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  1. %systemdrive% is c:\ but I believe there are other parameters you can use. Yes I believe the quotes are required. The winrar looks good too. I take it that the %systemdrive% equates to the cdrom? Then theorically I can place any software on the cd then copy it to the hd using the following code: COPY /Y "%systemdrive%\software\install\*.*" "c:\software\install" I just noticed the quotes around each one of the command options. Is this required?
  2. If you have Windows XP Home there is no taskkill.exe I did find a free system tool alternative called "pskill.exe" which actually does a good job. http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PsKill.html REG ADD %KEY%\061 /VE /D "Picasa (Google-Picture)" /f REG ADD %KEY%\061 /V 1 /D "%systemdrive%\install\Picasa\picasa2-current.exe /S /D=C:\Winapp\Picasa" /f REG ADD %KEY%\061 /V 2 /D "pskill.exe Picasa2.exe" /f REG ADD %KEY%\061 /V 3 /D "pskill.exe PicasaMediaDetector.exe" /f
  3. I have been working on an unattended install for Windows XP Home, and I found I have fumbled my clicks and sometimes have run files with the extensions ".reg" and ".cmd". I usually could avoid problems with the ".reg" file because of the confirmation, but the ".cmd" files just ran. In one case, I had a registry run within it and screwed up my machine so that I had to reinstall. I used "File Options" to change the default for the ".reg" files to "edit" instead of "merge". I also used "File Options" to change the default for the ".cmd" files to "edit" as well and then I decide to delete "open". I had to get these registry entries saved because you can not enter the data yourself afterwards. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\open] "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\open\command] @="\"%1\" %*" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\cmdfile\shell\open] "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\cmdfile\shell\open\command] @="\"%1\" %*" I then deleted it because it seemed to be only a shell extension and I checked you can still run scripts from the commandline. I know some software upgrades use some kind of scripts, but I don't know if I should add this back. I feel a lot safer with them gone. Is there a reason I need "open" for ".cmd". I think the ".reg" is fine. Thanks
  4. I figured out a simple method of doing this finally. I extracted the files into a directory, but I still needed to create a shortcut link on the commandline. This function is unavailable in XP, but is available through another great free third party application XXMKLINK - they also had some other useful utilities so I installed them as well. http://www.xxcopy.com/xxcopy38.htm http://www.xxcopy.com/index.htm cmdow @ /HID ECHO. ECHO Installing CpuZ ECHO Please wait... MD "C:\Winutil\CpuZ" COPY /Y "%systemdrive%\install\cpuz\*.*" "C:\Winutil\CpuZ" XXMKLINK "%AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Utilities\CpuZ" "C:\Winutil\CpuZ\cpuz.exe" EXIT
  5. That would remove all "send to" I would also like to remove just the drives because I have a lot attached.
  6. I couldn't find out how to do this while searching the forum. I am new at this and it might be pretty obvious. I have some utility applications which came in a zip file. There is no installer just the files. How would I install this? Or do I have to create an installer package. Is there a recommendation for a very very easy one for me to use. Thank you.
  7. I need to have a relative generate a report of the installed applications on their Windows XP Home. They don't know what they have and can't really tell me. Is there some program already built into Windows which I can have them run and generate me a text report? Is there something which is easy to install which could do what I am asking? The problem is we are on different coasts and I am still being forced to try to help with their problem by another relative.
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