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  1. Ilko_T, Okay I see what is going now. It turns out that this is the case of the missing identy. Here in my case I have two locations I didn't know about. One location has the recent installment of WinSetupToUSB and the other (which I just found out) is the old installment (which is where my shortcut is pointing to). The old installment is the one that is missing this file. I was not aware that the my short cut itself would reference the old location even though I thought it was running from the other location on the HD. Hence every time I ran it, it would keep saying missing file. Oops. In one way, maybe this a good thing cause I would not have the history of the old install logs had I known this. Again my apologies. I didn't see where it said to install this Beta into the old location and it doesn't matter anyway because of the short cut I was using. So I see what happened when it came to the installment of McAfee, it must have thought that the file was a virus and locked it away somewhere or deleted it. Either way, it made your program unusable. But this still doesn't explain what happened when I uninstalled McAfee, that Windows 7 would become severly hampered. This is something I will need to bring up with McFee when I write a formal complaint to them in regards to your file in question that caused all this. Well in the words of the great Sherlock Holmes - This mystory is Solved! This indeed did fix the problem. I now have a usable bootable USB Thumb Drive to install XP from and I have you to thank. So Thank You. I am deeply in your dept for the mounds of time and effort you have devoted to this project. Thanks Again, Macster
  2. Ilko_T, Here is the logs from the past 6 attempts that have failed. There are more but these (I hope) should answer any questions. If you need some with successful runs let me know. I should still have those too. Thanks, Macster backups.zip
  3. Thanks ilko_t, I thought the samething as you did, but for different reasons. The program was working fine until just recently I had installed McAfee. So I figured I would just uninstall it... Well this little action has caused no small stir in my system. After the uninstall, things stopped working in Windows 7. So I reinstalled Windows 7 Ultimate 64b with all the upgrades, patches that Microsoft had to offer including drivers for my system, but without the McAfee Antivirus. Still no go. I have downloaded another copy of BETA6 and uncompressed it with 7zip. Still no go. I have copied all the files from my XP SP1 cd thinking that maybe I have a corrupted file. Still no go. Same message comes up all times. I am wondering if Windows 7 during its install, does it utilize files that were part of the previous install. Cause I didn't wipe the partition when I install Windows 7 thinking that Windows 7 would do that for me or give me the option to do so like the XP install does. However I did tell Windows 7 installer to make a fresh install not an upgrade to the existing install. BTW, I know this question may come up at some point, but when I copied all files from XP SP1 CD, I used these very same files untainted by nLite or any other special install routines and it still failed. I am out of options here. Maybe you can think of something that I didn't. Well anyway, I can't think of anything else to say in regards to this. Thanks, Macster Ps. I have updated my previous message with the latest log report hoping maybe you would see something or a trend. Anyway, I am done at this point. Thanks for looking into this and the previous search you did into my problem. I kinda figured with 55 pages of responces there had to be something on this that I just didn't see. Sorry. I am terrible at searching. It requires a creativity that I at times lack. One more thing JaClaz I like your anology on the Dell BOIS coding - your randomization routine example. I couldn't stop laughing and totally agree. I wouldn't own one even if someone gave me money to take it off there hands. (Well maybe...
  4. Hi everyone, It has been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I have a problem was hoping some one could point me in the right direction. I apologize if this problem has been posted before. Here is my dilemma: I am making an XP Pro Sp3 32b install using Windows 7 Ultimate 64b. The version of the WinSetupFromUSB is 1.0 Beta6. Now I have been able to run this quite frequently with no problems up to just recently. The problem is that it is able to load the USB Thumb drive until where it is unable to modify a setup file then it just quits to the desktop. Due to your file quota requirements I am unable to attach the log file to this posting so here it is embedded in the post: 2010/09/21 13:14:56- Ensuring presetup is launched 2010/09/21 13:14:56- Expanding G:\WINSETUP\XPpSP1\I386\setup.ex_ 2010/09/21 13:14:56- Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 6.1.7600.16385 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Adding G:\WINSETUP\XPpSP1\I386\setupWST.exe to Extraction Queue Expanding Files .... Expanding Files Complete ... 2010/09/21 13:14:56- 2010/09/21 13:30:16- Could not replace original Setup.exe, aborting... 2010/09/21 13:30:16- Removing TEMP folder 2010/09/21 13:30:16- ---------------------------------Program quited----------------------------------------------- I have attached the file in question mentioned ubove in the log file. Thanks for any assistance you maybe able to offer. Macster Edited: To make this post smaller. setupWST.exe
  5. Hey ilko_t, cdob, jaclaz, I didn't get a chance to say thanks. And now I don't see the sticky on the forum. Bummer. Um I was wondering where I can add the script in the install directory, so the program 0.2.3 can use it every time I setup the USB for an install. May God bless your hearts for helping. Thanks much!!!! Macster Edit: I found the topic. I was wondering if others will be able to see it too, so they to can benefit from what was done?
