|HP: how they did it with the Omnibooks|
Message #6 Posted by Reinhard Hawel on 16 Feb 2000, 10:49 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Menno
I have to verify this, but I think, HP did a Netsetup with the Windows 3.1 and the Office programs.
For similar behaviour, just do SETUP /A (Administrator setup) to install to the (later) write protected Harddisk. Then from the installed directory just do a SETUP /N (Network) into a "user" directory. You can save this dir also on your "WP" drive. So you have a system, that's mainly write protected (You could also burn it into a ROM, like HP).
In the earlier times, when Windows was rather small, this was a common practice on networks. There was a large dir on a write-protected Network drive and a small user portion. Now, this practice had changed, because of the load, that a full featured Windows puts onto a network. (imagine, there were 100 on the same NW, or imagine even NT). I have to look, but it could be, that the method works with 95/98 even today.
Just build your images and divide your files between a (maybe) hardware-protected drive and a user HDD.