saying....  Switch Your Apup to

To Fix This Click On "OPTIONS"

Change That Highlighted Web Address From .com  To  .net

And You Will Get Your List back