In four hours could you actually install windows and all the other stuff that you need to use Windblows
Depends, last Thursday it took me 4 hours to install 1 program (Equitrac Express) on a win2K server.
It went something like this:
Install Equitrac Express:
goes to :
Install .netFx- "cannot install, because xxx.dll is too old". (this is on a server with all the service packs and upgrades installed, and a brand new shiny install CD).
search ms website, validate, install xxx.dll. reboot
"cannot install, because xxx.cab is wrong version"(despite it being a freshly downloaded .netfx package)
search ms website, validate, install xxx.cab. reboot
installed .netfx. reboot
runs through install, "hardware does not meet requirements"
search ms website, find that this is because there is not enough space on C:
Delete 4.5GB of HP temp files(well it is a print server-sigh) reboot
runs through install, "sql client could not be installed because xxx.dll is not available"
search ms website, find that this is because a failed install does not remove all files.
Uninstall sql client, reboot, reinstall- it worked! reboot
install Equitrac server and admin utilities, reboot.
license server, reboot.
Note that all the problems were with the MS applications required for EE to function.
In total the install has taken 3 days so far, but that does include the java clients on the MFPs, the remote utilities, the print drivers and ports, configuring the accounts, configuring the MFPs, linking to AD, setting up security, etc., etc.
And we haven't even talked about centralised scanning or document trails, "follow me printing" queues, virtual printer redirection, and the 2 PCCV2 java licenses that activate online then fail to apply, with a weird error.....
And we have to train them how to use it all.
This is all to manage printing and photocopying on 11 MFPs (and god knows how many laser printers) at a new school with 1200 pupils.
And I find that a complete windowsXP pro install and configure takes at least 4 hours, and at least 12 reboots.
Depends on how fast your PC is, on how many apps you need, and how fussy you are about whether they work properly or not.
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