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  1. Heya guys!!

    I figure that I can get some help here about a funny looking error report dialogue I've been getting. In case others were wondering- I HAVE made modifications to my Windows XP install using nLite- so if its any component I have removed (which I really don't believe so), then I need to track it down.

    Now, this isn't the classic Windows XP error report dialogue (http://www.conwex.info/blog/blog-images/Windows_Explorer_Error_Report.jpg), but something different.

    Note: The error in this instance occurred when I tried to access the SUPERAntiSpyware context menu in the tray area. But other errors occur for other programs too (likely having to do with accessing Explorer.exe in some way- especially the context menu for applications). I have seen MMM.exe crash (http://hace-software.com/mmm.shtml) and Paint.NET crash (http://www.getpaint.net/). And error reports NEVER get sent successfully; a connection error occurs. (I know sending error reports over to the developers is a good thing because the reports help them fix problems. But if it can't go through, they can't do much good except annoy me now- right..?)

    Here are some images in case people don't want to download attachments:




    And also attached in the error report itself, which I believe some people here can decipher. (It is also atteched below)

    OS: Windows XP Professional, SP3
    CPU: GenuineIntel, Intel Pentium 4, MMX @ 2790 MHz

    Application data:


  2. I also notice that many people (from, well, everywhere) are misunderstanding what the purpose of XPize is. Many think it's just a new theme and that it takes more resources. Lifehacker comments explain quite a lot. (And a bunch of folks don't notice the changes made. Which is supposed to be good, because it means it a consistent GUI, but for those who never had a problem originally, they could have cared less.)

    I also notice a bit more activity (discussions and issue tracker) activity back on CodePlex. All in all, this is a good thing :D .

  3. Hi everyone :). After I've done xpize 6 lite 0.1 I though I got familiar enough with package structure and xml to try to improve original xpize 5 release 6. The main problem with 5R6 is that the package is very mixed... I mean It's too hard to select exactly needed elements (that's why I've made that xpize lite in the first place). E.g. you try to select only standard icons and bitmaps and you still get logoff screen changed. You unselect winrar patch but still get *.rar file type icons patched. You unselect Windows Branding but still get those banners patched because Darkside Style patch them too... And so on. In some cases you have to remove some files from temp folder to prevent some resources from patching and still patch others in the same file.

    There is another problem I can't overcome directly... Anolis Installer doesn't read name attributes from all xml tags except group. That's why there're a lot of dumb :) entries like Registry and File Type. So I've decided to create corresponding groups just to make things clear.

    (from your xpize 5 r6a thread)

    The things you've found with the XML-schema W3bbo had is interesting. I'm sure he'd love to hear some feedback on it to see what he can improve and tweak on.

  4. But the point is, xpize5 is not so user-friendly compared with the previous one during the installation. In xpize4, all items are clearly listed to make user to choose from.

    Did you see the advanced options button with the R5+R6 versions? The list/ tree view is still there... W3bbo made a simple-selection option for non-experienced users. He kinda figured they would get intimidated by so much resources/ information being presented to them at once ("user-friendly" has many directions-- some more simple, some more detailed; we're trying to find a balance).

    EDIT:: Ah, sorry. I realized that you were talking about xpize version FOUR, and not 5. I can't immediately recall xpize 4's installer. Tree view in v5 can be improved... But I don't think that's an immediate priority (see below?)

    In fact, users expect improvements version by version. Till this moment, xpize5 got version 6, there are also bugs existed in the language option. Some of windows still have a lot of old icons... How many version will still be released in the near future? They expect the final version, not under-debugging versions indeed. There is no meaning to make a lot of release, install, uninstall then install...

    There are improvements version by version. We know that many resources are still unpatched. You can help us out by pointing us to them ;) . It'd help us even more if you actually photoshopped some stuff for us to use :D !!

    W3bbo is currently taking some time off now (and I do believe most of the post-R3 new resources, such as the IE8 ones, were actually made by him or zedox). xpize can be extended with packages (which is one of the greater potential of the project)... Which is what Hell Racer did right here: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=137693 ;; users can do more by making your own resources and styles and packaging it up together to check it out. That means either building on top of whatever xpize patched, or you can branch out with another completely different shell and taste.

    As far as I can see, no one has really done much with the package-feature, which is a real shame in fact, because extendability largely depends on how far users are willing to go.

    I believe W3bbo is focusing on getting the patching process and packages absolutely right. (You realize Resourcer is still in beta, right?) As for the uninstalling and installing-- its typical with a lot of shell patchers (and many programs out there, in fact) to uninstall and reinstall for optimal results. Yes, I think we know that it needs to be worked out a bit more (like the multiple entries thing... we know about that).

    You can install over your previous installations... But are you willing to see multiple uninstall entries and risk the chance of something breaking? I'd expect many users to do the same ritual of uninstalling and installing a new version anyway. (*ahem* well... some stuff did go wrong with the uninstalling portion of some machines. We'd like to solve this, but there are only so many machines W3bbo test xpize on. I think he mostly uses Virtual Machines and sometimes borrows a friend to test.)

