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Posts posted by Francesco

  1. I dont see how it can be done.

    It could be done by extracting the resources from the system files and comparing them with the ones that should have been patched.

    Anyway, this is not an intersting feature for the average user IMO, sorry :)

    I thought that most people here did integrate on the CD and then installed XPize when windows installs to complete the patching.

  2. Why are you installing it twice and using different methods? I dont see it as a good practice, but I would like to know your reasons :)

    I integrate and install after for the same reason that people integrate hotfixes on the cd: because if for some strange reasons some files on the PC gets damaged the patched ones are copied from the cd with the right resources.

    The second install is to install the other stuff (some files updated by post-install hotfixes and third party apps) however it takes a lot longer. If XPize could check if a file has already been patched or not it could install a lot faster.

  3. Actually XPize ONLY saves and patches the resources so even when uninstalled you would still keep the newest files you have on your systems i.e. any hotfixes you have installed before uninstalling xpize will still be installed.

    What's the "C:\windows\xpize\Backup" dir used for then? Aren't those files restored?

  4. Instead of bothering XPero what about doing it ourselves?

    We just need to create a .theme file with vista sounds, LE5 theme and Vista icons. And then we need to create a .REG file with the rest of the icons associations. There are already packages available on the ned with resource-edited DLLs to make windows xp look like vista: we could get the resources out from those DLLs and build a patching script.

    What do you think?

  5. I had some questions about XPize install and uninstall

    1. What happens if I install XPize and then install another version that doesn't patch some files anymore over the previous install? Are the files that aren't patched anymore reverted to the backupped versions or will they remain patched?
    2. What happens when I uninstall XPize if some of the files have been patched by windows updates after I installed XPize? For example I install XPize and then some hotfixes that overwrite some windows system files that XPize patched: does XPize leaves those files intact or does it restore the backupped version?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. having those answers on the FAQ would be great.

  6. I saw that when I integrate XPize on system files of my Windows CD and after I install it again in GuiRunOnce XPize reintegrates all the files even the one that have been already integrated.

    Couldn't XPize extract the resources from those files, compare them and skip the already patched files making the install faster (obviously those files should be still monitored by the reloader)?

  7. 100% CPU Usage caused by Microsoft Update

    The issue

    The Automatic Updates service uses 100% CPU when it checks for updates when Microsoft Update is enabled.

    The reasons

    What triggers that behaviour is actually unknown. I think that it's related to the SFC being disabled or because of some nLite settings. We'll find out as long as the admins enable poll editing on this forum.

    The symptoms

    Enormous slow-down when using the computer: applications take ages to load. This happens often even a few minutes after windows has booted. When you open the task manager you can see svchost.exe using 100% cpu.

    When it doesn't happen

    It doesn't happen to users using dual-core or dual-cpu machines because only 100% cpu of one core is used.

    The Solution

    There are various solutions on the web however they're just temporary fixes: the problem always comes back after a while.

    Fortunately MS released a KB: you'll find the download link inside this post.

    The Microsoft KB Article

    For the patch look below, you can't obtain it from MS website


    The patch

    I've found the patches on the internet and uploaded it here:

    (The passwords for the archives is MSFN.)

    (The download link is at the bottom of the page on a green bar.)

    Please check it out with an antivirus before installing I take no responsabilities for that file: I scanned it with Kaspersky 6 and it didn't detect anything harmful however better be safe than sorry.

  8. A theme file is just a standard text file. Open an existing one in Notepad and take a look.

    The quick and dirty way it so set up Windows the way you like it, with all your cursors, screen savers, icons and such, then save the custom theme file.

    Oh that's great I didn't know that .theme files were just text files. Now finally I can make a nice LE 5 blackcompact + background + vista cursors + vista sounds theme without having to import plenty of registry keys. That's really really great!

    Thanks for the help!

    Here's the cash:


    To create a .theme, just use the first tab of the display properties, there is a "save as" button.

    But you don't need to set everything up, just what you want, and remove with notepad the remaining...


    I'll just edit the Acquarium theme that comes with Media Center so I can replace sounds and cursors instead of having to use plenty of .reg files everywhere.

