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  1. Product Key Type Identification

    is there any way to tell what type of product key a person gives you? for example, a lot of times i'll need to format and reinstall windows on a computer where all the customer gives me is a product key and tells me the have "Windows XP". i am looking for a way to tell which version, or channel, i guess they call it it was obtained through. if this makes any sense to anyone i would really appreciate some help. Thanks! -Voltaic
  2. does anyone know how to manually install a scsi driver to windows xp? by this i mean that windows will not boot b/c it needs a driver for the controller to which the bootable drive is connected. all i have is the driver and a bootable bart-pe disk. i ghosted my old drive to a new RAID array and now it wont boot presumably because it needs the driver. please help! thanks!! -Voltaic
  3. Has anyone used a Compact Flash card using one of those CF to IDE pin converters? i've seen the transfer speed specs on older cards using PIO mode on old CF cards, but am wondering if anyone has seen "real life" tests of any newer ones using DMA mode? i am looking for some hard numbers on min/max transfer speeds as well as seek times. if anyone has seen any stats anywhere, please let me know! -Voltaic
  4. Allright beta testers, put on your beta testing hats! i'm calling this "Voltaic's Windows Installer Release Candidate 1" there simply can't be any more major usability or functional bugs in this thing! a bold statement, but there it is! the only fix present in this release is the registry syntax checking issue not-properly addressed in the previous beta release. Not going to happen in the forseeable future (pronounced "probably never"). i just don't see any need for most people to be able to install Windows Server quickly as any time saved in the installation of windows is normally nothing compared to the time to custom configure the server. maybe if it's something that i find myself needing enough i'll add the feature, but not until then. Sorry! Anyway, enjoy the release, hopefully i won't have to do any work on it for a while. -Voltiac
  5. ok, here's the new version. i hesitate to say that this is a pretty workable version of the program for fear of what may happen if i do say that, but i'm saying it anyway. this is a pretty workable version of the program, so there. <knocks on wood> edit: i knew it would happen if i said it!! ok, there's still problems checking the syntax of registry tweaks, i'm workin on it. -voltaic
  6. edit: sorry guys, this bug has been a bit tougher to track down, and the discovery of this bug led to the discovery of another minor, but realted bug. anyway, i'm still working on it, but expect an update within the week. for now, you may be able to get away with making sure that your tweaks are on one line eg: HKCU, "Control Panel\Desktop", "UserPreferencesMask", 0x00000001, 90,32,01,80 instead of : HKCU, "Control Panel\Desktop", "UserPreferencesMask", 0x00000001,\ 90,32,01,80 -Voltaic
  7. yup. that's a bug. i'm looking at the code. i'll try to reposrt later today. -Voltaic
  8. i just downloaded it and it worked fine for me. you need something capable of extracting a rar file to open it: Winrar -Voltaic
  9. umm, ya, sorry about that. ahem. put a line of code somewhere it shouldn't have been. mommy would surely spank me if she found out where i put it! heh, anyway, fixed. didn't change version numbers or anything, just replaced the posted file with the new one. -Voltaic
  10. New Version & New Screenshots!!! (For link see first post) [ 1.3b (Beta) - 10/11/04 ] * added ability to have application and registry setting preset groups * added ability to "select all" and "select none" on application and registry tweak selection screens * added force restart feature via peshutdown.exe thanks to the (anonymous) author (http://home.t-online.de/home/520085154509) * added options to delete installation files upon completion of install * made windows setup restart and try again if exited with errorlevel > 0 * implemented verbose checkbox * added more defaults to defaults.ini * fixed more command lines within code * added a few cosmetic perks * fixed the issue where there would sometimes be a blank registry tweak in the list toward the top Enjoy! -Voltaic
  11. if i'm understanding you correctly you just want to copy files to the HD? if that's the case the installstrings section just has commands to execute in the order in which they appear, so you can potentially do anything from there, however, the syntax mentioned appears to be incorrect. to copy files from the cd to the HD you would use the following: copy %path%\*.* %systemdrive%\newfolder\folder the installstrings are inserted into the runonceex part of the registry under a numerical key name that is generated ensure order of program installation. the runonceex section is executed by windows on first boot. by the way, any files that are in the %path% of an enabled application in vdubs will be copied to c:\install\%path% by default. this is a feature that facilitates being able to take the cd out of the machine after vdubs exits. -voltaic
  12. will do josh. added a to-do list to the first post to help keep track of things as they come up and so you know that feature requests are being considered. [edit] after checking into it, there is no easy or really good way to do this. i think the best thing to do is to have vdubs launch from a batch files, and i'll make it to where vdubs doesn't exit before windows finished installing, and just have the last line of the batch call the reboot.cmd from the bartpe installation. if you run vdubs as shell, it will reboot after it closes anyway (windows pe just does that for some reason) -Voltaic
  13. i tried this when i first started to develop vdubs, but for some reason the decompression of the .jar made the system run out of memory, and would not continue. i can't really explain it since the runtime is in a highly compressed jar file as well, but that's what happened. it ran out of memory on a system with 128MB. anyway, it's not that big of a deal to have .class files instead of a .jar file is it? hope not, cause unless you have a pretty healthy amount of ram on any system you want to use this, that's the way it's gonna be. -Voltaic
  14. the only reason i can think of for this is that your setup files were wrong on the cd and were therefore copied wrong onto the hd. your directory structure should have an I386 dir that contains winnt32.exe on the root of the HD "C:" if that was not present that explains why it did not start. keep in mind that the folder on the root of the cd for each os type should contain an i386 dir and then under that should have all install files eg: %cdroot%\winxphome\i386\winnt32.exe anyway, i hope i explained that well enough. -Voltaic
  15. yes, if you are running from a path that is not on the drive where the windows installation files reside then you can use a switch on the command line to specify the drive (or even a folder) where the files reside. java.exe -cp b:\vdubs Installer d:\pathToInstallFiles this may even work using a UNC \\voltaic\c$ kinda thing as java supports these natively (i think) but you'll just have to give it a shot, but it will definitely work with a network drive. oh, it actually defaults to using the root of the volume from which it was run, so that's why it didn't work from the ramdrive. -Voltaic