    And the extra languages is more or less a luxury for other demographics... W3bbo didn't have to go to such great lengths asking for new string translations every release (which he actually delayed some just for a more string-complete release)-- he could have been lazy and did what most developers do: fill in the missing strings with the corresponding English ones ;) . I'm really grateful that users actually took their time and make them. If there are problems, might you tell us what so we can fix it?

    All in all, I think W3bbo did an excellent job. Just give it some time. He's an university student, and he does in fact have a life ;) . Tell us what we should improve and fix, and we'll see what we can do. If there is enough feedback and W3bbo (or someone else) has the time, there might be a R7. I have no promises ;)


    Also note that most of the users that installed (and are giving feedback) are on the forums. We've tried helping those with problems and seeing what we can do. Many bugs found and reported on the forums were fixed (like the logout dialog?). I really have no clue what the general statistics for bug reports are or install demographic, but thanks to R6's feedback thing at the end of install, W3bbo is receiving some extra data/ suggestions.

  5. No bugs at all, but is there a way to go back to the setting box that appeared during the installation of XPize ?

    I still can configure Xpize using Xp's display properties, but options are reduced to a minimum in comparaison with XPize settings during the installation process ? :blushing:

    I can't either find a Xpize group in the Start Menu as mentionned in one of the strings of the translation file ? :blushing:

    xpize does not have an entry in the start menu (though it has an uninstaller in the *Add and Remove Programs* menu). There really is nothing more to xpize (like *using the program*) other than for it to patch the files/ allow users to download customization tools and make their own packages.

    If you need to tweak some xpize settings again, you'll have to use the R6 installer (if you deleted it, you'll need to download it again). However, if you use xpize multiple times, you'll see two (or more) uninstaller entries in the Add and Remove Programs. W3bbo is aware of the issue and has it noted; he will see what he can do when he returns from his long break).

  6. 1. A lot of elements in Advanced tree aren't properly labeled and contain no description.

    I want to skip *.rar file type icon install, but can't find it... (not WinRar theme, that's what I can find and uncheck)

    Also every time I install XPize I select and unselect a lot of elements in the tree manually and it's quite hard to not make a mistake and forget something... Is it possible to implement some kind of selection remembering functionality, e.g. save selection as template or something to load it when installing XPize next time?



    Have you already installed R6 yet? (Is it really difficult to change the file association icon post-install? If it is a hassle, I guess you'll have to make due by unselecting all the extra icons and stuff so you can keep your own icon associations.)

    The descriptions are from the .anop packages (I believe), in this case the default xpize ones. W3bbo has been working on compiling translations together, adding various tweaks to the program, making some new resources, and tuning the program... Basically, I don't think he had the time or effort to add the descriptions for advance settings :P .

    (Since W3bbo is taking some time off from the project, feedback and suggestions will be noted, but put aside for the moment. This, of course, would be the prime time for package developers to take initiative and make packages that cover what xpize missed... Or, something different entirely, like a Vistapack or something. ;))

  7. This MIGHT be an issue of residual files left on your computer when older xpize installations didn't uninstall correctly. This is NOT by design.

    (I've been told that xpize R6's uninstaller is more complete than the previous versions. Previous versions of xpize forgot to uninstall themes and stuff, and it might have left files that screwed with future installations.)

    You can try some things (and remember to report back if it fixes the problems) -- I'd also assume that your visual style is the one that you selected from the xpize installation?

    **Find the residual files (it's probably best if you post a screenshot so we can see if you do it right)::

    --go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes and DELETE the FOLDERS WITH (1)'s. That should rid of the duplicate theme files (which may be a reason why Windows keeps resetting your post-xpize customizations)

    --go to C:\web\wallpapers (or something like that) and go the same to the duplicate images.

    Tell us if this works ;) !!

  8. This is normal behavior. There are no negative effects to this (other than you not liking it).

    I dunno the specifics of it (you'll have to ask W3bbo about that), but IIRC, before xpize, it would just be a pure, plain blue wallpaper (I think it was standard).

    (I know you can get a similar effect -- having a changed wallpaper before the welcome screen appears -- by integrating a customized theme with a wallpaper in nLite. That wallpaper of the theme would be the wall that appears.)

  9. To expand on W3bbo's 7zFM problem::

    From: http://killercookie-server.media-xshell.co...amp;page=01_FAQ

    Why do my Toolbar-Icons have a black background instead of a transparent one?

    * This bug mostly occurs in conjunction with the nVidia GeForce drivers.

    Unfortunately we are not aware of a solution be we can offer a workaroung - reduce the hardware acceleration:

    Right click on desktop -> Properties -> Settings -> Advanced -> Troubleshoot -> Hardware acceleration -> choose penultimate slider setting (Decrease cursor acceleration and bitmap acceleration)

  10. Well i am looking to change all the orange bars to blue, such as loading bars, transfer bars. right now they are orange.

    also i have used royale remix, infact i used it for many years before this, i just like the darkside mod alot

    i would like to lose the orange colour in favour of a blue colour from royale remixed.

