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23 Jul 2007
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DirectX 9c
The directx download is a very large package, full of .gif files for lots of different game sticks.

You can thin this down for install, by removing lots of files.

I followed Fred Vorck's installation here, and kept

1. Setup.exe and the .dll files
2. BDANT.CAB and DXNT.CAB

It installs quite well, and makes no complaints about missing files. You can install a larger package if you need to later.
8 Jul 2007
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More on HIVEFIX.INF
Here is something rather cute.

You can make Windows 2000 or Windows XP install into a directory structure like vista, and even have things like no spaces in directory names.

For example, instead of 'Documents and Settings\All Users", you can have the vista version of \users\public. So the public documents now become \users\public\personal &c.

This setting must be implemented at the end of the character-mode "DOS" setup. This is when the initial registry is created. To do this, you add a few files into the i386 directory, and then build everything.

You can, of course, modify the assorted HIVE*.INF files, but slipstreams etc will trash this for you. Instead, we add an entirely new HIVEFIX.INF, and process this after the rest.

This is 'SI.TXT'. It is a list of modifications to make to the named files (here, for W2k, but i have a similar one for xp), in user-friendly cut-and-paste mode. It has the complete instructions of what to do. I add a number of Win2k support/resource kit tools to the file, the modifications are entirely in hivefix.

CODE
We add a number of rk files to the default install, wie WINXP et al.
The Windows bitmaps live in webvw.dll, so we add the Win9x stuff there.
Setup.bmp lives in

------ dosnet.inf ---------------------------------------------

d1,hivefix.inf
d1,directx.cpl
d1,diskpart.exe
d1,kill.exe
d1,reg.exe
d1,setx.exe
d1,tlist.exe

------ txtsetup.sif --------------------------------------------

[SourceDisksFiles]
hivefix.inf  = 1,,,,,,_x,20,3,3
directx.cpl  = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
diskpart.exe = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
kill.exe     = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
reg.exe      = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
setx.exe     = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
tlist.exe    = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0
setup_w.bmp  = 2,,,,,,,2,0,0,setup50.bmp


; add these to the end to make hivefix.inf work.
[HiveInfs.Fresh]
DelReg = hivefix.inf,AddReg
AddReg = hivefix.inf,AddReg

[HiveInfs.Upgrade]
DelReg = hivefix.inf,AddReg
AddReg = hivefix.inf,AddReg

; These have not really changed, so...
[SetupData]
SetupSourcePath = "\"
DefaultPath=\FENSTER

---------------------------------------------------------------------

WEBVW.DLL
  Add bitmaps to resource table, using reshack.exe.  Webview needs to be compressed.



The next bit is the actual HIVEFIX.INF. This is just an ordinary INF file, that is to be run after the rest. That's why you need to put the addreg and delreg stuff at the end of the sections above.

You mainly change the stuff in [strings] to meet your taste.

International settings are designed to default to Qld time (GMT+10, no DST) in the absence of a WINNT.SIF. Using a winnt.sif allows one to set this also.

CODE
[Version]
Signature = "$Windows NT$"
ClassGUID={00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
DriverVer=11/14/1999,5.00.2183.1
; vers 2195/1


[AddReg]
; homegrown
; flags: see 'windows registry guide', p276
HKCU,"Console","InsertMode",0x00010001,1
HKCU,"Console","QuickEdit", 0x00010001,0
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Command Processor","CompletionChar",0x00010001,9
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Command Processor","PathCompletionChar",0x00010001,9
HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","ParseAutoexec",0x00000000,"0"
HKCU,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon","ParseAutoexec",0x00000000,"0"


; HiveCLS.inf
HKCR,"batfile","",0x00000002,"%MS_DOS_BATCH_FILE%"
HKCR,"comfile","",0x00000002,"%MS_DOS_APPLICATION%"

; Hivesft.inf
HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList","ProfilesDirectory",0x00020002,"%DEFAULT_PROFILES_DIR%"
HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList","AllUsersProfile",0x00000000,"%ALL_USERS%"
HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList","DefaultUserProfile",0x00000000,"%DEFAULT_USER%"


; TweakUI
; HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",,,"RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakMeUp"

