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  1. Is it? You mean that, if one disables that specific component, filenames can be different? Well, I'll consider that the problem has been detected. Just not sure if avoiding removal of that component will solve. I think I'll just keep trying to have a chat with the maker of the CD, then! In the meanwhile, if someone could confirm this 'component removal' info... it'd be great. thanks all for your thoughts on this. really
  2. Hm... And MAYBE... just MAYBE it's because MS-DOS only supports the old 8.3 file names... (FOOTSW~1.DOC instead of footswitch.doc) 'Cause I just realised that the errors ONLY occur with files that don't obey to that rule EDIT: Changing MsDosInitiated to 1 doesn't change anything. So... any hints on how to solve this?
  3. So you tested your install CD on an other PC but maybe files needed to install your notebook are not on the cd and thus not on the (MD5 checked directory) hard disk. + I don't think Winnt32 is inteded to be started under Win98 (could be wrong here but I think I have a point in my first statement ). Well... a ) all the files that the installer says it cannot copy ARE THERE. b ) these files (.mui) don't exist in an original release (one without slipstreaming stuff) c ) the other PC that i've tested is also a notebook, and please notice: if I boot (from the CD) in another PC and pass the file copying stages, then move the hard-disk to any other PC (before booting from the HDD after a restart), the rest of the install process goes well. EDIT1: yes, winnt32 is made to be run from within a 32-bit OS. EDIT2: no, I cannot perform step c) for my case, because I want to keep Windows 98 in order to be able to do a fresh install of Windows XP "anytime I want", without having to "open the laptop, remove the HD, perform the first steps in another computer, place the HD back on the laptop..." EDIT3: Third case scenario: Use a virtual machine. - Boot to MS-DOS with CD-ROM support with Win98 CD - Insert the Windows XP CD - cd i386 (enter) - winnt (enter) - file copy process begins... copies some files... after a while: - cannot copy file x... ESC... a little more files copied and... cannot copy file y... So now I'm doing this directly from the CD and the same problem occurs. Now if I boot directly with Windows XP CD in that virtual machine... once again, all goes well.
  4. Cool. What about making it work from within another OS? Any suggestions? EDIT: I don't want to offend anybody. It's just that my problem is still going on since last week. This is really frustrating...
  5. Modified winnt.exe doesn't solve the issue. I wrote down the names of some of the missing files, and they are part of the [Files] section in dosnet.inf, just like thousands of others. I just can't figure out why these files are producing errors, and the rest isn't. Even in the i386 folder, those files exist (name.ex_) Note: most of those files have a .mui extension (like file.xxx.mui), but not all of them... Some of the files:
  6. Then I understood you. All the installation items are located in i386 and its subfolders.
  7. I'm not sure if I fully understood your question, but all the installation items are located in i386 and its subfolders.
  8. Currently investigating and testing MS' KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931532 (Error message when you start Windows XP unattended Setup by using Winnt.exe together with the /2 option: "Setup was unable to copy the following file: <FileName>")
  9. I didn't make the CD myself, but... nLite seems to have been used only for splistreaming updates.
  10. Possible hint: Does this have anything to do with DOSNET.INF or TXTSETUP.SIF? Could I edit them in any way that would solve the problem? ... Both files have this last line: ; Customized by nLite - www.nliteos.com
  11. Hello there, guys. I'm kind of lost here so I'm really needing some support Description of the conditions (if you want to see the problem itself, scroll down): I have an old laptop which has no CD-ROM drive and no floppy drive, so there's no option to boot from an external source. It has Windows 98 installed and I want to install Windows XP without removing Windows 98. -The hard disk has two partitions: one (2GB FAT) with Windows 98 and Windows XP installer folder (i386), and the other one (50GB NTFS) is empty; there's where I want to install Windows XP. The Windows XP installer folder I'm using is from an unattended CD, full of updates and some extras. Most of it was made with nLite. The CD works perfectly well if booted directly from it. Description of the problem itself: - Remember I'm using an edited installation folder. Scenario 1 - Trying to install from i386 folder in DOS: - So I boot up to Windows 98's DOS, enter the i386 folder and run winnt.exe. - The XP installer copies some initial files... - After a while, an error pops up saying it couldn't copy a certain file. Scenario 2 - Trying to install from i386 folder in Windows 98: - I open Windows Explorer, go to i386 folder and run winnt32.exe - The XP installer copies some initial files and then restarts the computer - It boots to the same installer as if I ran it directly from DOS and eventually the file copy errors appear. If I choose to ignore the file, lots of file copy errors keep coming up. EDIT: YES, my i386 folder is exactly equal to the one in the CD (MD5 hash check) So... Does anybody knows the solution for this? Should winnt.exe be ran with certain inicialization parameters? Thanks in advance for your time and support. Regards, footswitch
  12. Like I said, that portion of the registry seems to be just trash for windows vista. Changing those values never changed anything at all, at least for me. Regarding that sort of "bug", your folders are correctly named. The thing is, Vista is displaying a different folder name and accepts both the original and the new names. If you want to show only the original name, delete the desktop.ini file (it's a hidden file) inside your Users folder (in your case, located in G:\Profiles\Vista, if I can recall) EDIT: details
