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Easy Custom image + custom recovery OEM like system?

Question: Easy Custom image + custom recovery OEM like system?

Ok.. I'm just throwing this out here...it's darn late hihi

I have written a 'program' (script), which will automate a recovery system for windows 7, full with a working bootmanager, (custom) partitioning, ramdisks, custom environment (winre/pe), and backup imaging , all legal and licensed according to microsoft as long as its not distributed (aka single computer [home] end user).

I decided after hourrrrssss and weeeks of reading, researching, testing, failing, testing again, reading again, installing F amounts of programs, running sysprep, MDT2010, WAIK, dism, imagex, winpe, winre, bootsect, bcdedit, you name it, I came to the conclusion.. I gotta write something up for the other poor souls around out there.

I'm not going into more details now, but I was thinking of writing this up in c++ or so and asking for donations, which will entitle support in the odd event it would not* work in your case.

However, to just test it all that it works, I wrote it in scripts (batch and vbs) which I realize now I never shall do again :P (more an OOP man myself)

I write programs normally so dealing with exceptions extensively in batch is just .... well about as time consuming as 20 % of the time I spent on R&D on all this.

Anyway, I am wondering, given I always been used to the share way, if there are people who actually are willing to donate 5 bucks or so, on a script which would take about 2 hours max to execute to set up a total personal home recovery partition system. This method, lets you use a totally customised win 7 image (yours), and any programs, tweaks, settings, customisations you desire, still will work fine.

It does not however as it stands on version 0.5b or so, help with default user profile copying (although you might have this sorted already), nor customising your base install DVD for now. That is basically why I am asking this.

If I'd know some of all these hours in delivering a 'complete' solution gives a bit back from donations, I would be willing to make the whole she-bang... meaning the whole slipstreaming (or rather stripping), customisation, possibly the sysprepping (this does raise many other issues lol.. good ol' microsoft ;p) and guide to customisation , with finally the recovery system setup too with a so-called mikepe (custom 'winre').

Im just saying, I would rather make this vigourously with a far more elegant and rigid exception handling and GUI (sufficiently basic probably), rather than relying entirely on my batch exception handling.

(it should be pretty fool-proof in fact for all normal users) as long as one can read english (as it's mainly text-based now).

Anyway, if there are not people who have enough to donate that or rather are willing to do research for weeks, I guess I'll just keep on doing this silly script method and prolly drop it in here in some weeks anyway

I have never asked for anything before, when it is not work related or so, so I don't know if this is breaking some forum etiquette but it's just a sincere question, not some demand or advertising. I started this to be honest to give it in here and saw other guides really tend to forget things, break dependencies or create forums with more pages of 'this didnt work, why does that fail' than tanks man, brilliant..etc. I realized even Microsoft's own documentation could be off in so many simple things, enough to create hours of headache for a user new to these things sigh. (Reagentc.exe docs as an example, kind of are intermixing the methods when storing a recovery image on a partition or applying a recovery image on a partition, etc.). Anyway, this is in no way an ad for selling something.. it would be semi so if I actually had enough people stating donations and even pre donated for support for a proper program.

Else I will just keep at this script crap and finalize tests and documentation in some days or a week and then I will think about what to do.

Anyway, I been scripting for hours and soon off to work and it's 7 am so hopefully this made some sense, even if was not so informative. Again, this is not some ad like : hey , i got some software that does this or that.

It's simply a guided interface which allows you to just blatently know nothing, yet through reading the small help docs in each step, will be able to perform a full recovery partition set-up like the OEMs pretty much.

the interface is just that, an interaction with these tools:

your DVD/ISO Windows 7 source files, Windows AIK/OPK, oh hey, that's it!

This excludes for now customisation (which would then further require vLite, WAIK 1.1).

my guide, script(s) and files do DELETE any recovery partition you would have from an OEM (unless you choose another setup than full format... C: (partition 1) has to be formatted no matter what; however not whole disk 0 necessarily.
(you do not even have to know what this means, as the interface explicitly will guide any english proficient illiterate like a baby donkey to a stable of hens). Right, geeky weird comments /off

This method allows you to update windows, install language packs, drivers, programs, anything as much as you like up till the point you create the partition system. if you feel for updating the system recovery image, you can as well. So much easier than trying to slipstream it all into an auto-unattend for example.

