I generally follow a dispassionate investigative process when trying to discern what happened when a project goes bad. Although its a low priority item, it gets done simply because I'd like to learn what I may have done wrong and hopefully not do that again. The Sick Puppy incident is of course the “event” I'm looking into right now.
Its really bad when your own words come back to haunt you. I started thinking about the fact that all the way back to Win NT 4.0 SP2, you could take any subsequent SP and jump from 2 to 4 say or 1 to 6 and not lose anything. The one thing I didn't try was to take the original XP Pro volume license CDROM image @ SP1 and slip-stream Service Pack 3 into it. That would be the final option to make sure I exhausted all possibilities of success.
Yes I really do want our image of XP Pro to work properly with SP3 on it. It would eliminate a lot of issues in the future assuming there is any future for XP Pro. I have a feeling that enough big volume purchasers of MicroSoft operating system software will drag their heels long enough to buy me some time. I've already seen that there are some cracks in the monolith's feet allowing XP (basic, simple whatever they are calling it) to be used on the low-powered notebooks etc.
So I'm going to try that and if that craters like all of the attempts before then it will finally be buried.
(BTW—Has anyone else noticed that Microsoft or MicroSoft comes up as incorrect spelling in StarOffice 8 Writer? Cracks me up every time I see that. I haven't updated my dictionary for that non-word just for laughs! Microsoft is getting it back for their refusal to allow WordPerfect to be allowed as a legitimate word in Word's dictionary.)