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    dell oem woes

    If you are looking to slipstream an existing Dell CD then you might be in for trouble. Dell XP cds are typically not equal to a regular xp cd. Your best bet is to cultivate the OEMBIOS files from a one of your computers, get your hands on a plain as vanilla hologram oem version of windows, and drop those oembios files into the I386 directory. search the forums here. there's a thread dedicated to this.
  2. That works! Thanks everyone. Been trying to get a tweak to have the pinned start menu programs customized work and it was frustrating the hell out of me.
  3. If I put in a line at the end of my RunOnceEx that looks like this: REG ADD %KEY%\095 /V 1 /D "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce /v command0 /d regedit /s %systemdrive%\install\regtweaks2.reg" /f It won't work. It tells you that it can't find HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce. The only way I can see it working is if you were to create a RunOnce.cmd and have that called on in the last line of RunOnceEx.
  4. Should also mention that Symantec is picking up cmdow as a virus after it gets installed. Could this be affecting the application of any .cmd files being called afterwards?
  5. I've got my unattended doing just about everything right...except for a couple of things. I have a couple of registry tweaks that are set to be applied in my RunOnceEx but they won't apply. The only way I can get these reg tweaks to apply is by letting the system log in completely and then manually applying them, then logging out then back in to see them applied but I don't really want to have to do it that way. The reg tweak applies to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage] which is why it won't apply until the system logs in, I believe. Does anyone have any ideas?
  6. I used to have this working....combining the information in this thread with some information I'd found elsewhere. That was a few years ago. Now I find myself trying to make another unattended CD and I'm trying this tweak and it just won't take. My start menu comes up blank every time (except for default internet explorer and default outlook express). As I recall I had to append one of the registry entries in order to get it to work properly.
  7. Yeah, that's what i figured. thanks everyone. it seems like mce ran a bit slower when i tested it, too....figured that was some of the extra services just eating up RAM.
  8. I'm sure that this topic is in the forum somewhere...scattered among many other posts. So I apologize in advance if I'm creating duplicate threads. My question is: is there really any fundamental differences between Windows XP Pro, Home and Media Center? I mean, I realize that Media Center has a couple extra folders on it (one being for Tablet PCs and the other Media PC-specific) but is essentially Pro, is it not? And aside from minor functionality differences, is there any real difference between Home and Pro?
  9. Development is going smoothly.. Actually I can say we are ready to release its first version. However we have a little issue with the hosting of the database - the host we're going to use doesn't support outbound connections...(neccesary for the application because it's supposed to connect to the DB). As soon as we have found a solution for this problem we're going to release the first beta version of RegTweakage.NET. edit: problems with hosting solved. Testing application atm. first release within a week. Thanks HJW and HGK Hope it's going well. i've been trying to track down a copy of UA RegTweakage DOTNET for a while now with no success and finally found that you are trying to make a replacement. hopefully you'll resolve your hosting issues - i haven't been able to get a link to work on this thread yet!
  10. It's only going to get worse; replace the drive. Don't I know it. I've practically given up on this little project of mine. Can't get the damned thing to recognize USB no matter what I do. Oh well, it's not my laptop.
  11. Hmmm....I'm pretty sure that the SFX was posted as a download here before....is it no longer available?
  12. >LLXX> I've been looking into loading a USB driver in DOS. My first attempt or two didn't work out, but I still have lots of options to try out. I've already got my flashdrive loaded with the I386 folder. It's just getting DOS to see the damned thing! After that, it's a piece of cake. >neonerd> Interesting link! Nothing there I noticed that would quite do what I would like it to, but I'm bookmarking it nonetheless. >Jeremy> I do know that it is indeed possible, I just haven't gotten it to work yet and was hoping that someone on the forum had gone through a similar situation and had an answer for me...but if not, then i've just got to keep plugging away at what i do know. This is a laptop, and it's not modular, so I can't simply switch the cd drive with another. I'm asking around to see if anyone has an external cd drive, but no luck so far. What I meant by an 'iffy' hard drive is that is has physical damage in a few sectors and it will ultimately result in data loss unless i partition around those sectors.
  13. I have a laptop from work that is in serious need of new parts, but at the moment it doesn't look like it's going to get them. the problem is that it's hard drive is a little bit iffy, and the cd/dvd drive has stopped reading disks altogether. it is still usable, to be sure, and i would like to put windows xp back onto it. it does not support usb booting and updating the bios has proven too much of a headache to do. i have downloaded and created the floppy xp setup set and that works just great, except when setup really wants to get under way it wants to use the cd. my question is is there any way i can trick the computer into thinking my flash drive is the cd? or even modify the floppy files so that they point to the flash drive (it is recognized and lights up when the floppy disks have been loaded)?
  14. Oh really? I had someone say the opposite to me! Well I'll definitely give that a try and see if it helps. Thank you!
  15. I'm sure this topic has already been discussed into the ground on previous versions, but I have the question still. I know that some people use both RyanVM's integrator exclusively, and some use nLite exclusively, and some use both (nLite first, I'm told). But I've had a serious problem lately in that anything I seem to create with nlite invariably becomes a coaster. Now I will use nLite to slipstream sp2, remove some features, and add a couple tweaks, then integrate post-sp2 hotfixes and some minor applications using the Integrator. I'm starting to wonder if it is just a hardware issue. In fact, I'm pretty certain that it is (I'm about to test on a different burner)...but I guess my question is is there a proper, or I guess, most-tested-and-true method to use both applications?