; HiveSys.inf
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Language","InstallLanguage",,"%INSTALL_LANGUAGE%"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Locale","(Default)",,%INSTALL_LOCALE%

; Hivedef.inf
; International Settings
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iCalendarType",0x00000000,"%INTL_ICALENDAR%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iCountry",0x00000000,"%INTL_ICOUNTRY%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iCurrDigits",0x00000000,"%INTL_ICURRDIGITS%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iCurrency",0x00000000,"%INTL_ICURRENCY%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iDate",0x00000000,"%INTL_IDATE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iDigits",0x00000000,"%INTL_IDIGITS%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iFirstDayOfWeek",0x00000000,"%INTL_IFIRSTWEEKDAY%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iLZero",0x00000000,"%INTL_ILZERO%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iMeasure",0x00000000,"%INTL_IMEASURE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iNegCurr",0x00000000,"%INTL_INEGCURR%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iTime",0x00000000,"%INTL_ITIME%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","iTLZero",0x00000000,"%INTL_ITLZERO%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","Locale",0x00000000,"%INTL_LOCALE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","s1159",0x00000000,"%INTL_S1159%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","s2359",0x00000000,"%INTL_S2359%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sCountry",0x00000000,"%INTL_SCOUNTRY%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sCurrency",0x00000000,"%INTL_SCURRENCY%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sDate",0x00000000,"%INTL_SDATE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sDecimal",0x00000000,"%INTL_SDECIMAL%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sLanguage",0x00000000,"%INTL_SLANGUAGE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sList",0x00000000,"%INTL_SLIST%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sLongDate",0x00000000,"%INTL_SLONGDATE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sShortDate",0x00000000,"%INTL_SSHORTDATE%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sThousand",0x00000000,"%INTL_STHOUSAND%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sTime",0x00000000,"%INTL_STIME%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\International","sTimeFormat",0x00000000,"%INTL_STFORMAT%"


; Marquee Settings
HKCU,"Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee","Font",0x00000000,"%SCREEN_SAVER_MARQUEE_FONT%"
HKCU,"Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee","Text",0x00000002,"%SCREEN_SAVER_MARQUEE_TEXT%"

; TempDir
HKCU,"Environment","TEMP",0x00020000,"%TEMP_DIR%"
HKCU,"Environment","TMP",0x00020000,"%TEMP_DIR%"

; Shell Folders
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","AppData",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_APPDATA%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Desktop",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_DESKTOP%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Favorites",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_FAVORITES%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","NetHood",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_NETHOOD%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Personal",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PERSONAL%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","PrintHood",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PRINTHOOD%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Programs",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PROGRAMS%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Recent",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_RECENT%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","SendTo",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_SENDTO%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Start Menu",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_START_MENU%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Startup",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_STARTUP%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Templates",0x00020002,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_TEMPLATES%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Cookies",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_COOKIES%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","My Pictures",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_MYPICTURES%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Local Settings",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_LOCAL_SETTINGS%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Local AppData",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_LOCAL_APPDATA%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","Cache",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_CACHE%"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders","History",0x00020000,"%U_SHELL_FOLDERS_HISTORY%"


[Strings]
; Hivecls.inf
MS_DOS_APPLICATION="PC-DOS Application"
MS_DOS_BATCH_FILE="PC-DOS Batch File"


; Hivesys.inf
INSTALL_LANGUAGE="0409"

; International
INTL_ICALENDAR="1"
INTL_ICOUNTRY="61"
INTL_ICURRDIGITS="2"
INTL_ICURRENCY="0"
INTL_IDATE="2"
INTL_IDIGITS="2"
INTL_IFIRSTWEEKDAY="6"
INTL_ILZERO="1"
INTL_IMEASURE="1"
INTL_INEGCURR="1"
INTL_ITIME="1"
INTL_ITLZERO="1"
INTL_LOCALE="00000C09"
INTL_S1159="AM"
INTL_S2359="PM"
INTL_SCOUNTRY="Australia"
INTL_SCURRENCY="$"
INTL_SDATE="/"
INTL_SDECIMAL="."
INTL_SLANGUAGE="ENA"
INTL_SLIST=","
INTL_SLONGDATE="dddd, d MMMM, yyyy"
INTL_SSHORTDATE="yyyy/MM/dd"
INTL_STHOUSAND=","
INTL_STIME=":"
INTL_STFORMAT="HH:mm:ss"
; Marquee
SCREEN_SAVER_MARQUEE_FONT="Georgia"
SCREEN_SAVER_MARQUEE_TEXT="Windows 2000 Professional"

