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#51
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This is a cracking guide mate and the best I have seen :)


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Think you need to add the hacked sfc.dll to your Disable WFP guide.

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b0r3d,

In your guide to creat a custom Boot Screen you mention making a BootLogo.cmd containing the following:
bootcfg /RAW /A / Kernel=OEMKrnl.exe /ID 1
bootcfg /Timeout 0

and calling it from GuiRunOnce.
[GUIRunOnce]
bootlogo.cmd


Can you tell me where I should place the Bootlog.cmd file, and in GuiRunOnce when the BootLogo.cmd is call do I have to indicate a location such as
%systemdrive%/install/bootlogo.cmd so it knows where I placed the bootlogo.cmd file??? :)

Great help guide.
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b0r3d,

In your guide to creat a custom Boot Screen you mention making a BootLogo.cmd containing the following:
bootcfg /RAW /A / Kernel=OEMKrnl.exe /ID 1
bootcfg /Timeout 0

and calling it from GuiRunOnce.
[GUIRunOnce]
bootlogo.cmd


Can you tell me where I should place the Bootlog.cmd file, and in GuiRunOnce when the BootLogo.cmd is call do I have to indicate a location such as
%systemdrive%/install/bootlogo.cmd so it knows where I placed the bootlogo.cmd file??? :)

Great help guide.
Thanks

YES. You need to place it wherever you want (usually install folder) and yes you need to give full path in the [GuiRunOnce] section just ike you have shown.

Bored needs to edit one of those lines:
bootcfg /RAW /A / Kernel=OEMKrnl.exe /ID 1
should be:
bootcfg /RAW /A /Kernel=OEMKrnl.exe /ID 1
(remove the space between the slash and Kernal.)

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Geckotek,

I thought so, but I just wanted to make sure.

Thanks for the correction as well.

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Using the directions in this thread I installed a SP1 Boot screen I obtained from ThemeXP.

The install using VPC goes well and the custom Boot Screen is present after the restart but after the desktop loads the OS shuts down and restarts. This continues after each time the system restarts. :rolleyes:

I used two different premade ntoskrnl.exe files from ThemeXP and renamed them accordingly with the same results.

I used the following code in my BootLog.cmd file
bootcfg /RAW /A /Kernel=OEMKrnl.exe /ID 1
bootcfg /Timeout 0


Any ideas what I may be doing wrong. :)

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My guess would be the problem isn't related. Did you change anything else?

The only other explanation I can come up with is you've used the wrong version. Make sure you have the version for your version of XP (SP1 or not.) But I think you'd have issues long before the desktop loads if you had the wrong version.

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you could be using a multiproc kernel instead of a single

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Okay, i fixed the typo in the bootlogo.cmd.
You guys are pretty quick at picking these things up :)

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My guess would be the problem isn't related. Did you change anything else?

The only other explanation I can come up with is you've used the wrong version. Make sure you have the version for your version of XP (SP1 or not.) But I think you'd have issues long before the desktop loads if you had the wrong version.

My unattaned install worked fine until I attempted to use the custom Boot Screen.

My Unattended Install consists of an Slipstreamed SP1A into my original XP Pro. therefore I assumed I should use the SP1 ntoskrnl.exe.

Last night I used Resource Hacker to check the original ntoskrnl.exe in my Unattended install and it indicates it is File/Prod #: 5.1.2600.1151, which I though is the Non SP1 Boot Screen. Instead of using the SP1 ntoskrnl.exe should I be using the non SP1 ntoskrnl.exe. :rolleyes: (Added: I tried usng the non Sp1 boot screen and it put me in a reboot loop after the boot screen appeared.)

you could be using a multiproc kernel instead of a single

How do I determine if I am using a Mlti Processor kernal? :)

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right-click, go to properties....
on the second tab I think, there are file details of like Manufacturer and such....on your original kernel (ntoskrnl.exe) click the label saying original file name....and if it is ntoskrnl.exe then its single....if its something else its prolly multi

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Custom Boot Screen SUCCESS :)

Thanks to all for your help. :rolleyes:

I solved the problem by using my own kernal and Boot Editor to insert a new main bmp and remove the Pro overlay. It then worked its magic and wala a functional custom boot screen in my Unattended install CD.

How Sweet It Is :excited: :beer:

Thanks again go out to everyone for all the guides and help.

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Last night I used Resource Hacker to check the original ntoskrnl.exe in my Unattended install and it indicates it is File/Prod #: 5.1.2600.1151


This is the latest kernel release.
If you used the Update Rollup, then your ntoskrnl.exe will be this build number.

The reason any previous bootscreens do not work is most likely that the build number is incorrect.

