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  1. Thanks rick', I've copied your js file and saved it. Be a while, but, I will use it once I have everything sorted out and try my own custom reader install.
  2. I've noticed that all customization interests in any and all forums that I have visited for Office 15 deal only with the VL msi editions. I wanted a retail Office 2013 Home and Business, but, M$ in their infinite genius only delivers it and all retail versions with Click-to-Run. I can't count the ways I hate C2R, however, I believe M$ will persist in making it the defacto standard for installing retail versions of post Office 2010. It was the sole reason I did not perchase Office 15. I have a nice msp created with OCT for 2010 and the only way to customize retail Office 15 is to modify each and every xml file in the relative directories in the downloaded/saved files....I think-never tried it...yet. So, was wandering if anyone has tried to customize the C2R installs and how they fared.
  3. I was just wandering if you might know what in the "Lite" version breaks the msp update function. Also, as a side note; Windows 7 no problem, but, 8.1 the HideMenuItems.js errors out as copied from Aaron Parker's site with line and character errors-no idea why because it used to work perfectly in my custom Reader install for Windows 7. The XI wizard (must have the 11003 version msi downloadable from Adobe's FTP site-extract the executable) does not retain all set values in the mst; for example, the installation still creates desktop and start menu shortcuts when disabled/removed in the wizard. Anyways, just some experiences so far........
  4. Say rick' I'm just wandering if there is a way to force an update msp install to reader lite. Thanks
  5. Hey Rick' I noticed using your silent slim .NET4.5 installer none of the updates are listed for uninstall. I searched the registry and found references to the KB's, but, am still unclear on how to uninstall those that become superseeded. Can you please help me on this?
  6. Does the VCRedist_AIO_x86_x64 installer uninstall all first before executing? Thanks ricktendo64
  7. KB929828 fixed it, add the following to the unattend you use during sysprep immediately below your copy profile entry, but, as the KB states, don't forget to remove this entry afterwards: (it seems this relates to M$ licensing/activation issues-present even when just preparing, but, not installing an image...go figure.) <settings pass="generalize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.micro...nfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/20...Schema-instance"> <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm> </component> </settings> This was the fourth or fifth time I loaded this image into sysprep to tweak a few things here and there, and to correct some errors I had made in group policy editor; nothing major, but, it seems three is the magic number afterwhich you either apply this workaround or rebuild the image from scratch. The following is the spartan unattend I use to sysprep: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <settings pass="specialize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.micro...nfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/20...Schema-instance"> <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile> </component> </settings> </unattend> and looks like this to prevent the fatal error: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> <settings pass="specialize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile> </component> </settings> <settings pass="generalize"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm> </component> </settings> </unattend> I delete this xml from the image when I prepare for install with all updates, drivers integrated and use a much more elaborate answer file in the root of the setup folder.
  8. Hey ricktendo64, Major concern...googled to no avail, so, thought I would try to pick your brain. I keep getting fatal error when finnalizing sys prep; it worked fine on this image now, without rhyme or reason, it won't finnalize. I attached the sysprep logs from both the Panther and IE folders...any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. ThanksSysprepFailure.7z I may have found a solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929828 I'm going to include the entry from this KB in the unattend file for copy profile in the sysprep folder and try it-I'll report back.
  9. Strange, I used the front GUI for both and set the preferences to associate all with WMP 12-x86 and x64-plus clicked "shark recommended settings". All went well. Perhaps it's because I don't load Windows Media Center-find no need for it anymore.
  10. @ Ricktendo64 Go here: http://shark007.net/ and download/install his codec solutions. I've just completed a sysprep with both his (x86 and x64) solutions preinstalled without issue. They are really good...can play anything in either WMP or Windows Media Center-which I disable.
  11. I won't use the links option because it is restricted to a predefined set of icons which I don't care about and won't fix what is the underlying problem-overwriting the Default profile. Anyways, a word of advice:) stay completely away from anything to do with Content Advisor-11/2 days grief learning that lesson. UPDATE March 6: I got copytoprofile to consistantly work well 3 different times on three different wim configurations. Programs that installed without difficulty: all Windows Explorer context menu additions Notepad2 CopyPath CabMaker3 pdfind (to replace M$ search-which is disabled) Reg2Inf hashchk SoLor's .NET 4 plus all current hotfixes AIO all Microsoft Visual C++, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, Sync Framework redistributables/runtimes Microsoft PlayReadyPC (x86 and x64) Java (x86 and x64) DirectX AdobeSVGViewer Adobe Flashplayer (32 and 64-bit) Adobe Reader1001 Terabyte Image for Windows (Console) Terabyte TBIView 7-zip WinRAR InstaEdit EmEditor Pro DriverCleaner Paint.NET Windows 7 WAIK plus: Windows 7 AIK SP1_Supplement Updated Help Files USMT 4.0 files 64-BIT USMT 4.0 files 32-BIT shark007 codec packages: Win7codecs_v278 x64Components_v282 ...for the majority of the above copyprofile has to be set in order for the sendto and program options settings to carry over into realtime install. In order to prevent any Quick Launch concerns I found the trick is to not pin anything to the Taskbar that is not there by default; install any apps and then pin all after realtime install. Below will disable UAC properly (the way it's done in GP) and Hybernate: ; DISABLE UAC [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:00000000 "EnableInstallerDetection"=dword:00000000 "EnableLUA"=dword:00000000 "EnableSecureUIAPaths"=dword:00000000 "PromptOnSecureDesktop"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:00000000 "EnableLUA"=dword:00000000 "PromptOnSecureDesktop"=dword:00000001 ; DISABLE HIBERNATION [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Power] "HibernateEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Power] "HibernateEnabled"=dword:00000000
