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  1. nuhi has contacted me regarding the update of this guide. I will start to tackle this task this week and look forward to the assistance of the community to get our guide updated!
  2. Much to my suprise this thread is still active hehe. I am glad it is still somewhat useful. I plan to download the latest version and update the guide in the near future. Just gotta get some time
  3. Umm I dont need a start menu shortcut to know how to use my PC. Defrag = start, run, dfrg.msc Worpad is useless. OpenOffice and Notepad are my choices. start, run, notepad Calc = start, run, calc
  4. It's your own **** fault for making something accurate, very useful, and simplistic. It doesn't help the lack of bandwidth but I am very appreciative of your contributions. Thank you!
  5. Here is what I use. You should create another thread for this topic I bet alot of people have stuff we haven;t listed here and may not see this conversation since the topic is related to Defrag ECHO Removing useless shortcuts... DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Windows Update.lnk" DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Set Program Access and Defaults.lnk" DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Windows Catalog.lnk" DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\MSN.lnk" DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Messenger.lnk" DEL "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Movie Maker.lnk" RD /S /Q "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Games" RD /S /Q "%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories" RD /S /Q "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories" DEL "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk" DEL "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Outlook Express.lnk" DEL "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Remote Assistance.lnk" DEL "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Media Player.lnk"
  6. You're welcome. For the record I did offer you help. You just chose not to see it. You will be far more successful with your queries at MSFN if you follow the rules.
  7. Ok this is completely selfish of you. You knowingly admit to posting in the wrong forum and apologize but you still violate the forums most basic of rules. Not to mention you are posting a basic hardware question in not the hardware section... or the general section! Not even in the off topic area but in a member contributed project forum for an application called nLite which function is to reduce and customize windows. Please don't be so selfish next time you post. Someone is paying for this host which provides us with some of the most organized and most technical forums on the net don't clutter things up for your own personal gain... as if you are above the rules and guidelines.
  8. DigitalAZ, I'm well aware of these things but since you could have read I didn't know anything about this matter. So, how could have known I had to search with +CheckExeSignatures +RunInvalidSignatures? I knew I had a problem but I didn't know what the problem exactually was or how I it is called! Comeon is it that difficult to understand? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> No need for attitude I was trying to be helpful. I spoke directly to you but it was also for the benefit of others.
  9. I have used Zen and it is kickd a**. Unfortunately we don't have a Netware environment. Your post made me realize I missed a few things hehe Altiris has PXE support and PC Transplant which wraps profiles, application settings and files into an executable that can be run on the new machine to migrate all their settings and data
  10. Umm wrong forum The sticky threads in that forum contain most of those applications. Did I understand your post.. you are requestings cracks for those applications? That is a no-no around here.
  11. I have been to M$ training for the Business Desktop Deployment stuff and while it is very interesting and includes alot of slick stuff it isn't feasible at my company. We don't have AD yet. No SMS 2003 server. No WinPE What we have been using is Altiris for about 3 years now. The Altiris Deployment Solution allows you to catagorize all the PC's in designated groups in your deployment server console. In my organization our PCs are grouped by cities. Once you have layed out your groups you can manage one PC or the entire city or entire organization. For example I can create an event to set the time zone to Eastern Standard Time and drag and drop that event on a PC, City, Multiple Cities etc. Here is a breakdown of the features we use. Altiris Client. Installed on every PC in the organization. Sends machine inventory everytime PC is logged in. Allows for remote control and package deployment. Altiris eXpress Deployment Console. This piece our enterprise admins use for managing the organization. Via the deployment console we have access to everything with the click of a mouse. Imagine wanting to install Acrobat Reader on every PC without interfering with the user as they work. Fire up the RapidInstall tool and create a baseline