  6. @cdob Script output: call === MontedDevices as read call === convert MountedDevices, adjust RomovableMedia warning: MountedDevices does not contain RemovabledMedia#7 fixing S: to RemovableMedia#7 copying file to the XP install .~bt forder. Well I got U: (with NTFS) this time. Interesting? Cause my current topology was (before running the XP install): C: Partition 1 (XP) D: Partition 2 E: DVD F: Partition 3 (Hidden) U: Thumb Thanks to the file that ilko_T gave me. I am wondering if it has anything to do with the ambient topology. Whether the install is reading some of the registry (or the partition tables on the HD) as far as the placing of particians and such? Cause before I was getting D: for the thumb when the thumb was already set at D:. Edit: Well I tried changing the drive reference to the USB to Z: in Windows, reran the script, and it still came up with U: during the install, so it would appear that it is fixed.
  7. Yes, I was able to prepare two installs for the same system in series and they both got the U: reference with the same file. Thanks. As fas as a USB card reader, I really don't understand what you mean. I have a USB hub connected to system as well as other USB printers (HP Deskjet 932C, HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-one) but these don't don't have drivers loaded as of yet when your program was running. If you are meaning a USB SD memory chip reader (the type that goes into phones and cameras), I have one of those on the C3180, but like I said earlier the drivers weren't loaded for it and I didn't see anything in the Device Manager in regards to this not being identified. Further more the printer has of yet to be turned on, it is kept off until needed - so XP doesn't even know of its existance until I turn it on. I hope this helps. @cdob I am trying your last version of the MkMigrate script. I will let you know if it works. thanks.
  8. Try the attached migrate.inf, place it in ~BT directory on the USB stick. Did USB stick get letter U: ? Yep, I got U: ... reference to the Ultra thumb on fat 16 and NTFS. It is amazing one Byte can make that much difference. WOW! So why did you change it from a 7 to an 8? I don't have a hex descriptor, (but I can read ASCII on occasions and mainly numbers) so I do not know where this playes in the file. It would appear that you guys are able to detect why this is happening (meaning the D: instead of the U: stuff). Now I have another question, as soon as I install XP again would the ParentIDPrefix change? If so, would it make the file you just gave me obsolete? <already answered) Thanks all the same. Edit: I just answered one my questions about the file being obsolete, I guess it still maintains the ParentIDPrefix after a ReInstall of XP. So does migrate.inf reintroduce the ParentIDPrefix or does the install come up with it and migrate.inf utilizes that same ID?
  9. Oh sorry for the late responce. ParentIDPrefix for the current install of XP is 8&9013452&0. (Sorry, this is for the Sony 256 MB.) Edit: Oops, I gave you the wrong one. I accually have two USB Thumb Drives. 1. Sony 256 MB Thumb 2. Ultra 2 GB Thumb. Both of these have been used on the current XP install. The ParentIDPrefix for the Ultra 2 GB is 8&35debb9c&0.
  10. It still failed. I still get D: not U: as the reference to the drive. I am now trying HP's Prep tool, but still using 0.2.3 to make the install on the USB without copying the Migrate file. It still failed. And failed when I copied the migrate.inf file over. Let me try with 16 bit fat, where it worked before with HP's prep tool and 0.1 version of the program, but this time will be with 0.2.3 and its prep tool without the migrate.inf file. Well it failed here too. I get D: instead of U:. And I again tried copying the migrate.inf file, it still failed yet again. Not sure what to try next. I have been just going to the text part of the install and I get the D: to the thumb drive. Also before when it did work with 0.1 version, my drive topology was: c: Partition 1 (XP Install) D: Partition 2 E: Partition 3 (Hidden) F: DVD U: USB Thumbdrive Currently on XP: C: Partition 1 (XP Install) D: USB Thumbdrive E: Partition 2 F: DVD G: Partition 3 (Hidden) When I ran the MkMigratge_b.cmd each time (even on 16 bit fat), it could not find #7, and had to make adjustments. I hope all of this helps. It is getting pretty late for me here. So I am going to turn in. Attached is MIGRATE.INF. Thanks so much for any help you can provide to this.