; Shell Folders
DEFAULT_PROFILES_DIR="%SystemDrive%\USERS"
DEFAULT_USER="Default"
ALL_USERS="Public"

TEMP_DIR="%USERPROFILE%\Local\Temp"

U_SHELL_FOLDERS_APPDATA="%USERPROFILE%\AppData"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_DESKTOP="%USERPROFILE%\Desktop"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_FAVORITES="%USERPROFILE%\Favorites"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_NETHOOD="%USERPROFILE%\NetHood"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PERSONAL="%USERPROFILE%\Personal"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PRINTHOOD="%USERPROFILE%\PrintHood"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_PROGRAMS="%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_RECENT="%USERPROFILE%\Recent"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_SENDTO="%USERPROFILE%\SendTo"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_START_MENU="%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_STARTUP="%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_TEMPLATES="%USERPROFILE%\Templates"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_COOKIES="%USERPROFILE%\Cookies"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_MYPICTURES="%USERPROFILE%\Personal\Pictures"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_LOCAL_SETTINGS="%USERPROFILE%\Local"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_LOCAL_APPDATA="%USERPROFILE%\AppData"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_CACHE="%USERPROFILE%\Local\Temporary Internet Files"
U_SHELL_FOLDERS_HISTORY="%USERPROFILE%\History"


Among the many side effects, one gets \users\default, and \users\public for the default and all users directories. Some settings, such as the shell settings and the start menu, are not yet created, and so are not easy to modify here. We use a batch file later on to do this.
6 Jun 2007
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OS/2 2.x cdrom
I decided to make a cdrom install for OS/2 2.0 and 2.1, to avoid having to feed virtual floppies into a virtual pc (or real floppies into a real cdrom).

At the moment, i have not got this far, but i have got as far as hard-disk installs. This is much faster and easier to implement than CID, while still being configurable at install time.

1. The layout of disks. (the same is for 2.0 and 2.1)

Create a directory, eg "OS2SE21", that will eventually house the 2.1 diskettes
For the disks, create directories, that match the labels:

install disk: disk_0
disk 1 .. disk 17 disk_1 to disk_17
display 1 disp_1
printer 1 pmdd_1

Copy the files as is into these directories.

2. The Install.

a. Create a primary partition and an extended partition in DOS, and then create a logical partition in the extended partition. This will become D:

b. Copy the directories os2se20 and os2se21 to the partition

c. modify config.sys on disk1 to add the install directory:

set os2_shell=sysinst2.exe d:\os2se21\

You need the backslash:

3. Boot with the install disk, and disk 1, and the rest of the install comes from the setup files on drive d:

Work continues on making the thing into a cdrom install.
27 Jan 2007
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Windows NT 3.51
I decided to take a look at windows 3.51. This is one of the older ancesters of Windows 2k/xp etc.

The UI looks very much like Windows 3.1 and DOS. But deep in the heart of this is beating the same VMS core that powers win xp.

Still, the overall install diskette can be trimmed down to 70 MB, but i have also the resource kit (50 MB), and SP5 (27 MB unpacked) on the same cdrom. There's also some kind of post sp5 package, which has updated files to allow it to read/write to fat32, and a few other niceties. There are a few other features for modern iron as well.

There's also Newshell, the experimental "explorer" like interface for Win3x, but this is incredibly buggy. I uninstalled the blighter.

Still. It's a nice OS, and it will dual boot with something like XP.

W
10 Sep 2006
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"Revised Service Pack 6a"
Well, Service pack 7 never really arrived for Windows NT, so i decided to roll in all the post sp6a fixes into sp6a.

It took about three hours to do it all (go to woe), and the first take ran without errors. When i went into the system properties, i was greeted with the title!

Sounds interesting. Anyway, i have a blank fixpack shell, which i plan to roll some things into!
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