It's all possible as its for home user's and NOT distribution deployment.

I call it (and would keep the name for a full native application) SUCK (Single User Custom Krap)

Anyway, leave thoughts if you wish..

solar.

Point with this is , that if I see a positive feed-back , I don't really mind sharing the source as scripts, as then people can help with extending it/testing. I been only testing on the x64 even if x86 should be fine. And even if it isn't , it wouldn't take long to fix issues as I started my experience of all this with vista 32 bit. Anyway, thats the point of asking if willingness to any small donations as a appreciation factor, as then I am willing to put in those extra minutes/hours to solve related issues. I know most people would say ye sure.. and most will be happy to have it as a tool and have it free.. no problem.. but just 10 people out of the many many giving 3-5 bucks , just something lil as that is enough to think well, at least it's some form of giving thx

Anywayyyy. Off to the real job now, as if I haven't been in front of this screen long enough.

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Preferred Solution: Easy Custom image + custom recovery OEM like system?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Easy Custom image + custom recovery OEM like system?

OKi.. update. I see now more how this program will work. shame its all working fine with .hta, .vbs and .bat.
ANyway, a full gui app will be present in windows 7 and lets a person set up all his wishes and desires for how he wishes ot have his recovery partitions system set up, incl. the option of other partitions to include in this.

When everything is done, a mikepe disk is created (a custom recovery disk which inclues a wimpe native application of this program ) which will run the precompiled settings from win 7 and will rebuild the partitions, all ready to go. It will also link this system to one single computer only (due to licensing issues and piracy protection.. I'm guessing the latter is easily hacked lol). Anyway, after that, it's all just some hours of installoing, setting up, and voila off to go.

A base windows 7 installation (no extra programs), will create a recovery partition of ~ 3 GB and will be redeploiyed all set to go with your own old account and password in less than 5 minutes.

If you add all your own programs etc, the rebuild can take up to 1 hour.

Still much faster than installing windows, changing all your settings, creating yoru account, installing all those programs... etc.

Will also I think add several boot options, as to recover damaged boot loaders, including support for adding boot entries and back up of linux, vista, xp any OS partitions. You will also be able to give the boot entries any name u fancy like:

my fancy win7 box
my rusty xp box
my crappy vista nostalgia
my lovely linux flavour
my recovery partition (SUCK)

What this program WILL NOT support (at least in 1st release) is:

support for dynamic disks
recovery of OEM partitions (well, only if it is intact, but only boot entry is corrupted, else this partition will be REMOVED, FORMATTED and REPLACED by your home recovery system).

pros: no need to pay lots when warranty has expired to reinstall a working recovery system
rebuild your boot manager
save installation time.. a one time configuration is all
option to use as a backup system of any or all partitions
rename drives and letter assignments consistently and safely
have ALL your custom programs installed in yoru recovery image instead of OEM defined layout and programs

(this is both a con/pro depending on which camp you are in?):
accessing low level kernel system, like antivirus progs, meaning meddling with the protection might lead ot serious damage of system (aka tampering with it/cracking it might be risky)

ps. ask hackers, I don't know how to hack and they seem to know it all so
cons
erm, I don't really know hmm, not compatible with OEM recovery system?
but then again, if you still have the recovery discs form OEM, they should be able to recover their system and
overwriting your own so no worries.

PPS. I have written to Microsoft to see if any licensing options to include a binary with this program, in which case, no need for WAIK either which is a bit annoying for an average home user (an additional 1.3 GB download just to get this all to run seemlessly)

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Hello gang. I created a custom refresh image the day before upgrading to 8.1. I am having shut down and sleep issues with windows 8.1 that I don't have time to troubleshoot any longer and I wish to go back to win 8 for now. I went to check that my image was there and active and this is what i get:
it showed successful when I created it? I can find in in the location that is it supposed to be:

and:

now I'm stuck. I dont want to use the factory image and reinstall everything, and I can't cope with the bsods and hangs when trying to sleep or shutdown ( I have tried every option in that massive thread about windows 8.1 not sleeping ) please give me some guidance. thank you in advance

Answer:Can not set custom recovery image

That is not a complete image. It cannot be used for a reinstall.

