Slashdot | How To Avoid Viruses At Windows XP Install Time?

There is a great thread on Slashdot about "How To Avoid Viruses At Windows XP Install Time?"There are several ways to do it. But a nice elegant way seems to be this (procedure by dknj):
"1. Unplug network cable
2. Install Windows XP
3. Upon first boot turn on the Windows Firewall and then reconnect network cable
4. goto http://www.windowsupdate.com/
5. Wait for patches to download, then remove network cable and reboot after patches have installed
6. Return to http://www.windowsupdate.com/ and download the remaining patches
7. Reboot (no need to unplug network cable this time) and install a Virus Scanner/Firewall Suite."
Appearantly, you can also goto autopatcher.com and download all security updates and burn them onto a CD so you don't need to be online to get them. Or you can copy all i386 files from an installation CD, update them from the SP1 you dowloaded on a safe computer and burn a new installtion CD that's already updated with SP1. You need to keep updating your CD however, everytime Microsoft releases important updates (about bi-weekly ;))...

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