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  1. see my reply in your other thread:
  2. short answer - no it won't affect it. if it works once it'll work every time. long answer - the whole point of an unattended installation disk is so you can install XP multiple times and get the exact same result every time - the only thing that should ever affect activation is the XP product key in the winnt.sif you use. if clients are buying XP licences from you, then you should leave the prod key blank so the client has to enter their bought product key into the installation, this should be the only user interaction necessary on their part when installing a system. Free products and apps you include can be installed and activated/registered with registry entries and, as long as you hold the required amount of licences for each product (to keep it legal - some apps allow you to buy 50-500+ licences), commercial products could also be included in the same way. if done right, your template iso should have all the files you need, and you should only need to alter a few lines of text in a .reg file for each client you burn an iso for. If you plan on giving clients your disk as a 'Reinstall/Repair' disk so they can re-install their systems to the starting point you give them, you should give them this an an extra to the normal XP disk, not a replacement, so they can install XP from scratch or add/remove extra's. (If they're buying a licence they should get a full XP disk anyway - even if it isnt a boxed version)
  3. pmshah: not quite right - rapidshare keep tabs on your IP address and monitor how much is requested from it (max 50mb per hour) the cookie you are talking about is for Premium accounts which remove this restriction anyway (allowing upto 3Gb per day and multiple file downloads - at a price) The easiest way to download more segments in an hour from rapidshare is to change your IP - log off and back on to your ISP.
  4. a quick google for '900mb cd' popped up a few sites, the first one being there is also an over-burning guide available from a link on the same page or downloaded from This allows you to burn the full 900mb onto the disk with Nero.
  5. first of all there is no need to start a new topic when we are replying to a thread discussing exactly the same thing started by you. secondly, as i replied in your thread above, the option you need to change is located in the boot.ini. This file does not exist on the XP CD so cannot be edited prior to install. You could set up a script to automatically edit the file on first log on so that its changed forever after that - try this: cmdow @ /HID @echo off REM delete boot.ini if exists FOR %%d IN (c:) DO IF EXIST %%d\boot.ini DEL %%d\boot.ini" /q SET D = %%d REM create new boot.ini echo [boot loader] >> "%D%boot.ini" echo timeout=10 >> "%D%boot.ini" echo default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS >> "%D%boot.ini" echo [operating systems] >> "%D%boot.ini" echo multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional SP2" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect >> "%D%boot.ini" :EOF All you need do is edit the last line to say ...="Windows XP MSFN edition"... I don't guarantee this will work, as my batch editing is rusty, but to do what you want this is the only way i can think of that doesn't involve hex-editing a $hi7-load of files on the CD to find the right entry.
  6. look for a small file on the C: drive called BOOT.ini once XP is installed, open it up and you will see something along the lines of: ... ...="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect just change the text to read something else - "Windows MSFN Edition".
  7. my college did away with mouseballs and switched to optical mice, but the students STILL managed to wreck these by snapping pen nibs in the optical hole and gumming them up with glue/chewing gum. you don't know how frustrating it is removing chewing gum from an optical mouse when its buried half an inch inside
  8. i know this topic is old now but i found a few viewers that are useful: can't remember where i found them, presumable the MS site, but i've uploaded them here: Word Document Viewer: Powerpoint Viewer:
  9. i could use the "Why don't you use the search" reply, but i'm feeling generous so try here - Somewhere in the first post is the reg entries to associate almost everything with MP10 from QuickTime to OGG. You need the unattended codec pack (found elsewhere on the forum) for these to work.
  10. surely, the first 2 letters of a password should be enough to jog your memory as to what the whole password is?
  11. as i said at the beginning, oioldman, i cannot use tools that need installing on remote pc's , and i've discovered i don't have access rights anyway, so its a moot point. If i can get the rights from the admin, or talk him into running the script for me, that'll do fine - i'm just lazy and don't like running around at 5 oclock switching 100 machines off.
  12. soulin: any chance you could have a pop at that script anyway? If i can't use it, maybe i can sweet talk our network guy to run it for me every night.
  13. further info - using oioldman's advice i tried the XP shutdown and was told 'Access is denied', so i guess i don't have the right privileges.
  14. OK tested this with machine name of M11010 (for example) Looks like i don't have permission - running the command I get: ERROR: Code = 0x8004100e Description = Invalid namespace Facility = WMI am i missing something? do i need the domain too, or do i not have the permissions to do this?
  15. hmm. good app, but it still has to be installed to every remote pc as as service, and as i said, i don't have the permissions to install software or services on these machines - only my own.