Bezalel

Multi Manufacturer Pre-Activation

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Do you want to use the same CD for installing Windows on multiple computer from differant manufacturers and still maintain Pre-activation? If so I can help but I need your help. I've written a VBScript file that will try to determine who the manufacturer and what model your computer is. The third line of output is the manufacturer string converted into Hex. Please reply with the output from this VBScript so that I can make a database of manufacturer's strings. Please only reply if your computer was built by a Royalty OEM.

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colComputer = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
For Each objComputer in colComputer
MfgHex=""
for i=1 to len(objComputer.Manufacturer)
MfgHex=MfgHex & Hex(Asc(Mid(objComputer.Manufacturer,i,1)))
If i Mod 4 = 0 then MfgHex=MfgHex & " "
Next
ComputerReport = ("Manufacturer: " & objComputer.Manufacturer & vbCrLf &_
"Model: " & objComputer.Model & vbCrLf &_
MfgHex)
Next
WScript.Echo ComputerReport

Sample output

Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corp.

Model: PowerVault 715N

44656C6C 20436F6D 70757465 7220436F 72702E

This code hase been modified by gunsmokingman to output the report to a text file.

strComputer = "."
Dim Act, ComputerReport, Fso, Dtop, Report, Ts
Set Act = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
Set Fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Dtop = Act.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
Set Ts = Fso.CreateTextFile(Dtop & "\ComputerReport.txt")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colComputer = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
For Each objComputer In colComputer
MfgHex=""
For i=1 To Len(objComputer.Manufacturer)
MfgHex=MfgHex & Hex(Asc(Mid(objComputer.Manufacturer,i,1)))
If i Mod 4 = 0 then MfgHex=MfgHex & " "
Next
ComputerReport = (space(3) & "Manufacturer: " & objComputer.Manufacturer & vbCrLf &_
space(3) & "Model: " & objComputer.Model & vbCrLf & space(3)& MfgHex)
Next
Ts.WriteLine ComputerReport : Ts.Close
Act.Run(Chr(34)& Dtop & "\ComputerReport.txt" & Chr(34)),1,True

Edited by Bezalel
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Nice idea :thumbup

But i've got 3 of them (different manufs), I am lazier than you, I don't know vbscript enough AND the output is a msgbox from which i cannot copy/paste !

Can you improve this (clipboard is enough, I'll do the rest) please?

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I origionally wanted to use the clipboard but MS doesn't let VBScript files access the clipboard. I changed the code from MsgBox to WScript.Echo so you can redirect the output to a text file

cscript /nologo GetMfgName.vbs >> MfgName.txt

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Thanks, and here you are:

Manufacturer: TOSHIBA

Model: Satellite M30

544F5348 494241

Manufacturer: COMPAQ

Model: PRESARIO 1721LA 470027-254

434F4D50 4151

Manufacturer: Packard Bell NEC

Model: 00000000000000000000000

5061636B 61726420 42656C6C 204E4543

Reverse chronological order so the 3rd one is there for archeological purpose (not that the others are brand new...). Model is a EasyNote Sc 3703.

Anyway manufacturer still exist!

Also I don't have pre-activation on this one: it was shipped with WinMe!

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:thumbup

I will use it for RIS deployment.

post #103

Edited by Bilou_Gateux
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I have added to your script so it produces a text file for them to send you or post here.

strComputer = "."
Dim Act, ComputerReport, Fso, Dtop, Report, Ts
Set Act = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
Set Fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Dtop = Act.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
Set Ts = Fso.CreateTextFile(Dtop & "\ComputerReport.txt")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colComputer = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
For Each objComputer In colComputer
MfgHex=""
For i=1 To Len(objComputer.Manufacturer)
MfgHex=MfgHex & Hex(Asc(Mid(objComputer.Manufacturer,i,1)))
If i Mod 4 = 0 then MfgHex=MfgHex & " "
Next
ComputerReport = (space(3) & "Manufacturer: " & objComputer.Manufacturer & vbCrLf &_
space(3) & "Model: " & objComputer.Model & vbCrLf & space(3)& MfgHex)
Next
Ts.WriteLine ComputerReport : Ts.Close
Act.Run(Chr(34)& Dtop & "\ComputerReport.txt" & Chr(34)),1,True

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I have many Acer notebook and classic tower to prepare ... I will post my results during this week if I can ... but what about integration of oembios files ? multiple I386 source ? a batch same as pyron method to swith oembios files ?

