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prathapml

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  1. It is indeed, solves a major problem for me, I am your fan now! In case my testimony helps: Even as MS kept dumbing down different parts of the OS, I was glad to find ways to adjust and adapt. Though the changes in 11 have been... %#^%#^%@#@! If the issue was only about Start Menu, I'd have used Open-Shell and been just fine. But force-combined taskbar buttons and removal of custom toolbars broke my workflow. No other _actively maintained_ app (including Start11) addresses this important part for me. StartAllBack has single-handedly made Win11 tolerable, preventing me from running back to win10. I did the easy part - buying. Hoping enough people do that, to motivate you to keep up with the constant UI-style breakages that win11 will surely throw at us all. One thought though, for when I will format and reinstall. I see that some of the settings (not all) reside in the registry at HKCU\Software\StartIsBack. There is no inbuilt way to backup/restore settings. What would I need to do, to manually backup/restore all settings myself?
  2. I'm glad to note that a beta build of StartIsBack solves the first problem that i had mentioned. See this screenshot! So now the only annoying thing left is folder previews.
  3. So Windows 11 has not been... the best. But I've adjusted to the changes, to the point where only two real issues remain. 1. Taskbar replacement completely (not tweak) Application windows are now grouped in the taskbar. Yes, it feels like pre-win95 days. But that behaviour won't change. So is there a 3rd party taskbar replacement, to show open windows? (just like there is a 3rd party app for Start Menu.) 2. File Manager folder thumbnail previews Movies/photos/PDFs/etc within a folder aren't visible as a preview anymore, when browsing through a folder of folders. I hoped it would get fixed before release, but again, this looks like a permanent change as well. Is there any way to go back to the old folder previews? Or any 3rd party file manager app, which works just like Windows Explorer of win10 days? (light-enough, reliable, uncluttered, has folder previews in 256x256 icon size) Every file manager i tried so far, has depended on Windows Explorer itself, to show file and folder previews. So when win11 removed this feature, the same got reflected in 3rd party file managers as well.
  4. I think i'm going to bang my head against this wall, next up, thank you Escorpiom and maxXPsoft. This info should set me sailing, if not i will come back to report what happens...
  5. Hi all, I suddenly noticed that the games built into Windows 7 by default, do not get installed in my unattended installs. I have my AutoUnattend.xml at the root of the DVD. The portions that created problems are commented out (in the normal way as is done for XML files, using tags like <!-- xyz -->). And the configuration settings that are NOT commented, are implemented just fine by the installer from what I see (in other words, everything is just fine, except for the games being exempted). Currently need help with the Professional edition, x64, Windows 7 SP1 (integrated image downloaded from MSDN). No changes (vLite/etc) made to the source WIM files whatsoever, except for deleting "ei.cfg" from the "sources" folder. Below is my xml file, please tell me where am I going wrong? <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <servicing> <package action="configure"> <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-ProfessionalEdition" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Package" state="false" /> </package> </servicing> <!-- commented out for later use and reference- 7 Configuration Passes Sequence as below windowsPE offlineServicing specialize generalize auditSystem auditUser oobeSystem <servicing> <package action="configure"> <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-ProfessionalEdition" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Hyper-V-Common-Drivers" state="true" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Hyper-V-Guest-Integration-Drivers" state="true" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Package" state="false" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Windows-MediaPlayer-Package" state="true" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OC-Package" state="true" /> <selection