  12. Add jv16 PowerTools and MaxRegistryCleaner to the list> (found this out the hard way also)
  13. That's the point; I do have just "CopyProfile" in an unattend.xml located in the root of the Sysprep folder in system32. When one executes the OOBE audit and shuts down most of the settings are fransfered to Default profile, but, even when group policy is thoroughly and comp-letely customized all does not work out. It is severely flawed in that all the default folders do not get written over, but, added to so that I'm confronted with a real mess, especially in the taskbar/startmenu-a known issue. One has to lock down the GUI in group policy so tight just to get any results in this area that by the time one fresh installs and "undoes" some of the lockdown so there is a reasonably functioning GUI you might as well customise by merging reg files into the wim. One of the most prevalent issues is a great number of Quick Launch links are not carried over even though they are present in correct location in the sysprepped image. On fresh install none of them show up. I found the only way to ensure some consistant success is to open the finished image in DISM and manually go about deleting/creating custom links. M$ knows and basically your on your own to find alternate solutions to retaining desktop, startmenu/taskbar customizations in Default: here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289 and here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/07/28/customizing-default-users-profile-using-copyprofile.aspx Still, I love your video and am off to try another sysprep with a few changes.
  14. Hey Tricky, I didn't get back here for so long because I had a lot of things to figure out in my custom sysprep of which very few went smoothly. Some was software related; ie: PerfectDisk corrupts the bootcfg file and after installing it and rebooting to exit and seal I can't log on anymore because the admin account is locked out. No fix or repair could get me in....had to blow the partition and start again after 4 hours of gpedit and custom configure etc. This is frustrating enough, but, add to this the fact that for 2 days I struggled to manipulate sysprep to accept all my settings both in GUI and Group Policy without having to resort to manipulating the wim registry after capture-either manually or using a batch to mount and merge custom reg files via reg.exe; without total success; or to have to run copy profile in Autounattend which reboots into audit mode before GUI during install....messy and F****d Three or four times I initiated the shutdown to seal after all was said and done-group policy set, gui set-ensuring GP matched GUI in every detail, right down to machine and user permissions/settings each and every time, all apps installed and configured/registered, only to have the PC hang immediately before it would have shutoff. Part, or most, of the reason for this is disk I/O due to Windows 7 penchant for populating log files, error report queque's-which I disable in GP, volume cache indexes-which it deletes anyways while sealing etc. so that the admin profile does not unload correctly, and file corruption. You can actually see all this in Resource Monitor. Finnally, after getting an image sealed and captured, all drivers etc. loaded via DISM I copy to a bootable USB only to have none of my software settings saved; not WinRAR, 7-zip, EmEditor, uTorrent, notepad2 still launches as the default text editor, but, for some reason sysprep deletes the INI file in appdata so that one has to reinstall so settings are saved. The Quick Launch is totally unpopulated and a number of the user GUI settings go to default-totally ignoring alot of my GP entries. Further, it retains the file source drive letter from which one installs whatever so that you end up with, in my case, about 300 useless pointers in the NTUSER.DAT and SOFTWARE hives; I mean.... So, if one goes through all this and then merges some "patch" reg files into the wim for another fresh install to test, most of the customizations are trashed-conflict between this and the hives sysprep has cached during install. Therefore, the only way I can see to make gp settings stick one and all is to run from a server and merge managed GP xml's from the console, and to apply any reg tweaks at all after capture in the wim, ensuring you save all the software %userprofile% configerations in reg files to merge with the others into a loaded wim using reg.exe. Too bad, because I was hoping after my long sojourne from sysprep that M$ would have tended to some of this. That is why I think sysprep is broken. If you run on a VM and sysprep, all the GP settings at least should stick. Group Policy is the admins' admin. Anyways, I have figured it all out what works for me and have sysprepped another wim...so I am off for about an hour or so to install real time...I'll let ya' know
  15. I use the answer file to "remove" any and all functionality for those components I do not want-including their requisite services; I'm not a fan of deleting from the wim; So, this one feature I don't use, but, love the toolkit! The thing I like the most about your toolkit is it offers options and does not coerce one into a regimen like some of the other popular Windows 7 feature programs, kind of like a swiss army knife. The one feature I am very interested in is the wim registry hive tool. One feature that would be of great use is a help file for those items in the program that are not intuitive-such as the registry hive tool. Thanks
  16. I see; I will check the WAIK help files and google-thanks very much, just got busy all of a sudden so have not had time yet.
  17. While some are HKLM, most of the entries are in HKCU. I understand your reply, but, why does the app load my running registry complete. Must I put this reg file in a special folder where W7Toolkit will automatically find it and merge without loading my current registry hives?; no help file to search for the answer. I am in the process of modifying my reg file to add services template etc. it will take a couple of days to complete. If need be I will upload at that time and thanks very much. PS: I will google this rename .reg files to see if I can accomplish this correctly without bothering you with it further.
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