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Everything posted by jdeboeck

  1. Because MCE2005 includes WMP10 and SP3 only includes WMP9 the slipstream can't work. The files required for WMP9 and WMP10 are different, but it is the service pack that decides which files will be installed, because the service pack may include new files of its own. Since XP isn't componentized, it's either the MCE2005 file list without service pack resource files, or the SP3 file list without WMP10. Neither will work, though it should be possible to merge DOSNET.INF and TXTSETUP.SIF manually. The XPSP3 team screwed up big time.
  2. you can activate an OEM version in just the same way as a retail version you can activate it as many times as you want, but it must be on basically the same hardware that's why OEM version is cheaper, it will work on that one computer, but it will not activate on different hardware if you swap too much hardware your OEM version may not activate again, as it is considered a new computer calling microsoft for activation may help, but in theory you are screwed OEM versions are great if you plan to install them on notebooks, because you can't change the hardware too much they are not so great for a desktop PC that you upgrade frequently, because sooner or later the hardware hash will fail NOTE: we are talking about an OEM version of Vista that you "buy" and which comes with a product key. the OEM versions that are distributed by Dell/HP/... are an entirely different thing. These won't activate on non Dell/HP/... hardware, with or without the matching product key, but then again, you didn't "buy" these. NOTE: there is no difference between a retail and an OEM disc, only the product key is different. the installation is the same, but OEM licenses are essentially locked to the hardware you activate it on the first time.
  3. ah nuhi, been a while the integrated DVD has the following: The boot.wim image has mostly 6001.18000 files The install.wim image has mostly 6001.18000 files Most other files on the disc are 6001.18000 as well The servicing stack is different, but 6000.16386 files are also on the disc, probably for backwards compatibility There are a number of extra Packages in the install.wim but I forgot to check the boot.wim Some of the Components have extra features, but nothing shocking, DisableWER is nice (error reporting off) I think you need the new servicing stack ON THE DISC if you want to integrate post-SP1 updates or use the new unattended features
  4. I have Vista installation media with SP1 integrated and it is very different than what you end up with after reverse integration. The setup.exe is different, the boot.wim is very different, there are extra folders that contain the new servicing stack, there are new unattended settings. Reverse integration will not do all these things. Stop promoting reverse integration of Vista SP1!
  5. You really need to get SP1 integrated media. Reverse integration of SP1 is a waste of time. You will only have SP1 in your install.wim and not in your boot.wim or any of the RTM files on the installation media. Updated boot drivers and new servicing stack won't be available during setup. I fully support customizing your windows image, but service packs are not customization, they should be done right.
  6. Reverse integration is also not the way to go, because you would get SP1 in the install.wim, but you would still have RTM in the boot.wim. It would just be a selfmade mess, if any of the boot drivers happen to be updated or if vulnerabilities in the WinPE needed to be patched. I see how integrating SP1 into Vista RTM would take a lot of time, because all the seperate images would need to be updated. I don't see how this would change for SP2, which can only be bigger than SP1. Unless you are supposed to integrate SP2 into an SP1 disc. I say get yourself some official SP1 media when it's released: either buy the software assurance discs for $10 or so, borrow somebody's retail disc, or download it somewhere. Packing an online image is for building a corporate install, that includes default settings, drivers and third party software, it was never intended for just integrating microsoft updates.
  7. You need to check the Windows AIK documentation on WinPE for more info. You need to format with DISKPART I believe or it won't work. In DISKPART run these commands select disk 1 --------------------------------------------- MAKE SURE THIS IS YOUR USB DRIVE FIRST: list disk TO CHECK clean create partition primary select partition 1 active format fs=fat32 assign exit
  8. I've had the same problem. Windows Vista BSOD while it is booting on its own for the first time and everytime after until I set SATA mode to ATA. Either you load a driver during setup (on the hard disk partitioning screen) or you add the driver to WinPE. Look for more info on peimg.exe /inf in the Windows AIK documentation. You need the driver in the boot.wim, I guess, but I haven't had time to do it yet.
