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  1. I was about to join in the fun and rollback from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8 Pro. I did so successfully last week with the retail version I purchased years ago. But I did a reinstall after an errant driver hosed the OS and now Microsoft said it won't activate and I must upgrade. Anybody else have this issue?
  2. @jumper, yes, I've tried that. It doesn't work. Even after un-registering and re-registering the .dll. I think Microsoft is so insistent that users upgrade Outlook 2003 and Word 2003, that the only way to install higher versions of office without over-writing Outlook 2003 is to do it manually. Oh well...
  3. I have created unattended install packages for MSO 2003 Word and Outlook (because I prefer those versions over their counterparts in MSO 2010) and for Office 2010, from which I install Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher and instruct setup "do not remove previous" office versions. But if I execute the automated 2010 install after 2003 I get the infamous "mapi32.dll corrupted" error when I try to launch Outlook 2003 and neither reinstalling or repairing Outlook 2003 or any of the online fixes floating around on the Internet work in restoring Outlook 2003 functionality. In addition, Outlook version 2010 has a shortcut in my start menu even though I instructed OCT not to install Outlook 2010. If I install MSO 2010 manually, I don't have this issue. Is there a way to create an unattended 2010 install that won't overwrite Outlook 2003 (and again, I selected the option "do not remove previous versions" in the 2010 unattended setup).
  4. There's a mistake in the uninstall path and display icon entries for scheduled tasks. But this is a pretty nice collection of tweaks.
  5. Yeah I ended up doing something similar: creating a hotkey from my clip app to autopaste the path I want into the dialog windows. The problem with the suggestion above is that windows clears those file location crumbs when I reboot or weed out my registry. But thanks for the suggestion
  6. I'm interested in fixing this default icon browse location, too. It would save a whole lot of mouse clicks. I suspect in six years there's no solution but, ANYBODY, got a clue?
  7. ... meanwhile in the UK , JFYI: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3200291/Farmer-sick-poor-internet-signal-built-DIY-mast.html jaclaz Oh yeah! My kind of hacker
  8. We'll see. It's one thing to say to 20-somethings and the tech cognoscenti "we want your personal data as a trade off for using our OS." But it's a whole different thing to say to enterprises and folks with little bandwidth: "we want access to your intellectual property and precious bandwidth resources in exchange for using our OS." I see significant potential for consumer backlash. Apple iPhone/Android got away with this because cellphones with online mapping, mobile retrievable email and cloud backup offered what many saw as a significant consumer benefit but imposing this on a non-mandatory OS upgrade with a better start menu? Cortana is going to have to be really really good...
  9. How do you do that? Are there Win 10 discs in shrink wrap on shelves? It's a cloud-integrated OS. There's no such thing as a non-network environment as far as Microsoft is concerned. -Noel So if Harry Homeowner in rural North Dakota goes to his local Walmart and buys a new Windows 10 machine and he doesn't have broadband...how does Microsoft deal with that? While the vast majority of people in urban areas have broadband, I'd say a good chunk of customers in rural or remote areas do not and could acquire Windows 10 on a new PC or tablet bought at a local store. The question is, looks like they might have issues if their PCs can't regularly phone home to Microsoft.
  10. Aside from not being able to phone home, what happens when Windows 10 is used in a non-network environment, as might be the case if it is installed in a home or business with dial-up access or a classroom with no networking or restrictive networking? Does the OS react as if network access is being intentionally blocked and stops working normally? Even with network access, what happens when you don't have enough bandwidth for large daily or even weekly updates?
  11. @Tripredacus. Sorry. That's what I get for speed reading posts early in the morning.
