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    • Ofcourse the unattended files would be created beforehand, but they are small and I figured they usually don't change when a program is updated. The company would have to switch to another installer for the unattended file not to work.
    • Yes, the program would probably have a timeout of 10 secs or more and continue with the next program if it can't download. Maybe a log at the end/after restart showing which programs failed to download, or something like that.
    • Could make a script that daily checks which links are down, and sends me an email for example...
    • Ofcourse the network settings would have to be correct for it to work, it would connect to a database on the internet, so it would have to shutdown if it can't connect.
    • You're right about the last one, the program probably wouldn't download if you had a link like that, nothing to do about that unfortunately.

  1. These days almost everyone has broadband, and doesn't mind downloading a bunch of programs/updates. I figured I could make a database with a program's name and the direct download link, and then make a program where you can create a config file so the programs will be automatically downloaded. This would save precious space on your CD :) Things I haven't figured out yet:

    • Name, I suck at inventing names :P
    • Installation, should the program do the installation would you still have to use another way.
    • Database, if everyone has access to it and can change it, anyone can change a download link to an incorrect one.

    Feedback please :)

  2. Your error is in this line:

    FOR %%i IN (D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:) DO IF EXIST %%i:\win51ip.SP2 SET CDROM=%%i:

    %%i already contains a : at the end, so your line should be:

    FOR %%i IN (D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:) DO IF EXIST %%i\win51ip.SP2 SET CDROM=%%i

  3. This is the default behavior of SP2's updates. If you need to reboot after updating, it will popup every few minutes to tell you to reboot. I have the same problem at the moment (just installed the latest updates), spent a while looking for a way to disable it, but it seems there's no way to do so. The only way is to set the timeout of when it will remind you again with the following regtweak:


    This will set the timeout to 1 day (1440 minutes, change it to whatever you like).

  4. Well, I am able to convert it to a 216 colors (web safe) image with this command:

    convert -map netscape: oldlogo.bmp newlogo.bmp

    Edit: this site talks about replacing the colors using convert.exe, but I'm not yet sure how it works.

    And another edit: it seems that the -colors switch doesn't work in conjunction with the -draw switch. First drawing the text and then converting the image back to 16 colors works for the colors, but the text is gone then too (even though I use a color for the text that's in the palette).

  5. Well, I was looking for the 16 color palette, and I came across this totorial. I was also looking for an answer to the question: do we have to change the color palette back to the one Microsoft put in the original ntoskrnl.exe? This tutorial, however, doesn't say anything about resetting the color palette, so this makes me believe we can put any 16 color bitmap in the modified ntoskrnl.exe, without changing the color palette back.

    The thing I'm looking for now is, what font Microsoft used for the original copyright text (I don't know if you want to let people choose the font used, or if you just want to use the same font Microsoft used, but either way, I need the font to get the exact position of the original copyright text).

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