on a clean image. Install Acrobat run RapidInstall for post installation tasks. Aft er a few moments you have an executable that can be use in a silent and hidden installation. In your deployment console make an event to execute your Acrobat package silent and without user interaction. Then drag and drop the newly created event on the PC's or Cities you want to get this package. For imaging we create and image much like you would with Ghost. Install, update, tweak, clean, and image. With Altiris it can be an .IMG or you can make it executable. Having an executable image is great because you can put it on CD and run it without the Altiris console. Being we have such a powerful tool for software deployment we NEVER put software in our images. Software gets updated to often and it also increases the size of the image well over CDR size As far as the issue with varying hardware what I do currently is create an image using the Altiris RadidDeploy application and my images are chipset specific. I support Intel 810, 815, 845, 865 chipsets in my organization. I am changing that process however because we are expected to get new PCs again soon and they will have Intel 925 chipset heh. Right now we have 4 images total. What I plan to do is when I have completed the tweak/clean phase and I am ready to create an image I add sysprep to my installation and set it up to run minisetup when the image is deployed. This way it is not hardware specific. So to answer your question hehe.. If you cannot go the AD/RIS/SMS/WinPE route then I would suggest something like Altiris. Create your images, Create your packages, deploy and support your clients all from one software suite instead of 10
  12. As it states in stickied Welcome to the forum!, Please read me before posting! thread you can search using the + and -minus modifiers. So searching for +CheckExeSignatures +RunInvalidSignatures would have returned all post with both those words in it. The search here is really powerful just have to understand how to use. + makes it a mandatory search keyword while - ignores that keyword. Also make sure you are using the board search and not the integrated google search. Well at least try the board search first as the tips above apply to the board search Good luck.
  13. You have any good sites for sysprep info? I would like to switch to this method instead of creating images for each chipset heh
  14. I don't believe so I have over 800 lines of registry tweaks in my automated tweaks.reg
  15. Apparently not... ANd yet you still smoke... all these signs telling you to stop and even an informative pamphlet but you can't make one decision for yourself? Hey I will stfu and keep my comments to myself when you keep your second hand smoke to yourself... deal? Ok so everyday when I drive home I do not actually smell smoke I am imagining it because you obviously have a theory how smoke "doesn't come out a window and stay there"... Slighest whiff? Hey f***nut your senses are dulled by your addiction. WE CAN SMELL YOU! Just because your damaged senses can't smell something doesnt mean it isnt there. And two wrongs make a right? So because other litter exists throwing a butt out the window is ok? How many forest fires have been started by an old soda can or fast food bag? Get a clue. Again with the magical non traveling smoke that noone can smell... There is a health risk everytime I walk out the door... very true. BUT it is my choice to take these risks. I didn't choose to be harmed by your second hand smoke because you are a junky and half the population is as well. How about our right to stand outside and breath fresh air.... I can be at the park with my kid and someone will be smoking.. not only around their kids but around other peoples kid too.. What other weak mind id*** is that inconsiderate? Smokers take the cake. Selfish and self centered.Your post is riddled with excuses. Preach to me when you are able to control your addiction and stop. You claim you try but everyone who cares about you expresses concern bothers you and makes you start smoking again? Wha So now it is your loved ones fault you are a junky? You are still a young kid in college. Wait until you grow up and live life a bit. I promise your views will change severly. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step. Stop blaming others. There is no way to justify your inconsiderate habit which harms others around. Just quit. You know the risks.. you know the facts,, you know the outcome. Just do it. Once you get your senses back after a year or two of no smoking you will be amazed at how much the stench is around you and you will think back to this post. Now to rant about the companies that sell these things. How come we can send a man to the moon, create bullet proof glass, cheese in a can, and edible panties but we can't make a smokeless/oderless cigarette?
  16. Is WinXP prompting you for your installation CD?
  17. Just as a rule of thumb don't get into the habit of putting apps and drivers into your images. Otherwise you have to update your image everytime something gets updated. make the image clean and then create packages to deploy the software.