  12. Does this Windows 8 command no longer work ("where Name='JOHNDOE' " is your actual Windows user name)? I ask because I use this command on my Windows 8 clean install disk and was going to use in on my Windows 10 .iso as well. C:\Windows\System32\wbem\WMIC.exe path Win32_UserAccount where Name='JOHNDOE' set PasswordExpires=false
  13. How are people doing Windows 8.1 clean installs with integrated updates these days with this frustrating Windows 8.1 black boot screen error (examples 1 2 & 3) that Microsoft refuses to fix? I've searched every where on the Net and there does not seem to be any solution. And, no, pressing F8 won't help if you are working with fast SSD drives, like I am. I've also tried integrating video drivers in the .iso and not integrating them, since some users said video drivers were the issue. The only way to install Windows 8.1. by a clean install is with the bare retail disk and no updates; that's a bummer. Can someone atleast identify the particular updates causing this issue?
  14. 1. Select "Config" from the home page menu. 2. Select "Configurations" tab on the next screen. 3. Check the "Use Multiple Defaults" radio button at the bottom of the page.
  15. If you install from a USB key instead of a DVD, you can easily swap out different autounattend.xml, depending on the configuration you want to use. I created a batch filed to automate this process. The file must be pre-configured prior to booting and starting the Windows 8 install process with your USB key. I recommend a key of at least 16GB. @echo off:: In order for this to work you must store your autounatten.xml files and pid.txt files with product keys in a folder called "Pid" in the root of your USB drive:: In the Pid folder create subfolders for each configuration, i.e. "Laptop", "DesktopPC". Place the corresponding pid.txt and autounattend.xml in each folder:: this code searches for the USB key based on the presence of the dummy file "WIN8_USB.ini"FOR %%d 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 %%d:\WIN8_USB.ini SET CFDrv=%%d::: This code deletes any previous autounattend setupdel %CFDrv%\sources\pid.txtdel %CFDrv%\Autounattend.xml::This is the menu that you can customize to your own setupcls:: ChoicesCOLOR 1aECHO.ECHO.ECHO ############## Windows 8 Setup Assistant ###############ECHO.ECHO 1. Copy Windows 8.1 KMS key to the clipboard for upgradeECHO.ECHO 2. Configure ***LAPTOP***echo.ECHO 3. Configure ***Desktop PC***ECHO.echo 4. Exitecho.echo.Choice /C 1234 /M "Which Configuration do you want to use?"If Errorlevel 4 Goto endIf Errorlevel 3 Goto 3If Errorlevel 2 Goto 2If Errorlevel 1 Goto 1Goto End:1Echo This will place the KMS Product Key in the clipboardecho Hit "CTRL + C" to quit; any other key to continuepauseecho GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 | clippowershell -Command Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "%CFDrv%\Windows81.iso"Goto End:2Echo This will install the Laptop Product Key and Unattended fileecho Hit "CTRL + C" to quit; any other key to continueCOPY %CFDrv%\Pid\laptop\pid.txt %CFDrv%\sourcesCOPY %CFDrv%\Pid\laptop\Autounattend.xml %CFDrv%\Goto End:3Echo This will install the Desktop PC Product Key and Unattended fileecho Hit "CTRL + C" to quit; any other key to continueCOPY %CFDrv%\Pid\DesktopPC\pid.txt %CFDrv%\sourcesCOPY %CFDrv%\Pid\DesktopPC\Autounattend.xml %CFDrv%\Goto End:EndCLSCOLOR 1aECHOECHO "Exiting program"pauseExit
  16. Good points. I had forgot that nircmd had an elevate function.
  17. @The Finder. Nice finds (no pun intended). Except RunasSystem and Runastoken are listed as a File Size: 3.05MB download. Whereas elevate is a 11kb download and the actual file size is 5kb. But I'm sure RunAsSystem is way more flexible and powerful.
  18. 3 down, 1 no go. From the top: 1. @HALIKKUS http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/46105-Windows-8-1-Registry-Tweaks/page7 Can only re-store drives on the same PC; not a new one but helpful nonetheless for clean-reinstalls. 2. Can only do this manually as you apparently can't overwrite system tasks in Task Scheduler 3. Disable the lock screen by registry script (I forgot this was possible) [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization] "NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001 4. Download elevate.exe and use it in a batch file using this command to restore legacy boot menu. @echo offelevate -c -w BCDEDIT /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
  19. @gotenks98 Read The Barfly's post. It will matter. If he wants to easily slipstream updates into Windows 8.1, he will need win toolkit and that app only works with full retail disks that have the install.wim file. Alternatively, he can try converting install.esd to install.wim using the method jaclazd links to. But as Noelc suggests, it's really not worth the trouble.