name="Microsoft-Windows-Printing-XPSServices-Package" state="true" /> <selection name="TabletPCOC" state="true" /> <selection name="InboxGames" state="true" /> <selection name="Printing-XPSServices-Features" state="true" /> <selection name="Xps-Foundation-Xps-Viewer" state="true" /> <selection name="Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64" state="true" /> <selection name="WindowsGadgetPlatform" state="true" /> <selection name="MediaPlayback" state="true" /> <selection name="OpticalMediaDisc" state="true" /> <selection name="Internet Games" state="true" /> <selection name="Hearts" state="true" /> <selection name="FreeCell" state="true" /> <selection name="Chess" state="true" /> <selection name="Minesweeper" state="true" /> <selection name="More Games" state="true" /> <selection name="PurblePlace" state="true" /> </package> </servicing> <package action="configure"> <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" /> </package> --> <settings pass="offlineServicing"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-LUA-Settings" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <EnableLUA>true</EnableLUA> </component> </settings> <settings pass="windowsPE"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <SetupUILanguage> <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage> <WillShowUI>Never</WillShowUI> </SetupUILanguage> <InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale> <UserLocale>en-IN</UserLocale> <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage> <SystemLocale>en-IN</SystemLocale> <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <Diagnostics> <OptIn>false</OptIn> </Diagnostics> <DiskConfiguration> <WillShowUI>Always</WillShowUI> </DiskConfiguration> <ComplianceCheck> <DisplayReport>Never</DisplayReport> </ComplianceCheck> <DynamicUpdate> <Enable>false</Enable> </DynamicUpdate> <LogPath>%SystemRoot%\temp</LogPath> <UseConfigurationSet>false</UseConfigurationSet> <ImageInstall> <OSImage> <InstallFrom> <MetaData wcm:action="add"> <Key>/IMAGE/NAME</Key> <Value>Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL</Value> </MetaData> </InstallFrom> <InstallToAvailablePartition>false</InstallToAvailablePartition> <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI> </OSImage> </ImageInstall> <UserData> <ProductKey> <WillShowUI>Never</WillShowUI> <Key>BLAH</Key> </ProductKey> <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula> <FullName>BLAH-NOTREAL</FullName> <Organization>BLAHBLAH</Organization> </UserData> <!-- <RunAsynchronous> <RunAsynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>desc</Description> <Order>1</Order> <Path>D:\drv.exe</Path> </RunAsynchronousCommand> </RunAsynchronous> --> </component> </settings> <settings pass="specialize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <RunSynchronous> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>setting DVD drive-letter</Description> <Order>10</Order> <Path>cmd.exe /C "FOR %i IN (C D E F G H I J K L N M O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z) DO IF EXIST %i:\Autounattend.xml SETX AppsRoot %i: -m"</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Order>20</Order> <Path>cmd /c "ECHO specialize pass carried out on %date% at %time% with %AppsRoot% >> %SystemRoot%\temp\uArun.log"</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand> </RunSynchronous> <!-- Async command also possible here --> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Printing-Spooler-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <RemoveMXDW>0</RemoveMXDW> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-ehome-reg-inf" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableExpressSetup>false</DisableExpressSetup> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-ErrorReportingCore" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DefaultConsent>1</DefaultConsent> <DisableWER>1</DisableWER> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableFirstRunWizard>true</DisableFirstRunWizard> <DisableAccelerators>true</DisableAccelerators> <DisableOOBAccelerators>true</DisableOOBAccelerators> <SuggestedSitesEnabled>false</SuggestedSitesEnabled> <PrivacyAdvisorMode>2</PrivacyAdvisorMode> <DisableWelcomePage>false</DisableWelcomePage> <IEWelcomeMsg>true</IEWelcomeMsg> <FilterLevel>Medium</FilterLevel> <BlockPopups>yes</BlockPopups> <AllSitesCompatibilityMode>false</AllSitesCompatibilityMode> <ShowCompatibilityViewButton>true</ShowCompatibilityViewButton> <MSCompatibilityMode>true</MSCompatibilityMode> <ShowMenuBar>false</ShowMenuBar> <EnableLinksBar>false</EnableLinksBar> <ShowLeftAddressToolbar>true</ShowLeftAddressToolbar> <ShowCommandBar>true</ShowCommandBar> <ShowStatusBar>true</ShowStatusBar> <ShowInformationBar>true</ShowInformationBar> <Home_Page>about:blank</Home_Page> <Help_Page>http://www.google.com</Help_Page> <FavoritesDelete>false</FavoritesDelete> <SearchScopes> <Scope