8.1 does not appear to allow refresh back to 8.0.

You only have a couple of options:

a) Try to use factory recovery image

b) Get a clean copy of 8.0 installation media and reinstall with that.

What is that pebuilder folder in your screenshot?

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When i try to create a custom recovery image in Windows 8.1, It gives me error -0x80070005. How can i stop that from appearing?
 

Answer:Can't create custom recovery image.

how are you trying to create the custom recovery image?
 

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When I entered recimg/showcurrent in elevated cmd , I get the message : There is no active custom recovery image.

However when I checked disk management , I get the following partitions:

EFI System 50mb
OEM 40mb
Recovery Partition 2GB
OS C 50.12Gb
Recovery Partition 5.42Gb

What are in those 2 Recovery Partitions ? Are they the 2 restore points I created? Why is the second Recovery Partition so much larger than the first?

Tks

Answer:No active custom recovery image

Hello sportflyer,

The OEM recovery partition is for a factory reset, and is not related to a custom recovery image which is used when refreshing Windows instead.

You would need to create a custom recovery image to have one. See the related links at the bottom of the tutorial below as well.

Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello, I look after a older relatives netbook, when they clutter the machine to a snails pace I simply do a factory reset, for the first couple of times it wasn't too much effort, but the last attempt took a few days of windows updates to be "ship shape" again.

I was wondering could I update the factory reset on the recovery partition (on the internal HDD) with a image of windows that is totally up to date (when the image was taken)

I have 2 partitions in windows, (one HDD) but only care about backing up the O/S part (C:\)
Looking a disk management I have 4 partitions, the two already mentioned a 8.5GB Recovery partition and a 100MB Active recovery partition.

Is it as simple as backing up via windows action centre, include a system image, Formatting the 8.5GB partition, expanding it to fit the backup (about 20GB when I checked) and writing the backup to the expanded recovery part.

I've read a few things but am unsure. I can't seem to fathom how to write to the recovery or even if I'm thinking the right way.
Please don't think I know what I'm doing.

Answer:Using a custom image on recovery partition.

I've never heard of anyone even attempting to modify the factory recovery partition.

The traditional solution to your situation would be to use an imaging program such as Macrium or Aomei to make a "snapshot" of one or more partitions. When things become "unship-shape", you restore that image, which puts the machine back to the state it was in as of the moment the image was made, NOT to a factory state.

This would have the advantage of being relatively up to date regarding Windows Updates. If you make an image March 1 and restore it on April 25, you'd only have about 7 weeks worth of updates to get after the restoration.

You could do that by making a relatively small partition on the drive (say 50 or 60 GB, depending on the occupied space on C) that would be used for the sole purpose of storing the image files.

The image file you make would have to include C as well as any other partition containing boot files--typically the "system reserved" partition.

The disadvantage of this method, as well as the factory recovery method, is that neither will bail you out if the hard drive suffers a complete failure. If that were to happen, you'd would not be able to restore anything.

For that reason, the superior method is to have a second discrete hard drive (probably external) on which to store the image files.

There may be a way to modify the factory recovery partition, but I'd guess it would be much more complex than using a relatively simply imagi... Read more

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Hi all.

I have about 10 windows 8.1 machines (and more to come later). They come brand new with also a built in recovery image to restore back to "factory".

My aim is to re-brand these 10, so editing the registry for my own Brand Name and Model, with some custom Software on such as Avira Anti-virus etc.

What I do when I sell one is I go into sysprep mode, do all my installing of software and registry edits for custom manufacturer information then ship it out however if my customer decides to restore it back to factory using the built in Image then all my work is lost.

What I want to do is replace the built in factory image when accessed through Troubleshooting mode with that of the custom one with all my software pre-installed.

Would anyone like to point out the steps needed to do this?

Furthermore, Secondly regarding making this efficient on all other PCs. I guess I can amke a full image on a USB drive that would copy each secor of the drive and then clone it to another machine when wanting to ship it out ...... or suggest any other method?

Any help would be appreciated.

