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  1. Are you running Vista? If so, UAC may be blocking it... You'll have to run regedit elevated.
  2. Whoever said Windows is one-size-fits-all is absolutely right. In a nutshell, Windows is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. If you're an IT professional and want something better, use a Linux distro. Don't expect Microsoft to cater Windows ONLY to your group. If you struggle with computers and Windows is too much of a hurdle, use a Mac. (although Vista seems to be a half-hearted effort in catering to the Mac group...) Windows, in general, can do something for everyone, but can seldom 100% satisfy anyone. Macs seldom satisfy the super-power computer geek haxxor person (I say seldom because Mac OSX is built on UNIX, which does allow control for the SPCGHP. ) On the same note, Grandma and Grandpa will seldom see any comfort with Linux (I say seldom because Ubuntu does provide some level of comfort, but its Linux roots are still there--grandparents shouldn't have to recompile anything--it should "just work") To use a Dungeons & Dragons reference: Mac = Fighter. Simple and effective. Gets the job done. Like the Fighter, the Mac has limited options for situations not optimized for it (Fighters can't cast Fireballs to toast large groups, while Macs can't run a good portion of the software out there). Attracts people because of the physique/muscles/showing-off/bling/whatever. Linux = Mage. Plenty of options and tricks. Doesn't have much "bloat" (except for the spellcaster that learns useless spells, I guess). Turns people away because of initial awkwardness/introversion or arrogance ("I'm better than you are!"). Windows = 2nd Edition Bard. Can cast spells like the Mage and can bash stuff like the Fighter, but is not as good at either of those. Is not as socially awkward as the Mage/Linux nor does it have the physique of the Fighter/Mac. Having said all that, I do like my Vista x64 box with 8 GB of RAM and a Q6600. XP 64 has had too many driver incompatibilities from my experience...
  3. Just use nLite to integrate the AHCI drivers for the motherboard in question. Download the drivers from the appropriate motherboard or PC manufacturer.
  4. If you have to seek an answer to a question that you'll be asking potential employees, then you shouldn't be asking the question. Otherwise, you might be able to corrupt the file purposely by using a hex editor or copying it to a dying hard drive, then copy it back. ...or delete the file, overwrite the sectors once or twice, then run an undeleter to retrieve only parts of the file. As for reversing the process...other than knowing what bits are corrupt via hex editor, it's not so easy, nor should someone be spending a lot of time fixing a file like that. A better scenario would be to have a good copy of the file, back it up to tape, NAS, or another backup source, delete some key formulas/cells/etc. out of the spreadsheet and ask the person how they would recover the file? They'll need access to whatever you backed up the file to (or have Volume Shadow Copy turned on, and they can recover a good shadow copy).
  5. 2 GB is the MINIMUM I would run Server 2008 on. In fact, I think Windows Server 2008 32-bit is a waste. 64-bit is the way to go, which, of course a P4 Prescott doesn't support. If it's just going to be a file server/domain controller/RRAS server, then you could probably get away with 2K8 x86, as long as you don't have a metric ****ton of users. If you add ANYTHING else to it (WSUS, SQL, Exchange, ISA, etc.), then you need a better box. Another thing to consider is what you use for backups. Do you use tape drives and NTBACKUP? If so, stick with 2K3. 2K8's Windows Server Backup doesn't support tapes.
  6. First off, that system only has 1 GB of RAM. Using Vista with less than 2 GB of RAM is the number one cause of computer cancer. On a similar note, either back up your data and downgrade to XP or add another 1 GB of RAM to your system (at least)... Also, turn Superfetch off. I personally think it shouldn't be turned on until a system has around 4 GB of RAM (in other words, not at all in Vista x86). Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services -> right-click "Superfetch" -> left-click Properties -> change Startup Type to "Disabled." -> Stop the service -> Reboot.
  7. AHCI. If you're installing XP to a SATA drive on an AHCI controller using PE 2.0/2.1, this will happen. PE will fully recognize the AHCI controller without any problems (since PE 2.0/2.1 is based off of Vista/Server 2008, it comes with AHCI drivers), but XP won't without either: a) Slipstreaming the AHCI drivers into your XP source. B) Turning off AHCI in the BIOS and using ATA mode. c) Pressing F6 in text mode and installing the AHCI drivers from a floppy
  8. Aside from the ginormous size of the download, I see no problem with downloading the WAIK. I use it to make WinPE 2.1 discs anyway.
