profiles directory parameter is absent in the answer file
Posted 08 November 2008 - 01:07 PM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:09 AM
The nLite v188.8.131.52 has an entry named "Profiles path" in the Options Menu/General Tab/Folders Branch.
The "Profiles path" entry defines the name and location of the so called "Documents and Settings" directory, sometimes also called "User Profiles" or "Profiles Directory".
I expected that changes made to this entry will appear in the WINNT.SIF file, as illustrated below:
ProfilesDir = D:\ProfilesPath
Unfortunately nLite elects to change the "Profiles path" in a different manner, and I am asking why did the nLite authors chose to use an UNDOCUMENTED way of changing the "Profiles path" rather then taking advantage of the documented "ProfilesDir" parameter in the WINNT.SIF answer file ?
I think that to accomplish its feat, nLite modifies the file HIVESFT.INF, but I am only moderately interested WHERE nLite sets the "Profiles path". I am more interested: why not in WINNT.SIF ?
This post has been edited by zomos: 13 November 2008 - 06:29 AM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:10 AM
Editing WINNT.SIF will not accomplish anything because the "Profiles path" IS NOT defined in winnt.sif !!! Hence my original question: WHY isn't it ?
Editing $WIN_NT$.~BT\WINNT.SIF after the WINNT32.EXE copies it to a hard drive in some kind of WinPE, would be a good solution because I can write to files in the $WIN_NT$.~BT hard drive directory.
This would allow me to edit the "Profiles path" at setup-time each time I use this nLited CD to install Windows XP. Right now I have to burn a separate CD for each different "Profiles Path". Ridiculous !
mongo66 wrote said:
I cannot edit the HIVESFT.INF either, because the Text Mode Windows Installer ($WIN_NT$.~BT/BOOTSECT.DAT) reads this file from a CD which is Read Only
I do not want to copy all of my nLited source installation files to the hard drive, just so I can modify one *.inf file, because I'm trying to save space.
How do I get attention of this nuhi guru ?
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:42 AM
If so, the next time you run nlite, turn off create ISO and/or burn to cd option(s). You'll be able to make the necessary changes. Then use cdimage to create the ISO and burn it using your favorite cd-burning program. This is how I do it, btw.
I don't know, but he usually visits the forum on a daily basis.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:43 AM
GOAL: Install nLited Windows XP to the drive letters and paths of MY CHOICE.
Here is how I do it:
1) I make a nLited Windows XP +SP3 ISO image.
2) To this ISO, I add an additional directory with WinBuilder's NativeEx Preinstalation Environmet (PE) - (it's a mini Windows XP installation that boots from a CD only)
3) I edit the SETUPLDR.BIN of NativeEx PE so it can boot from this additional directory mentioned in pt.2
4) I replace the Boot Sector in the ISO image with my own Custom Boot Sector that allows me to boot from different directories on the CD (by holding down the CTRL key)
5) I burn the altered ISO image to a CD, and I boot from it. (I hold down the CTRL key to boot into NativeEx PE)
6) I partition and assign MY drive letters using the MMC/Disk Management in NativeEx PE.
7) I execute WINNT32.EXE with command line options from NativeEx PE, using the attached batch file InstallXP.bat.
8) WINNT32.EXE creates the directory $WIN_NT$.~BT on my hard drive and copies some preliminary Text Mode setup files to it and sets up the hard drive to boot from $WIN_NT$.~BT/BOOTSECT.DAT.
9) The batch file also generates the file $WIN_NT$.~BT\MIGRATE.INF based on the drive letter assignments mentioned in pt.6 (see the attached MakeMigrateInf.exe file that does this )
10) I reboot the computer allowing the Microsoft's Text Mode Installer to boot from the hard drive (exactly from $WIN_NT$.~BT/BOOTSECT.DAT ).
11) The Text Mode Installer uses the drive letter assignments I made in pt.6 because they are stored in the MIGRATE.INF file on the hard drive in the $WIN_NT$.~BT directory
Between pt.9 and pt.10, I would like to be able to define an arbitrary "Profiles Path"without burning a new CD, but I cannot do it by editing the WINNT.SIF in the $WIN_NT$.~BT directory
See the attached files mentioned above....
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:23 PM
Changing the "Profiles path" has been available since Windows NT.
Search the following Microsoft document for "ProfilesDir"
HTTP://Changing Profiles Path
Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:54 PM
This post has been edited by TranceEnergy: 18 November 2008 - 08:54 PM
Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:01 PM
I already did it.
It works well if I migrate nLite settings from HIVESFT.INF to WINNT.SIF and TXTSETUP.SIF files.
It just bothers me that I have to make a utility to correct nLite's output, but I will make it if nLite's author does not give me a good reason why he keeps these vital settings in HIVESFT.INF instead of the documented ProfilesDir, etc. in WINNT.SIF.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:20 AM
Works under both 2K and XP!.