Regards

Answer:Custom Recovery image on Windows 8

What I do when I sell one is I go into sysprep mode, do all my installing of software and registry edits for custom manufacturer information then ship it out



After you make your edits to the PC in audit mode
You need to re-capture the windows partition into a new Install.wim
then replace the factory install.wim contained in to recovery image partition with your New install.wim

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What is the saved file space needed for a typical Custom Recovery Image?

Reason I ask is my Lenovo laptop has a 15gb hidden partition... their famous one key reset, a magic reset button, that probably is broken now that I upgraded win7 to win8.
I'm thinking unhide the drive with PTedit and assign it a drive letter and wipe it clean first. If 15gb enough? too much ?

Hoping for some size idea before I waste time learning/experimenting.

Is the recimg program smart enough to not include full size paging file(16gb) and other non essential restores, hibernate(13gb) files.. which I have over 30gb sitting in those ?

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What is the saved file space needed for a typical Custom Recovery Image?

Reason I ask is my Lenovo laptop has a 15gb hidden partition... their famous one key reset, a magic reset button, that probably is broken now that I upgraded win7 to win8.
I'm thinking unhide the drive with PTedit and assign it a drive letter and wipe it clean first. If 15gb enough? too much ?

Hoping for some size idea before I waste time learning/experimenting.

Is the recimg program smart enough to not include full size paging file(16gb) and other non essential restores, hibernate(13gb) files.. which I have over 30gb sitting in those ?

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Windows 8.1
ASUS A55A with drives C & D
I bought the PC with Windows 8 preinstalled

I did both a recovery drive & a custom recovery image in April 2014. I think I checked the option to delete old disk images or similar (I do not remember clearly this)

Now when I look at disk management I see in Disk0 3 empty (healthy) recovery partitions of 20 gigas, 900 MB & 350 MB.

I have a file in path thisPc/D/WindowsImageBackUp/Asus of around 52 GB. This could be the custom image I did in April, but I am not certain.
When I do CMD command diskpart I get "ASUS"
I put a docx file with print screens on this as attachment

So
1) should I do something about the 3 empty recovery partitions?
2) what should I do to ensure that in case I need to do refresh or reset I get again Windows 8.1 (not Windows 8) and all settings and apps as recent as possible?

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While creating custom system image, I accidently registers the custom system image as default image when refreshing Windows 8 instead the OEM one. So, how do I unregister the custom system image and make the OEM system image as the default one? Any ideas how?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Accidently Registers Custom System Image.

Hello TheChronix,

The tutorial below can help show you how to deregister this (current) custom recovery image so that Windows will use your default OEM one again.

Refresh Windows 8 - Deregister Current Custom Recovery Image

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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The recimg.exe command line tool lets you configure a custom recovery image for Windows to use when you Refresh your PC. When you create a custom recovery image, it will contain the desktop apps you've installed, and the Windows system files in their current state. Recovery images do not contain your documents, personal settings, user profiles, or apps from Windows Store, because that information is preserved at the time you refresh your PC.
When you create a custom recovery image, recimg will store it in the specified directory, and set it as the active recovery image. If a custom recovery image is set as the active recovery image, Windows will use it when you refresh your PC. You can use the /setcurrent and /deregister options to select which recovery image Windows will use. All recovery images have the
filename CustomRefresh.wim. If no CustomRefresh.wim file is found in the active recovery image directory, Windows will fall back to the default image (or to installation media) when you refresh your PC.
Note that you cannot reset your PC using a custom recovery image. Custom recovery images can only be used to refresh your PC.
The following commands can be specified: /createimage <directory> :
Captures a new custom recovery image in the location specified by <directory>, and sets it as the active recovery image. /setcurrent <directory> :
Sets the active recovery image to the CustomRefresh.wim file in the location specified by <d... Read more

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Answer:How do I create a system image of Windows and custom settings?

Hello Ech0es,


There are two types of backups in Windows.System Image - Whole system, and any selected drives.
Windows Backup - Only selected folders and their contents. You also have the option to do this on an automated schedule with the option of also including a system image.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a few custom functions that I have placed into my personal.xls. My question is: Is it possible to run the functions without using the "=personal.xls!functionname" notation. Can I just say "=functionname"?