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Sonic; I intend to install using the MS files and replace the files with vendor specific files from cmdlines.txt. I will not be providing the vendor specific files but will provide scripts to extract them from a working system. I'm not familiar with Pyron's method.

gunsmokingman; thanks for the code improvements.

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Your welcome, hope what I added helps your project.

The text file is left on the user desktop.

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Is there any way to get the manufacturer's name without using WMI? apparently WMI isn't fully functional during setup (even when the WMI services are running). I know I can replace the files using GuiRunOnce but then I'd have to disable SFP and I'd rather replace the files before SFP is fully initialized and possibly have the replaced files be protected by SFP.

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here u go...

Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics

Model: SM40P

53616D73 756E6720 456C6563 74726F6E 696373

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I've been having some problems with WFP so here is a temporary solution. In order for this to work WFP must be disabled on the machine you are building.

SetEnvVar.vbs

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colComputer = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_ComputerSystem")
For Each objComputer in colComputer
MfgHex=""
for i=1 to len(objComputer.Manufacturer)
MfgHex=MfgHex & Hex(Asc(Mid(objComputer.Manufacturer,i,1)))
Next
Next
Set Shell=CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
Shell.Environment.item("MFGHEX") = MfgHex

CollectOEMFiles.bat

setEnvVar.vbs
copy %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.BIN .\%MFGHEX%.BIN
attrib -s %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT
copy %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT .\%MFGHEX%.CAT
attrib +s %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT
copy %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.DAT .\%MFGHEX%.DAT
copy %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.SIG .\%MFGHEX%.SIG

RestoreOEMFiles.bat

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\setEnvVar.vbs
copy /y %SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\%MFGHEX%.BIN %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.BIN
attrib -s %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT
copy /y %SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\%MFGHEX%.CAT %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT
attrib +s %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}\OEMBIOS.CAT
copy /y %SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\%MFGHEX%.DAT %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.DAT
copy /y %SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\%MFGHEX%.SIG %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\OEMBIOS.SIG

To collect your files put SetEnvVar.vbs and CollectOEMFiles.bat in the same directory and run CollectOEMFiles.bat This will create 4 files whose names are hex strings representing your PC manufacturer.

On your CD put the files SetEnvVar.vbs, RestoreOEMFiles.bat, and all the files created by CollectOEMFiles.bat (from each manufacturer) in the \$OEM$\$1\OEMBIOS\ directory and run %SYSTEMDRIVE%\oembios\RestoreOEMFiles.bat from GUIRunOnce or RunOnceEx. This will not work from cmdlines.txt.

You need to use the CD-Key used by your PC Manufacturer (or any other manufacturer) or one found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...y/oempreac.mspx.

Edited by Bezalel
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Manufacturer: Acer, inc.
Model: Aspire 1640
41636572 2C20696E 632E

Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
Model: Inspiron 8600
44656C6C 20436F6D 70757465 7220436F 72706F72 6174696F 6E

Manufacturer: Acer
Model: Aspire T135
41636572

Manufacturer: Acer
Model: Aspire T160
41636572

Bezalel, attach files required, it's better than copy/paste, thanks.

Goodbye.

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@Bezalel

Not tried yet your scripts but:

shouldn't be %SystemDrive%\System32 replaced with %SystemRoot%\System32 in both batch scripts.

I would like to switch oembios* files @T39 using SMBios Details to identify System Manufacturer.

