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  1. Same here. I'm happy with it. I would've been even happier with an installer that's less than 1MB, but, hey, 1.5MB isn't bad No need to apologise: I'm actually having good fun with making this installer. My first real challenge (all the other ones I've made have been straight-forward) I've tested only using an ISO file. I don't actually burn a disc until I'm completely satisfied with my test install using VirtualPC. I personally don't think it's going to matter with a burnt disc, unless you're using a disc for testing in VirtualPC. Think about it: if you're using a disc in VirtualPC, the CD/DVD drawer is going to open, so you'll know something is going on there (so you can then close the drawer again). Also, if you're using a disc in a real install, the installer is going to realise that you're not using VirtualPC, so it won't install at all, so there will be no reason for the disc to eject I haven't tested it yet, but I think the rows "CA_ExecuteCDEject9X" and "CA_ExecuteCDEjectNT" in the "InstallExecuteSequence" table of the MSI will tell the disc/image to eject. I'd post a transform file but my version of Orca keeps on crashing when trying to drop a row after setting up a transform :-| -- Jondar
  2. Thanks again for the information Arie (I'm the one he replied to privately ) I would like to make some observations on the Virtual PC additions: 1) I decided to try if an admin installation of the MSI file would work. Although it made the installer size around 600KB, it seemed to produce an error each time my VM was started. I think I'll have to do some more testing there. 2) If you run the installer you made from SVCPACK and then use the RunOnceEx method later in your install to install stuff directly from the CD/DVD (i.e. not using $OEM$ folders), Windows Setup will complain that it can't find the CD. It turns out that the Additions installer ejects the CD / releases the ISO image after an install. I had to tell Virtual PC to remount my ISO so it could then find my installers. Looking at the VirtualMachineAdditions.msi, it mentions a cdeject.exe, which I think is the culprit. I don't know exactly what it does to help the installation, so it may be possible to remove it from the MSI: more testing required. -- Jondar
  3. @Shark007 First of all: thanks for your iTunes "lite" installer. I've been using it without problem for quite a while now. I'm currently using your Vista Codec Package 4.5.1 with your last iTunes 7.4 installer, and things are OK. I've noticed that both the iTunes and VCP have new versions out, and I'm downloading them now. I've also noticed that you're removing the Quicktime components from VCP from 4.5.3... My question is: Am I going to have to install your new QuickTime Lite for VCP in order to get your iTunes without Quicktime to work? i.e. VCP 4.5.3 + QTLite for VCP + iTunes 7.5 = everything working OK for XP? Thanks in advance, -- Jondar

    Yes! This is exactly what I've been looking for! I hate the "My..." beginning to the user shell folders and at the moment, I do some registry editing and moving of folders after setup is completed, only to find that most of the time, my registry changes for shell folders don't "stick". I've been looking for a way to get it configured the way I want by Windows XP Setup itself. Just so I understand things correctly: This will edit the registry, and create the exact folders I specify? os2fan2, is your supplied sample hivefix.inf flexible enough? I mean, can I just take what you posted, remove everything but the shell folders section and the relevant strings, and it should still work? I don't particularly need the other stuff (though some of it may stay ) -- Jondar
  5. Open Office 2.0

    Thanks for that jjvs, I'll give that a try. At least, it's got to be better than using a MST file with it that I made using the Orca tool. -- Jondar
  6. Open Office 2.0

    First of all, thanks for the information contained in this thread. It's been very helpful. One question though, that I haven't been able to find while searching: Does the OpenOffice 2.0 install support the "INSTALLPATH=" parameter? I like having custom install paths whereever possible -- I dislike all apps just being dumped in %ProgramFiles% willy-nilly. Not having information on INSTALLPATH= support is the only thing stopping me right now from adding OpenOffice to my list of apps in RunOnceEx. Thanks in advance for your time. -- Jondar
  7. I discovered the answer to this about a day after I originally posted. It turns out that I still had the original Installshield(?) cache of files from the Apple installer (which included QT). I uninstalled iTunes again, deleted the cache from Downloaded Program Files, and ran your installer after installing QT-alt = no problems. Thanks again! I don't personally own an iPod -- I only use iTunes mainly for the music store, and the occasional playing. I do have a Creative Nomad, and there's a company Red Chair Software that makes a (pay-for) alternative to Creative's own PC <--> Nomad software, which they call "Notmad". They also seem to make a version for iPods, called Anapod which might be what you're after rikgale. It may not be free, and I haven't used it, but if it's anything like Notmad, (which I have bought one day after buying my Nomad and ditching Creative's own software) it's well worth the money, IMVHO. -- Jondar
  8. CMenu

    @MHz Thanks for the quick response, and thanks for at least looking into the suggestion I offered. I figured that there was a reason why the particular folder, thanks for clearing it up. I suppose I can live with CMenu's default install folder for the time being -- After all, certain other programs I have from certain sites *cough*Google*cough* do the same thing (offer no install path customisation) Thanks again, -- Jondar
  9. CMenu