  13. That worked in Windows NT version 5. All my tries in Vista produced no results.
  14. -- WARNING -- Currently unsolved issue Alright, I got a good one If we follow these steps (changing the Autounattend.xml to place documents and settings in another partition), the "preinstalled" symlinks will be ruined. Try to open your Documents folder and then, inside it, open My Pictures, My Music or My Videos. These links are actually (or were supposed to be) symbolic links. My Pictures should link to ../Pictures My Music should link to ../Music ... and so on. The system will display an error dialog like "access denied bla bla bla", but the fact is that the symbolic link isn't working properly. Just right-click the link and choose properties. The properties window should provide the absolute path, but it does not. Try to create a simple symbolic link in vista, and see the difference in the properties window of your symlink. UPDATE: Open "cmd" and "cd" into your documents folder. "dir /AL" its contents. my pictures, my music and my video are listed as <JUNCTION>, but they don't act likewise. Also, when you access "This User\My Documents", you should be redirected to "This User\Documents", and so on. There's a LOT of symlinks going inside the Users folder. Any ideas to overcome the issue? I have none. This could be a bug in Vista Unattended Install. EDIT: typos and incoherent info
  15. wng_z3r0, that's nice... really but you can do that same symlink right into another Windows NT O.S., in order to do all the steps without restarting, right? Well if it works with absolutely no flaws, then it's a great workaround to those who don't want to care about XML autoconfig files! Anyways it's a good parallel solution to the one I provided for changing %programfiles%. The difference is this changes it without changing it Nice idea, I had never thought of it!
  16. Hi there, AFAIK, you should respect this behaviour because each user has a sort of unique I.D. within its O.S., so many of the settings contained in the first folder wouldn't be compatible with the new installation. To avoid that problem, I suggest the following solutions: a ) boot into some Live O.S. or a different O.S. that you have installed in your system; b ) plug your hard disk as secundary in another system After doing ( a ) or ( b ), rename the old folders (users and programdata). Then: Reinstall windows Move the old documents, downloads, pictures, etc. to the new location Remove the rest...
  17. --> The old post is now re-edited. Well with RTM I found out that AT LEAST Win Internet Explorer and Win Media Player are installed with absolute paths, that is, when you click their links, you're trying to reach "%SystemDrive%\Program Files" and not %ProgramFiles% itself. I suppose that other Windows pre-installed products will have the same behaviour, and I preferred to leave those ~500MB there rather than deleting them, to avoid future issues. BUT anyways one has to copy at least the "Common Files" folder to the new location, but I copied the whole Program Files folder for the same reason. This is all due to lack of knowledge about what exactly it needs in one side and in the other.