  9. nLite 1.4.7 fixed a lot of (if not all of) the issues pertaining to winnt32.exe installs. Not sure about winnt.exe installs--I stopped using that after slipstreaming hotfixes and files that have longer than 8.3 file names...
  10. If it weren't for that problem (reinitialization of the USB bus), then that would be a nice option for machines that can boot from USB, but have less than 512 MB of RAM. I never tried flat-file from CD, though (of course the entire PE environment would be read-only)...
  11. Oddly enough, 2000 Server and Server 2003 Standard (both x86) can see the full 4 GB of RAM on most Dell PowerEdge boxes. I heard that the less than 4 GB issue is due to a crippling of PAE to make DEP work in 32-bit...starting with XP Service Pack 2, so I guess any flavor of Windows NT 6.0--Vista and Server 2008 suffer from this. In any case, avoid the whole mess and use x64. If you ever plan on running Exchange 2007 on that box, you'll have to anyway!
  12. Yessir. Oh, I put in a request to get a rack unit to be put in the production area. It will hold 3 servers, the primary, the backup and the legacy with the busted raid. All in all, we will have about 3TB of network storage! Actually, I am a small business consultant, and one of our clients is a small architect firm. One of their servers is a Windows Server 2003 x64 box with 8 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage. Their data usage is NUTS! Another server is SBS 2003 primarily for Exchange and a few other things. They have an FTP server and they also have a server dedicated to ISA 2006 and their plotters.
  13. WARNING: Not responsible for any weird cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs stuff that happens as a result of this. If you want to change the drive letters when it doesn't let you normally through Disk Management: In Server 2008: regedit HKLM\System\MountedDevices Change \DosDevices\D: to \DosDevices\some unused drive letter: Change \DosDevices\E: to \DosDevices\D: Change \DosDevices\whatever unused drive letter you used to \DosDevices\E: Reboot.
  14. You can take ownership and it'll be okay. I take ownership of server copies of roaming profiles and home folders all the time without a problem. Just make sure the appropriate users still have rights (I think they have to have Full Control, but I could be wrong--Modify might be enough).
  15. killerb255

    Windows 7

    Some people compare Windows Vista to Windows Me. A more fair comparison would be: Windows Vista RTM = Windows Me Windows Vista SP1 = Windows XP RTM If that trend continues, then Vista SP2 would be something like XP SP1...which is not bad at all!
  16. Again, either a) use either winnt32.exe and a PE disc (BartPE or WinPE 2.0 or 2.1) instead of winnt.exe in a DOS environment or b) use $$rename.txt. DOS doesn't like long file names, period. This is not an nLite problem. This is not an SP3 problem. This is not an IE7 problem. This is not a WMP11 problem. This is a DOS problem! DOS is that way by design! Personally, I prefer the winnt32.exe/PE method instead of having to constantly update $$rename... Also, BikinDutchman is right--1.4.7 seems to have fixed winnt32.exe related problems. I slipstreamed the following using 1.4.7 without a problem: IE7 WMP11 Windows Installer 4.5 The Daylight Saving Time patch The Bluetooth security hotfix Attached is my presets. Used winnt32.exe from a WinPE 2.1 environment and it worked like a champ! Last_Session.ini
  17. This issue is a work in progress. nLite 1.4.7 should be released shortly, and is allegedly supposed to correct the issue. Honestly, if I were you, I would use winnt32.exe instead of winnt.exe, as IE7, WMP11, and some SP3 files use long file names, and DOS and long file names are a big no-no without $$rename...
  18. winnt.exe breaks if your source install files are longer than 8.3. Use winnt32.exe and a PE environment instead. Also, I've tried a fresh MSDN disc with SP3 already on it. Winnt32.exe causes all kinds of chaos if nLite so much as even TOUCHES the source! When I get home tonight, I'll create a few presets and set up a few Virtual Machines to illustrate what's happening...
  19. I will try that and post back in the next few days. Which hotfix did you use? Also, do you use a third party archiver or a command of some type to do your cabbing?
