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  1. ok, so i was able to fit Windows 10 20H2 onto a 4.7 GB dvd-rw disc, by shrinking the size to 4.05 GB. so i'm not sure exactly which way would be the quickest or straightforward, but one route is to use ntlite to add the image directory, which then should show more than one windows 10 version. what i did was delete all of them in the same area, except for windows 10 professional, but i think i took some other steps that may or may not have been necessary, such as converting to wim, then i think i clicked process process or something that created the iso. i dont remember exactly, but i believe when i used poweriso to convert wim back to esd ( after extracting the updated iso ), for less space, i then deleted the install.wim file, leaving install.esd with the lower size, then i opened up the directory again in ntlite, and created an iso, burned to disc, and it was able to boot off it, although, i only went as far as the screen that mentioned upgrade / custom install, as i didn't want to actually use the tested computer to install, but i think it would install and work fine. so the 4.05 GB size of the updated iso, is only for windows 10 professional 64 bit with version 20H2, as all the other versions, education / home, were removed.
  2. It’s been really stressful finding a way to fit the newer windows 10 version 20H2 onto a 4.7 GB dvd-rw, I’m currently doing a lengthy process with poweriso, converting Wim to esd, was using msmg toolkit earlier and I didn’t like. I’m trying to see how much space it will use once it’s in esd, because if it’s more, than that’s just stupid, because I removed all other windows versions, but windows 10 pro, so it shouldn’t use more, if it’s supposed to be back to its normal state but without the other separate windows versions. I don’t need to remove that much stuff, the base size downloaded from The media creation tool is 4.57 GB, and this included other selectable windows versions, home, education, of course not needed for me, as I just need the pro version, however, the only one I found stand-alone is over 5 GB..., what gives? I only need to free a little over 200 MB, as just under 4.37 GB is the max for 4.7 GB dvd discs. it’s dumb in the sense that the two programs ntlite and msmg toolkit, add more space on top of the image when it’s converted to wim, which requires you to delete A lot of stuff, which is counter intuitive. Not to mention I don’t want to be removing things Unnecessarily or worry about Messing up the windows 10 functioning, even though I looked at some videos on the options, it’s just not a straightforward solution. Using poweriso, msmg toolkit or nlite, make the computer extremely slow, which is odd, because it seems to have effect when I was in desktop view, but when I was playing a game earlier, it didn’t seem to affect it At all, yet outside that, as simple as trying to open settings menu would take several seconds or as much as half a minute, could it just be that these programs are extremely taxing on the cpu? As the disk usage hardly goes up, only like 4 percent or so, with 50 percent memory, but CPU at 100 percent for most of the time, using an i5 4200m, 8 GB ram, and 240 GB ssd.
  3. i was just wondering what the differences are with using the private network profile option in windows 10, with "turn off network discovery" and "turn off file and printer sharing" checked in the advanced sharing options window, as opposed to using the same settings but with the public profile? i just want to know the pros and cons, because i tried googling this, but i couldn't find any helpful info. currently, i have done registry / local security policy / settings changes, with use of private network without network discovery and file and printer sharing, and i was able to find the solution to force it to use private network profile, as before, it kept going back to public profile, the cuprit seemed to be from not using the local security policy. i just want to know if there are any drawbacks, or what would be the pros, if having it in the way that i have it right now, outside the obvious of not having network discovery and file and printer sharing.
  4. i personally do not like to use third party apps to change settings, unless there is no other choice or practical workaround. that being said, i was wondering if anyone knows what would be the most optimal settings for telemetry on windows 10. what i mean by this is, i only want the crucial factors that microsoft would need to provide updates, etc. from what i researched, windows 10 enterprise is the only one that's mentioned for allowing the "0" enabled setting in group policy for allowtelemetry setting, however, the connected user experience and telemetry service in services.msc must be in the default setting, enabled / manual? for it work properly? but the same also would need to be done for professional and home editions for example, if using the "1" setting in group policy for allowtelemetry. the only other setting i can think of that also needs to be set is required diagnostic data, found in settings - privacy - diagnostics & feedback. however, from what i also looked at, there is something else related to the telemetry from taskmanager, called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser", which can somehow be disabled. if someone knows what would be the best settings or a recommendation for all this, that would be nice. for me, the datacollection and privacy is one thing, but another is knowing how much there'd be slowdown and from what angles. i can understand the frustration from people alike, who share the same concern, because not knowing the exact details of whats happening from all these windows 10 things is a problem.