  9. A "theme" (as stored in a *.theme file) can define :

    - a visual style (a *.msstyle file)

    - cursors

    - sounds

    - colors (if no VS)

    - metrics (ex icon spacing)

    - icons (ex recycle bin)

    Thus, you just need a *.theme file setting only your VS (edit one with notepad and remove useless sections), and use in winnt.sif :



    Err I pratically meant a .msstyle file not a .theme one. Is there any application to create a .theme from a .msstyle?

    Now, how will you pay me this $0.000 001 ??? :D

    Here's the cash:

  10. Then we are all wrong. :angel

    Francesco, I did check the italian and again, there is no opposite question asked. There is the option to use a patch that modifies Windows and the modification is "disabilita SFC" as by default SFC is "abilita (predefinito)" (read my previous post ?). If you don't know what you are doing, don't touch it, you will be fine (I'm not patronising, I'm proving my point). If you know what SFC is, you know that it's normally part of Windows, and if you want to disable it then use the patch and change it to "disabilita".

    Right, Nuhi could change the box to "SFC enabled (default)" instead, but this has nothing to do with the translations.

    Well from my point of view there's a big difference between "Disable SFC" and "SFC" for the setting name for the simple reason that if you look that value as a setting you can think that if you select Enable the SFC gets disabled. "Disable SFC" is the opposite of "(Enable) SFC" that is present in the english version.

    If you find a doomsday machine with "Disable destruction of humanity" written on it and you would be forced to press a button would press the "Enable" or "Disable" one? What if the buttons were named instead "on" and "off"?

  11. I use Reshack to change the default icon to the one Expero made of the Red cabinet.


    I don't think there's need to reshack the sfx module I think that winrar can automatically insert the right icon taking it from the theme.

  12. What about adding a 48x48 icon for the WinRAR Sfx files? The actual XPize theme doesn't seem to have one (I think the default WinRAR Sfx icon is used) and all those Sfx archives icons when shown in 48x48 look ugly.

    Also any idea if in the future you'll add a switch to disable each single 3rdparty applications customization? There's no way to prevent xpize to install winrar theme without disabling all the 3rd party applications customizations.

    Thanks in advance,


  13. The Italian says "Disabilita SFC" ..."Abilita (predefinito)", it's exactly the same. The patch is disabling the service and the SERVICE is ENABLED by default ( = no change).

    "Disable SFC":Enable,Disable is quite different than "SFC":Enable,Disable. In the italian version the opposite question is asked. People think that "Disable SFC"="Enabled" means that the SFC is disabled while it egts enabled instead.

  14. nuhi means that by default, SFC is enabled. Not the patch is enabled but the thing itself is enabled.

    Yes I know but in the italian translation it seems the opposite this is why I also asked if that could have been corrected.

    What about my other question? The one here below.

    I wanted to know if by enabling "Disable SFC" in the nLite "Patch" page will only disable it for the install or if it will be kept disable also in the installed windows.

    is it still enabled in the installed windows or does it gets disabled if I install with SFC disabled?

  15. If you choose Disable SFC how is that enabling something?

    Enabled SFC is default, it's not Enabled SFC patch, that's where you got it wrong.

    With the italian language "SFC" becomes "Disable SFC" creating a real mess couldn't this be fixed as I said before?

  16. Hello I wanted to know if by enabling "Disable SFC" in the nLite "Patch" page will only disable it for the install or if it will be kept disable also in the installed windows. I just am asking this because I think it's strange that such setting is enabled by default.

    While using nLite in italian the "SFC" becomes "Disable SFC" creating a real mess because the values also are "Enable"/"Disable" values? Couldn't this be fixed (by removing the word "Disabilita" from "Disabilita SFC" in the next version?

    Thanks in advance,


  17. Wish List...

    1. For the multiboot fans and to save screen real estate, allow conditional installs based on OS, but only have one selection on screen. On Screen = Diskeeper, if OS==XP run setupPro.exe, if OS==2003 run setupSrv.exe (hope that makes sense)

    Well you could use a .bat file for that (there's the %OS% var for that)

    2. Once install starts, dont have the progress bar in its own window, but run it as part of the main screen with the app being installed overlayed on the progress bar.

    You mean an on-screen overlay that shows the WPI install bar? I think that's hardly doable unless WPI is rewritten in another language.

    I think however that a full-screen splash screen showing the progress bar and covering all the rest would be better.

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