  11. For some reason this has failed. So I am now trying it a new install that is just a plain Jane install, meaning no Extra emenities added into the install like IE8, dotNet, the patches and NLite reg tweaks. I just have SP3 slipstreamed into the install. That is it. BTW sorry for the LLOONNGG explanation earlier, I didn't realise what you was asking until I read Pipsters thread. Truly interesting. Anyway to better answer your question, I ran your program on a fresh install of XP Pro SP3 to make a new install of XP Pro SP3 after which I noticed that some of my programs where being installed on the USB thumb drive. The thumb drive used is an ULTRA 2 gig. which has been used extensively for these purposes. FYI the link in your message post 70 of thread titled, "USBstick take letter D and not U, I choose to assign U to the USBkey.." points to the last page of the thread not to page 3 post 56 where the command file can be found by cdob, if this is even the file you was mentioning earlier. It took me quite a while to find this file in the thead. But it is truly an amazing story. Poor Poor Pipster.... LOL! Sorry couldn't resist. ROTFL!!! He truly made a great test subject.
  12. Oh I am sorry, I ran the program on XP Pro SP 3 to do an XP Pro SP 3 install. I currently have Windows 7 on my lappy and figured that using XP to make the install was the safest especially when making an XP install. I have been using the same 2 gig. USB stick the whole time - setup as an NTFS bootable device (currently), back then I was using 16 bit bootable device for speed. As far as to your other question, I was using your version 0.1 (not the beta) until just recently until I happen to come across your site a couple of days ago and noticed that you had an update. And then felt the urge to find my pilots liscence due to the number of options available for prepping the USB device. LOL! As far as the 0.1 it was still using U: drive reference, but I didn't have HP formating tool set the device to NTFS bootable device either. So it could be the fact that I switched to NTFS, not exactly sure. Are you thinking that this could be a bios thing?
  13. I seem to be missing a key peice of info. I was wondering in 0.2.3 how to setup the USB thumb drive to a specific drive upon boot up like in the previous versions it used to be refered to as Drive U: now it seems it is refered to after the primary particitian or basically in my system drive D: which happens to be where I store my program data and where programs get installed. Is there some provision or way to setup the thumb drive to a specific drive letter? Thanks in advance to any advice you may have or particular post you was able to find to help me in this endevour.
  14. Wow, really? That would figure, being as I have been working at this off and on for about a couple of months now. I have been searching high and low for answers to this delima only to find this registry change being refered to a different sound card with the same UUA bus. There is no reference anywhere on the web about an updated Conexant sound driver being available on the Microsoft Update Catalog until now. I only had just noticed the Registry change a day or two ago, and thought I would give it a try and it worked. So I thought I would spread the word. And even though I noticed the UUA bus driver in the SP 3, I was still having issues trying to get the sound driver to work, hence the Reg Change (thinking that the UUA driver wasn't working). Oh well, Thanks. Sorry, I just find this all to be a little frustrating. I will download the newly updated sound driver from Microsoft. Thanks again for the info. But would you by chance know of any switches to use for the unattended install of HP drivers? Outside of the ones I have already mentioned in the previous message. Or perhaps a utility that can setup an unattended install of HP drivers?
  15. Which version of NLITE are you using? And you don't necessarly get into the Install CD, but if you happen to be using NLITE Version, you need to perform these steps: 1. Copy the XP CD to your hard drive. (Remember where you put the copy on the hard drive) 2. Run NLITE. 3. Press <NEXT> at the Welcome Screen. 4. Browse to your copy of the XP CD by clicking on <Browse...> 5. Press <NEXT> 6. Press <NEXT> at the Presets Screen. 7. In the Integrated area click on <DRIVERS> 8. In the Create area click on <BOOTABLE ISO> 8. Press <NEXT> 9. In the Drivers Screen click on <INSERT> 10. Click on Multiple Drivers (I do this so that all options are Integrated into the install) 11. Browse to where your expanded SATA drivers are located, but only click the folder that contains the Sata Drivers... 12. On the Select Multiple Drivers Dialog box, select the path where your drivers can be found. 13. Press <OK> 14. Make sure Text mode is selected. (Cause that is where these drivers will be implemented) 15. Select the Driver that best describes your Hardware. (Mind you that all these options will be loaded into the install anyway so just pick one, but preferably the one that is closest to your hardware) 16. Press <YES> to begin the process. (Here it is integrating your drivers into the install) 17. Press <NEXT> 18. Here under general, click on the Mode Drop down box. 19. Select Direct Burn. 20. Make sure you have a blank Burnable CD in the CD drive. 20. Click on <BURN> And presto, you have a XP CD with SATA drivers integrated into the install. Hopefully this answers all your questions. Happy installing!
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