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Sancho

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  1. Try going to the Local Area Connection properties and adding Client for Microsoft Networks and the File and Print Sharing service.
  2. Boy I love vague questions. Yes, your ugly list of questions should have clearly directed me to say "it's installed to X folder", which I guess is now standard computer terminology for "where" with no other arguments attached. And yeah, attacking nLite constantly and whatever other nonsense options sure really did a lot here. Good try on the attempt to save some face, though. But really, if you think it would be useful to scour through all you peoples' old post from months prior, I might as well not ask for any help and save the time by answering my own questions. Plus I looked specifically for anything at all that could have been said about my issue, but I guess I can't expect a bunch of Internet Experts to compile a decent ReadMe when they come up with a final release.
  3. Gee, this is just fanfriggingtastic. Screw you, and your little dog, too. People just don't seem to listen to reason.... Considering that I have a brain, I was able to figure it out and not come up with ridiculous non-sequiturs and imaginary reasoning. Well... I ran this damn utility again, and as expected got the error about the file missing. I also ran UBCD4Win and looked at the HD, which revealed everything was just sitting there as it should. No missing files. So what was that about using Winnt32.exe? First of all, I don't know why this crap wouldn't just emulate everything the normal textmode setup would do and then not require you to use the USB stick ever again. That is, when I use a CD I only boot from it once, this way here it just a hassle. Also using winnt32.exe here can't be the same way it is used when you run it from a Windows environment, and I would venture to guess you're just wrong in assuming winnt32 is being utilized. So now what? Well since the garbage is copied to the HD, but it says files are missing, perhaps it refers to the wrong location. A quick guess was that, since this is but a simple script, it's assuming parameters are static when they are not, like how you can rename the Windows folder to whatever you want (which is what I had done). So I renamed "Win2003" to "Windows", and booya. It started up into the GUI setup after reimaging my damn USB stick once again. Further investigation reveals the culprit is the unchanging and assuming boot.ini file. Also note: I completely left in the [unattended] section and did NOT even reboot after creating the partition on my HD. By the way, you're welcome, for me sharing my genius with you here today.
  4. ?Did you change winnt.sif AFTER usb_prep...? You have to remove the whole section [uNATTENDED], so the installer would prompt you where to install. Also make sure in [DATA] AutoPartition=0 I tried it both with and without the Unattended sections and I always get the same error about that one file. I've made at least 10 builds with this utility alone and it hasn't worked. Winnt32.exe doesn't work because of nLite, most likely. I've seen this happen before when I tried to run setup from inside Windows and it would skip to the last step and say it didn't work, and have me click Finish. Despite this not working, I have always been able to install Windows when I boot from the CD. Like I said, I can copy the setup files to the HD in BartPE, but does that get me anywhere? You did not answer most of my question, neither confirmed if the other suggestions were tried...how can I help you?! Sorry, but you should do 10 rebuilds with Nlite, not with usb_prep.., since the problem is in your source. Deleting [unattended] is to prevent TXT Setup NOT asking you where to install windows to and has nothing to do with ntoskrnl.exe error. Nlited sources do work, just you have to be careful and understand what you are removing. @Rudi1- thanks for feedback Well that makes no sense. If the nLite build is perfectly fine, then there's only the possibility of the problem being at this tool. If it can't accept an nLited source, nLite still doesn't have any reason to change for this. Clearly the install method is doing something that is very different from what would normally happen for the textmode and GUI steps. Frankly I guess I ignored the top section where the bulk of your questions were, because I was in a rush and they don't seem to apply in my case. I have a single SATA drive with nothing on it. I couldn't get AHCI mode to work at all, so it's in IDE mode. Really nothing else I can configure there.
  5. ?Did you change winnt.sif AFTER usb_prep...? You have to remove the whole section [uNATTENDED], so the installer would prompt you where to install. Also make sure in [DATA] AutoPartition=0 I tried it both with and without the Unattended sections and I always get the same error about that one file. I've made at least 10 builds with this utility alone and it hasn't worked. Winnt32.exe doesn't work because of nLite, most likely. I've seen this happen before when I tried to run setup from inside Windows and it would skip to the last step and say it didn't work, and have me click Finish. Despite this not working, I have always been able to install Windows when I boot from the CD. Like I said, I can copy the setup files to the HD in BartPE, but does that get me anywhere?
  6. Every time I try this I end up with an error before GUI setup: Windows could not start because of the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe This happened with both of the latest versions. I was doing the fix at the end to make the USB drive U:, and the textmode setup would default to asking me if I was to install to the U: drive, and I would have to hit Esc and pick C. Is this normal? I tried without the fix at the end and it wouldn't ask anything at all before writing to the USB drive. I don't understand why it always says that the file is missing. I'm using an nLited version of Windows Server 2003. I just want to install Windows. I tried using the BartPE and UBCD4Win environments and had no luck, the setup with winnt32.exe doesn't work and I don't know how I can just copy the files to the hard drive and somehow have it enter the textmode setup at boot.
  7. Why is the virtual drive even used and how is it being made? Funny enough, before seeing the tempdrive made, I made my own temp drive with the Windows source files in it so there wouldn't be spaces in the name. I think I saw that vdk.exe is being used, but why do this? I just put "subst O: C:\[xp files source]" for mine. Is it not different somehow?
  8. Sancho

