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  1. Hi,

    Many thanks to the author of this install_wim_tweak.exe tool (I found the source post a while ago but can't seem to locate it anymore :/ ), I'm utilising it in a project I'm building...

    Anyway, I was wondering if someone would be able to recompile it with a switch that suppresses the need to 'press any key to continue' when an error occurs?

    It works great at the moment via the command line but when an error occurs the process remains, having to kill it via task manager.

    Hoping someone can help out :)


  2. Why aren't you using DISM for everything?

    DISM is laboriously slow, drives me 254u.jpg

    ; \Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell (8mb)

    But DISM Tool™ requires Powershell. :no:

    First rule of MSFN you do not delete Powershell.

    Second rule of MSFN you do not delete Powershell.

    J/K, looks like you save about 200Mb or so, that sounds about right.

    Opps, sorry, I haven't utilised DISM Tool as much as I should have :)

  3. Thanks Jinje, that makes a lot of sense regarding file compressibility.

    The main removals were:

    ; \Program Files\Microsoft Games (140mb)

    ; \Windows\Help\mui\0409 (4mb)

    ; \Windows\Help\Windows\en-US\*.h1s (20mb)

    ; \Windows\System32\Recovery (140 mb)

    ; \Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell (8mb)

    ; \Windows\Web\Wallpaper\ (38mb)

    ; \Windows\winsxs\Backup (400mb)

    So roughly 750mb, but still with maximum compression the same new_image came out at 1.54 GB, still a long way off of perfect...

  4. Ok, 900mb was a bit excessive, I remove about 500mb give or take...

    Maybe imagex /compress maximum ?

    I don't want to compress it further than it already is, which I assume is 'fast'. Seeing as I removed ~500mb from the mounted image, I'm wondering why this is not reflected in the final wim size.

    You are recommitting the Ultimate WIM back into the full source. Why not try to export the Ultimate WIM first, then make your changes, then export it again.

    But I am wondering why you are trying to make the WIM smaller...

    I run a tight ship hahha

    Ok, updated procedure

    imagex /export full_image 5 single_image

    imagex /mountrw single_image mount_dir

    [remove 500mb]

    imagex /unmount /commit mount_dir

    imagex /export single_image 1 new_image


    full_image = 1.77 GB

    single_image = 1.67 GB

    new_image = 1.64 GB

    500mb is still there somewhere...

    I'm already short of hair, I can't afford to pull much more out :/

    Am I meant to do anything in between any of the steps, like delete/move excess files before exporting? scratches head, oops

  5. Hi,

    So I've read up a lot and got the customisation down to a t', but I can't for the life of me get the WIM size to reduce...

    Here's my procedure at the moment:

    Extract Windows 7 x86 to D:\win_source

    Use imagex to /mountrw image 5 (ultimate) install.wim to D:\win_mount

    Run the hive access tool

    Use DISM to remove a number of packages (~20)

    Manually delete about 900mb of files/folders from D:\win_mount

    Use imagex to /unmount /commit

    Use imagex to /export /compress fast (image 5) install.wim to D:\my_wim.wim

    The result is my_wim.wim having almost exactly the same size as the original install.wim

    I'm thoroughly confused.

    What am I missing from the above steps to get the final wim size down?

  6. Hi there,

    I'm hoping someone with a bit more experience of VB6 might be able to help me out with this...

    I'm using a generic splash screen script which works fine as is, but I have no idea how to get the name of the exe to be displayed as the splash appears.

    The purpose is so that whatever the splash screen exe is named as, will appear in the splash, (without the .exe part)


    If I were to rename the splash exe to nlitened.exe, it will display this:


    Hope I explained it well enough :rolleyes:

    Thanks in advance

  7. It sounds like Wordpress or another such CMS would be perfect for your situation. I can't really comment on MovableType as I have limited experience of it, but Wordpress seems to the bill, as it has a very user friendly interface. The only problem I can foresee, as you mentioned it, would be 'converting' your current site into Wordpress. You would need to add the content yourself, for each news item/category etc. Wordpress does have a handy backdating feature so continuity wouldn't be a problem.

    At this point, I'd suggest you grab yourself a copy of XAMPP or similar webserver, install it on your computer and create the Wordpress version of your site offline. Once you're happy with the site, and your fiancée feels comfortable with it, just FTP the whole lot to your webspace, remember to backup your current one though ;)



    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ahead\Installation\Families\Nero 7\Info]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ahead\Installation\Families\Nero 7\Info]
    "Company"="company name"

    I tested this on a clean XP SP2, the registry details are entered fine but when trying to run Nero ROM or Express from the start menu I receive the following error:


    And are unable to proceed.

    Nero ProductSetup works fine

  9. There's a number of approaches that you could take:

    • Consolidate the 6(?) separate pages into one PHP file (Using $_GET variables to switch between 'pages'), would still require manual editing of the source file for updates.
    • Use a CMS such as Wordpress, it looks pretty similar in layout and wouldn't be too difficult to create a theme to look similar
    • Learn PHP and design our own dynamic site with an Administration panel to update the relevant site areas.

    Personally, Id choose the latter, as I love creating dynamic PHP projects; forums, blogs, bittorrent trackers, personal sites...

    If you're not too hot on PHP, I'd probably recommend using Wordpress for ease.

    Let us know how it goes...


    Poor thing looks like it's being interrogated :D

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