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  1. @Photek

    I believe I read somewhere in the forums that Win Toolkit was not developed with the sole intention of hacking the day lights of a Windows 7 source, but rather as a tool to integrate updates, applications, etc... Win Toolkit, in my opinion, Is one of the best Third Party Windows deployment tools I've used in some time. Perhaps if you took the time to understand how Win Toolkit works you just might grow to appreciate the fine piece of programming that it has evolved into. Just my two bits, take it or leave it.

  2. Yes, as long as the usb stick is in before the desktop is first shown (after the first reboot).
    The RunOnce installer will literally scan every drive letter plugged in for an 'Apps' folder. USB, DVD, CD, RAMDisk, pre-mapped network drive, heck even a floppy disk! As long as it has a drive letter.

    Props on this feature. :prop:
  3. I believe that 'tweak' just removes the references to the HomeGroup in Explorer.  As for the services, you would have to manually tweak those to disabled, or remove the "HomeGroup" package from the source (could be problematic with dependencies).


    Thank you for your response crashfly. With respect to related services I will go with your first suggestion and disable the services via Win Toolkit. I'm not a big fan of removing components from a Win 7 source. 


    Just removes the icon from explorer view.


    Thanks for confirming Lego. Makes sense that the tweak removes the reference in Explorer. From what I can tell disabling the two HomeGroup services will also remove the reference from Explorer. You may want to include that in the Tweaks description in your future release of Win Toolkit.


    Best Regards.

  4. Sorry for the cryptic acronym, by 'UFD' I mean to say USB Flash Drive.
    So for example, would the apps get installed if I were to have the apps folder on root of a USB flash driver and install Windows from DVD?


    Do you think it would also work from a network share that I have maped to a drive letter that is accessable during windows setup?


    Nah, don't touch the %DVD% variable.


  5. Thanks for the insight. Spliting the HD in 2 partitions sounds good. Would'nt I have to change the %DVD% Variable aswell in the registry or does WinToolKitRunOnce look for some sort of string to indentify the location of the apps folder and goes from there? 


    Could I use a UFD to accomplish the same thing if I wanted to to have  a single C:\Drive\ partition?


     The AutoUnattend.xml that I'm using currently for installs works like this 


    Instucts setup to Wipe the Drive Clean

    Create and format  a 100mb System Reserved Partition (NTFS)

    Create a second partition using the remaining space,and assign C:\ (NTFS)

    Install windows on C:\ 


    Note: The small 100mb Partition is System Reserved, hidden, and not assigned a drive letter.


    I could deviate from this answer file, but Idealy I would preffer to not have to split the drive into 3 parts (1 system reserved, 1 OS part, 1, Apps part)

  6. Request to add a feature or tool within the Addon maker to install and test Win Toolkit AddOn. Currently their is a somewhat viable tool that was created by 'Dark Madness' which can be found in the Forum (cant seem to find it right now) but it comes in the form of UI or command line tool. Their does'nt seem to have been any developement on the tool in over a year. I've tried it on a few Addons with mixed results.


    Anyhow, not all that important, but it does come in handy for me when I want to test an Addon on a live systems. 


    Best Regards.

  7. If your refering to putting the apps folder on entirely on a  different DVD/CD on their own, then What?


    Woud the scenerio go something like this?


    1. Install Windows from the Spanned Media and when setup is complete ...

    2. Insert the DVD (or UFD) with the Apps folder in the drive before first boot and WinToolKitRunOnce.exe will detect the folder and run the instruction




    Are you suggesting having the apps folder copied over to %SystemDrive% during setup using $oem$ folders method and invoke the installers from there by changing the variable for the Toolkit installer in the Registry to %SystemDrive%\Apps.


    But the Apps folder on another partition instead of the DVD but make sure 'Apps' is on the root of the partition.

  8. Well as it turns out Splitting a Windows Image File to Span Across Multiple DVDs or CDs is not a viable solution when you have integrated silent installers in the root Apps folder of your ISO. Not viable mainly because it requires to many extra steps to move the silent installers to the last DVD of the spanned set. Furthermore their the posibility that their may not even be enough room on the last DVD to accomadate the silent installers, simply becasue of a number of limitations found in the AIK create spanned shares command (which I wont go into detail).


    On the the other hand if you have no silent installers that were integrated using Win Toolkit, then spanning a WIM file across multible DVD's is in fact a nice solution for spanning a Windows Install across multiple DVD's / CD's.


    On a final note. I will not be expnding on this thread or providing a How-To as previously mentioned.

  9. @Ricktendo64


    How did your Microsoft Security Essentials project work out? I wanted to have a look at your installer, however it appears the links are now dead. Cheers and Regards.


    Yea, I was totally trying to do a mst that would allow me to install directly via msi and also copy the updated definitions automatically but I failed (you can see my attempt here)

    As for a "repack" that is silent you could not use the SFXCAB.exe because the options are very limited (you can only point to the exe you cant add switches,) it would have to be done with 7zip sfx but I think I could also add a switch that would automatically install the program depending on arch and could also install the updated definitions if you put it in the same dir as the 7zip installer

    I'm thinking something like this

    ;!@Install@!UTF-8!GUIMode="2"RunProgram="%%P\\setup /s /runwgacheck /o";Use /ai to install definition updates (in same dir as installer) automaticallyAutoInstall="%%P\\setup /s /runwgacheck /o"AutoInstall="x86:\"%%S\\mpam-fe\" /q"AutoInstall="x64:\"%%S\\mpam-fe%%P\" /q";!@InstallEnd@!

    Edit: Here it is in case anybody wants to test it

    MD5: aef9b6c1953657a8f4690ad49632ee2a
    Size: 11.3 MB

    Download the definition updates (to be used with /ai) from KB971606
  10. Interesting, I will give it a try. The thing that makes me doubt if it will work is the fact that all the integrated apps reside in the apps folder on the DVD (Which i presume is the first DVD of the set. Windows Setup will finish on the last DVD of the set and restart.


    Doesn't the first DVD of the set have to  be present in the drive for Win Toolkit to execute?

  11. @LegoLash2o

    Does the Win Toolkit Installer that runs at first desktop load work if a Windows Image File is split to span across multiple DVD's or CDs?

    I intend to the either use the Win Toolkit SWM split tool or this method to split the image.

    Perhaps this question is best suited for the developer of Win Toolkit. I'm realy just looking for a simple yes or no answer. Before replying to this thread, please have a look here first to see if your reply has already been covered by someone else.  Thanks in advance.

    BTW :: Why Installing from USB is not an option.

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