wcm:action="add"> <ScopeDefault>true</ScopeDefault> <ScopeDisplayName>Google</ScopeDisplayName> <ScopeKey>SearchProvider1</ScopeKey> <ScopeUrl>http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}</ScopeUrl> </Scope> </SearchScopes> <QuickLinkList> <QuickLinkItem> <QLID>0</QLID> <QuickLinkUrl>http://www.google.com</QuickLinkUrl> <QuickLinkName>Google Search</QuickLinkName> </QuickLinkItem> </QuickLinkList> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <RadioLocation>To activate the wireless LAN capability, use the switch, usually found on the front or side of the computer, or by using a function-key combination.</RadioLocation> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-powercpl" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <PreferredPlan>381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e</PreferredPlan> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-RemoteAssistance-Exe" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <fAllowToGetHelp>false</fAllowToGetHelp> <fAllowFullControl>false</fAllowFullControl> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <AutoLogon> <Password> <Value>BLAH</Value> <PlainText>true</PlainText> </Password> <Enabled>true</Enabled> <LogonCount>1</LogonCount> <Username>BLAH</Username> </AutoLogon> <!-- <Display> <ColorDepth>32</ColorDepth> <DPI>96</DPI> <HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution> <RefreshRate>75</RefreshRate> <VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution> </Display> <OEMWelcomeCenterLinks> <Link0>C:\</Link0> <Link1>http://google.com</Link1> </OEMWelcomeCenterLinks> --> <OEMInformation> <Logo>C:\Windows\System32\oemlogo.bmp</Logo> <Manufacturer>BLAH Co.</Manufacturer> <HelpCustomized>false</HelpCustomized> <SupportHours>24/7*365 self</SupportHours> <SupportPhone>1-800-Vendor</SupportPhone> <SupportURL>http://www.google.com</SupportURL> </OEMInformation> <Themes> <DefaultThemesOff>false</DefaultThemesOff> <CustomDefaultThemeFile>%SystemRoot%\Resources\Themes\mine.theme</CustomDefaultThemeFile> <ThemeName>Fabrikam Theme</ThemeName> <DesktopBackground>%WINDIR%\web\wallpaper\fabrikam.jpg</DesktopBackground> <ScreenSaver>Mystify.scr</ScreenSaver> <WindowColor>Sky</WindowColor> </Themes> <WindowsFeatures> <ShowInternetExplorer>true</ShowInternetExplorer> <ShowMediaCenter>true</ShowMediaCenter> <ShowWindowsMail>true</ShowWindowsMail> <ShowWindowsMediaPlayer>true</ShowWindowsMediaPlayer> </WindowsFeatures> <BluetoothTaskbarIconEnabled>true</BluetoothTaskbarIconEnabled> <DoNotCleanTaskBar>false</DoNotCleanTaskBar> <ComputerName>Computer</ComputerName> <RegisteredOwner>BLAH-EH</RegisteredOwner> <RegisteredOrganization>BLAHBLAH</RegisteredOrganization> <!-- <ShowWindowsLive>true</ShowWindowsLive> --> <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile> <TimeZone>India Standard Time</TimeZone> <!-- <StartPanelOff>false</StartPanelOff> --> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SQMApi" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <CEIPEnabled>0</CEIPEnabled> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SystemRestore-Main" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableSR>1</DisableSR> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-TapiSetup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <TapiUnattendLocation> <AreaCode>080</AreaCode> </TapiUnattendLocation> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <fDenyTSConnections>false</fDenyTSConnections> </component> <component name="Security-Malware-Windows-Defender" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableAntiSpyware>false</DisableAntiSpyware> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <Identification> <JoinWorkgroup>LAN</JoinWorkgroup> </Identification> </component> <!