Actually i can output SMBios Details using a HP tool (HPQSI.EXE) launched with a batch script (OCA_MRK.CMD) @T39 but i haven't yet written the script to parse the output and copy the right OEMBIOS* files depending of the manufacturer.

ristndrd.sif

[GuiUnattended]OemSkipWelcome = 1

OemSkipRegional = 1

TimeZone = %TIMEZONE%

AdminPassword = "*"

DetachedProgram=".\system32\cmd.exe"

Arguments="/Q /C FOR /F %I IN (%SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\$WINNT$.INF) DO (FOR %J IN (%I\$OEM$) DO (IF EXIST %J (%J\NirCmd.exe exec hide %J\OCA_MRK.CMD)))"

sample HPQSI.INI

[ParsedHPQSystemInformation]Product Name="HP Compaq dc7600 Convertible Minitower"

Product Number="EC834ET#ABF"

Serial Number="HUB#######"

[RawHPQSystemInformation]

BIOSVendor="Hewlett-Packard"

BIOSVersion="786D1 v01.03"

BIOSReleaseDate="05/18/2005"

BIOSMajorVersion="1"

BIOSMinorVersion="3"

ECFirmwareMajorVersion="0xff"

ECFirmwareMinorVersion="0xff"

SystemManufacturer="Hewlett-Packard"

SystemProductName="HP Compaq dc7600 Convertible Minitower"

SystemVersion=" "

SystemFamily="103C_53307F"

SystemSKU="EC834ET#ABF"

SystemSerialNumber="HUB#######"

BaseBoardManufacturer="Hewlett-Packard"

BaseBoardProductName="09F0h"

BaseBoardVersion=""

ProcessorManufacturer="Intel"

ProcessorVersion="Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.00GHz"

ProcessorID="0xf43"

MemoryDeviceManufacturer[1]="JEDEC ID:C1 00 00 00 00 00 00 00"

MemoryDeviceSerialNumber[1]="13720101"

MemoryDevicePartNumber[1]="64T32000HU3.7A"

MemoryDeviceManufacturer[2]="JEDEC ID:"

MemoryDeviceSerialNumber[2]=" "

MemoryDevicePartNumber[2]=" "

MemoryDeviceManufacturer[3]="JEDEC ID:C1 00 00 00 00 00 00 00"

MemoryDeviceSerialNumber[3]="13E60101"

MemoryDevicePartNumber[3]="64T32000HU3.7A"

MemoryDeviceManufacturer[4]="JEDEC ID:"

MemoryDeviceSerialNumber[4]=" "

MemoryDevicePartNumber[4]=" "

Edited by Bilou_Gateux
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shouldn't be %SystemDrive%\System32 replaced with %SystemRoot%\System32 in both batch scripts.

You are right I've fixed that post

Actually i can output SMBios Details using a HP tool (HPQSI.EXE) launched with a batch script (OCA_MRK.CMD) @T39 but i haven't yet written the script to parse the output and copy the right OEMBIOS* files depending of the manufacturer.

Is HPQSI.EXE publicly available? I know I have a copy of IBM's SMBIOS.EXE, I'll try to see if I can do anything with the output of these files. I don't want to build my script around files that are not freely available to the public.

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Is HPQSI.EXE publicly available? I know I have a copy of IBM's SMBIOS.EXE, I'll try to see if I can do anything with the output of these files. I don't want to build my script around files that are not freely available to the public.

:no:

We can use another command line tool call GetSys.exe, which is part of 'Mitec System Information Component Suite'.

ReadMe.txt

MSICS is freeware.

Sources are available on purchase/registration. Price is 110 euro (EUR).

For registration details see Order.txt file in this package.

Distribution pack:

------------------

The zip file has subdirectories in it. You must use the pkunzip -d option

to restore this directory tree or you will have problems because the files

will not be in their proper subdirectories.

This is the subdirectory layout:

.\ Info directory

.\apps Applications written using this component

.\demos Sample applications

.\dll MSICS.DLL library for using MSI data from any app

.\help HTML Help file

.\D5 compiled units containing components and packages for installing for Delphi 5 (not in registered version)

.\D6 compiled units containing components and packages for installing for Delphi 6 (not in registered version)

.\D7 compiled units containing components and packages for installing for Delphi 7 (not in registered version)

.\BDS3 compiled units containing components and packages for installing for Delphi 2005 (not in registered version)

.\BDS4 compiled units containing components and packages for installing for Delphi 2006 (not in registered version)

.\Sources source files (only in registered version)

You can get it by downloading the full package, extract and grab the exe in \Apps\GetSys folder.

