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  1. I know this is not a vsbscript but this little utility has been very useful to me. Old Timer’s ConvertIt is a simple to use tool that will convert single and multiple hex strings to ASCII text and also the reverse of creating hex values from ASCII text. It supports both the old Windows 9x version 4 and the modern version 5 registry .reg files. Paste in the hex (everything after the colon in the .reg file) or text value, select the conversion method and click the button. The result is clean and stripped of erroneous characters. Hex(2) is for a single line value, Hex(7) is a multiple line value. OTConverIt is only 174KB in size and portable. http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/files/file/404-otconvertit/ alacran
  2. @JFX Sorry I didn't know it is already applied on WinNTSetup. @wimb It was only an idea trying to avoid the need to boot in Safe Mode, and yes it is a good practice the way you do it.
  3. JFYI In some cases it is good to control the expansion of an expandable VHD, a simple reg file added by means of WinNTSetup >>> Tricks, will do it. For more info see: http://reboot.pro/topic/22195-vhd-virtual-disks-tips-and-tricks/#entry213553 alacran Controlled-Expansion-VHD.reg
  4. @wimb Perhaps a second reboot after applying the update, before capture could solve the issue too. And then no need to boot in Safe Mode after applying the image. alacran
  5. @JFX Thanks for your quick answer, I think usb-boot-watcher will solve my problem. alacran
  6. @JFX I need to make a Win7 VHD capable to run from USB on an old PC with only USB 2.0 ports, checking Win7USBBoot.ini it seems to me it is actually oriented for USB 3.x, I remember there was an older version of this file for USB 2.0 (using Win 7 generic driver), hope you still have it available. Could you be so kind and give me a link to download it? or just attach it on your post. In case the old version of Win7USBBoot.ini (for USB 2.0) is not compatible with curret version of WinNTSetup, also an old version on WinNTSetup made before the current version of Win7USBBoot.ini (dated October 5th 2016) will work for my actual needs. Thanks in advance alacran
  7. JFYI Just in case some of you are interested on FFU format, I started a thread about this subject on reboot.pro: http://reboot.pro/topic/22182-capture-and-apply-windows-full-flash-update-ffu-images/ Where you can see more info about the use of this format, and about DismMountService a GUI tool for Dism (from Retokener) capable to capture/apply on FFU format, and recommended version of Dism (10.0.17763.1 on 10 v1809) for this task, since Dism Version 10.0.18362.1 ( on 10 v1903) seems to have some bug related to this feature. Best Regards alacran
  8. @JFX Any plans on adding .ffu images to WinNTSetup, or maybe for future version 5. Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/deploy-windows-using-full-flash-update--ffu Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/wim-vs-ffu-image-file-formats FFU image format: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/mobile/ffu-image-format alacran
  9. alacran

    Uninstall DXSDK

    AFAIR The installer let you know once installed you can't remove it, anyway it do not cause troubles and it is better to have it installed on your equipment, you never know when it (DX-9 ) will be required, since DX-10 wich comes with Win7 is uncomplete (lacks many featurs from DX-9) without it. I always install it just after installing Win and MB drivers, on all PCs at home. alacran
  10. Try a newer version (if possible on your Win8x64) I'm using v70 on Win7 and there is not a single problem. alacran
  11. And expect more updates to slow down the OS, it is the usual strategy to push users to change to the newer OS. It started on January 2018 with Spectre and Meltdown palliative (pseudo) fixes from Intel and MS. Just after Dicember 2017 updates, I stopped installing updates, and not a single problem here, just keep updating Avast Free and Firefox. and running Malwarebytes AntiMalware free about each two months, just to make sure everything is fine. alacran
  12. I use since long time ago this free firewall controler from sordum.org and it works great. Firewall App Blocker (Fab) v1.6: https://www.sordum.org/8125/firewall-app-blocker-fab-v1-6/
  13. I updated my 7x64 Iso upto Dic/2017 just before all the debacle about Meltdown and Spectre, and installed the OS, since then I decided to stop updating the OS, since every update is full of telemetry and also very frecuently bugy, I have Avast Free AV, and run maybe once every 2 months the AV and also Malwarebytes Antimalware free, just to confirm the PC is clean, and I haven't got a single virus. So only updates on my PC are for FireFox, Avast and Antimalware. Now Win7 support is very close to end, I may update my Iso with the final last update, (cleaning as much telemetry as possible) and reinstall 7x64 and will use it as log as there are AV and browser available for it. So my OS do not grow at same rate as yours, it is using right now 21.5 GB from a 50 GB partition, System restore is deactivated, since I make periodicaly full images of each OS in the PC, documents, all games and majority of programs are installed on another partition, I have backups of all important info on external disks, the idea is keep to OS partition basicaly with only the OS, Office, AV and browser to get the smaller size when making an image of the OS partition. Also have 10x64 on another partition (it was done to get the free HWID register only, almost never used), and Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon x64 on a secondary disk, wich I have been testing for about 2 or 3 weeks now and so far found it is a good solid OS (and you get about twice or thrice a week small size updates) only issues are many games and Autocad do not run on Linux, but for anything else it is very fine.
  14. Well, you always had the answer all the time.
  15. You could also try using the online free version of Sketchup directly on your browser (from Linux): https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing/sketchup-free I think FireFox or Google Chrome will work fine for this.
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