  9. it works quite well, and the USB drive boots noticably faster than the DVD however installing from DVD extracts the OS image from the DVD onto the intended folders harddrive installation from USB drive copies the image to the a temporary folder on the harddrive BEFORE extracting it into the intended folders on the harddrive this leaves the overall speed increase open for debate of course it is very useful if you want to change your unattend xml or modify your configuration set easily
  10. It would be better if Microsoft did a little cleanup, by releasing an update rollup Anyone have any idea when that might happen?
  11. But you must use the corresponding PRO product key. *wink* So the OEMBIOS check does not fail and activation is not required. *wink* The OEMBIOS check only checks the hardware and the product key. *wink* Not whether it is Media Center Edition or regular. *wink* Windows does not check the product key to see if it is Media Center Edition. *wink* It checks... something else. *wink* Enough winking. I used Microsoft's Product key for preserving Preactivation. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...y/oempreac.mspx And I used the OEMBIOS files that came with my recovery CD. I was puzzled myself
  12. Just 5 files? MCE2005 has media player 10 builtin, while SP2 does not. The product key determines which version will be installed. Unfortunately there are no VLK product keys for MCE. So you can only mix and match between OEM cds.
  13. Right files, wrong product key: the one one the COA on the bottom of your Dell/HP/Compaq is a dud. For preactivated install you use the files mentioned, along with the product key in winnt.sif on your Dell/HP/Compaq install cd. Works for me, with extra benefits... @getwired: if you get a preactivated cd, like most recovery cds, the product key on the box can not be activated over the internet. regular oem cds work as usual, but recovery cds need a special product key. this way the oem product key on the box can't be reused. microsoft changed their policy on this a couple of months ago.
  14. And for Belgium that would be 720x576 @ 25Hz because we use PAL. As said, both widescreen and fullscreen DVD use the same resolution, but widescreen DVD are usually (but not always) anamorphic. This means the image in the 720x576 frame is stretched vertically. When displayed on a 16:9 television it is stretched horizontally, because of non-square pixels, and the image is normal once again. When displayed on a 4:3 television, one in four vertical lines is dropped. This will fit the entire frame on the television screen. Or the image is zoomed to fit, but then you lose the wide edges. When you are encoding for display on a PC, always use square pixels. Even when your PC is attached to a television, it is better to use powerstrip to force a true widescreen resolution.
  15. These private hotfixes are only intended to work around very uncommon problems in very uncommon situations. If you don't have that problem you really should not use them. They are not tested as much as public hotfixes and public hotfixes are not tested to work with private hotfixes. There is also no information as to when private hotfixes are superceded. You may be including dozens of workarounds that have been fixed by a single public hotfix. There is no indication that all these private hotfixes will be (or even be included in) the next service pack. The new service pack is likely to include new builds of all the core components, and many of the uncommon problems will go away and many new will appear.
  16. Vista is up-to-date and XP is old! Microsoft's PR department couldn't have said it better. If Vista's new technologies don't work in XP, those technologies won't be adopted for a couple of years. If you were unable to host .NET websites on Windows 2000, then .NET would be a lot less popular. If you can't play Blu-Ray on XP, people won't buy them. If you can't use the new Office on XP, people will stick with the old one. If the new DRM only works on Vista then, well, we hate DRM anyway... For some time, XP will be very much up to date, except for the version number. I will probably be upgrading just to have the latest, but many people and especially corporations stick with XP until there is a budget to buy something new.
  17. Also when zooming in on these pictures, I don't get any additional detail. The test pattern is blurred, and remains blurred even on the maximum zoom level. This makes me to believe that Media Center just uses an XGA thumbnail instead of the original images. This would look even worse on higher resolutions, making Media Center unusable on 1080p displays. EDIT: I've rendered some photos and test images into a WMV HD movie, and this does not have the blurring effect. It is fortunately limited to My Pictures.
