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  1. ShadowSurfer

    This is very different then System Restore, with System Restore you can still get virus, you get fragmentation, and with this you don't. I would recommend it to any XP user as it offers so much. Yes you do have to complete the checkout and then you download a DEMO. They send you the SERIAL in a email. This is what I did on the first page I entered the code SURFER Then on the page for the billing information I said Call Me
  2. ShadowSurfer

    ShadowSurfer provides a safe computing environment by creating a virtual twin of your PC. Restore the pre-ShadowMode state of your computer no matter what changes have occurred. 1. Prevent spyware and pop-ups 2. Avoid viruses and worms 3. Surf the internet without a trace of unwanted cookies, internet history and intrusive cyberjunk 4. Install and use trialware, shareware or games and discard with a simple reboot Download: ShadowSurfer (Enter code SURFER) View: Coupon Homepage: ShadowSurfer Similar Programs: DeepFreeze, CleanSlate, FirstDefense, RollBack Rx, WinRollBack, SandBoxIE
  3. Google Pack

    Google Pack Download and install everything in just a few clicks, and choose only the software you want. Get updates and new software via Google Updater Google Software Google Earth - 3D Earth browser - 10MB Picasa - Photo organizer - 3.3MB Google Pack Screensaver - Photo screensaver - 670K Google Desktop - Desktop companion - 726K Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer - Search toolbar - 550K Google Talk - Voice and IM application - 819K Additional Software Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar - Web browser - 4.8MB Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition - Antivirus utility - 21.9MB RealPlayer - Media player - 10.8MB Trillian - Instant messenger - 9.2MB Ad-Aware SE Personal - Antispyware utility - 2.9MB Adobe Reader 7 - PDF reader - 20MB GalleryPlayer HD Images - Images - 10MB Other news: January 10, 2006 - Google Earth now available for the Mac
  4. Sandboxie version 2.22

    atomizer did you temporarily disable any system protection tool that may have prevented the installation of the system-level driver? Also did your try booting into safe mode and removing sandboxie? Lastly, what config option did you use to set the sandbox directory path to 'd:\sandbox', do you mean you changed the Sandbox Top-level folder? I am sorry that you did encounter a problem and don't know if your RAID had anything to do with it but you may want to post your error in the Sandboxie Forum so tzuk becomes aware of it and can fix it.
  5. Sandboxie version 2.22

    Yes, any programs running - a firewall, anti-virus, XP Theme, etc., will slow things down. But like you said sandboxie it is a great idea for security. I have no idea if Microsoft will have a sandbox in Vista but highly doubt it. However, I want to know what problems directly relate to you Press any key or your programs. What problems did you encounter when using Sandboxie? I do know that Sandboxie does not work for all programs like those that install a driver (Virtual CD for example) but it does work for MOST.
  6. Sandboxie version 2.22

    No, its not like VMWare as it does not "create" a Virtual PC - OS in a OS. What it does is install a system driver that "Sandboxes" Read|Write operations. You must run the program through the sandbox that sits in the system tray. The program works like normal just everything gets saved to the sandbox. I would highly recommend trying it. It is kind of like these commercial apps ShadowUser and DeepFreeze However, both of those Sandbox the entire OS so that everything is in a sandbox. Users can install software, mess things up but upon next reboot everything go back to normal. Sandboxie is different then the above in that you must run your programs through the sandbox as it does not sandbox everything like the two above. There is also AntiMalware but I am not sure if it is more like the above two or Sandboxie.
  7. Sandboxie version 2.22

    Sandboxie: intercepts changes to both your files and registry settings, making it virtually impossible for any software to reach outside the sandbox. You may want to run your Web browser inside the sandbox most of the time. This way any incoming, unsolicited software (spyware, malware and the like) that you download, is trapped in the sandbox. Changes made to your list of Favorites or Bookmarks, hijacking of your preferred start page, new and unwanted icons on your desktop -- all these, and more, are trapped in and bound to the sandbox. You could also try a new toolbar add-on, browser extension or just about any kind of software. If you don't like it, you throw away the sandbox, and start again with a fresh sandbox. On the other hand, if you do like the new piece of software, you can re-install it outside the sandbox so it becomes a permanent part of your system. Download: Sandboxie 32-bit Edition (Freeware) | Sandboxie 64-bit Editon (Freeware) View: Using Sandboxie (With Screenshots) | FAQs Homepage: Sandboxie
  8. Sandbox Partition

