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Everything posted by MerijnB

  1. Hey nuhi, Good to hear from you. I'm positively surprised about the new info. I would be very willing to pay for a license looking at the time saved by nLite in the past, besides, looking at the time you put it, it's only fair Can you tell something about the ideas you have with regards to free vs pro (what are the pro features) and pricing? Looking forward to a possible public beta!
  2. I was looking for a way to do this up front at first, but didn't find it, interesting information. I understand HIVESYS.INF, but can you please explain why the changes in LAYOUT.INF? Furthermore I'm mostly looking for something which can be done from an nLite setup, without making manual changes in the middle of the process, not sure if this could be automated in. Thanks for info!
  3. It seems I've cracked it. Changing the registry before the administrator account as set in nLite is created doesn't seem possible, so I continued with the app which tries to do the trick afterward. It's not possible to make something which can be used as an addon in nLite, because if you try to change a password (needed for the process) at the moment the addons are run, you get error #1351, which (according to Microsoft) means: so that's obviously too early in the installation process. So this tool should be run using RunOnce in nLite and should do everything automagically. Keep in mind that it only works for the administrator account. The app can be used freely, I don't think it's worth its own thread, so I attached it to this post. Suggestions and questions are welcome of course! Thanks for thinking with me. NoWeakPasswords.zip
  4. John, The only thing I see in the nlite.in_ file is this: HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","AutoAdminLogon",0x00000000,1 HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","DefaultUserName",0x00000000,"Administrator" HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","DefaultPassword",0x00000000,"password" Is this what you mean? This seems like it has to do with autologin only, and won't be there if you don't have autologin enabled.
  5. Hi johnhc, I'm my own research I'm doing something similar. I'm trying to write a small app which I will include as an addon: [general] builddate=2010/02/18 description=Prevents Windows from generating easy to crack password hashes language=English title=No weak password hashes [EditFile] SVCPACK.INF,SetupHotfixesToRun,AddProgram [AddProgram] weakpass.exe This app will do a few things: - Locate the winnt.sif file on the nlite cd and extract the admin password from it (GuiUnattended -> AdminPassword). - Make the appropriate registry changes. - Change the admin password to "temp". - Change the admin password back to what was read from winnt.sif This has the advantage that it's quite transparent, you can just enter a password you wish to use in nLite. I'll post here if I get any further with this. Can you tell me if the admin password is always visible in the winnt.sif file made by nLite, or for example only if autologin is used? Thanks for lending some brains Merijn
  6. Hi all, I'm looking for a way to avoid that XP has easy to crack passwords, see: http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Protect-Weak-Authentication-Protocols-Passwords.html To achieve this, I've made an addon which looks like: [general] builddate=2010/02/18 description=Prevents Windows from generating easy to crack password hashes language=English title=No weak password hashes [registry_addreg] HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa","lmcompatibilitylevel",0x10001,05 HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa","nolmhash",0x10001,01 This works nice, but there is a problem. After these registry values are set, the passwords still need to be changed before XP 'forgets' the lm hash of the previous password. So it seems that during installation first the admin account is created with the password set in nlite, and after that this addon is run which changes the registry entries. So in short: Is there any way to move the adding of these registry entries forward, so they are done before the admin account as defined with nlite is created?
  7. I just figured out that the problem is 'solved' when I turn off SFC. Any clues to a 'real' solution?
  8. I've made this addon: [general] builddate=2007/10/15 description=Enables AutoActivate language=Multilanguage title=AutoActivate [EditFile] WINNT.SIF,Unattended,AddToUnattended [AddToUnattended] AutoActivate ="Yes" When I integrate this as addon nLite accept's it just fine, but when installing the generated ISO, the setup hangs at 'saves settings', as reported quite a few times before.
  9. ah, I understood you had something triggered by nLite. I don't need an dir sync tool, just a trigger from nLite But maybe I can make a 'workaround' using the addons.
  10. Integrate it as a hotfix or addon great, thanks! I wasn't aware of this option...
  11. thanks! but I still don't understand what I should do with this file... ??
  12. can you explain how you use this please? Other very generic solution could be to enable a user to run a batch file or application after the nlite processing is done.
  13. ah, very interesting. I think I can manage if I know exactly how to do it. At this time you didn't tell me what to do with this "Entries_whatever.ini" file, how is nlite going to use/process it? What I want to change/add to winnt.sif is this: [Data] Autopartition=1 [Unattended] Repartition="Yes" AutoActivate ="Yes" I'm curious to see your solution, thanks for your help so far!
  14. Hi, I think it would be great if you could configure some files/directories in a nlite preset, which will be copied to (for example) the root of the new image. This saves you from doing this manually before generating the ISO, and thus prevents you from forgetting it. Something like the page where you can define which files to keep and remove (Keer or Remove additional files) but then from an 'external' place. keep up the good work!
  15. Hi, maybe this was posted before, but I didn't see it. Currently I'm using some winnt.sif tweaks which can't be set by NLite. This means I have a separate copy of a 'good' winnt.sif, and compare this with the nlite generated winnt.sif each time so I get a 'good' version on my image. I'd would be great if there would be a section in nlite where you can enter some manual winnt.sif 'tweaks', which will be placed or changed in winnt.sif after it's been generated, this way, all the configuration is in the nlite preset.
  16. Hi, my nlited installation of XP Pro has a few network problems: - it can't resolve hostnames of machines in the internal network - it can't connect to networkshares of machines in the internal network - machines in the internal network can't connect I have 'Disable automatic search for network folders and printers' and 'Hide pc in workgroup/domains' enabled, but afaik that shouldn't cause this behavior. I probably messed up somewhere, but after quite a couple of tries I can't find out what it is I did. see attached the ini file i'm using. tia, Merijn AVX.ini
  17. Hi, is there any way I can remove the 'windows update' icon from the start menu? attached is the ini file i'm currently using tia, Merijn AVX.ini
  18. Hi, for a unattended Windows XP install, I need to make some adjustments for the driver of the audiocard. I've found out which registry settings are used for that, but still didn't succeed to set it automatically. It seems that either the supporting software of the driver, or the driver itself writes the current settings to the registry at reboot, and loads them at startup, so changing them doesn't affect current settings, and after a reboot the old values are back again. I tried to find the process which writes it to the registry, so that I could kill that process before making the changes, but I couldn't find which process that is. I think I need someway to make changes to the registry on the 2nd boot, but before the audio card driver is loaded... I hope anyone can help me
  19. here it is thanks for your troubles... for the future, is there any way i can find out why wfp popup is comming? tia Last_Session.ini
  20. same here. I don't even have to install anything. NLite'd install with some tweaks and components removed results in WPF popup at first boot.

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