    Services.

    I don't care what "Balck Viper" says, I've never seen Workstation used without Windows networking components enabled or on a domain. In fact, I don't even have the service because I nLited it out last year. I've never seen ALG used, despite running Windows' and other firewalls. Frankly I am confused as to why it is really there. It seems like something that 3rd party makers don't care for.
  9. Sancho

    Services.

    Help and Support plus Logical Disk Manager can be set to manual without any problems. ALG can be set to disabled, Windows firewall still runs normally without it. If you don't use Windows networking, disable Computer Browser and Workstation, probably should leave Server as manual. Wireless Zero Configuration of course should be disabled if you don't have a wifi card.
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    hotfix order

    I see sorting by dates to be the wrong suggestion, considering the naming schemes could either go by full month name or by the number, thus negating your efforts. I don't know why it seems like I am the only one noticing this. I sort it by name, because the updates are all kbxxxxxx, which is the order of creation according to MS, so it should follow a progressive dateline pretty closely. There can be strays, though, so for instance I would make sure IE7 is the first one in the list and then any updates are after it.
  11. I will never understand how people can screw up a whole OS so easily. I've been using this installation of XP for over a year and the only issue is the bloat caused by so many installed programs. I guess some people just don't know how to fix things so they get one problem on top of another and so on. I've also used Server 2003 since last year, and it is really quite better than XP in a lot of small ways. Things are just a bit faster because there is less junk and it's actually updated (SP2) for performance, not just patches to keep it running and for compatibility. It also doesn't require a lot of tweaks that XP does, because it comes with less junk enabled, but you still have to get rid of all the Server utilities and services that will never be used. By the way I think it's pretty retarded that some people completely dismiss Server 2003 because they got a BSOD from disabling too much stuff. Wow you can't turn off that one or two services; that 100k of RAM totally makes it worth it to go back to XP! ...I don't even think they know what all those things really are.
  12. If you have IE6 updates still in there, you need to just start over and only include the ones Windows Updates tells you that you need after doing a fresh XPSP2 install with only IE7.
  13. Are you certain the key is for this exact version of windows? I've had trials, OEMs, school volume releases, and they all have different ones. Is that installation of Windows that important? You could just run setup from the beginning and install to a different folder; then either attempt to fix the old installation and delete the new one, or delete and reinstall the programs that need to be and continue using the new one (and delete the old Windows folder).
  14. just go to windows update, surprisingly it handles that kind of info!
  15. Sancho

    Help with "updates"

    Is IE7 being integrated? I just had that rebooting symptom and it was because I forgot to put IE7 in with the hotfixes. Also it sounds like a very bad idea to use the ISO, considering there are lots of updates not everyone needs. The safest, albeit time consuming, way is to first load up Windows without updates and follow all the links for each item in Windows Update and download them.
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