• Announcements

    • xper

      MSFN Sponsorship and AdBlockers!   07/10/2016

      Dear members, MSFN is made available via subscriptions, donations and advertising revenue. The use of ad-blocking software hurts the site. Please disable ad-blocking software or set an exception for MSFN. Alternatively, become a site sponsor and ads will be disabled automatically and by subscribing you get other sponsor benefits.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
TheUni

Ultimate Reinstall Disk

4 posts in this topic

I am currently working on a disk that makes reinstalling windows for my customers easier. One of the biggest hassles is calling microsoft to activate. Each OEM Vendor seems to have a disk they can use (with 1 generic serial number). For example, if you use a Dell Windows XP cd to reinstall, activation works every time. But if you use a regular WinXP Retail cd, activation fails and you have to call in.

So what i've been doing is just collecting cds where i can find them and integrating them into my powerpacked disk. so far i have dell and gateway. It seems to have something to do with the oembios.* files. And obviously the winnt.sif file which contains the universal serial number (this is why you dont have to type a serial if you're using a manufacturer's disk rather than just a retail).

My question is: Is there an easier way? Avoiding the activation phonecall legally is a big timesaver for me. I'd love to have a disk that lets me reinstall for every major vendor (dell, gateway, hp, compaq, sony, etc). But does that mean i'm going to have to find an original cd from each and pack it the way i have been?

Any thoughts?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually I have been digging into this as well. The link discountpc has given is a good link. I haven't had much time to try it yet. Actually the oembios trick is one of the main reasons I wanted to add the Multiple winnt.sif option to the integrator. It helps in the process of making a disk with multiple manufactures files. Once I have the oembios trick down pat I will make it easier to accomplish this trick with powerpacker. Because PowerPacker is made for creating "Universal XP Media"... so this goes with the territory. ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Actually I have been digging into this as well. The link discountpc has given is a good link. I haven't had much time to try it yet. Actually the oembios trick is one of the main reasons I wanted to add the Multiple winnt.sif option to the integrator. It helps in the process of making a disk with multiple manufactures files. Once I have the oembios trick down pat I will make it easier to accomplish this trick with powerpacker. Because PowerPacker is made for creating "Universal XP Media"... so this goes with the territory. ;)

Awesome...

I've been knee-deep in that thread for a while now. Seems that the most elegant solution for powerpacker would be to let users simply supply their own oembios.* for each winnt.sif they choose. Am i making this too simple?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.