  20. If you have a legal VLK, then either you or whoever you got that key from has a technet subscription, is a Microsoft partner, or bought a volume license and has the media (i.e.: your company). Therefore, "legit" VLK - technet, MSDN, Microsoft partnership, or employment at a company that owns the license = not legit. If it's your own VLK, then contact whoever you bought the VLK from and see if they'll send you the media.
  21. This sounds similar to the issue I'm running into: Initial attempt: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=768481 Godan's suggestion: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=768505 My results: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=772190
  22. I tried this out with a few configurations (I didn't cab xmllite.dll like you did): Exhibit A: Normal install, no unattended stuff. Result: Worked fine. No IE icon in standard view, IE icon appears in Classic View and works just fine. Media Player 11 also works as expected. Exhibit B: Unattended install using the following: 1) WinPE 2.1, created my partition, made active, and formatted it via DISKPART, then mapped drive letter T to a share on my network with unattend.txt file. 2) winnt32.exe with the following parameters: winnt32.exe /syspart:c: /unattend:t:\wkst\unattend.txt /makelocalsource /tempdrive:c: Drive letter T is a network drive I mapped earlier to the unattended file. 3) The following unattend.txt answer file file: ;SetupMgrTag [Data] AutoPartition=1 MsDosInitiated="0" UnattendedInstall="Yes" [unattended] DriverSigningPolicy=Ignore FileSystem=ConvertNTFS UnattendSwitch=YES ExtendOemPartition=1 UnattendMode=FullUnattended OemSkipEula=Yes OemPreinstall=Yes TargetPath=\WINDOWS [GuiUnattended] AdminPassword="thepassword" OEMSkipRegional=1 TimeZone=20 OemSkipWelcome=1 AutoLogon=Yes AutoLogonCount=1 [userData] FullName="Killer B" OrgName="None" ComputerName=KILLERBOX ProductID=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX [setupMgr] DistFolder=d:\xppro DistShare=xppro [Display] BitsPerPel=32 Xresolution=1024 YResolution=768 [TapiLocation] AreaCode=618 CountryCode=1 Dialing=Tone [identification] JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP [Networking] InstallDefaultComponents=Yes [shell] DefaultStartPanelOff=YES DefaultThemesOff=YES [Components] accessopt=OFF freecell=OFF hearts=OFF minesweeper=OFF msnexplr=OFF pinball=OFF solitaire=OFF zonegames=OFF spider=OFF fax=ON WMAccess=OFF OEAccess=OFF Result: Same issues with MP11 erroring out on initial logon and IE behavior is the same... Is there anything in this answer file that would break SP3 that would not break SP2?
  23. I haven't had as much luck with successfully slipstreaming SP3, IE7, and WMP11. I've tried the following: Host OS: Windows XP SP2 Source files: Windows XP SP2 Volume License version fresh from technet subscription Older version of IE7 from Microsoft's site (the one that asks for validation during a standard install). I've also tried the newer one that does not ask for validation with the same bad results (see below) Windows Media Player 11 from Microsoft's site XP SP3 from Microsoft's site XPSP3: Slipstreamed using /integrate switch IE7: Slipstreamed using nLite 1.4.5 WMP11: Slipstreamed using WMP11 Slipstreamer 1.2 .exe file in nLite source. The end result is always this: 1) I get an error message: "Error creating process . Reason: The system cannot find the file specified" (regarding WMP11) 2) Quick Launch will not appear when I right-click the Taskbar, left-click Properties, check the box "Show Quick "Launch", Apply, OK. 3) Double-clicking the Internet Explorer icon results in creating a shortcut instead of opening the browser. 4) Typing "http://something.com" (really, any website) in the "Run" box will result in an error message "Cannot open »something.com...(can't remember the rest of the error message)." IE7 opens up afterward, and the same error message occurs if I use IE7's address bar to type in a URL. Ideas?
  24. Try using a batch file to do the deed: netsh interface ip set dnsserver "Local Area Connection" static netsh interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection" index=2 netsh interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection" index=3 netsh interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection" index=4 netsh interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection" index=5 Replace "Local Area Connection" with the name of your dial-up network connection name. Also replace the DNS IPs with whatever IPs you need to use.
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