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  1. Just tried to get to the primary site and grab vLite - just started over again and didn't back up the installer .exe (stupid mistake, I know) and the website is down apparently, showing "FUTURE HOME OF A DOTSTER-HOSTED WEBSITE" sooo... If anyone knows for sure what's going on, or can offer an alternate download location for the latest installer .exe I'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks, and have fun always... bb
  2. Been awhile since I've popped in, so let me clear up the myth quick: Aero and Aero Glass are the same thing. Seriously. Windows Vista comes with two "new" appearance schemes and this is what you see when you open the Appearance tab under Display Properties and drop the menu: As I recently posted at another forum, that's what you get. Aero and Aero Glass are the same thing, but people continue to think of them as different and they're not. Vista comes with two new GUI schemes: Windows Aero - commonly also called Aero aka Aero Glass which has all the pretty 3D effects, Flip3D, LiveThumbnails, etc. and Windows Vista Basic - commonly called Vista Basic aka Baby Blue which has none of that 3D stuff whatsoever. Microsoft did actually make mention of Aero and Aero Glass, but that's an old outdated misnomer now. They no longer advertise Aero and Aero Glass as two different things, sooo... Aero is Aero, period. So, if you've got Aero running, you get the 3D effects, you get the "Glass" reflections, you get it all. They no longer call Aero "Aero Glass," it's simply known as Aero now, even by Microsoft themselves although some older and not updated documents still refer to it as two seperate GUI appearance schemes. I'm not meaning to stir anything up here, but getting the facts straight is important most of the time to clear up the mess of inaccuracies that people keep spreading around. Hope this helps...
  3. I think it would be a great idea, as an option if at all possible. I've used that Registry file Pirillo offers, and the only real downside to it is that some content just doesn't fit in dialogs or onscreen properly anymore, and I've never really found out why. He does mention it in that article, so kudos to him for doing that - stating the positives while not leaving out the negatives. For me, it does make a noticeable difference overall, and I suppose he does have a point: it's silly to have so many interface fonts when just having a nice single fontface for the entire GUI seems to be the best possible idea from a design standpoint. So, if it's possible to make it as an option in vLite, go for it, but it needs to be optional. bb ps I voted Yes, obviously. pss If you read through the comments at the end of Pirillo's article, you'll find that someone also created a Registry file to reverse the whole thing as easily as you can make it happen. So those of you that are curious about what this can really do, you should look for that linkage down on the comments and try it with the "fixed" fonts, then reverse it if you're not happy. I can't imagine why you wouldn't however... I think it looks great all over with the "fix" in place... YMMV
  4. About the EULA thing: Technically using a tool like nLite on XP or vLite on Vista breaks the original EULA from Microsoft because you can't modify the code - and don't go there claiming you're just removing parts of it. Still doesn't matter, from a strictly legal standpoint (here in the US and in countries where the EULA is an actual binding agreement, that is, don't open that can of worms please) it's illegal to do the sort of m4d h4x0rin5 most of us do with nLite/vLite. Morally, it's another story. I believe that I have the right to do what I want with the code within reason: i.e., modify it for my own purposes as long as I don't distribute my modified code to anyone else, nor try to make a profit from the same modified code. Regardless, it's all fun and games and people learn things, so I'm all for it. bb
  5. I can almost fit my vLite Business Edition onto a single CD using my Plextor burner and GigaRec. With a bit more trimming it'll most like actually fit on one - then the real fun begins. I've burned 985MB CDs before on this thing using TDK 80 min CDRs, it works just fine. The resulting disc was readable in several different CD readers afterwards too. Should be interesting... bb
  6. bledd: I'm not pointing a finger or anything but I saw that error myself, and it's because you're probably using the WinBeta AIO DVD, and if so, it's not going to work. The WinBeta AIO DVD, for those that don't know it, is a hacked version; the WinBeta team did some tinkering with it before releasing it. They added some network code early on for some reason I haven't been able to figure out - you'll see a Command Prompt open up with a net start command that sits in the background on the initial setup screen in the GUI - and they replaced the wallpaper also. There are some other little hacks/glitches also that simply prevent vLite from working properly in my testing, and I tried Home, Home Premium, and Business editions - not one of them worked properly and resulted in that same error each time. To put it bluntly, so far in my testing it's this simple: vLite doesn't work on the WinBeta AIO DVD release, so if you have that one, forget it. Even copying the files to the hard drive doesn't help, nor does trying to copy just the necessary files and skipping the included 64 bit sources. You need to get an unmodified AIO disc, either from Microsoft or some other source, or a straight pure 32 bit Vista RTM DVD image to work with. I located a real Vista RTM ISO I grabbed almost as soon as Vista went RTM; it's nice and clean and the exact 32 bit ISO Microsoft has, and vLite works perfectly with it. I haven't had one single issue so far in my testing of the three editions: Home, Home Premium, and Business. I could care less about Ultimate, so my focus is Home and Business editions. Right now I'm vLiting Business and the ISO is about 1.17GB so... now to burn it and reinstall again, see how it fares. Home and Home Premium are most closely associated with XP Home, so Business - which is more like XP Pro - is my "ultimate" goal. A nice trim vLite edition of Business that's fast and mean... almost there... Thanks again, nuhi... simply amazing piece of work you've created... bb
  7. While I haven't installed it or started testing yet, just from the postings so far I'd say nuhi, you've got another piece of magic happening here. Kudos to you for all the hard work you've put in, and thanks... Now lemme find that Vista DVD...