  5. there are two options that i just tested that have been straightforward for me ( tested on windows 2000, but apparently should work the same on windows 9x ): option 1 - saving screenshot into paint and saving as jpeg / png, etc. this option may be the easiest / most straightforward. in windows 2000, all i did was click prt sc, and then opened paint - edit - paste, with paint showing entire desktop screenshot. then to save, just go to file - save as - jpeg / PNG, etc. option 2 - prt sc, then open xnview, edit - paste, then file - save as - whatever file type.
  6. i was wondering where the screenshots are saved in windows 2000, and what's the correct command for capturing a full screenshot under windows 2000? i tried doing windows key + prt sc, but two things, it's unclear whether the screenshot went through and two, if it did, where does the screenshot get saved? i tried checking pictures in all folders, and also clipbrd.exe, however, i could not get the image / file to be present in those areas. also, this topic was for windows 2000, but if someone can mention how this can be done through windows 95 and 98SE, that would be nice. when opening clipbrd.exe, and pressing paste or w.e, nothing happens. the only other thing i can think of is pressing windows key + prt sc, then opening paint and selecting paste there?
  7. i guess it's a little early to tell or maybe there hasn't been enough testing to validate this from outside sources ( i'll test it when i can ), but it seems that if one wants to still receive all windows updates, EXCEPT for upgrading to the latest version of windows, then one could maybe follow the group policy (gpedit.msc) method you mentioned for only the "Turn off the offer to update to the latest version of Windows set to Enabled" portion", while keeping "configure automatic updates" to enabled, at least, i don't feel that it makes sense to disable ALL updates in windows 10 at least. ( windows 7 update process is a whole different story, i think i would usually use the download updates but let me choose when to install them option ), and i guess the only harm with disabling the automatic updates in windows 10 is you simply would need to do it manually here and there, no biggie, but i rather just kept it at default / enabled, but part of it is because i'm concerned about the way windows 10 manages these things, which is why i don't wan't to touch that setting specifically, but if you're disabling automatic updates completely with the intention of not even manually updating windows ( not version, just the stuff in it ), that doesn't make any sense, because you'd be losing out on actual necessary updates, security / bug fixes, etc. additionally, you might also need to use the registry settings mentioned in the below thread to disable windows version upgrade, mentioned under "METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor", which involves two settings, unless there is other things that would need to be done or if one or any of these don't work, it would be nice if someone can chime in to see what does work. https://www.askvg.com/how-to-prevent-or-skip-feature-update-installation-in-windows-10/
  8. we'll if this is indeed true, then good to know, however, it may be advised to prevent feature updates from the guide that was referenced by blabley.
  9. no, i did not come across that guide up until now. i read through it briefly and it seems that the guide only works properly if you don't have windows 10 home, at least, one of the people who commented saying they had tried doing everything they could, his system still updated to the later featured edition, do note, his comment was in Sept. 14, 2019, it's unclear, if there would be difference now vs then. in all sense, i would probably test this out with windows 10 professional anyways.
  10. does anyone have a windows 98SE machine to test a specific application. it is performancetest v9. i wanted to know if it would install and work with the original kernelex 4.5.2. only version 6.0 build 1013 works officially, but if v9 can work, then you can upload your cpu passmark ( specifically single thread passmark score as well i believe ) to the cpubenchmark site, although, i believe it only will show up / pop up in the archived old version list, but at least it still will show on site. i used version 3.5 on windows 2000 earlier, and it listed the passmark of the computer as 210.1, however, it doesn't appear to have a specific cpu passmark, or at least, if someone is more familiar with this program, maybe there is a specific entry that would indicate it, that in other words might have been called something else in the older versions? it also measured at 662.3 megaflops for the machine, which used a regular hard drive at 5400 or 7200 rpm, 768 MB ram, 64 MB integrated intel gpu, and celeron 2.4 Ghz mobile processor with 128 KB of cache. the reason why i was using version 3.5 of the program is because it works on as old as windows 95 and it's lightweight, at less than 1 MB, where as the v9 version is about 50 MB.