  18. wng_z3r0: Strange... wonder if the xml file must have the exact installation order... (you could try putting oobesystem AFTER windowspe) I took a look at your file and mine is similar to it, and it worked. Are you sure of that? I mean, that doesn't change at all where your files are located. Best case changes where files WILL be located from now on, right? Anyways, I never used symlinks... but can you tell me what's your point on that method? Thanks
  19. hi there, you have 3 options that i know of: a ) place the file in the root of a USB pen drive and insert it BEFORE booting with the WinVista DVD; b ) do the same thing but with a diskette; c ) place the file in the root of your boot DVD. good luck
  20. nope, you can specify the letters you want. just change D, E or F to anything you want, like: <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add"> <Active>false</Active> <Label>Programs</Label> <Letter>P</Letter> <Order>2</Order> <PartitionID>2</PartitionID> <Format>NTFS</Format> <Extend>false</Extend> </ModifyPartition> careful using the format option, it will erase the selected partition. if you don't know your partitionID, just take a look at your disk's partitions in computer management. my program files registry edition works. feel free to try it. footswitch
  21. thanks pal! So I guess BDD "RTM" must be coming out soon... At least I hope so... These comments about the Program Files folder are from earlier releases. As for now I have no clue if Vista RTM supports changing of the Program Files location in autounattend.xml, but I'll give it a try soon. footswitch EDIT: BDD 2007 Beta (v3.3) is still available on Connect. I'm afraid this means they're not ready to release RTM... Or who knows, really... Vista RC1 was officially available too after Vista RTM'd EDIT2: Windows Automated Installation Kit RTM Now Available for Download ! view the article or check MS download page (other languages available). credit: bink.nu
  22. EDIT: don't erase the original program files folder... the apps from Windows Vista RTM (like IE7, WMP11...) are installed with absolute paths, that is, when you click their links, you're trying to reach "%SystemDrive%\Program Files" and not %ProgramFiles% itself. But once you make the change in the registry, from that point on, everything gets installed by default to the new location. Please note: this method wastes about 500 MB of disk space, due to the process of copying the Program Files folder and yet preserving the original one. But it works Off-post: After Vista RTM'd, I've been trying to understand and work with the shiny brand new automation scheme. But I can't. It produces an error right before I can actually do something inside WAIK. Maybe WAIK can't handle the new RTM catalogs or something. Regarding this matter (Program Files folder location): As for today, Windows NT Program Files location setting is always changeable. This includes, of course, Windows Vista. For those of you who want to personalise the Program Files folder location, there's a way to do it after installing Windows (this is the way I know. If someone knows how to do these operations for unattended install, that would be great of course!). Steps: 1. Close as many processes as you can, or do this from another O.S. or use your HD as slave in another computer (personaly, I just close all my open windows, leaving Windows Explorer open and go on). 2. Copy ALL the files from C:\Program Files to any new location (NOTE: you may need to show hidden files and folders first: press the Alt key within the Explorer window; the standard menus appear; choose Tools --> Folder Options...; go to the "View" Tab; select radio button "Show hidden files and folders" and UNselect the option "Hide protected operating system files") SECOND NOTE: be careful to choose a simple location (i.e. avoid something like "D:\Programs, Games and Windows pre-installed crap") THIRD NOTE: you are free and advised to use a CRC check with this.... just to make sure everything went right. Try a web search for WinAFV32 3. After copying those files, open the registry (Run "regedt32") Check the following keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion CommonFilesDir=E:\Program Files\Common Files ProgramFilesDir=E:\Program Files These keys tell windows where the program files folder is located. change them to the new location. 4. Reboot! 5. After rebooting successfully, you can delete the old Program Files folder! you're ready to go! --> Check this post's first paragraph. Please comment what you think of this. It's what I've been using so far... Any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to help. Anyways I never had any problems with this workaround. footswitch
  23. Hey there, it's been a little while since the last time I've been here...! But now I'm back and ready to upgrade my oldie WPI 3.x! kelsenellenelvian, here's the Portuguese (Portugal) updated version (changes made to the file you supplied). Keep up the good work! There are so many goodies and improvements that I didn't have the time yet to explore this thing! Thank you very much for continuing this project in such an active way. Props for all lang.js
  24. Hey there. I have a problem with working directories. When an installer uses other files than it's own .exe, called by WPI, some .exe installers can't recognize the directory they are on. .msi files seem to work ok, because when you call "d:\wpi\thisinstaller\something.msi", you're telling "msiexec" to call that .msi file from that location, and "msiexec" tells the system that the working dir for "something.msi" is the directory where it is located. WPI doesn't seem to do this. Example for simply see the problem happening: OBJECTIVE: Run "cmd1.cmd" from WPI. "cmd1.cmd" will fail to call "cmd2.cmd" because the working dir is undefined or incorrectly defined. - create "cmd1.cmd" and "cmd2.cmd" within the "Install" directory, for example; - edit "cmd1.cmd" and add just the following line: cmd2.cmd - create a new installation in WPI Config, and the only thing to do is run "%CDROM%\Install\cmd1.cmd"; Select that installation in WPI and Begin Install. The error occurs as predicted. Any solution?
  25. hey there. please do not forget that some installations for some people are controlled by autoit scripts and therefore the installation windows cannot lose the WindowActive status. If you have a player where you choose the music you want to hear, or control the volume, or play from the beginning, a mouse click would probably ruin your autoit... It's about collateral damage... How do you think this could be solved? best compliments

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