This also occurred when service pack 1 was released and will likely happen again when service pack 2 is released.

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The rollup changed the kernel version?

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Can somebody tell me where the "bootlogo.cmd file goes after being created.

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I placed mine in the $oem$/$1/Install folder. It doesn't matter that much where you place it as long as you call it from the correct location in your winnt.sif file in the guirunonce section.

I place all my batches in the same directory, except for my cleanup batch.

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I found an easier way to change the boot.ini, rather than bootcfg.

In your unattend file you could put this:

[SetupData]
OsLoadTimeout=40
OSLoadOptions="/noguiboot /fastdetect"
LOADIDENTIFIER="gosh xp"

But the only thing that'll change is the timeout. This is because txtsetup.sif trumps unattend file.

So in txtsetup.sif under [SetupData] add what's above. You'll need to delete any preexisting values.

After you do this the default timeout will be 40 seconds, and in the boot menu it'll say "gosh xp". This will work for both xp home and pro. You don't need to use an unattend file. This might also work for changing the kernel, but i didn't test this.

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Hey guys, I have a (maybe) stupid question...:
I want to change the default Start Button text and remove the button's Windows. I know I can use Resource Hacker to do it after the Windows install, but how can I do that in the unattended setup?

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Add this to your tweaks.reg file: - Thanks to DaveXP for this tweak

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General]
"BackupWallpaper"="c:\\windows\\web\\wallpaper\\xppaper.jpg"
"Wallpaper"="c:\\windows\\web\\wallpaper\\xppaper.jpg"


I tried following these procedures on an existing installation but the registry entry didn't seem to help. I made sure the file existet though. Have any of you been able to use this successfully?

Thanks!

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this is a great tut for the unattended thanks i knew it could be done but wasnt sure how to go about it

thanks again

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Add this to your tweaks.reg file: - Thanks to DaveXP for this tweak

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General]
"BackupWallpaper"="c:\\windows\\web\\wallpaper\\xppaper.jpg"
"Wallpaper"="c:\\windows\\web\\wallpaper\\xppaper.jpg"


I tried following these procedures on an existing installation but the registry entry didn't seem to help. I made sure the file existet though. Have any of you been able to use this successfully?

Thanks!

Try this to change the wallpaper. Ive used it plenty of times and it definitely works:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Set Custom Wallpaper
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"TileWallpaper"="0"
"Wallpaper"="%windir%\\web\\wallpaper\\wallpaper.jpg"
"Wallpaperstyle"="2"

When you run the registry in your normal windows environment, you wont notice any change, ie the new wallpaper wont be implemented until you do 1 of the following things:

1) log off completely
2) restart
3) simply use winkey + L to use the switch user feature to goto the login screen, and login to your account again. (This is the shortest and my fav one)

Hope it helps

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i im having trouble with my wallpaper and my boot screen ...

ive done the tut in this thread but my wallpaper still isnt going as my default wallpaper but it is going in my wallpaper list,,,

and also my bootscreen, isnt working, its still the regular xp pro bootscreen, i think some thing is wrong because it says bootlogo.cmd - windows cant fint it,,

then after that it goes into installing my progs,,

does any one know whats going on, ive done everything the tut says but am still having trouble but the one thing that does work is my theme :) i just wish i could get the rest to work now,,,

after i get these things to work, ill go onto the next few probs that my disk has...

does any one have any ideals on how i can fix these problems ?

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How would I go about getting my cpu meter to look like this...
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I've got as far as changing the bitmaps so the graphic part is blue, but How would I change the text, or the grids. The guy who originally posted Here has completely customised task manager, I've searched through the file but I can't find a string for the colour.

I've asked on neow!n and aquasoft, the board it was originally posted on, but had no reply.

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yeah :) ive just got my wallpaper, and my bootscreen to work now, now ive just got to fix a few more probs then go on to adding more to my disk :rolleyes:

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Hi Everyone,

This is a bit offtopic flaming..................Moderators u can delete / move my message to the right forum if u like.

I've got a super Unattended Boot CD by following all the incredible information on this phenomenol forum. I have been waiting for a chance, since a month to find a suitable question to post here but you guys never gave me a chance!!!......I must say that everything is so well documented on this site and your search engine covers it all.

In 10 years of my experience noone has gone as far as the level you guys have taken the Unattended & Customization bit. Every Single Detail matters.

My Sincere regards to ArronXP, Gosh, GreenMachine, b0r3d, Numinous, DaveXP & all the others involved in this great Unattended project. I will definately go for a gold membership to contribute something for the good cause.....pls let me know if there is anything else i could help.

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