-- <component name="Networking-MPSSVC-Svc" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <FirewallGroups /> <DomainProfile_EnableFirewall>true</DomainProfile_EnableFirewall> <PrivateProfile_EnableFirewall>true</PrivateProfile_EnableFirewall> <PublicProfile_EnableFirewall>true</PublicProfile_EnableFirewall> <PrivateProfile_DisableNotifications>false</PrivateProfile_DisableNotifications> </component> --> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-ehome-reg-inf" processorArchitecture="wow64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableExpressSetup>false</DisableExpressSetup> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="wow64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableFirstRunWizard>true</DisableFirstRunWizard> <DisableAccelerators>true</DisableAccelerators> <DisableOOBAccelerators>true</DisableOOBAccelerators> <SuggestedSitesEnabled>false</SuggestedSitesEnabled> <PrivacyAdvisorMode>2</PrivacyAdvisorMode> <DisableWelcomePage>false</DisableWelcomePage> <IEWelcomeMsg>true</IEWelcomeMsg> <FilterLevel>Medium</FilterLevel> <BlockPopups>yes</BlockPopups> <AllSitesCompatibilityMode>false</AllSitesCompatibilityMode> <ShowCompatibilityViewButton>true</ShowCompatibilityViewButton> <MSCompatibilityMode>true</MSCompatibilityMode> <ShowMenuBar>false</ShowMenuBar> <EnableLinksBar>false</EnableLinksBar> <ShowLeftAddressToolbar>true</ShowLeftAddressToolbar> <ShowCommandBar>true</ShowCommandBar> <ShowStatusBar>true</ShowStatusBar> <ShowInformationBar>true</ShowInformationBar> <Home_Page>about:blank</Home_Page> <Help_Page>http://www.google.com</Help_Page> <FavoritesDelete>false</FavoritesDelete> <SearchScopes> <Scope wcm:action="add"> <ScopeDefault>true</ScopeDefault> <ScopeDisplayName>Google</ScopeDisplayName> <ScopeKey>SearchProvider1</ScopeKey> <ScopeUrl>http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}</ScopeUrl> </Scope> </SearchScopes> <QuickLinkList> <QuickLinkItem> <QLID>0</QLID> <QuickLinkUrl>http://www.google.com</QuickLinkUrl> <QuickLinkName>Google Search</QuickLinkName> </QuickLinkItem> </QuickLinkList> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SystemRestore-Main" processorArchitecture="wow64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DisableSR>1</DisableSR> </component> </settings> <settings pass="generalize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm> </component> <!-- <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>false</PersistAllDeviceInstalls> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-SharedAccess" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <EnableICS>false</EnableICS> </component> --> </settings> <settings pass="auditSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PerfCenterCPL" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo> <Logo>C:\windows\performance\winsat\fabrikam_logo.bmp</Logo> <HardwareUpgradeURL>http://www.fabrikam.com/windows7upgrade/upgrade.htm</HardwareUpgradeURL> </WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <AuditComputerName> <Name>Computer</Name> </AuditComputerName> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <DriverPaths> <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="10" wcm:action="add"> <Path>%AppsRoot%\$OEM$\PnPdrvrs</Path> </PathAndCredentials> </DriverPaths> </component> </settings> <settings pass="auditUser"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <RunSynchronous> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>command1</Description> <Order>10</Order> <Path>cmd /C %SystemDrive%\install\one.cmd</Path> <WillReboot>Never</WillReboot> </RunSynchronousCommand> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>command2</Description> <Order>20</Order> <Path>cmd /C %SystemDrive%\install\cmdlines.cmd</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand> <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <Description>command2</Description> <Order>30</Order> <Path>cmd /c "ECHO audituser pass carried out on %date% at %time% >> %SystemRoot%\temp\uArun.log"</Path> </RunSynchronousCommand> </RunSynchronous> </component> </settings> <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-ehome-reg-inf" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <WorkOffline>false</WorkOffline> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-WinRE-RecoveryAgent" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <UninstallWindowsRE>false</UninstallWindowsRE> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale> <UserLocale>en-IN</UserLocale> <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage> <SystemLocale>en-IN</SystemLocale> </component> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <!