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  1. Conclusions & Observations: The Apple AAC had the best quality among the 4 encoders tested. The Apple AAC was clearly superior than the Microsoft WMA. LAME MP3 was worse than the WMA, and VisualOn vo-aacenc was the worst encoder.
  2. Here is a potential thing to add to nLite for Windows XP. "Fix svchost.exe 'memory could not be read' error on shutdown". There is a common error related to svchost.exe that occurs on stripped versions of Windows XP in which services have been tweaked/disabled. The error on shutdown (only appears sometimes) is: svchost.exe - Application ErrorThe instruction at "0x7c92dd29" referenced memory at "0x00000008". The memory could not be "read".ORsvchost.exe - Application ErrorThe instruction at "0x7c92c288" referenced memory at "0x00000008". The memory could not be "read".The problem is that Windows has used an update pack that included a non-official "QFE" branch of KB971657 which updates wkssvc.dll to a buggy QFE edition. The fix is to downgrade wkssvc.dll back to the stable GDR version. The fix first found found by os-zone here1 and here2 and full thread and ru-board here but translated and simplified by Sergey Kireev here. Just need to extract WindowsXP-KB971657-x86-ENU.exe with the "/x" switch and then replace wkssvc.dll with the file from the SP3 GDR branch: _ Download the KB971657 hotfix:_ Extract the content of the WindowsXP-KB971657-x86-ENU.exe to the temp folder:WindowsXP-KB971657-x86-ENU.exe /xThis hotfix includes 4 versions of the same file all supported x86-based versions of Windows XPFile version File size Date Time Platform SP requirement Service branch Wkssvc.dll 5.1.2600.3584 132,096 10-Jun-2009 06:32 x86 SP2 SP2GDR Wkssvc.dll 5.1.2600.3584 134,144 10-Jun-2009 06:26 x86 SP2 SP2QFE Wkssvc.dll 5.1.2600.5826 132,096 10-Jun-2009 06:14 x86 SP3 SP3GDR Wkssvc.dll 5.1.2600.5826 134,144 10-Jun-2009 06:17 x86 SP3 SP3QFE 3. Replace your buggy QFE edition of C:\windows\system32\wkssvc.dll with the stable file from GDR subfolderFor example:C:\WindowsXP-KB971657-x86-ENU\SP3GDR\wkssvc.dll for SP3 imageNOTE: You can check which version of the file you have as shown in the following images. The QFE version is buggy. The GDR version is good.
  3. I am getting the below "The system cannot find the file specified" error when trying to remove packages with install_wim_tweak. I am trying to remove packages using a WinXP SP3 x86 host system. set MNT="E:\Mnt\Win7ProNSP1" install_wim_tweak.exe /p %MNT% /r /c Microsoft-Windows-BLB-Client-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.1.7601.17514 ------------------------------------------- --------Registry Tweak Tool v1.4.6.0------- ---------------for Windows 6.x------------- ---------Created by Michal Wnuowski-------- -----------Modified by Legolash2o---------- ------------------------------------------- MountPath : "E:\Mnt\Win7ProNSP1" Component : "Microsoft-Windows-BLB-Client-Package" ------------------Starting----------------- Creating BKP of registry file... OK Mounting registry file... OK Taking Ownership... OK Editing 'Packages' subkeys 1/1OK Editing 'PackagesPending' subkeys 1/1OK Modifying registry completed sucessfully. Unmounting key... OK Removing 'Packages'... 1/1The system cannot find the file specified OK Removed packages successfully. Removing 'PackagesPending'... 1/1The system cannot find the file specified OK Removed packages successfully. -------------------Ending------------------ Update: Figured it out if I use dism.exe instead it works fine. I used install_wim_tweak to unhide all the packages. install_wim_tweak /p %MNT% dism /image:%MNT% /Remove-Package /PackageName:Microsoft-Windows-Backup-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~6.1.7601.17514 The way I recommend is that to: 0. Set your vars set MNT="E:\Mnt\Win7ProNSP1" 1. Use install_wim_tweak to unhide all the packages install_wim_tweak /p %MNT% 2. Use DISM to get a list of all packages and export it to a text file: dism /image:%MNT% /Get-Packages > Dism_Get_Packages_List.txt 3. Then use a text editor with good search/replace functionality and replace "Package Identity : " with "dism /image:%MNT% /Remove-Package /PackageName:" and remove all other metadata lines. Then go through that full package list and delete or REM out the lines for the packages you don't want to remove (using pdf from liquid0624 for reference to choose). Save that as a batch file and run.
  4. I was working with a pre slipstreamed CD and I thought DPsXtrct.exe was the official DriverPacks install tool that everyone used but could find very little information on it. Turns out from submix8c's post, that it is just a one-off GUI written by a community member. I found an official presetup.cmd example created by the official Driverpack tool and the way it does it is just with un7zip.exe. So I replaced the line calling DPsXtrct.exe in presetup.cmd with: %CDDRIVE%\OEM\bin\un7zip.exe %CDDRIVE%\OEM\DP*.7z %SystemDrive%\ Thanks.
  5. I am trying to make a completely unattended installation with no prompts and no options. It has DPsXtrct.exe launched from presetup.cmd as is normal for Driver Pack Extractor. However - it gives the below extractor prompt - and if the user moves the mouse over the window - then the "Auto-Extraction" 1-minute countdown timer goes away. So it now becomes no longer unattended! If the person accidently moves the mouse - then they have to do something! I want to make it so that it always auto extracts with no delay and theres nothing the user can do to change it. Does anyone know how to make DPsXtrct.exe auto-extract with no delay?
  6. PartitionGuru 4.x can resize a partition via its bootable FreeDOS utility bootdisk. Downoad the full app here: Download just the FreeDOS boot image here for use in a bootloader such as Grub4Dos: Grub4DOS menu.lst entry: title PartitionGuru420FreeDOS.ima.gz [inmemory] map --mem /iso/PartitionGuru420FreeDOS.ima.gz (fd0) map --hook root (fd0) chainloader /kernel.sys
  7. Hashish GUI by SKAN (Autohotkey Script) This is also quite good if looking for a lightweight utility (not a Windows Property Page): The .ahk file can be compiled into an .exe with the AutoHotKey compiler which allows you to do "HashishGUI.exe %1"
  8. You could also try tccle
  9. Thanks Fernando, using "32bit Intel RST AHCI & RAID driver v11.2.0.1006 mod by Fernando" - working great with Windows XP on a Thinkpad T61 with ICH8. Also - for slipstreaming manually without nLite, I recommend this guide: In my experience - I first tried it with just iastor.sys - and installation went through first phase - but then at reboot gave Blue screen. But then I included all the files in $oem$\$1\drivers - and it worked perfectly. So make sure to include all the files and set OemPnPDriversPath to the location of the files.