  18. Ok with that knowledge I now I have working 7-zip installers! Thank you for your patience.
  19. Well I am not sure how useful this would be for 19 PCs but it is a great experience none the less. The days of using imaging software has greatly changes with XP having SIDS and the mass controllers issue. Sysprep can relieve all this but it is a pain. You have several options here. 1) Build Unattended XP CD that installs with no input and the machines are all identical besides SID and computer name. Pros: Gets around the SID and mass controllers issue. Cons: Slowwwwww and the process of making a properly configured Unattended CD can take awhile as well. 2) Build an image using Ghost or Altiris that installs the exact same pre-configured image to each machine changing machine name and SID via sysprep. Pros: Uniformity, faster than install, Highly configurable and automated. Cons: Highly configurable and automated which is prone to more mistakes. Specific to mass controller used on imaged PC unless configured otherwise..(which I have never successfully done) I use this method with Altiris and have one base image per chipset. (Wish I could get around the mass controller issue) 3) The method I am planning to switch too.. Setup a RIS server. Pros: Network install but uses the image concept as each PC will be identical but gets around the mass controller SID issue. Saves disk space as the RIS server only stores the WinXP source once and each "image" would only be the changes applied to your source. So you could have 1 image per group in your organization but instead of using 600MB per image you could use 50MB or whatever. Cons: Never used it yet but on paper it sounds awesome. Requires Active Directory I think being you are doing such a small amount of PCs you could setup one PC exactly the way you like and then multicast the configured PC image to all the other PCs via a network boot disk. This is not at all difficult nowadays. Both Ghost and Altiris do this quite nicely.
  20. Oh so you are autologging in but you see the "Welcome" screen as your profile loads? This should get rid of that. ; Enable Ctrl+Alt+Del requirement at Classic logon screen "DisableCAD"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] If by chance it breaks your autologin use this. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] "DefaultUserName"="USERNAME" "DefaultPassword"="PASSWORD" "AutoAdminLogon"="1"
  21. Did you by chance in your Unattended CD specify a resolution/refresh rate your Video/Card monitor cannot handle? In safe mode change to a safe resolution and refresh rate and try to boot back into windows. It works installed and not slipstreamed because you made the slipstream and Microsoft made the install hehe. Good Luck!
  22. I use the following. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] ; Disable Welcome Screen, Use Classic Logon "LogonType"=dword:00000000 You mean the Welcome login screen not right? If not here is the code to get rid of the Welcome to Windows. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\tips] ; Disable Welcome To Windows "Show"=dword:00000000
  23. This is an old throw back from the NT days but I still do it to this day. Your logs would take about a year to get to 1MB under normal conditions. I like having too much history rather than none It will only start purging when it has 1MB and it purges the oldest history first so you will essentially always have one year's worth of data But who leaves a server let alone a PC up for a year without reinstalling nowadays lol ; Change maximum application log size to 1024 and set to overwrite as needed. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Application] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000 ; Change maximum security log size to 1024 and set to overwrite as needed. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Security] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Security] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000 ; Change maximum system log size to 1024 and set to overwrite as needed. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\System] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\System] "MaxSize"=dword:00100000 "Retention"=dword:00000000
  24. I hate the clutter of unused Context Menus. I personally use the "Play In Winamp" context menu several times daily but never use the Bookmark or Enqueue context menus. So I found the keys to delete to clean this up. In WinAMP v5+ you can goto Options, Preference, File Types and uncheck "Show Winamp in folder context menus in Windows Explorer" This will remove all Winamp context menus. However I like the Play in Winamp context so I remove all but that. ; Removes Winamp Bookmark Context Menu when right clicking on folders [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Bookmark] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Bookmark\command] ; Removes Winamp Bookmark Context Menu when right clicking on items [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.File\shell\ListBookmark] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.File\shell\ListBookmark\command] ; Removes Winamp Enqueue Context Menu when right clicking on folders [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Enqueue] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Enqueue\command] ; Removes Winamp Enqueue Context Menu when right clicking on items [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.File\shell\Enqueue] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.File\shell\Enqueue\command] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.File\shell\Enqueue\DropTarget] ; Removes Winamp Enqueue Context Menu when right clicking on playlists [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.Playlist\shell\Enqueue] [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Winamp.Playlist\shell\Enqueue\command]

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