-- <FolderLocations> <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory> <ProgramData>D:\ProgramData</ProgramData> </FolderLocations> --> <UserAccounts> <LocalAccounts> <LocalAccount wcm:action="add"> <Password> <Value>BLAH</Value> <PlainText>true</PlainText> </Password> <Description>the PC admin</Description> <DisplayName>BLAH</DisplayName> <Group>Administrators</Group> <Name>BLAH</Name> </LocalAccount> <LocalAccount wcm:action="add"> <Description>everyday use</Description> <DisplayName>BLAH1</DisplayName> <Group>Users</Group> <Name>BLAH1</Name> </LocalAccount> </LocalAccounts> <AdministratorPassword> <Value>BLAH</Value> <PlainText>true</PlainText> </AdministratorPassword> </UserAccounts> <AutoLogon> <Password> <Value>BLAH</Value> <PlainText>true</PlainText> </Password> <Username>BLAH</Username> <Enabled>true</Enabled> <LogonCount>1</LogonCount> </AutoLogon> <FirstLogonCommands> <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <CommandLine>cmd.exe /c "ECHO oobeSystem pass carried out on %date% at %time% >> %SystemRoot%\temp\uArun.log"</CommandLine> <Description>knowing the sequence</Description> <Order>10</Order> <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput> </SynchronousCommand> <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <CommandLine>cmd.exe /C "%AppsRoot%\$OEM$\$1\install\GUIrunOnce.cmd"</CommandLine> <Description>please wait</Description> <Order>20</Order> </SynchronousCommand> <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <CommandLine>%AppsRoot%\$OEM$\$1\install\XPlode45\autoInst.exe /xml:"#XPLODE#\XPlode-SelectInstall.xml" /log:"%SystemRoot%\temp\XPlode.log"</CommandLine> <Description>installs programs and customizes them with settings</Description> <Order>30</Order> </SynchronousCommand> </FirstLogonCommands> <LogonCommands> <AsynchronousCommand wcm:action="add"> <CommandLine>line.cmd</CommandLine> <Description>desc</Description> <Order>1</Order> <RequiresUserInput>false</RequiresUserInput> </AsynchronousCommand> </LogonCommands> <OEMInformation> <Logo>%SystemRoot%\System32\oobe\oemlogo.bmp</Logo> <Manufacturer>Alienware</Manufacturer> <Model>top-of-the-line model</Model> <SupportURL>http://www.google.com</SupportURL> </OEMInformation> <OOBE> <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage> <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE> <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation> <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE> <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE> <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC> <!-- 3 = disable automatic 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  6. Under the conditions you describe, the first thing I might do is to NOT use the Office Integrator, put the MSP files for SP2 and the hotfixes in the Update folder, then test the install. See if it then accepts your SP2 as having been installed already. If it does, then the problem is with the Office Integrator.
  7. SLC drives (not only Intel, but also other brands like OCZ) are indeed faster. Think of SATA3 if you'll be getting one of those. Yep. Especially since most content is small files (example, 10 saved webpages with associated files, totaling up to 2 MB with 600 files in all, or file operations in a different context like a browser's cache folder). On a normal HDD (Seagate 7200.12 1TB) sweetspot, speed for writing small files drops from (for example) 130 MBps to 104 MBps. The same write operation on an SSD (in a best case scenario of the best SSD) can drop from 140 MBps to 2 MBps. Note the single digit number, and decide for yourself, how noticeable it is.Admittedly newer drives are covering this weakness and working out a solution, plus you'll rarely reach such an extreme situation. But it is worth considering. If you do buy an SSD, get one which is relatively well-covered and is sufficiently better than a HDD (those 30-40GB "boot drives" suck with write speeds of 30 MBps under normal conditions). The Kingston V+ drive mentioned earlier is a great buy, try to get hold of the 128GB version or higher.