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We can use another command line tool call GetSys.exe, which is part of 'Mitec System Information Component Suite'.

Have you used this program during setup? The output looks more like WMI than SMBIOS.

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I origionally wanted to use the clipboard but MS doesn't let VBScript files access the clipboard. I changed the code from MsgBox to WScript.Echo so you can redirect the output to a text file

I'm a little late coming to the thread, but if you still have any interest in utilizing the clipboard from a VBscript, just use AutoItX.

Set ai = WScript.CreateObject("AutoItX3.Control")
text = ai.ClipGet()
WScript.Echo "Clipboard contains:" & text

You just need to have AutoItX.dll registered.

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I'm a little late coming to the thread, but if you still have any interest in utilizing the clipboard from a VBscript, just use AutoItX.

Set ai = WScript.CreateObject("AutoItX3.Control")
text = ai.ClipGet()
WScript.Echo "Clipboard contains:" & text

You just need to have AutoItX.dll registered.

Thanks, but I prefer to use built-in features of the OS or stand-alone applications for OS deployment and management.

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Just lettin ya know. You never know when something like that might come in handy ;)

Edited by RogueSpear
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Have you used this program during setup? The output looks more like WMI than SMBIOS.

Yes i've launched Getsys.exe @T39. Here the output:

MiTeC System Information Utility 10.2.0 - Copyright © 1997-2006 Michal Mutl

Type /? for options

SYSTEM OVERVIEW...OK

Machine: MACHINENAME

System : PC multiprocesseur ACPI

Model : Hewlett-Packard HP Compaq dc7600 Convertible Minitower

UpTime : 2 Minutes, 47 Seconds.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPU : 1 x Intel Pentium 4 - 2990 MHz

Cache: 16 KB L1 + 2048 KB L2 + 0 KB L3

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mainboard: Hewlett-Packard 09F0h

Memory : 503 MB

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Operating system: Windows XP Professional [5.1.2600]Service pack : 2.0

Logged user : SYSTEM

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Display adapter: Intel® 82945G Express Chipset Family

Memory : 128 MB

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fixed : Promise 1X2 Mirror/RAID - 76316 MB (SCSI)

C: (Primary NTFS - 76308 MB)

DVD : LITE-ON DVD SOHD-167T - 0 MB (ATAPI)

D:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Keyboard:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mouse:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Default printer:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As you can see, @T39 we don't get full infos about PCI PnP Devices because they're not yet installed.

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I took a look a GetSys and decided not to use it because it merges the manufacturer and model into 1 long string. I've decided to use IBM's SMBIOS but need some help extracting the manufacturer's name from the output file.

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Do you mean something like indy_dba's way in this post?

If you need further help, I would be glad to give a hand.

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Manufacturer: Elitegroup Co.

Model: i-Buddie

456C6974 6567726F 75702043 6F2E2020 20202020 20202020 20202020 20202020

Hope this helps

:hello:

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Do you mean something like indy_dba's way in this post?

If you need further help, I would be glad to give a hand.

With indy_dba's method I would need to hardcode every manufacturer's name in my script or have every user modify their own scripts based on which computers they own. (Even worse the script might see a component manufacturer's name and miskake it for the system manufacturer.)

This is what I need my script to do:

Run SMBIOS (I think /G) and redirect the output to a text file

Search the output file for the "System Information" section

Search the "System Information" section for the "Manufacturer" line

Convert the manufacturer string into hex and replace the OEMBIOS files with files named with the hex string.

My script would not have to be modified when you by another PC from a a new manufacturer all you have to do is collect the OEMBIOS files from your new computer rename them with the manufacturer's hex string (I've already written these scripts) and drop the files onto your CD.

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