Earlier days, hardware was very expensive and it is felt that the hardware requirements for installing modern Windows Operating Systems such as Windows XP or Vista were very demanding.
However, things have changed since then and the prices for hardware have shrunk.
When the package arrives at the distribution point, the content of the package is stored on the distribution point.
For more information about operating system images, see Planning for Deploying Operating System Images in Configuration Manager.
After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014.
There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system.
Regardless of the deployment method that you use, there are several actions that you must take.After you have created the reference computer and captured an operating system image from that computer, you can use a task sequence to configure how to deploy that image to a destination computer.For information about how you can use task sequences, see Planning a Task Sequences Strategy in Configuration Manager.We’ve already explained why it’s time to let go of Windows XP and what will happen when Microsoft finally stops supporting it on April 8, 2014. It doesn’t support modern hardware properly and it isn’t as secure as modern versions of Windows because it doesn’t have User Account Control and other modern security features.(Forget what you may have heard about UAC in the Windows Vista days — it’s better now.) As time goes on, Windows XP will become increasingly insecure and both hardware and software vendors will stop supporting it.Note: We discuss installation or diagnosis using Windows XP or Windows 2000 for simplicity, and convenience.It is beyond the scope of our tutorial to discuss various operating systems, and installation methods exhaustively.Microsoft offers large organizations (500 employees) in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies.Learn more about migration and deployment programs by contacting your Microsoft sales representative, Microsoft Services or your Certified Microsoft Partner.You may need to check for compatibility not only for the OS but also for applications that you may intend to run on the computer.1.Installation type: You need to determine whether you require a standard installation or a custom installation.