    I too have never heard of a Sandboxed Partition other than using a Sandbox application. These two are commercial products ShadowUser and DeepFreeze Also there is AntiMalware A free and limited Sandbox would be Sandboxie
  9. To connect to MySQL for Visual Studio Ver 6 (VB, C++, etc) you need the MySQL ODBC driver. If you are using .NET then you need the MySQL .NET driver If you are using Java then you need the Java JDBC driver. Here is a link to all the MySQL connectors. http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/ You then need to use a control like ADO or DAO at least in VB. You then need to make a connections string. They execute the SQL commands to update, insert, delete, etc., I did not see the link but do you mean Intellisense (suggesting results while typing).
  10. nuhi Thank you very much for popping in, All and any feedback is welcome. Not only that but I was not aware of a previous descussion on this, Thanks for the info. are you talking about this thread Decompress all Windows setup files, to speed up installation? I also noticed in that thread that it suggested by you and talked about between fdv, Sereby but did Sereby or anyone figure out how to do it and what were the results?nuhi, also in your forums in this thread UPX source compression? it was suggested to use UPX on all of its supported file types then compress and cab. Again, what were the results? Did this provide any possibe gain? nuhi, I also wanted to thank you for popping in and giving the CAB idea by sharing with you and others a program I found browsing the net. I am not sure if you were aware of the program or even need it but Less MSIérables lets you extract files and view msi tables. Oh, one quick thing nuhi I know you are programing in C# and that is what the above program is written in. What I think you will find most usefull about the above program is that it comes with the source code that you could possibly use in nLite.
  11. Martin Zugec, I am assuming that you did end up testing in VMWare. I was just wondering if you did noticed any speedup? I was also wondering if you modified the txtsetup.sif file or even think that it needs to be modified? I was also wondering if you noticed or tested for any unexpected side effects? Did you get any installation errors or any error logs created? Were you able to install hotfies and regular applications after windows was installed. Where you able to add and remove windows components IIS for example I have not done any other testing other than my inital test, but have learned a lot from this experience thanks to Achdine and marek722. And that is you can get a speedup just by switching your installation source to media with the Higher Transfer Rate. For example just by switching from a CD to a DVD for my installation source on my DVD-Burner I would get a increase Going from a 48X CD-ROM (7200 KB/sec) to a 16X DVD-ROM (21600 KB/sec) transfer rate. However, a DVD is not always faster you could have a 48X CD-ROM (7200 KB/sec) and a 4X DVD-ROM (5400 KB/sec)
  12. I was looking at a txtsetup.sif guide from gosh and was wondering if we would also need to edit txtsetup.sif to reflect all of the expanded files? I wonder if we are wasting some time by having the system check for the compressed file by not editing txtsetup.sif?I don't think we would need to make any changes to dosnet.inf would we? Does anyone know if we need to edit any other files besides txtsetup.sif?
  13. Zxian, I know that expanding the entire contents of the I386 folder may not have been that good of an idea and doing so does take up a lot of space but I just wanted to quickly test and see if it was possible to install with all of these files expand and it worked. The files that get expanded should be optimized to what files are actually going to get installed and what ones will actually give you a possilbe speed increase. However, this is just like how people are using hotfixes it seems that some people expand the updated files and others compress the file like the original. I agree that a person would need to determine if expanding files is even a good idea. Maybe, someone who knows more about the installation process such as Bâshrat the Sneaky, nuhi, or GreenMachine would know a answer. I myself don't even know if this is that good of an idea and that is why I posted Possible. I mostly wanted to get feedback like I have been getting. I am not even sure if a expanded installation would cause any unexpected problems with things like microsft update being able to detect and install Hotfixes. Windows File Protection, if windows keeps any of the files compressed, etc.... These Idea really needs to be examined and tested before being used in the real world. By the way does anyone know if Longhorn will be shipped on a DVD? If so are all the I386 files expanded, compressed, or a Hybrid? Again Thanks for All The Feedback.
  14. Achdine, I now understand what you and Marek are saying I get what you are saying reading from a Hard Drive is faster than from the CD/DVD and it may be faster to extract the compressed file from the hard drive then to read the extracted file from the CD/DVD.However, I had originally thought that you would be saving time by doing some Preprocessing (I thought hey the files need to be extracted either way)? Good point you two. I was thinking that the extraction process from the CD/DVD would be taking some resources/overhead but you are correct it might also be creating some overhead becuase it is know reading a much larger file from the optical media. However, A person may only gain a advantage by using a hybrid and only expanding files that were compressed by a certain percentage. Lets just say for example we only expand those files that are compressed 30% or lower. These files probably have not gained to much in size so they should see a improvement by being expanded on the CD/DVD. We then leave the other files compressed because these files would be faster to expand on the hard drive then read the large extracted file from the CD/DVD. I think that you are right that a persons hardware speeds will determine if you get any real speed gain. Do you know if this would be like a Ghost image and if you get any speed gain from using them vs a Unattended CD/DVD? If you could place the extracted Install image on your hard drive in a seperate partition and boot and run it from there than I think you would defenattly see a speed gain. Sorry for this dumb question but why does a VMWare test show a improvement? Have either of you tried this method in VMWare, and if so what did you think? Thanks for the info made me think.
  15. marek722, Here is a idea to get an idea on how long it is taking to expand all of the installation files.Just expand the files by running the script in your unattended I386 folder and see if expanding all of those files is a very fast process. Also, yes I know that this test is not that accurate becuase when you install Windows XP that it does not expand all of the files in the I386 folder in the first place but I did not want to take the time to index every file that got expanded and write a batch file to just expand those files and I also know that the Lang folder is optional. I just wanted to see if it would install and if it is possible to speedup installation by doing this. But you can see from the test that if I am correct that expanding before hand could and should speed up installation time becuase you have skipped the need to expand the files durring installation. By the whay haven't there been any success stories?