Also, how do I access the function from a macro?

Thanks
Curtis
 

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Can anyone shed some light on this problem for me? I developed a VB app that does DNA analysis for a Biotech firm in CT. I use the MSDE 2000 as a data store with a VB front-end. The app installs and works fine on 99.99% on the machines it is installed on. However, recently I've encountered a problem with certain machines (Gateways running XP or XP Home with SP2 installed). The problem is that when a certain form is opened in the app, Windows installer calls for the installation disk for Roxio Easy CD Creator 5!?!?!? There are no exotic controls on the form (just some command buttons, textboxes, labels, checkboxes, etc., an SStab control and a VSFlex control, and all the form load does is set the initial properties of those and make two database calls(not the first calls in the program). Note: this problem does not occur on other machines (a couple of Dell's one with Win2K and one with XP Pro, and some HP's and Compaq's all running XP Home with SP2). Help!
 

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Hi guys!

I hope someone here could help me out. I'm sort of an XP fanboy. I was so annoyed by the standard folders eg. "Documents and settings" and "Program Files" so I found my way of creating a customized install disc. I simply extracted my whole install disc into a folder, used notepad to create a file called WINNT.SIF in the i386 subdirectory, where I entered the following:
Code:
[Unattended]
TargetPath=\W
ProgramFilesDir="\Prg"
CommonProgramFilesDir="\Prg\~C"

[GuiUnattended]
ProfilesDir="%SystemDrive%\Usr\"
I then extracted the boot header and simply used Nero to create a new bootable project, and voila, the new, customized XP install disc was made. Now the installation put default directories the way I want them to. It's awsome.

Now, yesterday, I decided to "step up the game" and try Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7 (I've completely skipped the "Vista era", never ever had it installed, barely taken a look at it, darn ****ty excuse for an OS). So, the OS looks pretty descent, but the folders does not appear the way I want them to.

So, if some enthusiast could please tell me the simplest way to proceed here? I guess copying that old WINNT.SIF into an extracted copy of the W7 install is out the question.

I've looked around (Google), but I found the documentation not fully satisfying. It seems like there is mostly advanced guides for whole-network-domain-insta... Read more

Answer:Win 7 - Easy way to achieve custom/unattend install?

Now, it seems like only a matter of getting it right though, it is fully possible. Recent information tells me that you could actually just put autounattend.xml on a SD card / USB memory, and your original Windoze installation disc will automatically detect and parse it. If this is true, I only need to get my answer file right. This is what I've come up with so far:
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup"
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
processorArchitecture="x86">
<FolderLocations>
<ProfilesDirectory>%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Usr<ProfilesDirectory
<ProgramData>%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Prg</ProgramData>
</FolderLocations>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>
So, now I lay this question out for all you experienced enthusiasts out there. If I put the code above in an UTF-8 encoded text document called autounattend.xml, and lay it in the root folder of my FAT32-formated USB stick, and then boot up with my OEM W7 install disc, will setup automatically detect and parse my answer file?
I'm thankful for all answers,
Regards~
G.
 

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On Recovery Partition.
 
Hi,
 
Have had a search and can find nothing concerning the question I have - I'm not even sure if this is the correct forum.
 
I have a Dell Venue 11 Pro (5130) running Windows 8.1 Pro, what I would like to do, if possible, is to replace the factory restore on the recovery partition with a custom image so that if or when
the factory rest option is selected it uses my custom image and not the default one.
 
The problem I am having is that the default image is only 6GB in size where as when I create my custom image it is approx 14GB in size.
 
Is there a way of editing the default image to add in certain settings and software?
 
Regards
 
Fugazi

Answer:Replacing Factory Restore Image With Custom Image ...

Modifying the System Recovery partition is not what you want to do.  You will not be able to modify is, and you may find that you need to use this at some time in the future.  I would suggest that you use a program like Macrium Reflect.  You can find a tutorial for it here.

