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  1. Update: I managed to track down the patch, here is the code that supposedly fixes the bug. Not tried it yet. ' [ MS .NET Framework 4 - WinXP Slow Boot Fix v3.1 ] ' This Script will fix silently in the background a Microsoft .NET Framework 4 bug that causes a slow Windows XP boot up. ' This Microsoft .NET Framework 4 bug can occur, for example when reinstall Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or when installing new Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Updates. Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") ExeFile = objShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%SystemRoot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\ngen.exe") If (objFSO.FileExists(ExeFile)) Then objShell.Run Chr(34) & ExeFile & Chr(34) & "eqi", 0, false End If WScript.Quit It's a .vbs script.
  2. Does anyone have a mirror of those Hotfixes please?. I'd like to slipstream them in a recent nlite install. In any case, I'm curious if when these are present on systems running on non-target motherboards, if they will cause problems or not.
  3. Hi, Is there an easy way to "track" services behaviour at log on for windows XP? I installed a ethernet device driver, upon reboot + logon (and everyone subsequent logon) explorer loads however majority of windows stuff refuses to open (some non .net apps can). Things like Device manager, network connections, control panel, won't open for circa 2minutes. I suspect that a service which is supposed to run at startup impdes the usual logon sequence. Is there a tool out there that can monitor the sequence? FYI: It's definately the ethernet driver that does it because upon fresh install of XP (which takes but a minute) everything works as expected until IT alone is installed. Even after uninstall, the hang persists. Trried both manual installation of the driver via device manager and the provided installshield package, both lead to the same end. Cheers fellas EDIT: problem goes away if I Disable the connection in Network Connections (or device in device manager). Very strange
  4. Is anyone familiar with this bug and if so, how do you approach it? For anyone interested: the bug occurs when one installs .NET framework 4.0 on clean XP SP3. Apps at log on are delayed for 2minutes on the first reboot after installing 4.0 and occurs everyboot thereafter until 4.0 is otherwise uninstalled). In a pre-made image of XP, available on the web, there is described a feature called "F4SBF Patch v2.0" which supposedly fixes this. I don't want to link to the page due to forum policy. I'm curious what this update entails. References https://rejzor.wordpress.com/slow-windows-xp-startup-fix/ https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/cb75c4dc-e0af-4b22-85b2-c2c1b08bfea1/why-does-net-framework-4-client-profile-slow-down-boot-time-network-creation
  5. Can you suggest a lightweight alternative to daemon tools ?
  6. shorterxp

    Error 995: Anybody familiar, how to fix?

    Updated Post #1
  7. Hi jaclaz For 'users' curiosity, see end of post. While that thread is related, the problem described here is separate. To put the problem visually: Attempt 1 Unattended procedure Reboot NLITE.CMD calls other SFX - all of them work NLITE.CMD calls Daemon_SFX.exe: FAIL Taskbar appears / Unattended procedure complete Outcome: Daemon not installed without user input Attmept 2 Unattended procedure Reboot NLITE.CMD calls other SFX - all of them work Taskbar appears / Unattended procedure complete Manual execution of Daemon_SFX.exe*: OK Outcome: Daemon installed but with user input *file is in same directory as previous. The only apparent difference is the chronology of taksbar, which marks the end of NLITE.CMD and unattended setup. MHZs may work but I was less familiar on how to apply it. For me, installing SPTD via cmdlines.txt (t12) and then daemon.exe via NLITE.CMD with the usual reboot in between was simpler (except for this SFX which now won't install automatically - goddamnit!). users: I may distribute my XP install amongst my peers to satisfy a small project. If daemon won't install without user input then I could put a shortcut to the package on the desktop in order for users to install it manually. I could also use MHZ method but I'm curous about why my mehod doesn't work.
  8. Hi, Would like some pointers about RunOnce stage. I cannot fathom why RunOnce wont install this SFX.exe. Its tedious having restart clean boots just to troubleshoot this. A particular app refuses to install (no error given) even though the exe itself works OK if run (manually) after the RunOnce procedure completes (i.e after the desktop shows).. With manual execution it installs as intended. Its a SFX archive, in a directory on the install media. The other SFX executables in that directory work fine also. Few possibilities: Is there a limit on the number of commands NLITE.CMD can make at RunOnce? Maybe XP does not like SFX packed with the latest WinRAR? Edit: I repacked SFX with older 2006 version of WinRAR. Issue persists. Perhaps daemon installer within the SFX seeks a directory that doesn't exist until complete login (i.e. when task bar appears)? Heres the example NLITE.CMD (the very last stage of unattended). @ECHO OFF for /f "tokens=3" %%i IN ('reg query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup /v "SourcePath" ^| findstr "REG_SZ"') do set SOURCE=%%i %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\QL.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\TCPO.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\PowerMenu.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\DreamAquarium.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\SV.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\CoreTemp.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\SumatraPDF.exe %SOURCE%\AUTOADD\DaemonTools.exe @ECHO Please Wait as MS Office is Installed... @ECHO OFF %SOURCE%\OFFICE2003\SETUP.EXE TRANSFORMS="UNATTENDED.MST" /qn %SOURCE%\OFFICE2003\O12Conv.msi %SOURCE%\OFFICE2003\Activate.exe %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /C "START RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,3" EXIT Really would like daemon integrated into unattended. If all else fails, I will have to instruct users to install it manually instead. (love this forum btw - it's really quick).
  9. It's evident now why the AutoIT script is needed. I wasn't aware. 4.08 allows silent install but comes with adware, where as earlier verisons don't come with adware but don't allow silent install. Typical. Nevertheless I insisted on silent DT installer for 3.46 using AutoHotKey script. Heres a footprint comparison of both options. AutoIT script (800 kb) DT 4.09 Installer (1.7 mb) AutoHotKey Script (180 kb) DT 3.46 Installer (497 kb) shorterxp Silent DT Installer (SFX archive). Autorun and virtual drives are disabled upon installation. To mount, daemon needs to be run and virtual drives needs to set to 1.
  10. Hi, After some thinking, it seems there is 3 ways of doing this. I note order of SPTD and Daemon is important. M1) AutoIT script to check driver presence before installing driver package. M2) Add driver installer to i386/SVCPACK and adding a line to SVCPACK.inf under [Hotfixes to run]. Then Run DT at RunOnce / NLITE.cmd M3) Run driver installer at cmdlines.txt silently. Then run DT at RunOnce / NLITE.cmd Given my own custom install will not have driver present (I can't think of a scenario where it would be already, given he who develops unattended install is in control of such things). I'm not familair with SVCPACK.inf, method 3 is proably the easiest for me... Does anyone object with 3, instead of 2, or 1. Any potential problems? It should work in any scenario (ignoring the scenario M1 addresses - pre-existence of SPTD.sys) Thanks
  11. shorterxp

    Force windows to ignore Bios clock?

    thanks fellas
  12. On occasion the power in my house goes out as I am on pre payment meter. Loss of power resets the BIOS time, consequently so is the time in Windows. Is there a way to make windows time static / independant of the BIOS time?
  13. I could have googled that myself :dow: To clarify: robvanderwoude.com the choice example, using choice.exe did not work as desired. The example on wikipedia, also ussing choice.exe, did work.