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  1. If you really need to get it smaller, check out Dism functionality like /ResetBase and /Compress Recovery


    I'm already using /ResetBase when capturing my image and it's still coming to outside the single layer range. I know .esd compression can reduce the image by at least 1 GB, but it also makes unserviceable and I want to be able to keep up to date when new updates come out.

  2. I don't want to anything that kills a component of the OS. I just wanted something that would shrink my image without deleting the winsxs backup folder because I was about 100 MB outside of single layer DVD range.


    Wherever it was that I found it said it would work. So I used it. Didn't know it would kill search. I'm definitely going to take out those 2 lines now. Is there anything else I should take out?

  3. I found a Wimscript.ini file on Google that said it could reduce the size of an image. I downloaded it to test it out and it does work as advertised; it does reduce the image. However, it also completely kills all search functionality in the Windows when installed.


    Can anyone help me?


    Here's the script:

  4. Firstly try 8.1 with Update 1. It's much better than just 8.


    You can't create an entire installation disk from existing installation. What can do you is capture your existing installation into a file called install.wim with DISM. To get the rest of the files you need you will have to download a Windows 8 ISO. Once you have an ISO you can overwrite the existing install.wim your newly captured install.wim.


    I wouldn't recommend capturing an image from an online image though. Instead I would recommend starting with a base install.wim and customize it to your liking.

  5. These are the programs I use on my Win 8.1 Desktop.


    1. StartIsBack+ - Obvious reasons.


    2. Stardock Fences - Group icons into reduced opacity "fences" plus it removes the shortcut arrow and suffix.


    3. Old New Explorer - Get the look of the Windows 7 explorer back.


    4. Aero Glass for Win 8.1 - Obvious reasons.


    5. Win+X Menu Editor - Removed the user command prompt and chopped the suffix of admin command prompt.

  6. The "Terminate modern apps with the close button" option doesn't work completely. Clicking the close button (x) on a modern app closes the app, but still leaves it in the Task Manager.


    The only two methods I've seen that permanently close an app are good 'ol Alt + F4 and the click and drag way or closing only this time you have wait until the app flips around.

  7. Ptd163, what is your Windows version? Ideally (BigMuscle has asked above) what is the specific version info for dwmcore.dll and udwm.dll in your System32 directory? You can get that info by right-clicking on them (individually) and choosing Properties, then clicking the Details tab.

    Good things are coming, folks. Give BigMuscle a little time to organize everything and get another release out.


    It was a empty, fresh Windows 8.1 Pro VM so I'm guessing it's whatever the factory default version is. I'll check the properties though next I power it on.

    Edit: It worked fine no problem on a physical drive that had 8.1 installed. I see it has a watermark in the lower right of the screen. Does that get removed with the paid version?

  8. I was going testing this is out on a Windows 8.1 VM and it's giving me an error.


    Here is the debug log

    2014-01-25 10:55:11][0xA20:0xCB0] Installing DWM hook...[2014-01-25 10:55:11][0xA20:0xCB0] Module: C:\AeroGlass\dwmglass.dll[2014-01-25 10:55:11][0xE6C:0xC4C] Donation key not loaded (2)[2014-01-25 10:55:11][0xE6C:0xC4C] Machine ID: HG6J35L5EOQHSL26UUIKL3P55LLLBYISQILOFVVAQLOMUCOQ[2014-01-25 10:55:12][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:15][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:16][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:16][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:17][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:17][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:18][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:19][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:20][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:20][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:21][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:22][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:23][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:23][0xE6C:0xC60] DWM incompatibility error 0x481[2014-01-25 10:56:25][0xE6C:0xC60] CSettingsManager not found, running in LIMITED MODE!

    I was a bit overzealous in clicking the retry button.

  9. Mega props to you Tihiy. With your two small programs you have made the Windows 8 family more user friendly, more enjoyable, and more appealing than the entirety of the billion dollar corporation that developed it.

    Once again. Mega props.

  10. ja97c6.png

    Did Microsoft actually stop supporting this tool, or something wrong with my computer?

    MGADiag Output

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