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Hello i was thinking about purchase the Dell Inspiron Slim 530s and switching out some hardware in it to get some better gaming out of it (500+ Watt Power supply, Graphic Card Upgrade (HIS X1650Pro IceQ Turbo) and Creative Sound Blaster X-treme Audio or X-treme Gamer Sound Card) Obvisouly, being thirteen and taking all this time and research and my lifes saving's (pretty much - I saved up about 470$ for no real reason), i want it to look cool and make all my friends jealous. So, to the point: If i buy a new custom case (here's some choiced B-low), is it that hard to move all the chips and drives from the dell case to another??

http://www.apevia.com/product.php?pid=188&xcSID=f6719a424d4710ae514c220ae36985a9
http://www.apevia.com/product.php?pid=64&xcSID=f6719a424d4710ae514c220ae36985a9
http://www.apevia.com/product.php?pid=69&xcSID=f6719a424d4710ae514c220ae36985a9
http://www.apevia.com/product.php?pid=187&xcSID=f6719a424d4710ae514c220ae36985a9
http://www.apevia.com/product.php?pid=203&xcSID=f6719a424d4710ae514c220ae36985a9

It doens't take a whole day and a huge instruction pamplet,right? I know this is a stupid question but I'm only being cautious before spending 30$. All you have to do is un-mount and un-plug
each piece and re-mount and re-plug it into the other case, right??

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Answer:Easy or Not worth my Time?: Switching to a Custom Computer Case

Why pay $400.00 for a processor, motherboard, memory, hard drive, and operating system that you have little control over.

PROCESSOR

MOTHERBOARD

MEMORY

HARD DRIVE

OPERATING SYSTEM

The above is a little more expensive but you have total control, and I'm a little leery about the motherboard but you can choose what ever you can afford and still works with the processor. You'd also have to have a video card too to get this running because it doesn't have built-in video. Any case you really like would be best. Neon usually connects to your power supply. You might want to spend the sound card money on your video card, and go with a cheaper sound card unless you really want the best sounding music, and you have a half-decent sound system to go with it. Planning your new computer usually takes the most time. Installing components into your case can take a couple of hours if everything goes smothly and much more it it doesn't, and yes, most of the time it's just take out and plug back in.
 

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Hello!

I want to add tags or properties to Custom Extension Files. Like ".txt", ".Cmp" etc...

Windows Help says :





Note : You cannot add or modify the file properties of some types of files. For example, you can add or modify the properties of Microsoft Office documents and Searches, but you can't add or modify the properties of TXT or RTF files.Click to expand...


Is there some trick to do it anyway ? Its crap that these functionality is only limited to Microsoft Office Files, Images etc...

Thank you
 

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hellow...

I use microsoft office 2010, My first first install.
I can print my document with the custom paper.

govertment legal size paper choice is not available in ms office
The height is 33cm and not 35cm.

Now I set the print custom1 with 21.5 width and height 33cm. with each of the top margin, left, right, bottom 2cm.

when i print dialog box appears to [fix] [ignore] after I ignore. document that I printed out with the bottom margin of 4 cm (terpotong. ...)

please anyone can help me ..

Answer:How I print Custom Paper and Custom Margin

Your paper size is called 8.5x13in.
Go to Page Layout tab - Size and scroll down to 8.5x13in and select it (see first screenshot attached).

Then on the same tab go to Margins and click Custom margins (see second screenshot attached). In the new window change margins to desired size.

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Question: Custom PE Image

I am trying to import a custom PE image into SCCM but I got a problem, SCCM requires the image to be "finalized". I have found tons of documentation of how to do it using peimg.exe the problem being that WAIK for Win 7 doesn't have peimg instead uses DISM for most everything. Anyone have any idea how I can finalize a boot image in the new WAIK? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Custom PE Image

peimg.exe /prep C:\temp\winpe_amd64\mount /f

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Question: WDS custom image

Not sure where this should go, if needed please move

In my working environment we use windows deployment service with a custom image. We also use McAfee host based security system.

The problem is that when we pushed the image to an old computer to overwrite it and then we ask the HBSS folks to install the HBSS. Several times about 10% of the time they have come back complaining that it was already there an that we did not overwrite as we claimed.

I am not the only tech that this happens to others experience the same. I attempted to google the issue but couldn't find anything.

Does anyone have any ideas why HBSS componets are left behind?

