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  1. To avoid even bigger choclate coated banana, here is the situation / requirement Ideally, a single executable (thats beside relevant .iso) of which does the following when clicked: - mounts iso to virtual drive - launches the autorun.exe on the newy created virtual drive. This is so to aid users who may be unfamiliar with how to use archive software / have necessary space to unpack the 8gb iso and/or may not know how to mount virtual drive. A exectuable downloaded alongside the iso makes for a more intuitive experience. The autorun inside the iso guides the player with the remainder of the installation. The content is only ever officially distributed as an .iso, which is why I though this would be a good idea. My current, working, though not ideal solution involves Imdisk_custom.exe (as seen 2nd previous post) in the same directory as the iso, as well as a batch script beside that. Although Imdisk installs perfectly, it would need to be manually uninstalled - this is ok. There is however the small annoyance of two seperate files, now next to the .iso. A single .exe would be better. I propose a SFX self extracting archive with slimmed down verison of the original 7z archive contents, that 1) installs imdisk, 2) mounts the iso 3) runs autorun in one single instance - However the SFX extracts the batch script to temp folder, which of course is no longer in the same directory as the .iso, so I ask if there is a way to pass the launch directory on to the script. In other words, If example.iso and example_sfx.exe (latter of which does steps 1,2,3), are in C:/example_folder, and example_sfx.exe is launched, is there a way for the script now in a sfx temp folder / orphaned from the iso, to query (and use) initial launch directory, in this example "C:/example_folder"? For example: [...] %windir%\system32\ImDisk -a -m Z: -f %Mystery_Launch_Dir_variable%\prbf2_1.5.0.0_full.iso Z: START "" autorun.exe Perhaps source_path or start_path is a better descriptor. An interesting aspect of SFX, which may be related is the sfxcmd variable. Perhaps this can be used in target script? Regarding filedisk: Both these are true. Modifying the IMDisk install.inf as you suggest in order to avert installation is daunting to me, so I might try filedisk too if its suitable. I note Filedisk v15 readme states reboot is required and files to be placed in sys32 so maybe it isn't suitable? Thanks for the help
  2. Is it possible to run imDisk standalone? i.e. run the VirtualDisk Service temporariliy without incurring installer, nor the need to run service at startup?
  3. For some reason 'Mount with IMDisk Virtual Disk' appears on all files in explorer, even irrelevant ones like cmd. Expunge the following registry key to prevent this. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\ImDiskMountFile Here is my silent repack with this fix included: OneDrive (761kb). It's a SFX archive. and yes Chocloate banana is a habit I must admit. Thank you for your invaluable assistance once again//
  4. Ok, I uninstalled SPTD rebooted the OS and installed IMGDisk alone and it seems to work without SPTD. This is so much easier, I cannot believe people recommend to use SPTD + Daemon when IMGDisk does it off the bat without messing around with drivers at Unattended. In hindsight so much time was wasted making a silent Daemon installer (i.e. post #1) -.-
  5. thanks ! i'll try those out
  6. It's to Mount an .iso image
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Can you suggest a lightweight alternative to daemon tools ?
  12. shorterxp

    Error 995: Anybody familiar, how to fix?

    Updated Post #1
  13. 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.