  20. @DosProbie He still needs a disk with "install.wim" instead of "install.esd" to use win toolkit. And the easiest solution is pretty much as NoelC stated: buy a new retail disk, which has "install.wim" on it.
  21. Can't apply the legacy setting through the registry but I'm testing a utility that executes an elevated command prompt. Looks interesting and works for applying the legacy boot menu through a batch file. Can't solve some of the other issues though
  22. Is there anyway to automate the following things during a Windows 8 clean install, either in the Autounattend.xml, a batch or registry file. 1) Preset drive letters for the various storage drives so that USB Mass Storage Devices aren't assigned randomly. 2) Eliminate unwanted/Unneeded scheduled Windows Tasks such as stopping WinSAT.exe from running and/or disabling the Windows Customer Experience Improvement checking program. 3) Eliminating the Windows 8 lock screen without drilling down through the Windows Group Policy Editor 4) Enable legacy F8 boot to safe mode option in Windows without running a batch file under an elevated command prompt. I know most of these things were implemented/changed for security reasons but when running a PC in admin mode, they are a huge annoyance to fix/change. Thanks in advance.
  23. I keep discovering broken processes in the Windows 8.1 task scheduler. Besides these two the latest one I found is in the "Windows Backup" task folder, using the command %systemroot%\System32\sdclt.exeTo find out if you have this issue, launch Windows Task Manager and see if you have several instances of sdclt.exe that cannot be terminated. This is apparently a known issue with Windows 8.1 that some users have attributed to the Intel Proset network drivers. But my PC had the issue even though my motherboard does not have the Intel Proset NIC. To fix sdclt.exe from sapping my memory, I disabled it: Open Windows Task Scheduler, drill down to the Windows Backup task folder, right click on ConfigNotification in the Task Window, and select "disable". I also disabled the associated Windows Service: "Block Level Backup Engine Service" at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wbengine and set the "start" parameter to "4" to shut it off. Taking these steps will interfere with Windows backup. So I would not recommend it for those who rely on Windows restore functions or whose PC's aren't afflicted by multiple instances of sdclt.exe. But for those of you using a third party backup solution (as I do) and who have the sdclt.exe problem, I can report that my system has more free memory and is a lot more stable after disabling the process.
  24. winkey.cmd I finally got organized and developed a system for quickly rolling out Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to small workgroups. 1. Pick your silent install apps, drivers etc. and prep the Windows 8 image with the tool of your choice. I use Win ToolKit. To reduce image size, don't integrate any updates in Windows 8 if you are going to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Also avoid adding lots of tweaks in this image; you can do that later with WPI. 2. Forget burning a DVD. For maximum speed, use your tool of choice to prep a removable drive to boot Windows 8. Copy the OS setup files as well as WPI to a USB drive. (I find that 16GB or 32GB is the ideal size and that compact flash memory, though more expensive, is slightly faster than SD memory. And if you have USB 3.0 on your motherboard, use it) 3. For installs on multiple PCs, I organized my removable drive like the one pictured below: 4. Make separate Autounattend.xml and pid.txt files for all of your workgroup PCs and put them in individual folders inside the PID folder noted by the red arrow. 5. Organize WPI for post Windows tweaks and application installations. You are all set. 6. Before you go to each Workstation run the winkey.cmd batch file on a PC that has Windows (any version to configure the next install). The batch file, shown below, will copy the correct Autounattend.xml and pid.txt file for the next installation. 7. To upgrade to Windows 8.1: (1) Run the batch file again while running Windows 8. Choose #1. (2) start Windows 8.1 setup and paste the Window 8.1 KMS key into the Product key box when asked. (3) After the Windows 8.1 install is completed, run the SLUI.EXE 3 command to bring up the dialog to enter the permanent Windows 8.1 product key for the workstation.
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