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Lex24

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  1. You are using an obsolete reg file. Here is the proper one: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\POSReady] "Installed" = dword: 00000001 There must be a single blank line after the first line. Use Windows to create the file, do not use Linux, it's just more headaches, testing, etc.. For instance, Gedit in Linux creates two blank lines instead of one. Here is more information about reg file format: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/310516/how-to-add-modify-or-delete-registry-subkeys-and-values-by-using-a-reg Btw, you can also use Clonezilla to create an image of a single partition. I have a few instances of XP, POSReady 2009 and Win7, some with .Net, some without, on a single computer (with two hard disks) and Clonezilla installed on its own dedicated Ext4 partition. Works like a charm.
  2. According to Major Geeks (see the page mentioned in my post): "The tool relies and uses the same WU infrastructure, all downloading is through WU." So if you run WUMT on an XP machine with POSReady updates enabled you will get the same updates as you would get running Windows Updates in IE8.
  3. It doesn't matter with XP, but for Win10 there is a newer utility inspired by WUMT available: https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr/
  4. I have found a solution: Windows Update Mini Tool. You can use it in Online Mode or even in Offline Mode. All POSReady updates are supported until 2019-Apr-05 (KB4500331 from May is missing). 1) The utility can copy KB file names to the clipboard using the same format as Microsoft Update Catalog. You need to click the button marked in blue at the screenshot below: This way you will get a text file similar to this one: [ Security Update for Windows XP (KB956572) ] http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2009/03/windowsxp-kb956572-x86-enu_a2463f484318332e8319dd931c87b27cf747b2de.exe [ Security Update for Windows XP (KB952004) ] http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_28e11ce4e9083f84c7b9903716904a94dc6b7280.exe http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_09e9035221a8d945e27f97508213436068aca018.psf http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-express-enu_bb1028e1f5de91ab2a0466a8f0903d43f141a323.cab I couldn't get Linux sed command to work to clean it up. grep command is another option. It's on to-do list for now. The idea is to have a final file, without any empty lines or comments, named e.g. download.txt: http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2009/04/windowsxp-kb923561-x86-enu_b8aac16b07ca89c7dde4d724c808ff88faa456ec.exe http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2009/03/windowsxp-kb956572-x86-enu_a2463f484318332e8319dd931c87b27cf747b2de.exe http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/secu/2008/11/windowsxp-kb952004-x86-enu_28e11ce4e9083f84c7b9903716904a94dc6b7280.exe Now you can use wget in Linux to download all the files straight from the server. On my slow DSL connection it took just over five minutes to get 214 files (228 MB) with all updates for the base POSR 2009 installation: wget -i download.txt There might be some commands in XP's native CLI to do all this, Powershell is probably not needed for that. 2) WUMT also has an option (the button marked in red on the screenshot above) to download KB files to: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download However in that case you get cryptic file names in the WU format. 3) Another interesting feature of WUMT is Offline Mode, which allows checking which updates are missing on a machine without internet connection. Offline Mode will be useful once XP's update servers get shut down. I have run it on a fresh installation of POSReady 2009 without any network driver and it works like a charm. To get Offline Mode working you need to get file "wsusscn2.cab" from Microsoft and place it in the same directory as WUMT file: // Any directory wumt_x86.exe wsusscn2.cab Offline Mode only allows getting a list of missing updates, there is no way to download any files. As long as WU servers are working Online Mode might be a better choice as it seems to offer more optional updates. I have tested all the above in Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 so it should work in XP with POSR updates enabled as well. 4) WUMT can be downloaded straight from the developer or from Major Geeks: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-update-minitool.64939/ https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_update_minitool.html File wsusscn2.cab is available here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/wua_sdk/using-wua-to-scan-for-updates-offline Some more information can be found here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/926464/a-new-version-of-the-windows-update-offline-scan-file-wsusscn2-cab-is https://win10.guru/toolkit-item-windows-update-minitool-wumt/
  5. Does anyone have any experience using WSUS Offline Update application with POSReady enabled XP? Apparently WSUS ESR versions have support for XP and Vista. The last v9.2.6 ESR was released on 2019-Nov-08. I'm trying to find a way to automatically pull all the updates for the clean installation of Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and store them on the hard drive. Microsoft's Windows Updates were still working when I last checked on Friday (2019-Nov-16). WSUS Offline Update can be found here: http://download.wsusoffline.net XP support of ESR versions was mentioned in the third post from 2019-July-12 in the following thread: "On decommissioning of update servers for 2000, XP, (and Vista?) as of July 2019".
  6. Lex24

    nLite Reference Guide

    nLite will work just fine with the original .Net v2.0 SP2, there is no need to update or install any higher version: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=1639
  7. It is from 2019-Jan-04. I like to manually check MSFT Update Catalogue once a week or so: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Home.aspx https://postimg.cc/k6FZmcpw You need to sort this column to get the latest updates shown on top: https://postimg.cc/6Ttghk8P
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    Removing WMP