    @MHz Thanks for a great little program. I found it invaluable to speed up some common tasks -- especially after replacing a hard drive, and having to install things again. It sped up some installs considerably. I do have one question / request: Is there any way to install CMenu to somewhere other than %ProgramFiles%\CMenu ? i.e. specify an install path on first run / install? I did try something like this after installation (by moving the CMenu folder elsewhere, then replacing all the CMenu registry entries I could find to point to the new location, but it seems that the %ProgramFiles%\CMenu path is hard-coded in some places? Any suggestions / thoughts on this? Thanks in advance -- Jondar
  10. With Apple finally opening up a local (Australian) iTunes music store I thought I'd give iTunes another go (I had used it before, but didn't like it). I'd just like to post on my observations and experiences. I downloaded the slimmed down installer, with the intention of using it with QT-alt. That went OK, until I discovered that apparently I didn't have the most current version of QT-alt. I go to their site, and on the front page it mentions to uninstall QT-alt before installing iTunes. I do that anyway. So, I have no QuickTime, no iTunes yet... with me so far? :-) I run the iTunes setup from seapagan's archive. iTunes installs OK, but suddenly I get a message in the installer that it's installing QuickTime! I have no idea how that's happening, as there's no QuickTime installer in the directory. Apart from that weirdness, iTunes installs OK. I uninstall the bulky QuickTime through Control Panel, and then try a test run of iTunes -- as expected, iTunes complains about no QT. I then install the latest K-Lite pack (which includes QT-alt). iTunes is happy again, since it can find QT. So, overall, I'm happy. :-) Thanks seapagan! Through my trial? I've discovered the best way to do this if you don't want bulky QT. 1) Install K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 1.39+ or QT-alt 1.64+ 2) Install seapagan's slimmed down iTunes I would like to speculate though on that mysterious installing of QT... I'm wondering that if the iTunes setup (without QT) is run on a computer with an active net connection (I have ADSL), it downloads it and installs automatically? -- Jondar
  11. I finally got it to work! I'm not 100% sure what I did wrong, but I think that some how, the WINNT.SIF file I had made was slightly corrupt. What I ended up doing in a fit of frustration was to run SETUPMGR in the Deployment Tools again, answering the questions with the information I already had. Once I had a WINNT.SIF from that, I rebuilt my ISO and tested it in VirtualPC... It worked fine, (the answers I had were identical to the one I posted). Once I did that, I added back in the settings that SETUPMGR doesn't ask, like ProgramFilesDir and CommonProgramFilesDir. I added them back in by manually typing them into the relevant sections, instead of cut-and-paste. I then rebuilt the ISO again, and tested it in VirtualPC. Again it worked fine! I'm happy now, and thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions, they've been great. Jondar
  12. @Dahi: Thanks for your tip, but it didn't work with the file I was using.
  13. @bauzer @peonpower Thanks for your tips, unfortunately they didn't help :-( I'm still getting the error message, and the greyed out computer name box.
  14. Hi, I've been working on making an unattended and nLited CD for XP Home SP2. I've followed the Unattended Guide, and used the Setupmgr in the Deployment Tools. Everything works OK (meaning it installs fine), except for one annoying error message at about T-33. The error message is: After accepting the error dialog box, the "What's your computer's name?" box appears, with the input box grayed out, but with the computer name I specifed in WINNT.SIF included. I click Next to accept the name, and Setup proceeds normally after that point. I don't think it's an nLite problem, as the same message appears on a test ISO that wasn't nLited, so I'm posting it in this forum. I've probably made some silly error that I just can't spot right now, so I'd appreciate it if someone can look over my WINNT.SIF file to see if anything is out of place? ;SetupMgrTag [Data] AutoPartition=0 MsDosInitiated="0" UnattendedInstall="Yes" AutomaticUpdates="Yes" [Unattended] UnattendMode=FullUnattended OemSkipEula=Yes OemPreinstall=Yes TargetPath=\Windows UnattendSwitch="No" WaitForReboot="No" ProgramFilesDir=\Programs CommonProgramFilesDir=\Programs\Common [GuiUnattended] EncryptedAdminPassword=No OEMSkipRegional=1 TimeZone=255 OemSkipWelcome=1 ProfilesDir=%SystemDrive%\Profiles [UserData] ComputerName=VAROS FullName="xxxxxxxxxx" OrgName="xxxxxxxxxx" ProductKey=xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx [Display] BitsPerPel=16 Xresolution=1024 YResolution=768 Vrefresh=85 AutoConfirm=1 [TapiLocation] CountryCode=61 Dialing=Tone AreaCode=2 [RegionalSettings] LanguageGroup=1 SystemLocale=00000c09 UserLocale=00000c09 InputLocale=0c09:00000409 [Identification] JoinWorkgroup=VAROSNET [Networking] InstallDefaultComponents=Yes [Components] Fax=On [Shell] DefaultStartPanelOff=Yes Thanks in advance for your help! Jondar