awergh

NT4 Visual Update 3 Release Candidate 1

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thanks

i still havent uploaded it because i have some work i need to do but here are some more screenshots

desktopmm3.th.jpg

with shell update, so there is no 256 colour systray fix

startmenuec6.th.jpg

i will fix the icons in a later version

generalut1.th.jpg

logon2bg1.th.jpg

nhoodig3.th.jpg

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NT4 Visual Update 2 Alpha 1

[New Features]

Shell Update Support

Newer image resources from Vista

More App Icons Patched

Includes TM0d's Explorer.exe Patch (Without Shell Update)

Better install Structure (less batch files)

Better installer.exe

[Notes (My installations)]

In the Internet Dialog when click on the Conection Tab Explorer.exe has crashed.

Winmsd.exe Complains about user32.dll shell relocation if shell update is not installed.

can anyone verify this?

NT4VU2 Patches:

Desktop Icons

Dialog Images

App Icons

CPL Icons and Images

Internet Explorer Icons

Start Menu Icons

Folder Icons

Setup Icons

Notepad Shortcuts

Systray Icons

(Thats all I think.)

(This is still a patcher it doesnt copy whole files except explorer.exe for an install without shell update)

Download 7.7MB

http://www.divshare.com/download/714856-0d7

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awergh, personally I prefer 7z too, but probably most of people never heard of it.

I just had to explain to webbuddy whom I gave link to your update how to eat it bcause he thought its "some linux or Mac file" ;)

PS

Perhaps you should consider i.e. rar at highest compression, or even better - make it selfextract? (~200kB more on a 7-8MB file doesn't matter anymore IMHO) for your next version.

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i tried to make it an exe file but when i uploaded it, it complained that i wasnt allowed to do that, but only after id finished uploading so i uploaded it as 7z, ill host it as an exe next time

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I seem to have found a bug in nt4vu2a1 when working on nt4vu2 for terminal server

It appears that these lines only modify these resources, but on a new install they need to be added which means that they dont seem to work has only had this result?

..\reshack\reshacker.exe -modify %windir%\system32\msgina.dll, %windir%\system32\msgina.dll, MSGINA_Bitmap.res,,,

..\reshack\reshacker.exe -modify %windir%\system32\winlogon.exe, %windir%\system32\winlogon.exe, winlogon_Bitmap.res,,,

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We're sorry, this file has expired.

How can i dl NT4 Visual Update 2 Alpha 1? can anyone send me this file to nebivedu@yahoo.com?

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i can upload the newer version nt4 visual update 2 alpha 2 although i have had some weird results with it but i obviously should upload it elsewhere without a short expiry time

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NT4 Visual Update 2 Alpha 2

Features:

NT4 Terminal Server support. (no shell update)

Fixes:

Copies 3 files instead of patching them because i can seem to patch bitmaps into the files if they dont already exist there, so no more bitmapless logon dialog on new installs

Some minor bugs with patching

Known Errors:

The system DLL user32..dll was relocated in memory the application will not run properly. the relocation occured because the DLL C:\winnt\system32\shell32.dll occupied an address range reserved for windows nt system dll'.

this occurs on nt4 without the shell update but i dont know why and i dont know how to fix it really, can i have some advise on that.

I had some weird results on an NT4 installation where regedit, user32, cmd.exe didnt get patched for some reason and i dont know why can anyone verify this?

I havent updated installer.exe at the moment but is it just me or is it broken

Can i please have some feedback and advice so i know how to fix more stuff, because id prefer that i wasnt the only tester to give feedback.

Download 9.64MB

http://www.divshare.com/download/842022-0a7

PS: this release maybe a little premature but it is an alpha and i might be more busy in the comming weeks so if i release it sooner it would probably be better

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Link above expired, anyone have a mirror link or able to email the file? budious at gmail dot com, thanks! I just broke out the NT4 disk to revive an outdated laptop, this visual update looks promising. Keep up the good work.

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Im trying to solve 'the riddle' of high color icons that most of the time disappear after shell update (I reinstalled quite few times NT4 on the same test machine, installed SP6 /postSP6/drivers/and did few settings and 9 out of 10 I loose the original high color icons when installing IE6 with shell update, but few times somehow they stayed there after shell update and its driving me nuts not to know what causes this ;) )

Windows NT 4 without the shell update uses icons from cool.dll (if it works like Win95+Plus) due registry settings. When the shell update is installed, it erases those settings and icons are once again loaded from shell32.dll. Also, if you look closely, these icons are NOT 16 color ones, they are 256-color ones, but they do not look as fancy. I could be wrong, of course, and MS added these COLL.DLL icons into the original Shell32.dll, in this case, only resource editing would do...

Known Errors:
The system DLL user32..dll was relocated in memory the application will not run properly. the relocation occured because the DLL C:\winnt\system32\shell32.dll occupied an address range reserved for windows nt system dll'.

this occurs on nt4 without the shell update but i dont know why and i dont know how to fix it really, can i have some advise on that.

I've seen that in WinXP+just about any Vista icon pack. I think it is because it makes SHELL32.DLL bigger, so it uses memory in an address range that overlaps the one that was originally intended for an system dll. Since the shell update replaces the SHELL32.dll with a newer version that contains more icon formats, odds are that it also has a different default start address, and therefore doesn't overlap that system dll. You could try patching SHELL32.DLL to use another start address if it detects the older version.

About 32-bit icons, you could try patching gdi32.dll to add an GdiAlphaBlend function. If you go to the Windows 9x forum you might notice a project called KernelEx, it patches the system DLLs and adds unimplemented funcions: if you use the same logic and implement that function, you might as well be able to use that Win2k Revolutions Pack DLL and add true 32-bit icon support to your project ;)

Btw, awergh, keep up the good work.

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i remember the better icons being in shell32,dll when i patched it, but not sure cant remember.

ive been busy so i havent done anything on nt4vu2 but will resume soon.

i need a way to use another file as well as shell32.dll so that i dont get the error. just like Tihiy uses imageres.dll in rp.

kernelEx hasnt done anything with gdi32.dll, there maybe something comming for 32bit icons but i dont know yet

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Can someone give me the patched files in a rar file? This reshack patching is not working for me....

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Thanks for the mirror, worked great for me!

Off topic question, where or how does one perform the shell update of explorer 4.0 -> 4.7 , I've read several threads mentioning this but have not found the original thread discussing the installation or containing files.

Edit: I found the information regarding IE4 and fortunately had a FrontPage 98 installation cd sitting around with IE4 installation files on it.

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