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  1. Can anyone who maybe has this file please zip it or post it for me? Thank you in advance!
  2. Trying to force the Local Installation Source to be put in a different location. Does anyone know how to do this?
  3. That means you do not have a qualified product (one that will let you install silently), if you have a standard retail copy, then you cannot run the silent setup.
  4. What is the "Windows Whistler" screen saver? I know what Whistler is, just don't remember the screen saver.
  5. Nothing spectacular, but here is what I went with (for this week, ha)
  6. Let me explain. I am not saying that it won't. I just don't want it to create subfolders under Accessories, I want them all to be under to top level of Start \ Programs. It can create a shortcut under Entertainment all day long, I just don't want it to create a shortcut under Accessories \ Entertainment Does that make more sense?
  7. True, and that is what I currently do, but if Windows Media Player goes off and recreates all of it's own shortcuts, then it messes up the whole thing and I have to have a local login script that runs on every login that keeps them tidy. I would rather fix this issue in the underlying code before the OS is ever installed. Thanks for the tip though. I have been doing that in my runonce batch file for well over a year now.
  8. At the very least, you have set me in a positive direction, thank you for the posting. The catch on the NICs is that they are all different across the 11 computers that I have at home. That Vendor ID is the hill that I cannot seem to get over. I have tried everything from the WINNT.sif to a VBS file to a batch, nothing seems to be consistent. The Start Menu folder structure is just a personal preference. I don't like them being grouped together like that. I know there are some of the HIVESYS files located in i386, I have seen references in there about the Games folder and some others, but I have either been too afraid to mod them or too lazy to research them. I have a million other things going on, so it isn't THAT important, but it bugs me that I cannot figure it out. I basically want Windows to STOP automatically assigning to those default folders and do what IIIIIII want it to do. We can tweak this OS so much, but there are still things we cannot force it to do.
  9. Hi all, I have been at the unattended process for about 2 years now, I am constantly learning new ways of doing things and certianly making progress. However, a few things still elude me, hopefully some of you can help me here. I need help with the following remaining items: Change my DVD ROM drive letters from D: and E: to Y: and Z: (personal preference, I like them at the end of the drive letter chain). Set Daemon Tools as one drive letter, and change it's drive letter assignment to X:, additionally, enable all options (so that the taskbar icon is green). Also, I unclutter the Start Menu, so that Communications, Entertainment Games and System Tools are out of Accessories and directly under Start \ Programs. Is there any way to force new shortcuts for System Tools to always go to Start \ Programs \ System Tools instead of into Accessories \ System Tools? Rename my Local Area Connection to On Board LAN Card and enable the option to show in systray when connected. Thanks in advance
  10. Any way to rename the network card to anything but Local Area Connection?
  11. Here is how I do it, extreme to a sense, but it works great for me. http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showto...install+Firefox
  12. So then I load the core files or do I just drop the ISO file on there?
  13. I have my standard CD source directory which I manipulate with nLite and then make an ISO from that. My question is, how do I get the files onto a USB drive and make it bootable so that I can install the OS from there instead of constantly burning CDs every time I make a minor update to my source?
  14. Apologies in advance to all for the duplicate, I accidentally posted this first in the Unattended Windows section. Anyways, here goes: Good day all, I have had loads of success with Firefox and I would like to share my tweaks and hopefully help someone. First off, I download the executable from the Firefox website. Then, using WinRAR, extract the contents of the executable to a staging folder. In that folder, find a file named CONFIG.ini, I open it using Notepad++ and change one line: Run Mode=Normal to Run Mode=Silent Then, install Firefox by double clicking the SETUP.exe located in the staging folder. This will not require any user intervention as the install mode has now been set to silent. Once that is done, I run Firefox and make all of my personal settings; start page, download prefs, etc. and close Firefox. Now, I look in "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox", find the file named PROFILES.ini and open it with Notepad++, change the "Path=" Value to "Path=Profiles/profile.default". Now, look in the profiles directory and find the "*******.default" folder, rename it to "profile.default" Here is what this should look like when you are done: http://static.flickr.com/98/208286125_c74e785b06.jpg Hopefully, the previous paragraph isn't too confusing, what I was doing there was 'forcing' Firefox to use a profile folder that is specifically named, not one that is created randomly by the application. Now, another suggestion is to run Firefox again and load up all of the Extensions and Search Plugins that you want. Be VERY CAREFUL not to do anything that would be specific to you, such as entering your info into the Google Toolbar Autofill fields, etc. The next paragraph will explain why. Here are some of my favorite extensions: http://static.flickr.com/67/208286126_d331c95cb3.jpg Now that you have a clean, default profile setup, let's wrap it up. Using WinRAR, zip up the following: "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" folder "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.ini" file Make the zip a self-extracting executable (mine is named PATCH.exe for the purposes of this article), and have it extract to the "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox" folder. Additionally, set the options to overwrite without asking, this way it will purge the existing "profiles.ini" file. Then, I run the simple batch file that contains 2 lines: SETUP.exe PATCH.exe This batch file performs a completely silent install of Firefox that includes all of our tweaks, customizations, extensions and search plugins. It is possible that I missed one or two things. I apologize if I did, please post a reply with any questions or suggestions.
  15. Good day all, I have had loads of success with Firefox and I would like to share my tweaks and hopefully help someone. First off, I download the executable from the Firefox website. Then, using WinRAR, extract the contents of the executable to a staging folder. In that folder, find a file named CONFIG.ini, I open it using Notepad++ and change one line: Run Mode=Normal to Run Mode=Silent Then, install Firefox by double clicking the SETUP.exe located in the staging folder. This will not require any user intervention as the install mode has now been set to silent. Once that is done, I run Firefox and make all of my personal settings; start page, download prefs, etc. and close Firefox. Now, I look in "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox", find the file named PROFILES.ini and open it with Notepad++, change the "Path=" Value to "Path=Profiles/profile.default". Now, look in the profiles directory and find the "*******.default" folder, rename it to "profile.default" Here is what this should look like when you are done: <img src=http://static.flickr.com/98/208286125_c74e785b06.jpg> Hopefully, the previous paragraph isn't too confusing, what I was doing there was 'forcing' Firefox to use a profile folder that is specifically named, not one that is created randomly by the application. Now, another suggestion is to run Firefox again and load up all of the Extensions and Search Plugins that you want. Be VERY CAREFUL not to do anything that would be specific to you, such as entering your info into the Google Toolbar Autofill fields, etc. The next paragraph will explain why. Here are some of my favorite extensions: <img src=http://static.flickr.com/67/208286126_d331c95cb3.jpg> Now that you have a clean, default profile setup, let's wrap it up. Using WinRAR, zip up the following: "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" folder "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.ini" file Make the zip a self-extracting executable (mine is named PATCH.exe for the purposes of this article), and have it extract to the "c:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox" folder. Additionally, set the options to overwrite without asking, this way it will purge the existing "profiles.ini" file. Then, I run the simple batch file that contains 2 lines: SETUP.exe PATCH.exe This batch file performs a completely silent install of Firefox that includes all of our tweaks, customizations, extensions and search plugins. It is possible that I missed one or two things. I apologize if I did, please post a reply with any questions or suggestions. Ummm, sorry all, I should have posted this in Application Installs.