  8. The "SATA2 is not enough" thing applies to only the costliest drives with amazing read speeds, so you can safely ignore that for now (unless you want to gladly spend a few thousands of dollars on "fast storage").
  9. Not bad sectors, but an SSD can have bad flash cells. Plus the slow write speed for small+multiple write situations gets to be annoying and worse than a normal HDD, within 2 days. I'm not talking of theoretical dis-advantages, you clearly know your stuff - having tested a number of current-gen SSDs, I'm talking about how the practical benefits fail to keep pace with the expectations and price. If your data is still located on a different spinning drive, then you've divorced yourself from atleast some of the benefits. And the write speed thing can suck real bad even with the newer drives. TRIM will keep up your read/write speeds but has no relation with the other issues, and newer controllers have speeded up the drives, yes. I'm tiring of the "pagefile is faster on SSD" argument - such people should just ensure they have enough RAM for their needs and disable pagefile, SSD or no SSD. If you can afford an SSD, then you can afford a RAM upgrade as well before it. An SSD is nice if you have a laptop sipping low-power and want to reduce power consumption to extract further battery life, it is nice if you want a silent drive, it is nice if most of your PC work involves "read" operations (as in, reading data from SSD), it is nice to reduce vibration or shock-proof a portable computer... If you are captivated by the reviews and simply must get one, the best value is provided by the particular SSD drive/brand and model number variant I mentioned earlier. In brief, I guess what I really meant to say was this - if you've already beefed up the rest of your PC to the maximum point you can afford to, and if you have money to spare, only then is an SSD worth it. Even today.
  10. From what I've seen in my tests, the Intel X25-M drives have gone downwards in the charts, even though they still rock. The best performance (at an acceptable price) today is with the Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB (google for product reviews, too lazy to link any at the moment ). Note the V-plus in the model name there, do not go for non-plus series drives, their performance versus price just might make a grown man cry. Of course, as you said you are not interested in paying extortionist prices for the lower-capacity SLC-based SSD drives, so I leave those out of the picture. An Intel X25-M 80GB costs close to the same as a Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB - the Kingston offers better write speeds and more capacity, so guess which one is the obvious choice? For what its worth, the speed benefit of an SSD may not be that noticeable for a wide range of folks. Not to mention, the problem with writing small file-sizes. If raw drive speed is what you are after, then just put together two or four 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 drives in RAID0. The low access times with an SSD is tempting, but not quite as awesome, you stop noticing the positives in a few days after seeing the negatives, and depending on your financial situation the SSD prices may not be worth it yet. Why you say? Look at it this way. The good thing about an SSD is speed of access to data and how fast the drive reads it and serves it up. With current prices and SSD capacities being what they are, a lot of us can afford only (relatively) smaller-sized SSDs. Now if you thought it worth spending the cash for an SSD, it can also be assumed that you do a lot of gaming or some other time-limited data-intensive application. Such people need more storage than the meagre capacity that an SSD affords. Thus more often than not, I see people using an SSD for their OS and primary applications, and an (or multiple) additional normal spinning drive to store their data files. Result - yes OS is speeded up, apps start fast, but actual game/work does not get much benefit - because those are "data files" kept outside of the SSD! But yes, there are specific people and usage patterns, that could benefit from an SSD. To address your other questions, SATA2 is alright for now with current SSDs. Yes SATA3 and PCI-E SSDs do exist but the prices make me want to gouge my eyes out...
  11. Yep, it got uploaded to MSDN quite late on 22nd... All constituents including the Web Apps, SharePoint Server, and Office 2010 KMS server keys are present. Just annoyed about how I still must wait till 30th to get the remaining 9 keys.
  12. Ah, that clarifies it then. I did seem to remember that the VB scripts are not removed unless specified. (the vague memory is because I moved away from WinXP many years ago)
  13. At the risk of drawing wrath, may I suggest we all back off from the "how much pagefile is appropriate" discussion. Different strokes for different folks, and "johnhc" here might have his reasons for what he wants, and all of you that have commented definitely have strong technical reasons and experience to back their recommendation. I might personally disable pagefile altogether, but everyone need not HAVE to share that view. But at the end of the day, the question is (*or was, and has probably been abandoned) "how to set my pagefile AND not have it fragmented on disk". Let us get back on topic, and let the thread die a natural death if there are no further solutions that we can thrash out.