  16. I think the answer is simple: altering the windows xp installation, especially in the context of resale, is a gross violation of the EULA. For us end-users, I don't think Microsoft is really going to care too much if we want to alter a copy of the CD we bought for our personal use, but for redistribution? Unless you are a licensed OEM distributor who has permission to alter and customize the Windows XP installation I highly doubt Microsoft would look too kindly on it. You might want to start here: https://partner.microsoft.com/global/partne...ycode=worldwide
  17. It's a 40 GB Maxtor that i've had kicking around for a while. And yes, linux installs on both HDs without a trace of a problem. BUt I may have cleared it up. Using linux' disk manager I reformatted the hard drive and after that I didn't have any problems installing windows. i'm going to have to chalk it up to windows being kind of sucky about it all. prior to linux it was a clean fat32. you'd think that wouldn't be a problem (and yes, checked for errors as well) Thank you, everyone, for your responses.
  18. I'm frustrated as hell. I'm trying to reinstall XP on my older computer. Yes, it had XP on it before with no more problems than one usually experiences with XP (ahem). However, I have not been able to do a fresh install onto a reformatted drive since I set it up. What happens is that after the hardware inspection, it begins to copy the setup files as usual. But then it hangs. ...and hangs and hangs and goes absolutely nowhere. Usually while copying Kernel Debugger DLL, but sometimes it gets a little further than that. I know it isn't the media...I've tried three different XP Pro cds. A Dell OEM (no, the comp isn't a dell), a hologram oem, and my old burned copy. The same thing happens each and every time. I've reformatted, repartitioned and it never makes a difference. The only way I can manage to get XP to install is to first install Windows 98 and then upgrade...but then the upgrade doesn't turn out so well and it's buggy as hell. So I installed Linux on the secondary hard drive on that computer. Didn't even bat an eyelash. It just did it. I'm this ( [<-->] ) close to just ditching windows at this point. It runs like a dream on my new computer, and installs like a dream. Hell, it USED to install well on the old computer, too. And as far as I've been able to determine, there aren't any hardware problems. Does anyone know if there is a common cause for it to just hang while copying files?
  19. Here's the problem with my system. It's running an OEM XP Home. There never was any recovery media (available from the manufacturer at a price) but it has it's own recovery and reinstallation features. It's a lenovo (IBM) and absolutely royalty oem. It's got a hidden partition with what i think is some form of a winpe pre-boot setup set of files, and some of the ram seems to be dedicated as a hidden drive as well to facilitate the recovery. Now, there is a I386 folder in the root directory which seems to have everything I would need. I've cultivated the OEM files and the windows serial from the registry through the methods shown in this thread. I've created bootable cds from these files and burnt them to CD. The only problem is that when i get to the "Press any key to Boot from CD" message, and press any button...it just hangs. now, if everything (possibly a big if here) is in that I386 folder, and technically speaking, I don't need any other files (except for the identifying files in the root of a setup cd). nLite tells me that I'm missing one of these files, but if I fabricate one (i.e. copy of of the other existing ones and rename it to what nLite is looking for) it goes well. i can't think of any reason why it should hang. perhaps i should try and get another copy of home (oem, of course) and try using those files?
  20. Manufacturer: None (Seanix Technology) Model: D400S 4E6F6E65 Manufacturer: Mind Computer Products Model: KM266-8235 4D696E64 20436F6D 70757465 72205072 6F647563 7473
  21. @Bezalel Well I would only need the ones in the root directory (the win51, win51ip, and win51ip.sp2)...however when I ran it through nLite, it said i was missing a file (win51ic) - which I'm assuming is the difference between pro and home? Although I've read that's an indicator of slipstreaming, which I hadn't done. the only cd that i have is pro (dell oem). the newer computer (home) didn't come with any media, but had all the contents of a setup cd on the C: drive (i386 folder, SUPPORT, VALUEADD, etc). But thanks for the link - very interesting stuff. I know you've now given me something to fill my spare time with for a while! @brian10161 i know i won't need the setup.exe from the root directory...and i'm pretty sure that i won't have to worry about S.M.A.R.T. being disabled since it seems to be enabled by default. As i said above, i have all the files i'm supposed to have for the new computer (lenovo) except those individual files that would normally be in the root directory of a setup cd.
  22. Building a bootable iso will be no problem. I could use either nLite or CDImageGUI to do it... I suppose that the setup.exe at the root of the CD probably isn't even used for installing xp from a boot, is it? Likely I could get around that. Still, I could use the files that I have and see if it works in VMWare.
  23. Here's my issue, and i realize it's not really a big issue.... Just got a new computer that didn't come with any installation cds. it's a lenovo and has everything stashed away on a hidden partition for restoring or reinstalling. the setup files are located on the main partition of the hard drive, so making a cd (unattended or otherwise - why even pay for the shipping and handling for a factory copy?) is relatively easy except that the files that usually sit in the root directory of a xp setup cd are absent. now i have another copy of xp - it is dell oem xp pro, but my new version is lenovo oem xp home. can i just use the files from the dell cd? (most importantly the setup.exe file....the others; win51, win51ip, and win51ip.sp2 i don't think will be a problem)
  24. Manufacturer: LENOVO Model: 8258J4U 4C454E4F 564F


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