  11. so microsoft is planning on releasing the 20H2 version of windows 10 soon, and i was just wondering, is it possible to prevent the system from automatically updating to the newer version, as i plan on keeping version 2004 that i currently use that works fairly well. the reason why i don't wan't to upgrade / use the newer version, is because in 20H2, they are planning on removing the classic control panel, which is a big no no. i don't understand why they can't just implement the bug fixes / increased performance, without doing all these unwarranted / unnecessary / forceful changes on us. is it possible to do such a thing, or it's only one or the other? also, does anyone know the more specific details on what exact bugs are fixed / performance increases there are? i do not know what they've changed in all these different versions, but it almost seems like version 2004 might be the last "good" version, depending on subjective user experience and needs. the reason being is because people will / can use older versions for many years in the support cycle, at least according to wikipedia, so it seems like the newer versions aren't a significant difference, aside from version 2004 i should say which for me, has been the "best".
  12. if im not mistaken, but isn't aero snap, aero shake, and aero peek still seperate from desktop composition anyways? yes, indeed you can't disable desktop composition on windows 10 anymore ( at least, i can't seem to find the desktop windows session manager service in services.msc anymore ), but i was just wondering on the more specifics. also, do you know if the "themes" service affects any of this? i think when you disabled themes on windows 7, it did something specific immediately in the background but i don't remember. is there any harm in disabling themes in windows 10 services.msc?
  13. so i tested the custom unofficial service pack 3.64 i made, and it works the way intended without sfx route. all that's needed is to extract the package if zipped, and run infex.exe. although i was only able to do light testing on the system and i didn't select most options in the installer, it installed mostly without any problems. there was a error related to possibly dma, complaining of missing tweaks.inf, and maybe another file or two, but as long as you skip these, there should be any other major issues. the wizard does bring up all options, but you'll be only selecting a few. make sure to select no for the message related to keeping files. also, directx 9.0c for some reason wouldn't run from infex.exe, so i ran dxsetup.exe from it's package. this package is definetely not a clean option, but at least it sheds over 30 MB of space for lighter builds.
  14. i skimmed quickly through the article you linked, and i'll say this, i do agree with some of the points you made, and as much i love windows 7, i've however made the decision to use windows 10 as my primary os from now on, primarily because i don't want to have to worry about certain applications not being supported anymore / not being able to use newer hardware, such as tiger lake, etc. yes, windows 7 will still receive some support till 2023/2024, however, this is primarily security updates, not major updates that in other words would allow increased functionality in newer games / applications. i actually had a certain desktop build in mind which would use a 9th generation intel processor with a supported motherboard, however, because of newer hardware being a lot faster, these systems are quickly obsolete and inferior to them. there is always a small chance i could go back and do some kind of windows 7 system, however, the windows 10 system i'm currently using has been working fairly ok, or at least partly because i've became more accustomed to it / used to it. custom modifications are always possible, however, it's a question of whether it's worth it and seeing what you would miss out by using a windows 7 system vs windows 10. in my case, an experiment could be using intel tiger lake built desktop system on windows 7, which i doubt would be possible. you could use a supported dedicated gpu, however, the chipset may not work properly and / or certain things such as ACPI, etc, not to mention certain newer applications or things may not work, so even if you could create a custom ISO / nlite package or what have you, you'll end up being disappointed because it doesn't support all the necessary things you need, even if it's just one app, and then your forced to ( in this case ) to migrate to windows 10. case and point, technology and things are rapidly moving and i've had to make a more select choice on how to go about it, and that is to use windows 10 from now on primarily. i think the only annoyance in particular that i can think of so far would be microsoft coming out with another version update, which then would require re-tweaking and / or recreating another updated ISO so that i use the newest version on my builds always. for one, they'd done things such as changing the names of services, in services.msc, and i had to research why i couldn't find superfetch in services.msc, because it basically was renamed to sysmain, which also controls other things like prefetch. after i disabled that, the system no longer did superfetching and prefetching. other problems have been relatively minor, but i haven't done enough testing to see how it really holds, such as gaming. i've only used youtube to watch videos mainly and general web browsing, and it's been fine and snappy for that. one certain rare occasions, the system may not respond when i click something, there is no freezing, it simply doesn't execute what i clicked, such as the clicking the start button or menus. btw, do you mind me asking you what your general specs of the pc you use? i was wondering how much ram for example your system uses at "idle", or with no opened applications. mine with a i5-4200m with 8 GB of ram, using windows 10 professional 64 bit version 2004, uses minimum of about 1.6 GB, to anywhere around 2 GB at idle.