    This is the theme Marru_xD was referring to:: http://oddbasket.deviantart.com/art/Royale-Remixed-44294818


    Royale Remixed seems to be in accordance to what you want. Otherwise, you'll need to do what W3bbo suggests (manual edition via Resourcer+ Photoshop and stuff)

  11. Heya guys!!

    So I've run into a problem, and W3bbo doesn't immediately know how to reproduce nor correct the issue. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition and returned results shown in these screenshots:



    Has anyone experienced similar problems? Think this problem is WinXP Home specific?

    Here's my install log:


  12. cheers to the new release, xpize 5.0 !! :D !!

    W3bbo pulled some late nights to get this done, so let's leave him a bit alone to rest up, shall we? ;)

    (on other notes, please remember to install .NET 2.0 or later to run xpize 5.0; remember to report bugs [especially with the shell32.dll@20MB+ issues];; and probably some revisions on the website and writing up of Anolis tutorials, xpize FAQ/ documentation;; contact potential persons that can do video tuts and develop packages)

    W3bbo also plans to release a tool that simplifies package development-- make sure to check in with him for more info!! :)

  13. COMODO doesn't have a standalone firewall package.

    I believe the only way to do it is to install via script (which johndoe74 has done and many others are trying to do).

    That's why there is such high demand for this addon-- people want a Firewall Only version, which is a pain in the next for people to make.

    IF you become successful in making CIS-Firewall-Only addon, I'm sure there will be a bunch of people greatful ;) .

  14. Just wanted to note: the Monitor Power resource image is also not there in my Windows XP SP3 installation even WITHOUT using xpize beta.

    Dunno why, just I don't have an image there even on a fresh install (will post image sometime soon-- at school now [>.>].

    Can you elaborate on that?

    I might have been a bit premature in saying that "most" have vanished. What happened was I noticed that when I went into Display Properties, resources were gone on a few of the tabs. So I ran Winver to be sure I had SP3 (I was thinking maybe I had SP2 on this system, which caused the problems) and I noticed resources were missing there. Then I went to System Properties and I noticed that the Oemlogo had vanished (not pictured below). Then I posted here saying that "most" had vanished, but I think that's probably the extent of it, actually.

    @Dumpy Dooby: did windows system restore work properly?

    It did not.

  15. Updates (as of 17 Jan 2009):

    Mozilla Songbird v1.0.0.860

    RivaTuner v2.22

    Ad Muncher v4.72 Build 30400

    cFosSpeed v4.24.1420

    DriverMax v4.8

    Wise Registry Cleaner Free v3.91 Build 138

    Foxit Reader v3.0 Build 1301

    Raxco PerfectDisk 2008 Professional v9.0.0 Build 76 (30-day trial)

    a-squared Free v4.0.0.21

    DAEMON Tools Lite v4.30.3 32

    and still more to come ;) !!

    Here's a list of things that need some looking into:

    Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.18 --> version

    ThreatFire v4.0.0.8 (formerly known as Cyberhawk) --> version

    Google Chrome v0.3.154.9 BETA --> final version released (1.x)

    IObit SmartDefrag v1.02 Final/Release --> version 1.03

    XP Codec Pack v2.4.2 --> version 2.4.4

    Codec 8.3b [Released September 19, 2008] --> version 8.3e

    Auslogics Registry Defrag v4.1 & Disk Defrag v1.5 --> version &

    Comodo Internet Security v3.5.54375.427 --> version 3.5.57173.439 [remember to make a Firewall only addon ;) , and they look to have a new release quite soon: http://forums.comodo.com/feedbackcommentsa...s-t31974.0.html]

    Adobe Shockwave Player v11.0.0.465 --> shockwave v11.0.3.471

    Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4 [Released: November 12, 2008] --> version 3.0.5 [any news on the customized on for me ;) ? I can PM you about it if you want.]

    Avast! Antivirus Home (Free) Edition v4.8.1201.0 --> version 4.8.1296

    Advanced WindowsCare Personal Edition --> version 3.11

    Notepad++ v5.1.0 --> version 5.1.3

    (there may be some more that I missed.)

    And a little request: Samurize 1.64.3 -- http://www.samurize.com/modules/news/

    GOOD LUCK :) !! And I look forward to your new releases!!

  16. lol -- (please at least write JK on the thread title, I thought you were going to start a flame war...)

    Thanks for the good words ;) . W3bbo is the main (and only) coder here, and has been working hard on the project. (I'm only a coordinator... I hope I don't annoy him much).

    A little update:: Since W3bbo is writing in accordance to the Win32API, he has been able to get Adding working perfectly, perhaps better than ResHacker and better than XN Resource Editor. (But still, please note that the software is still in development and that there will still be necessary testing-- I hope you will help ;) .)

    In the coming months, W3bbo will have an awesome and presentable version to us to play with. And I hope to get some documentation (and packaging and resources) out by the time final is released. And since its open source... Who knows what will happen to Anolis'/ xpize/ Vize futures?

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