  8. I've searched, not just this forum but many others. I've burned off a ton of ISOs on CDRW (thank some higher power for rewritable media). I've grabbed different SATA drivers (I'm using standard Intel hardware these days). And after a few days of this over and over and over again, I still haven't had one success in getting some damned SATA drivers integrated into the following OSes: XP Pro SP2 (32 Bit) XP Pro 64 Bit Edition 2K3 Enterprise (32 Bit) 2K3 Enterprise 64 Bit Edition And I'm reaching the end of my limits on frustration. I've been using nLite for a long time now, since it first appeared, and it's one of the coolest and most useful things I've ever encountered in my 3 decade long career. Yeah, I've been doing this a long time, so I'm smart enough to say "Ok, I'm stumped, I'm a n00b, and I need some help." I've followed the various SATA driver integration instructions here at this forum and several others, as I said, and I still get nowhere. The closest I've been able to get so far was with XP64 yesterday. The hard drive was recognized (w00t!!!) for what it was, and I was able to repartition it during the text mode portion of XP setup, but... When it came to formatting the drive, the setup choked and came up with an error stating it can't write to the drive, so obviously something either crapped out on me or I did something wrong with the integration. But at least it did recognize the hard drive for it's full capacity and specs - I even saw the Intel ICH7 driver get loaded during the initial driver loading before the first menu appeared, so I knew I'd done at least something right at that point. Gateway MX6931 laptop with the following hardware: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz (667 MHz FSB) T5500 2GB PC2-4200 RAM (533 MHz) 160GB 5400 rpm Hitachi SATA I 2.5" hard drive The rest is pretty standard stuff, but here's what Device Manager says for the SATA controller and such: The "Mass Storage Controller" there is the 4-n-1 media card reader that I just haven't installed the driver for as of yet, it's not relevant for now. So, I'm wondering if someone can explain this me like I'm a 6 year old. I'm making some rookie error here in this process and it's p***ing me off. The drivers I've located are part of the Intel Storage Matrix driver set released on November 8th (about 2 weeks ago). It's for all versions of Windows, 32 bit and 64 bit alike, so I simply don't know what I'm doing wrong when it comes to integrating them, or what step I'm missing, leaving out, or just completely pooching in the process. All I do know is that I've tried this like 40 times so far, and even with my external 18x Plextor that can burn a CDRW lickety split (I use some 10x CDRW media), this is getting a bit old and turning into a complete waste of time. Vista installs perfectly, but of course it's brand new and it covers all the SATA hardware on the market, for the most part. I hope someone can point me in the right direction, or provide some step-by-step instructions that work for me - notice I said "for me" since the ones I've followed so far don't seem to work "for me" even with the integration, the config file editing, etc etc. My intention is to get the procedure down pat and then create my own custom CDs for each of the OSes listed above - with the proper SATA support - so I can just do the software testing I'm paid to do and get the OSes installed properly at least once so that I can then make proper images using True Image and hopefully never need to do this again. Thanks for your time... bb
  9. Well, I did a few searches here for "winflp" and "windows fundamentals" and "fundamentals" and I got zip-nada-nothing for responses, so here we go. Anyone have any experience with this particular form of Windows? The Microsoft page that talks about it sure doesn't say much. A Google search found references to a few brave souls that have tried installing it in VMWare machines and natively with seemingly good results. Considering the bare minimum install is 80MB - basically turning a PC into an RDP "dumb terminal" - I'd think there'd be a lot more discussion about this particular version of Windows, especially in the nLite community. Anyone tried this thing yet, or does anyone have anything useful to comment on? Just curious... thanks bb

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