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Everything posted by DonDamm

  1. If the serial works for you in RunOnceEx, then you probably don't need the .reg file. I use a reg file because I found the other way was less certain. who knows why? Maybe I did something wrong. Never mind. The reg file works for me and I use it because it is exactly the information the install file uses when you are "upgrading" to a newer version. doing them both can't hurt either! )
  2. I would try MakeMSI get it here: Dennis Bareis (dbareis@labyrinth.net.au) http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~dbareis/index.htm He's put together a brilliant packer and it's well documented.
  3. It looks something like this: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ahead\Nero - Burning Rom\Info] "Serial6"="1A23-0619-9140-2450-7509-7772" "User"="Sun Tzu" "Company"="The Dynasty" Of course, put in your own serial number, User, and Company.
  4. Here's a thought - since I presume you've tried al manner of combinations to get things showing both ways, one thng I know that helps is to create a new share name for the folder you want to share. All drive are seen as folders and have a default administrative share (such as C$ or D$), but if you create a new share name for each drive (do this on the Sharing and Security dialog - right click on the drive in Explorer)Then you can use that to share the whole thing. More than once I've had to access a machine by the IP addy first and sometimes more than once, but after that I can map with the computername and share name, \\computer\sharename,. I recently spent several hours at a friend's trying to sort out his PC and laptop share. In the end I found that whoever'd set the thing up had screwed up and added a "1" to the account name, but removed it internally. The laptop wouldn't respond to what I thought was the correct username. When I scoped the account folder and saw the "1" appended, I added that and bingo! Talk about putting road blocks in the way!!! ) If you still get partials, then I can only suggest that you remove all shares (go back to default) and then build it back up. Permissions are a real pack of worms and get messy real fast.
  5. jeweekes, I noticed a couple of small things. First you are right, there are only 34 lines anyway and the first one doesn't count!!! I did notice that you didn't put the path in quotes and my winnt.sif files have a few more lines to them. Here is an example of a recent one I did, but adapted to your info. Nevertheless, I didn't immediately see why it didn't process, but maybe it was in the extra lines. Read it through and you'll see what I mean. winnt_DD01.sif
  6. Trying to run the msi file by itself won't work. Mine is similar to your original, though now I run all install from the DVD because there are too many and it saves time copying. Even with the slipstream you need to use the setup.exe file and the transform file. The only real difference is that it makes no hiddden msocache folder because a slipstream is by definition an administrative install point. I made mine from a 10-in-1 CD that I made from the five original CDs using an AIO maker. It sounds to me as if your slipstream glitched somehow. Try the install the normal way (not silent) and see what happens. That revering bar just means it is erasing and cleaning up after a failed install. Are you trying this on a virtual machine?? Make sure you give yourself enopugh space. I use at least 5 or 6GB to test with and even that is gettting thin as I add programs. If you are copying everything over first, you may be running out of room. Oh, and .NET Framework wouldn't have anything to do with it. That's one of the first things I install in my unattendeds. I put it in so no one will be bothered by nagging from MS for it. Anyway, it is an environment that is becoming more and more important to have.
  7. If you put your original ones in quotes, they should work. %Appdata% expands to seveeral directories which have spaces in them. %systemdrive% does't, so you don't have the problem there. Don't bother using the 8.3 names. Just put the whole thing in quotes and Bob's your uncle!
  8. The tool, diskpart.exe already exists in the windows installation routine and can be used at the beginning to set any partition size and or arrangement. The difficulty is scripting it and selecting the volume, etc as the "focus". The diskpart tool will operate on whichever volume, space etc., has the focus. That is the tricky part I haven't figured out. Bart's PE builder is brilliant, btw. and the price is exceptional! ) Tools like BootIt NG are also excellent and small tools. BING isn't free, but if you use the installation disk you create from the install file, boot and choose "Cancel" when asked whether to install, all the partition tools are there and available. this is another brilliant tool which can handle a multitude of OSs and file systems including Reiser, ext3, hpfs, etc, etc. In truth, I would personally prefer to manually setup the partition environment. There are a lot of variables and you'd have to craft a clever script with a lot of "if, then else" statement regarding sizes and existinig file systems and such. With any of the four tools mentioned, Bart's PE Builder, ERD Commander, BootIt NG, or the built in MS tool diskpart you can accomplish what you need to. Anything else requires more time than it's worth and that's assuming you can figure out how to make it work. If you do figure something out, please let us know. I'm still working on a solution, too! )
  9. Gnome, thanks for replying. I'm running W2K3 and the temp dir under the Windows folder is full of VMware logs! lol It's not a big problem as I used B-the sneaky's method to get it done. However, yours is very slick and seemed well thought out. It's a nice tool for the box. I appreciate your putting out there for us.
