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21 Sep 2007
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My App
This is an example Inno Setup 5 script for my concept of "personal apps". Personal Apps are installed into each individual users account and are uninstalled from there too. It is best suited to convert portable applications. The benefits in bullet point form:

* Individual installations so user can retain preferred settings
* If installation gets corrupted other users are not affected
* Since mostly only portable apps work with this technique there's inherently less registry clutter
* Less clutter in Add/Remove Programs as uninstall is provided individually

As usual my programs may add irresponsible levels of MSG into your egg drop soup. Seems to work with XP and Inno Setup 5.1.13

I have successfully converted these portable/clean programs into "personal installations":
Portable CCleaner
Portable DeepBurner
Foxit Reader 2
IZArc2Go (Portable IZArc)
Portable Firefox
Portable OpenOffice 2.2
Portable VLC
21 Sep 2007
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This is my hacked-up method for running those tools that need to be on the hard drive but you don't want to leave them there. Basically, RUNFTEMP.EXE is an SFX archive that you can open with 7-Zip. Once opened you'll notice a folder called APPTEMP. You should put the files from your program of choice in APPTEMP (not the program directory, just all the files and folders in it). In order for RUNFTEMP.EXE to call your program you need to add RFT_ to the main executable filename (i.e. RFT_Example.exe). After you save your work that's it! When you execute RUNFTEMP.EXE it will dump the APPTEMP folder to the %TEMP% directory and run your main executable. Once the main executable is closed it will delete almost all traces of your program (a randomly named .tmp file will be moved to the RECYCLER folder).

I have included a RFT_Example.exe and RFT_Example.dat file in the archive just to show that the program works. Definitely delete those two files if you actually wanna use this hack. In the APPTEMP folder you'll find two critical files called RUNDEL.EXE and LAUNCH.BAT. RUNDEL.EXE does much of the folder management and cleanup. LAUNCH.BAT actually launches your RFT_[whatever].exe so you can add extra batch commands if needed. You can safely rename RUNFTEMP.EXE to whatever suites yer tastes.

You can run multiple run-from-temp programs without conflict as the APPTEMP, LAUNCH.BAT and RUNDEL.EXE get randomly renamed for each session.

I made the SFX initially in WinRAR and added files with 7-Zip. RUNDEL.EXE was made in AutoIt3. Example.exe is a quick trifle whipped up in Game Maker 6.

As always, my programs may eat your dog and put your cat into a very uncomfortable kitty sweater. *shrugs* This worked for me on XP and 2003 though. On 2000 it also leaves behind an empty randomly named folder in %TEMP%.
13 Aug 2007
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Fresh Install of XP without Fresh Install of XP..
This isn't a new idea by any means..

My intention is to take an existing install of XP and make it like a "fresh" install again.

So far I've made a list of files that a fresh install has. The next thing I do is copy *just* those files and folders to a new directory say:
C:\makenew\Documents and Settings
C:\makenew\Program Files

I leave the root files alone to continue to use them for booting.

Next, I move the old OS folders aside and swap out the contents of the makenew folder.

The last problem is the registry. I need to keep the old driver information and serial number and WPA information. Most of the SOFTWARE section probably needs to be restored to the default except for the Microsoft key.

My question is: What keys do you think I need to keep (i.e. not restore to a default value)

So far I think I must keep:

Thanks for any feedback (IMG:
26 Jul 2007
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Real Life Video Games

These guys really, REALLY need to buy a Nintendo and stay at home!
10 Jul 2007
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The Dude
Not sure what's what on your network? Try this free program. My take on the license is that it is free for commercial use. No crashes or choking of my router on my first use.

Get it here:

Here's the description from

The Dude is a visual and easy to use network monitoring and management system designed to represent network structure in one or more crosslinked graphical diagrams, allowing you to draw (includes automatic network discovery tool) and monitor your network however complicated it might be. The Dude is capable of monitoring particular services run on the network hosts, and alerting you about any changes in their status. It can read statistics from the device monitored and show you graphs of the monitored values, allows you to test and connect to the devices easily, and provides some very basic RouterOS configuration tools.

It is written in two parts:

Dude server is the actual program, which runs in background. It does not have any graphical interface, and may only be controlled by a Dude client application located either on local machine, or anywhere on the network. There is also a web interface to basic functionality, mostly designed as a quick and accessible review tool, not a full-fledged configuration application.
Dude client may connect to the local or a remote Dude server, and is used as a graphical interface to it. That means that every action is really executed on the server machine and the client is just showing pictures. Thus, user window layouts are stored on the server and are not lost on disconnect.
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