Many people like to install and use Vista Transformation pack and other GUI enhancers to improve the their Graphical User Interface.These packs have to be installed manually after installation XP.
However there is a tool which can directly integrate visually enhanced files in to the XP Installation Source.So , when you install XP you will directly be presented the improved and enhanced GUI.Your XP installation screens will also be visually enhanced.
Windows Media Player 11 is the latest Media Player released by Microsoft.It is not included by default in the XP Installation Disk.Windows XP users will have to manually download and install it. You can avoid doing this by integrating Windows Media Player 11 into your XP Installation Source by using a tool called Windows Media Player 11 Slipstreamer.
Aim:To create a XP Installation CD with all the latest updates from Microsoft. What you need:XP Installation CD,Ryan VM Integrator,Ryan’s Update Pack and Service Packs(If your XP CD has not been slipstreamed). Step 1:Slipstream Service Pack 2 and 3 to the installation files. Skip this step if you have already have slipstreamed the service packs.
VMware Workstation is a powerful application which can be used to run virtual machines.It is not available free of cost.However there a few free alternatives,Sun Virtual Box,Qemu,Microsoft Virtual PC.But none of them can compete with VMware WorkStation.VMware is faster and more efficient compared to the free alternatives.Its virtual Hard Disks can mounted and manipulated easily.The Host to Virtual Machine Networking is very good in VMware These features are lacking in the free alternatives.
The most annoying thing about Ubuntu is that you have to install a lot of updates and applications after installing Ubuntu.If you are installing Ubuntu on many computers,then you can avoid downloading the updates on each and every computer.All you need is some portable storage medium,preferably a USB Pendrive (atleast 512MB).