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in Windows XP
Posted November 7, 2006
in Windows 2000/2003/NT4
Posted November 3, 2006
There is a noticable improvement.
The main one I noticed was it runs as quick as it does when you first turn it on, all the time. I often left my PC on a week or a fortnight and it was constantly quick. I think it handles memory different to XP and its why you get this result, but don't quote me on that.
in Unattended Windows 2000/XP/2003
Posted November 2, 2006
I am unattending an MCE2005 install, but having an issue when it comes to booting the desktop. In my winnt.sif I have set resolution to 1280x800 and it works fine during installation, but once it reboots my res goes back to 800x600.
I have an Intel 915GM and integrated the gfx drivers via nLite.
Also, I don't get any playback of Title.wma during the Welcome Setup. I've read on a microsoft site (albeit using the sysprep unattended) that this is due to WMP10 being installed. MCE comes with WMP10 as standard - is this why I'm not getting playback? I still get the sound effects from the paperclip, but no music.
Posted October 30, 2006
I've followed the guide and got all my apps in and everything is unattended what I need, but I cant find reference to the Welcome screen and music.
On my old laptop, my sound card already had drivers on the disc, but I used XP Pro then (no SP). Now on my current laptop, I use MCE 2005, but sound drivers are not in the disc. When I intergrate with nLite, I get the sounds but no BG music - I should have mentioned this at the start. Is there the music included in SP2 installs?
Its my first full blown unattended install (closest I've done before is just leave a product key in winnt.sif for OEM discs).
I'm creating an OEM copy of XP MCE 2005, with preactivation.
Is it possible to have a CD/DVD where I can do the initial setup (drive partitioning etc), let it install automatically (No input need during the T-XX stages), install my essential apps, but then bring up the "Welcome to Windows" introduction where I choose Usernames, Autoupdates etc?
If it is possible to have the introduction, will it also include the Windows Welcome sounds and BG music? I have included my sound drivers via nLite, but when I'm testing it I only get sounds but no BG music.
Thanks, I'm sure I'll have a few more questions before I'm finished, but for now I should be OK
Posted October 12, 2006
I've been creating a copy of XP MCE using nLite 1.2.
I've added a driver (Rt2500 - wireless card), but it was originally on the root of a usb stick with a few other files. I only noticed it added the other files on the root of the stick during creation of the ISO, so I cancelled that and went into my nLite folder and deleted the files I wanted rid of.
But when I'm on the bluescreen install part, at about 99% of that process it will say it cannot find these files.
I can continue the process, but is there anyway I can modify my nLite folder so that it knows these files are no longer on the disc and won't ask me what to do?
in Windows Vista
Posted October 12, 2006
Edited October 12, 2006 by Biohead
I have had 2 BSOD's on this (One caused by me installing a driver that has NEVER worked on longhorn/vista though), the other was a Page Write failure. But apart from that it is amazing!
But one thing I have said all along is that Vista has really liked my hardware.
Posted October 10, 2006
I deleted my dvd of rc2 to make room for the next build they ctp, even if just for a few hours
This is almost definately THE LAST build that will be released as a Beta.
in Microsoft Office
Posted October 8, 2006
I THINK hes asking for a website that compares the differences between Operating System because he specialises in Networking and Hardware.
Check out Wikipedia - www.wikipedia.org - Search for the Operating Systems you want and it will give you lots of information on them.
Posted October 6, 2006
I'm not sure, but I've heard about a limited public release on monday - but don't quote me on that since I'm not sure.
Posted October 1, 2006
If its from browsing the net, open IE7, go to tools and chose delete browsing history. Then just use the delete cookies option.
in Windows PE
Posted October 1, 2006
Edited October 1, 2006 by Biohead
Thanks alot for this. I've been looking at a PE build, but since it would only have been out of interest rather than to serve to real purpose, I didn't really look at the complex guides so it never really materialised.
This is a good way to start looking at it, thanks alot Spooky.
Like everyone else has already said, feel free to use DOS if thats what you want! No one is forcing it upon you. If you want it plain and simple, just enable "Classic". I personally like the themes because I use the Sidebar a lot (Newsfeeds mainly). I'd hate it if it was as boring and bland as Win2k and would end up getting rid of it and losing the ease-of-use features (feeds, weather etc).
This is now the 21st Century - computers make up the majority of everyday life. They may as well make something with the option of being attractive if half the world will see it everyday! The same has happened with PDAs, Mobiles and even car interfaces (Dashboards, HUDs etc).
in Visual Styles
Assuming you mean the Royale Luna theme (XP MCE theme), you don't even need to patch uxtheme! Just download the theme from Microsoft (I.E. Signed theme!!) and then select it from the themes properties.
Posted September 27, 2006
It still under development. REMEMBER THAT IT IS STILL BETA!!!!!
There is a way to enable to though. Create a new key in the registry called WHOS under HKLM\Software\Microsoft
Then just go to Win Update and you will see a nice download available. But again - it is BETA. They don't let you download it by default for a reason!!!
Posted September 26, 2006
There is only 1 RTM version - the actual release of Windows Vista.
Of course you have to pay for it!! Unless you get it bundled with a new PC that is.
You won't be able to download it from Microsoft (Well, not yet - maybe one day?). You go to your local computer shop, pick up a Windows Vista box and take it to the till. Once you hand it over to the assistant, they will swap the display box for the actual thing and at this point you hand over some money (Around £200). Then you now have a copy of Windows Vista RTM.
That is how you get Windows Vista RTM when it is released.
Its only going to be complete next month, not released. Coporate customers get it in November with everyone else getting it rearly 2007.
Posted September 25, 2006
Yes, you need to use BCDEDIT now rather than boot.ini
The best way would be to format both drives, install XP first and Vista second - but if you don't want to do that, you can get the Vista bootloader back. If you install XP and then find you cannot boot Vista, boot from the Vista DVD and chose "Repair" (it's in there somewhere). It will then automatically detect the problem and rewrite the bootloader. (I used this method on 5308, but it should still be in there really).
Posted September 24, 2006
the **** sidebar still minimizes when u press show desktop, that's what I wanted fixing,
Why not enable the option to keep the Sidebar on top of other windows in the properties then? You really should look before complaining
However, my grumble now, is that why the hell is the sidebar transparent on Glass-Incompatible gfx cards? I'm on a i915 and if I enable sidebar-on-top my sidebar becomes blocky, but it's still see-through (I can move windows behind it and see them). Half-assed glass is worse than no-glass at all
Posted September 23, 2006
Well blow me down!!
It is available to CPP but in very limited numbers. Check the homepage for more details.
If you'd have read the Actual Releases thread, you would have realised that it is out to Connect testers.
But I doubt it will be released to CPP. Personally, I'm surprised us on Connect are getting it - but I'm not complaining!!!
Posted September 22, 2006
Answering my own question: Yes.
5728 now on Connect.
Posted September 21, 2006
I agree. It would be nice to have a copy of XP on thumbdrive as I have many different versions which are changed by a simple file (OEM, Retail etc and PreActivation files).
The thing about the other forum is that its all cluttered and there isn't a concise guide on how to do it.
Posted September 18, 2006
I see what you mean now! Maybe they'll let you do it once the sounds are finalised??
You're right though - if it is hardcoded, shame on you Microsoft!
As for the clock problem, all I can suggest is removing the gadget from the sidebar and then rebooting. Once you're back into the desktop put the gadget back on and see if it works then.
Right click on the sound icon in the taskbar.
Go down to either Windows Startup (The old WinXP Sound) and Windows Logon (The new Vista sound) and depending on which one you don't like, change it to "none".