  18. When I look at Pictures via Media Center they look slightly blurred. You don't notice it on a 1024x768 LCD, but it becomes noticeable on a 1280x1024 LCD. I decided to make several test patterns, with alternating black and white lines. One image was 1024x768 and is displayed on the 1024x768 without blur, as you would expect, since the image matches the screen pixel for pixel. The other image was 1280x1024, again matching the 1280x1024 screen, but this comes out all blurred. It's as if the image is downsampled to 1024x768 and than upsampled back to 1280x1024. Since Media Center is DirectX based, I believe there may be a texture size limit or Media Center may be using an XGA thumbnail instead of the actual image. Don't rush to your Media Center yet! I've attached an image that is half test pattern, and half what I'm actually seeing. If your Media Center is running higher than 1024x768, please download the image and tell me what you see. Compare it to what you see when you drag the image into Internet Explorer or a decent viewer. EDIT: I am running MCE2005 Update Rollup 2 on several computers and they all have the same problem. I've had the problem with all other MCE2005 versions as well. I am always running at the screens' native resolution and test with images in that same resolution. I'm using certified graphics cards. I'm not doing slideshows, just displaying a single image. 1280.zip
  19. Normally Microsoft doesn't care about something like this. It is just that the mainstream press suggests this is a leaked product, and not a community effort. Microsoft now has no choice but to go to the press and advise against it. Let's look at the original article from Infoworld. Catchy title, everyone that reads that will think "leaked build". This reads like Microsoft denies it exists, but a preview is available. It's not being called an unofficial preview pack, yet it is tied in to a Microsoft statement about the real SP3. What's up with the quotes? It's not a leak, it's not preview of XPSP3, it's just something called Unofficial XPSP3 Preview Pack. Finally a straightforward statement that this is in fact a bunch of private hotfixes, just like RyanVM's Update Pack. These private hotfixes are quick workarounds for specific problems. I doubt they are tested in the same way as other hotfixes or that other hotfixes are tested to work with these private hotfixes. Either way Microsoft advises you not to use them if you don't have the problem and a final solution will be available in the real SP3. Again not calling it an unofficial preview, and again making three unneccessary references to Microsoft. The fact that the man worked for Microsoft, that he is a Microsoft beta tester or that he visits Microsoft's website are irrelevant. This just provides a lot of false credibility. Finishing the article with some more references to Microsoft and the real SP3, to keep you confused.
  20. Why do you care about tech support? Every tech support is organised to put an id*** on the phone, because of the large chance of an even bigger id*** on the other end. They call it support levels. And tech support will never ever acknowledge that anything is wrong with their product. I once called Packard Bell tech support because my notebooks graphics card was fried for the third time, twice in the same machine and again in the replacement. They said I should extend my warranty period.
  21. build your own, for a desktop at least. it may not be cheaper than dell, but you get to choose your parts. only downside for me, is that the components never match: microsoft keyboard, sony monitor, lian li case... my only desktop is a media center pc, but it just looks like random computer parts scattered across the living room. for a notebook I prefer dell, because you can choose system components. other brands like acer, hp or sony just offer typical configurations, meaning you can only get the fastest cpu, if you get a dvd burner and large harddrive as well. sony look really good though, but i find them too expensive. whatever notebook you are buying, always check prices on individual components first. it may be cheaper to order a faster cpu separately, instead of buying the model that comes with it. or to order extra memory or faster harddrive separately
  22. the copy options for mrt should be 2,0 (copied to system32 during textmode setup) instead of 3,3 (optionally copied by inf install section)
  23. MCE 2005 has WMP10 instead of WMP9. It has modified wmp.inf, wmfsdk.inf, txtsetup.sif, sysoc.inf and catfiles. And yes you can turn it into Pro if you replace that wellknown set of files (but that would be considered illegal) evilvoice: do you need the files from mce 2005 to make a signed slipstream ?
  24. or... you could just get CD1 from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 which has WMP10 built in (instead of the usual WMP9 that comes with SP2) or if you really wanted to slipstream WMP10 you should use the files from MCE 2005. This way the slipstream will even be signed and all
  25. perhaps he forgot to remove the coathanger before he put on his suit ?

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