  14. Hmmm, what I'm gonna mention is a circuitous route, but I'm just looking at this as throwing an idea into the open from where you could take it forward if it's workable. 1. Use the VBS the first time around to disable pagefile entirely, and reboot in 2 mins (you are using autologon, I guess). 2. Autologon a second time and run a defrag command, and set the next task to reboot. 3. Autologon a 3rd time and enable pagefile as per your preferences, then reboot automatically. One other possibility, is to see if one of the defragging apps (DisKeeper, Raxco, O&O, Defraggler, Vopt, whatever) offers a command-line switch to auto-defrag C: drive and consolidate the pagefile at the same time. If you've nLite'd so much that the pagefile.vbs is removed, chances are you might as well have a defragmentation run to speedup your OS and maximize performance. On the other hand, if your C: drive is located on an SSD, then pagefile fragmentation isn't an issue (heck, pagefile is not even required with your 4GB RAM and an SSD!).
  15. Hi icemanzh, After seeing the screenshot posted above, I have a hunch that it is because of one of these. Are you sure you have all (and i mean ALL) of these options applied in the XML as mentioned in my first post in this thread? Quoted below, just to clarify what I mean. For any further details, please refer to my step-by-step description of both methods, in the first two posts of this thread. <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />Do post back to let me know what happens. As for the 60-day pre-installed Office.... those are usually the result of special deals made between MS and the OEM (such as Dell, etc.). They probably install from a different installer disc, and actually use a certain key that allows for a 60-day trial.
  16. You mean that when you use the CONFIG.XML method, there is a dialog box at the end of the install ? And this problem does not happen when you use the MSP method?Now that is interesting, can you please post a screenshot of this dialog box?
  17. Hmm, haven't tried without a key. Maybe the VLK insists on a key because there's no other way of verification/activation after install? The Retail/OEM editions of Office 2007 probably allow for installing without a key, and run for 25 times before you need to insert a key and activate. Hi Greg, I have no idea how to get rid of that "pop up" as you call it. Tried a few things in the MSP and XML initially, but didn't manage to make that part silent. Maybe this can be done through a registry entry. Try this:1. Install Windows fresh. 2. Install Office 2007 (in your customized style, in whatever way you do it) but don't start any constituent apps just yet. 3. Use a tool that allows for comparing before/after snapshots of the Registry (like RegShot) to take a first snapshot. 4. Open any app (Excel/Word/etc), click through the "pop up" with the options you want, and then maybe close the app. 5. Now take a second snapshot of the registry (RegShot?). 6. RegShot is capable of comparing the two snapshots and showing you (in text form) which registry keys were changed. 7. Read through the log of changes (made in step 6), use process of elimination to understand which key is likely to be the one you want. 8. Visit the registry, confirm it, make a .REG file of the relevant entries. 9. Install Windows fresh again, and Office 2007 with your customizations and also apply the .REG file, see if the popup is gone. If you hit upon the solution, please do post back to this thread to let us know. Hi IcemanZH, immediately above is a similar issue posted by Greg. Try the same steps I've suggested to him, and please post back to let us know of the results. @Salvadore:Thanks for the above info, it is much appreciated. This would be very helpful to those with Retail/OEM copies of the suite.
