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[HOWTO] The Windows Installation Game

The Windows Installation Game:
Game equipment, per player:

  • Linux computer with CD burner and an Ethernet card that doesn’t require additional drivers for Windows XP
  • Blank hard drive
  • Windows XP pre-service-pack CD
  • Ethernet connection
  • Unlimited supply of blank CDs
  • Unlimited supply of over the counter painkillers, including Aspirin, Tylenol, and Jack Daniels


  • Get Windows installed on the spare hard drive before all other players. If you get a virus or other malware you have to take a painkiller and start over.


  • Ethernet cable must be up at all times, and Ethernet protocols must not be disabled.
  • The Ethernet / Internet connection must be directly to the net. No NAT or blocking router / firewall between.


  • Install it from CD and pray you don’t get infected.
  • Use Linux to download Service Pack 3 and create a slipstream CD and install with that, and hope you don’t get infected.
  • Use Linux to format the drive and copy the files one by one, and download or write a tool to build the registry, fake log files, and other files.

Parts taken from the following thread: http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1400747&cid=29715201