    I have had another look at Last Session.ini in nLite and it turns out I forgot to remove Media Center component (Components - Multimedia). This could possibly explain why Microsoft Update picks up those two old high priority updates. Both updates are included in XPSP3_QFE_UpdatePack_10-10-17.7z and if they are missing it most likely means that they were removed by nLite during integration process. In that case it should be ok to simply ignore them. I use Linux for every day computing and only need Windows to run a few applications (Excel, income tax software, etc). I decided to build a lean XP system geared specifically towards those few selected applications.
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    Removing WMP

    I have removed WMP and WMP 6.4 but Microsoft Update picks up the following high priority updates from 2011 as missing. They are both for WMP: KB 2479943 KB 2619339 I'm not sure about the best practices in such a case, whether it's better to ignore or install those updates? The XP was built from the following packages and then manually updated with a few KB*.exe files for the last few weeks. The system is lean and works perfectly. It's just over 3.3 GB (including 2 GB default pagefile.sys). XPSP3_QFE_UpdatePack_10-10-17.7z XPSP3_QFE_POSReady_Addon_20171115_5er.7z YumeYao_IE8_Addon_Clean_ENU_1.5.35.7z The following updates were installed manually from Microsoft Update Catalog as they became available after 2017-Nov-15: KB4049068 KB4051956 KB4052978 KB4052303 For the record, here are the links to the packages mentioned above: https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7184&sid=20369196b32dc785d016360d976b1c2d https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10479&sid=256a9e5f393205ae0332563b678dfd69 https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10482
  10. Lex24

    Removing WMP

    Is it safe to completely remove Windows Media Player and later replace it with more modern alternative (like VLC), or are there going to be some side effects (error pop-ups, missing buttons in Windows Explorer, etc).
  11. I have replaced Harkaz's USP4 with XPSP3 QFE Update Pack and everything works ok now, there is nothing missing. I have actually removed even more components and made more tweaks in nLite than I originally did with USP4. Harkaz's USP4 is a "service pack" so it doesn't require any third party utilities for integration into SP3 source, it can be easily done from the command line (as shown in the first post). XPSP3 QFE Update Pack, on the other hand, is an "update pack" and can only be integrated using nLite or RVMi, so all testing must be done using those two utilities. Unlike USP4, XPSP3 QFE Update Pack and related addons are still actively developed, so the system is up-to-date after the first boot. For the record, the update pack and addons integrated into SP3 source were as follows: XPSP3_QFE_UpdatePack_20170808.7z XPSP3_QFE_POSReady_Addon_20170916_5er.7z YumeYao_IE8_Addon_Clean_ENU_1.5.33.7z https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7184 https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10479 https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=10482
  12. Thanks for your suggestion and the link. I have created a new USP4 installation, this time using nLite only, so the integration of SP4 into SP3 was done by nLite and not from the command line. Unfortunately this didn't solve any of the problems described in the first post.
  13. Update: I have run nLite with the same settings on SP3 source (created from the same iso file) and all components are present after XP installation. So the problem seems to be poor interaction between Harkaz's Unofficial SP4 and nLite, at least with my particular configuration. I'll try another SP3 update pack instead.
  14. I'm running nLite on Unofficial SP4 by Harkaz. After the installation some components are missing: 1) OOBE folder is present but all files are missing and all subfolders are empty: http://i.imgur.com/9m23m1q.png 2) Logical Volume Manager won't start (error: The RPC server is unavailable) http://i.imgur.com/aZJQFLE.png http://i.imgur.com/3gnstMg.png 3) msinfo32 won't start or is missing (I don't know where exactly it should be located, it's not system32 folder). 4) mspaint.exe is missing in system32 folder. 5) User Accounts won't start so it's impossible to setup classic login dialog box. I have installed the full SP4 (created without using nLite) on the same machine and there are no problems. But it's an older computer with a single core AMD64 and the full version takes too long to boot, probably because Harkaz's SP4 includes .Net 3.5. After .Net is removed with nLite SP4 boots and runs very fast. The machine had originally XP MCE 2005 installed (so the activation key is for MCE) and SP4 was build from the official XP Pro SP3 iso. This discrepancy was taken care of by changing Channel ID and CD label to OEM. Such a workaround usually works ok because MCE is based on XP Pro. Channel ID ( /iso/i386/setupp.ini ) 76487000 => 76487OEM CD Label GRTMPOEM_EN SP4 source was created mostly using command line: a) CD burnt from the original iso en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-80428.iso sha1: 1c735b38931bf57fb14ebd9a9ba253ceb443d459 b) contents of the CD copied to hard drive using xxcopy utility xxcopy X:\ P:\XPCD\ /CLONE /V /PB c) SP4 integrated into SP3 P:\WindowsXP-USP4-v3.1b-x86-ENU.exe /integrate:P:\XPCD ----- For reference, Harkaz's SP4 is available here: https://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10321 ----------- Update: Ref. 4) mspaint.exe is missing in system32 folder The workaround for this is to place mspaint.exe in <components - advanced - keep box>. Ref. 5) User Accounts won't start so it's impossible to setup classic login dialog box. I have set classic logon in <tweaks - general - boot and shutdown> but still get the Welcome screen. Last Session.ini
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