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Editing WINNTBBU.DLL For Dummies

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Why dont you just place the winntbbu.dll in the i386 and the double click setup.exe and the you can see it and then cancel it thats how i do it.

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I've edited the WINNTBBU.DLL file, compressed it, and replaced it in my I386 directory.

Whenever I launch setup from within windows (which normally never happens), the custom graphics are shown, however when I boot from the CD the default XP screens are used.

Any one know where I've gone wrong?

Cheers

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tpipe, I think you should compress your edited file (makecab WINNTBBU.DLL) then replace both WINNTBBU.DL_ and WINNTBBU.DLL in the I386 folder with yours.

Just a thought.

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I have both the compressed and uncompressed file in the I386 directory.

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hey I've started mine

but I don't know why but everything is aligned to right?

I've compared it with the windows's original winntbbu.dll

they look the same!

I've just changed the background picture and the strings after 23?

anyone know how why where when?

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The first thing you need before you do anything, is a program that can open up, and examine the innards of the WINNTBBU.DLL. The program i use is

Nice article..but how about the text? I can change the text, but I want to change the color and font...how can that be done?

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Well, I've just about completed my first attempt at doing this (got bored w/ the ones I downloaded.) The problems I'm having are:

1. The text strings don't seem to go in order?????

2. After a while, the strings start to repeat (around 13 min mark.) Is this normal or am I missing some strings?

3. The existing Windows logos look bad on the background I've used. I'll just have to find some others or maybe someone w/ some graphics experience can help.

Here is my winnntbbu.dll so you can see what I have so far. BTW, do you guys just use CTRL+PrtScr to get a screen cap during the install????

http://www.geckotek.net/winntbbu.zip

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I don't know about everybody else, but I use Virtual PC/VMWare to take screenshots of OS installs. Awesome guide b0r3d! One question, what theme are you using in XP from that first screenshot? I like it.

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Geckotek, you're using mine aren't you, its because I edited the background on those logos to match the gradient background I used. Try using unmodded ones or get some from the MS site

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Geckotek, you're using mine aren't you, its because I edited the background on those logos to match the gradient background I used. Try using unmodded ones or get some from the MS site

Yeah, actually I did just that. Thanks. Here's my new version.

http://www.geckotek.net/winntbbu.zip

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I don't know about everybody else, but I use Virtual PC/VMWare to take screenshots of OS installs. Awesome guide b0r3d! One question, what theme are you using in XP from that first screenshot? I like it.

Thanks, I'll try doing that in VPC.

That theme looks like Blackcomb Pro to me.

http://www.themexp.org/view_info.php?id=130

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Thanks alot for these post of guides guys. I read alot more than I post, Hopefuly I will get to point where I can actually contribute. But I had a question. I recently conditioned my DLL, but I decided not to use 256 color. And it worked fine. I was wondering if anyone else has tried this and had any future problems. BTW my winntbbu.dl_ is like freaking 1.27MB when compressed but it still works. I'll post after I finsih screwing around with it.

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Ogre, can you please post a link to your matrix winntbbu.dll file. It's very cool, thanks. :rolleyes:

i'm still working on it, but as soon as its done, i'll post link.

Did you do more work on that? I would really need your custom setup interface even if it's not finished it's still looking great :D . Could you post it please, pretty please? :)

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I wish this could become a sticky... so that other can also contribute thier work.

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folkz, if microsoft made this file, with switching text paragrphs, I'm sure we can also... not just still bitmaps...

or am I wrong

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that's very true

if u look at the completed winntbbu.dll's u'll see that u can change everything...

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OK, coupla more questions for the tech savy guys....

- Has anyone figured out a way to remove the progress bar and the text that goes with it (i.e. "Setup will take approximately 39 minutes")?

Heres what i've got so far. i would like to change the text to a green and remove the status bar crap.

Ok as far as the text that goes along with "Setup will complete, blah blah blah...thats in winnt32u.dll/a.dll (dunno which one, but since we're editing winntbbu.dll i assume its winnt32u.dll)...Ok, goto

String Table 67

1062

1063

1064

1065

Im not 100% sure, but I think 1059 is the bar, dont quote me on that, but it looks like it could be the only thing

And If anyone wants to get real sneaky and doesnt wanna have to remember their product code...

check out

Bitmap 106

To verify that a changed Bitmap 106 is in place, goto Dialog 144 you should see your replaced bmp

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Ok back to winntbbu.dll

I used killerbee's winntbbu.dll that they removed all text, I then used the original to put back the original test of Collecting Information and whatnot (the 5 menu items on the left side) and changed font and background to my liking. I did not like have "installation will complete", nor the Press Esc to exit so those are removed. So basically I am left with the background and the 5 menu items, does anyone have a suggestion for what I should rename the 5 menu items, should I remove them altogether, the background I am using is like bliss.jpg, just wanted some input.

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evilvoice,

What about the "Setup will complete...." text that appears when you are installing by booting from the cd. I edited both winnt32u.dll/a.dll and removed the text. It works fine if I start the installation within windows by clicking winnt32.exe/.msi. But when I boot from the cd, I still get the "Setup will complete..." message. Yes I ran the makecab program and added the compressed files to I386. I even edited the winntbbu.dll file, compressed and added it too.

Thanks.

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hmmm, well I dunno.I can only try by running winnt32.exe as I dont wanna make the iso yet until Im done changing things. When I ran it tho, it loaded up the changed winntbbu.dll and winnt32u.dll. Since people talked that winntbbu.dll works on boot by replacing the file, I assumed winnt32u.dll would have the same effect (I actually dont believe you ever edit winnt32a.dll, I only put that in there because I wasnt sure what peope tested winntbb?.dll and their experience on which one boots). Also, try leaving it uncompressed, and dont overwrite the .dl_ The way setup is supposed to work is its supposed to first look for uncompressed file, then the compressed one and uncompress it. If you havent noticed, some people have some things compressed while others dont (for instance - svcpack.inf, I have svcpack.in_), but it was my understanding, from another thread on another board, that if you leave a file uncompressed, windows will use that instead.

Another thing to consider, I did a props on both files, and they say its a renamed winnt32.exe file, so maybe the answer is within there.

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I recently managed to download and test Ogre's WINNTBBU files and had a running setup using just the cab file version on a slipstreamed XP Pro and home CD, i recently updated the OEM install files and since then whenever i start an install all I get in place of the text per line is the hex id 3g 1f 3e etc instead of displaying the text... anyone know what would cause this, i replaced the files directly into the iso image and still it gives the same problem, windows loads pperfectly BTW...

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I found out how to modify the text "Setup will complete...." text that appears during setup when you boot from the cd.

Edit the syssetup.dll file.

String Table 74, then line 1178

Edit to your liking then run makecab and replace existing file in I386 folder. Make ISO and test. Your text should be changed, mine is. I'm not sure about the progress bar yet.

Hope this helps.

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