  15. instead of deleting the other entries in the infex.ini file, i just left them in the default manner and just referenced in my document to not install certain things. infex.exe now launches without errors and includes all necessary options ( tested on windows 10 ). now, it's unclear whether or not it will indeed install what i need and there isn't anything missing that i may have accidentally deleted or what have you, but very soon, i'll have my system to test 98SE, and hopefully all things work out the way i expect to. however, instead of using the sfx created exe file, i simply made the package into winrar / zipped ( at least for now to test ). the sfx route doesn't seem to have been necessary in the first place, because the infex.exe is basically what executes the entirety of the program. all one really would need to do in order to customize, is do what i did to reduce space, which was simply deleting certain files here and there, so i will be looking to test in this way first.
  16. i was wondering for one, what's the whole purpose of windows aero since windows 7, but particularly with windows 10? the reason why i ask is because i noticed an indirect or direct relationship between modified settings that used the "adjust for best performance" in performance options menu, actually WORSENING performance or causing issues, as opposed to helping, but this was based off a windows 7 based systems at the time i believe. i don't remember the exact details, but it was something to do with fullscreen / windowed mode or something that causes certain games to actually perform worse. this was what was mentioned in forums of people talking about aero. because of this, i reverted doing the "adjust to best performance" option, but rather it's intended for people to use the default setting, or let windows choose what's best for my computer... basically, i want to know if disabling all aero related things in windows 10 would improve performance and / or help with stability, or would it cause issues, and if so, what would the issues be? also, does the "Adjust for best performance" have any role in any of this? i'm just trying to refine my windows 10 system as much as possible, i try to only find tweaks that directly improve performance, and / or increase ssd life with little to no noticeable effect to performance. for example, i've just recently found that superfetch is no longer in windows 10's services.msc, because it's basically renamed to sysmain now, i disabled it and found no issues so far. other tweaks, such as open shell are more for usability, although it's light, it uses about 1.6 MB only. as a side note, i've already went and turned off everything or almost everything related to special effects / animations, aero related, etc, in the "Settings" folders of windows 10. there are some additional things i didn't do that i'm in the process of deciding to do or not, such as registry or gpedit.msc routes for disabling of aero related stuff, but before i do that, i want to see if it really would be beneficial or helpful for my goals. other than that, i'm curious to know any specific manual tweaks you guys know of, i do not want to use add ons at all, as someone else from the other post suggested mostly add ons, but i was looking for manual tweaks.
  17. i was wondering for those who have moved from windows 7 to windows 10, what has been experience so far, what specific problems have you had / still have, what do you like, and do you mainly use windows 10, have you recently moved on over temporarily, or very specific reasons? for me, i installed windows 10 on my main system just recently, and did some tinkering / tweaks and adjustments, such as installing open shell and so with all i have done so far, it seems to be working fairly well on version 2004. i did use install it / try it on other systems before in the last years, however, i didn't do nearly the same amount of modifications / tweaks as i did with my main system i am currently using, it was usually someone elses system i briefly used / casually used but usually not for my own. throughout this time, i have had a bit of a harsh view towards windows 10 overall, however, i think it might actually be smoother in operation and a tad faster than windows 7 from my recent testing, but again, do note, i have done many modifications and using 2004 version where which is supposed to be "better" in one sense, i can possibly include reference to a specific tweak or modification, perhaps if someone can mention what tweaks they already have done and / or if their having any issues with layout / performance, then there is a chance that i might have a solution for that i can give. i have not done enough thorough testing though to see if it really holds well or doesn't have any particular compatibilities or annoyances, as i have disabled / turned off a lot of features and things, so i'm hoping i didn't accidentally break something or cause any incompatibilities, time will tell with certain experimenting if that ends up being the case. i seem to have mainly made this thread to see if there is anything i'm missing or could do to optimize or get the best out of my system on windows 10, because although i have done many mods as mentioned, i feel like there may be a considerable amount of things yet done that i could do to help for stability / performance, etc. one thing i try to follow is to not do anything to which i think would be more problematic than helpful, such as disabling for services in services.msc. i have set to disable for example, the telemetry one or whatever it's called, the one that controls the maps ( downloaded maps manager ), geolocation service ( although for this one and last one, i didn't include it in my guide, because i think it may or may not come in handy, and less of a problem, because usually, it rarely would case any resource issues ), and that's pretty much it for services, and windows 10 doesn't mention superfetch here, so only it can be disabled by adding the relevant information in regedit, alongside the prefetch modification. i leave windows search enabled but i disable indexing on any storage device that is an SSD. this way, ssd writes less and windows search, and particularly in my case, open shell's windows 7 search menu still allows searching for all files, but simply will take a little longer.