  10. ERD Commander 2005 will boot you into a WinXP like environment and has the diskpart tool as you see under WinXP. It is actually very fast at formatting and will prepare your disk just fine with a C: and D: partition. I use it for setting up my test in a VM. If you set up a dual boot DVD as mentioned, you can then use that or the tools rikgale mentioned to accomplish the task. It is difficult to do this completely unattended though. It is possible with diskpart.exe, but you have to be able to script it and select the volume. I never figured out how to do that unattended. Otherwise, the diskpart tool is available as a part of the installation process and you could just include AutoPartition=0 in your winnt.sif file and create your partitions there as you wish, and then proceed with the rest of the install. I had the same problem trying to set it up for a friend. He has FAT32 on his C: drive and Iwanted to reformat it automatically to wipe out the existing Win2K installation. I ended up having him use ERD Commander to do it. It worked well because it is very similar to what is in Windows so is very easy to follow.
  11. Hmm. This looked like what I needed, but it throws up an error "Can't create an temporary working directory" and continues ot fail from there. How do I help it create a working directory? My unattended files are all on drive F:. I tried moving the slipstreamer to C: but no joy. Am I missing something? (ps: I went through the 19 pages of posts as best I could, but maybe I missed something - sorry if I'm being a pain) I used nLite to do the original slipstream of SP2 and all post-SP2 hotfixes. I've tested the install and all is dandy so far, but I'd love to cut down the install time and integrating wmp10 would help do that. tia ) DD
  12. In your final cleanup batch file, say CleanupFinal.cmd, include a command run RunOnce.cmd (I presume you want a RunOnce, not a RunOnceEx the second time). That will populate the registry with whatever commands you want after the next boot up and then clear it. Just make sure any batch files you want are available for it. The %tmp% directory is a good place for them. As far as I know, that should work. It is a little different than RunOnceEx in how Windows treats it, but unless you need to go through more lengthy installs, that ought to do it. It should work for runOnceEx, too, but I haven't tested it so I can't make any claims about that.
  13. Droiyan3, I also knew nothing about unatteneded installs a little while ago. The tut in msfn is really outstanding. That doesn't mean that it isn't also hard work. I've spent a lot of time trying to customize many part of my RunOnceEx file and there are always glitches. However, the guide is outstanding and answers almost all of the basic questions. The .NET Framework 1.1 core files, SP1, and khotfix all use the /qn switch and will install with no user interaction or pop-up box at the end. Perhaps you could help me out and tell me why the SP1 files for Office 2003 don't all respond to the same switch. The main files use the standard /qn switch and it works for all four main file for the 11 Office programs. The SP1 file for Office which includes FrontPage works only with the /q switch, qn just returns an error and doesn't load. Same goes for OneNote SP1. Now when you get to Project and Visio SP1 the /q switch doesn't seem to do anything and there's a "Successfully Installed!" box with an "OK" button that must be pressed. How do I get rid of those?? What I've learned, I've mostly done the hard way through multiple installs (in a VM) and written down the glitches each time. Sometimes it is my typing and I've put in a double %% or forgotten \ somewhere. I've mostly corrected all the kinks in a rather long list. I had to figure out myself that I could change the Nero install to completely silent by editing the file SFX script in WinRAR. How did I do that? I watched the install, saw the rarSFX.tmp file created, went to WinRAR and read the HELP file all the way through and then applied it. No, no one here lead me by the hand through each and every step, but without the help of the guide for general direction and possible solutions for some programs I wouldn't have known where to start. That is what it is for. You've done fine up to now. Next you need to start building your RunOnceEx file step by step. Here's one you can try. Put in bothe the Windows installer 3.1 and the .NET Framework 1.1 which you were asking about. Then run a Cleanup.cmd file as instructed, but just use it to do the reboot. Don't delete anything. Then you can see whats left over. That's your first assignment. When you've done that successfully, come back and we'll give you assignment number #2 where you'll have to put in WinZip and get it registered and in the Add/Remove list. this one requires some thinking so don't think it is so simple. we'll add to that when you've finished. ) Cheers,
  14. Thank you. Been looking for that ) I've had some issues with some reg files not being accepted. I've solved it by re-saving all my reg files for unattended in Unicode format. This seems to be the format that that is saved from XP with Export. the problem was not with every reg file I used, but some just wouldn't import until I resaved them. Have any of you come across the same thing? I was usig Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 as the header. The problem doesn't seem to crop up when I use [REGEDIT], the format from NT. Cheers,

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