If you are having difficulty using WISP, think you have found a bug, or have comments or requests for improvement, feel free to post on the WISP forum.
Requirements and Known Limitations
To run WISP, it is recommended that the computer in question have at least 128 Mb of RAM. You will also need a CD drive (or some other means to boot the WISP system, if you're feeling adventurous) as well as a working knowledge of how your computer's drives are partitioned.
The following is a list of known limitations of WISP. You should be sure to review these limitations to ensure that you will not encounter any problems.
WISP has only been tested using Windows XP. In a pinch, Windows 2000 should work properly as well. WISP should properly
create images of Windows Vista systems, but the post-restore bootloader configuration will fail and may need to be handled
manually. In summary,
- Windows XP will work.
- Windows 2000 should work.
- Windows Vista might work depending on your circumstances. This will be addressed soon.
- WISP will not work on software RAID devices or Windows "dynamic disks". This limitation includes those computers with "fake RAID" controllers (which simulate hardware RAID using software in their drivers), since WISP can't use the driver in question.
When burning to CD, WISP has been tested with the following types of media:
- WISP depends heavily on MMC2 compliance by optical media drives. This means that your optical drive may or may not work if it was manufactured earlier than 2000 or so.
- WISP has not been extensively tested with situations in which multiple installations of Windows are present on the machine. As a result, you may have to configure your Windows bootloader to boot Windows installations after the restoration process is complete.
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