  18. yes, that setting must also be present for the use categories view checkbox to show up, i thought i already put the url, but it is provided below, note, it mentions method 2, but i'm not sure if you only need one or the other, i would recommend doing everything, as i did both method 1 and 2, and of course, the open shell part to complete my requirements - https://www.faqforge.com/windows/windows-10/how-to-change-windows-10s-default-control-panel-view/
  19. so i was able to find the solution for open shell. it is found in the main menu tab for settings for open shell menu 4.4.152. all you need to do is check "use categories view for the control panel", click ok, and your done. however, the registry and gpedit.msc may still be needed, at least for opening control panel elsewhere, so i would do all three for a complete mod.
  20. I was wondering if there really is a way to make it so when opening control panel, regardless of how you last opened it, for it to always open in the category view in windows 10 if using the control panel display as a link option with the open shell add on? i had followed the instructions in the below article, but despite doing so, restarting system, it still open in large icons view. the modifications DO work for the default way of accessing control panel through either file explorer or windows system - control panel, however, accessing them through that route requires extra steps, and although you can pin to open shell start menu from the windows system route, i don't want to be opening it from there, but rather from the right side.
  21. ya, i realized i did something wrong when my main windows 7 system wasn't working properly, it was because it missed the steps on registering the files, after doing so, it fixed the system. as for the custom directx 9.0c specifically, it didn't change the error, and i also had tested it on windows 2000, and same error, so i just went and tested the old modded version ( deleted x64 folders ) and it worked fine. i had to remove some optional components from the archive to make up for the extra space of the 2nd modded dx9 package, but all has been cleared.
  22. so i re-packed everything again without modifying them and still gave the same error. i followed the instructions on registering files / showing hidden folders and files, etc, but none was relevant or fixed the problem ( there were was no directx folder / dxwebsetup file). also, the following commands were not able to be registered - regsvr32 /u gpkcsp.dll regsvr32 /u initpki.dll regsvr32 /u sccbase.dll regsvr32 /u slbcsp.dll. i went and tested it on a windows 10 64 bit system and it mentioned the same error.
  23. i am using winrar 3.92 32 bit version on windows 7 64 bit. don't ask why i'm using the 32 bit / older version of winrar, it was for a specific reason that i forgot about. i mentioned the size differences of the packages because it seems that microsoft used a different version of cabmaker or cabinet creater tool, and the size i freed which really was minimal, i only deleted some text basically, so i actually did a whole lot for what should have been only a very slight size decrease, but it ended up being about 8.7 MB less space, because either the software used, compress the files more and / or cabmaker 1.4 might have deleted stuff it shouldn't have, but i don't think the latter is the case, or would it? other info for cabmaker 1.4 settings was LZX for the compressiontype, and 21 for the compressionmemory.
  24. I wanted to make a custom directx 9.0c package for windows 2000 using cabmaker 1.4, but after replacing the cabs and testing it to see if it would launch / run properly on windows 7, it gave the error "A cabinet file necessary for installation cannot be trusted. Please verify the Cryptographic Services are enabled and the cabinet file certificate is valid". i was wondering what's going on and why i'm getting this error. i noticed that the original package was about 51.9 MB in winrar zipped ( which i already had deleted some stuff ), but it had worked as the 2nd modded type, but when doing the 3rd modification with new cabinet files, it doesn't launch / run properly anymore. the new size of the package is 43.2 MB zipped winrar.
  25. if you haven't already use this program, "Hmonitor (October 2004)" should be able to show your cpu, hdd and motherboard temperatures for your pentium 3 / 4 system, i'm not sure if it will be able to do the same with the core 2 duo one, but you can always try.

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