  18. If the old version isn't being removed, you might have to run a one-time command that all computers must execute at next logon. For example: MsiExec.exe /X{10140000-0011-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE} You can find the exact product components to uninstall and their GUID codes in the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall You can also refer to this URL for GUID info and explanations - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832672 Hmm, for these purposes, an enterprise edition (or VLK license) is the best for ActiveDirectory environments. Other editions don't like to pickup MSP files from the Updates folder, as I mentioned. For me to suggest any workaround, may I ask which edition you are using? You are using Option B from the first post of this thread. The config.xml file i've posted there is just an example, and you'd have to modify it as per your needs. The XML code there, as you can see, has comments to the right side of relevant lines, which mention how to force install or NOT install specific components of the suite. You probably want to do a straight-forward install, with the default set of components installed, and no customization of removing components. Therefore, if you don't want to customize a particular setting/component, simply don't mention it in the XML file. So that is how you can go about doing what you mentioned in your post.
  19. @Robku Yes, just extract the MSP files that you extract from the SP2 archive, into the Updates folder. It will be used regardless of whether you use the MSI or SETUP.EXE. Incidentally, atleast a few editions dis-allow using the MSI to install, leaving you with no other option anyway. Put in the arguments and other customizations you want into the customization MSP and into the config.xml, and just start the SETUP.EXE directly.
  20. Indeed sad, I wish there was some way to strip down the Office 2007 install files (or even to TRULY merge service packs instead of the current ham handed way - and disable MSOcache creation). It could be argued though, that the standard edition provides pretty much all the apps a normal user needs, and thus stay below 700 MB.
  21. Hi condor, yes it is possible. As usual, extract the MSP files for office 2007 into the Updates folder. When I did that to include SP2 with Office 2007 Standard Edition, the total size was below 700 MB. You want to be able to write this to a CD, isn't it?
  22. If that same window (as in the first post) pops up, then you're on the right track.You have to click Upgrade (or in most cases, click Install for fresh install). Do not click custom, because then your MSP file isnt even used. And yes, once the install finishes without errors, you turn off notification via the MSP file. Yes, I can confirm that this works, to setup office 2007 unattendedly (maybe redundant, since you want confirmation from others?)And yes, I did this with the latest SP1, and it works - just extract and put the relevant MSP update files in the Updates folder (as mentioned in first post). As for shrinking the setup files of Office 2007, I'm yet to see any info regarding that, chances are that it is not possible with what we know so far. All the best MGB, the mass re-installation should go a bit quicker and easier for the team with this method (thats why we all want unattended after all).
  23. @atolica Thanks. I've just been putting off clearing my personal messages - shall take some time out to sort, archive and download them all. In the meantime, if you have any queries for me, just post in any of the threads to which I am subscribed.
  24. I'm asking out of curiosity (no malice intended), but what makes you think that this guide's section on installing applications would be valid for WinVista's gold release but not for Vista SP1 ?
  25. You are forgetting: 1. The resolution (more pixels per inch on an e-book reader) 2. The (slightly) more powerful hardware needed for displaying, scrolling, downloading, etc (of ebooks). Which means it almost starts stepping into the zone of "runs on an OS" (however miniscule). 3. It isn't just about hardware - software is just as important to make an e-book reader worth using (witness people going ga-ga over OSes that are barely as functional as Windows, but offer a flashy UI). And the software can't be off-the-shelf - it needs to be custom developed for the device. 4. Economies of scale. (far more cheap photoframes are bought, than e-book readers) 5. A photoframe is pretty much just that, while the ebook reader market keeps having better designs, so standardisation and mass production is not done to that extent. 6. Niche. Not many people buy it, so proces aren't driven down as fast. (you see the value of a photo frame. you may or may not see the value of an ebook reader, which is a highly controversial topic, with people wowed by it but then dumping it for lack of practicability, and not matching a standard book, and moreover, barely 0.1% of the world's textual content is currently accessible through an ebook reader, which needs to increase. I won't buy such a device until it reaches critical mass - atleast half of the books published must be accessible, and I mean not just those from big publishers in the west.) 7. Pricing of e-books. Why would I bother to buy an e-book that actually gives me LESS functionality (in some ways) than a physical one, unless the price is very competitive at half or so? 8. Lastly, comfort. (the feel of a book in your hand, turning pages, reading it anywhere, no electricity required, still readable even in bright sunlight.....)

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