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Hello   So my question is this. Has onyone successfully deployed their own image onto a lenovo laptop yet retained the working OEM recovery partition to restore back to factory defualts. The reason I would like to do that is we have an image with all of our software in it that we have put on Lenovo machines for years. It is hardare independent and works well. However, we would like to boot into rescue and recovery to restore the machine to the factory image when the machine is up for replacement. Our users have the option to take this old machine home. I have pushed the Image onto the D: partition and using Diskpart, everything appears the same. Windows boots and it works fine. However, the machine wont restore to the factory image anymore. If buying the CDs and storing them is the only option, that is fine. Or is the suggestion is to Image the disk, I suppose I could do that as well. Let me know if the former is possible

Answer:Custom Windows image & factory image

The latter two items are you best since you'd not know the condition of the drive or files when its time to reconfigure them. If they're the same models then you need on 1 recover DVD set (made from the machine & no need to buy it), also an disk image as a fall back would be better option. IMO





T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bitZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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I've got an LCD screen with some burn-in problems, and I wanted to fix this.
I read that to do this, I could try to get my screen to display a pure-white screen to fix this.

What I'm trying to figure out is how do I set a plain-white image as a background? I've already created a 1600X1200 image, just how do I make it into a screensaver?

Answer:How do I set a custom image as a screensaver?

The easiest way would be to use the built in screensaver My Pictures Slideshow. There are other programs available that can create screensavers, but this is free and already built into your PC. You can specify a folder on your PC to use images from and just include the white image in there.

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What do you guys think is the best way to make custom windows 7 images? I have been looking at RT 7 Lite but its missing a lot of the functionality i was hoping for. Anyone know of any better alternatives? Or shall i be stuck with WAIK?

Answer:Most Advanced Custom Image?

What doesn't RT 7Lite have that your trying to achieve?

Thanks

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Hi im trying to create a custom Windows XP image using Ghost Enterprise Server but im having trouble looking for decent explantions on how to do it. What i basically want to do is add drivers to the OS and also preloaded applications, can someone post up some links pointing to good tutorials or explanations on how to do that!? thanks!!

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Good Day everyone, please i want to install windows xp on 50 laptops and 40 desktops. How do i create a custom windows xp image ,that will include all the drivers for any brand of pc or laptop and will also include all the applications i want(e.g anti virus,adobe reader etc...). This will save me time .

Answer:Custom Windows Xp image

Why are you installing WinXP on 90 computers at this late date? Are these computers all new? Are they coming with a version of Windows 7 pre-installed?Do you have an active volume licenses to cover all those computers?I may be wrong but I don't think you can create an image that will work flawlessly on any platform. I think you would need to install everything to ONE computer and then image that hard drive to use it on all the additional computers with the same hardware.Slipstreaming can address much of what you wish to accomplish but you can slipstream PROGRAMS.

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Please can some1 give me a hint on how to create a windows xp image that can work on any system that will include all drivers and your install applications .

Answer:Custom Windows Xp image

Although free disk-imaging software does exist, I can only recommend the commercial software that I use myself - it's rock solid reliable and easy to understand. It's called [email protected] Disk Image and is worth every penny: [email protected] Disk Image. Windows & Servers Backup Software. Win XP, 7, 2003, 2008, Vista

Even if your PC or laptop has a factory recovery utility, creating your own disk-image means you won't have to use the factory recovery which usually installs a load of stuff you will never use.

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I have a problem with deploying a new windows 10 pro custom image . when the syspreped image is currently deployed and a domain user logs on after the domain\administrator account the user profile doesn't appear to create properly and the web browser does not open except if you right click run as administrator. Process so far has been:

Fresh install of windows 10 pro and boot into sysprep audit mode using ctrl shift +f3 at oobe


Machine logs in with built in admin account I then install updates and apps and remove all built in apps except store and edge via PowerShell .

Run sysprep with generalize oobe and unattend and shutdown switches the unattend points to an answer file with the copy profile set to true to copy the user profile built under the built in admin account to the default profile which all users who login to the machine receive

From there I take a wim image of the machine using a Windows PE disk and the dism tool when a machine a booted with the new image it successfully runs through the oobe process of setting up a local account that I use to join the machine to the domain. This is where the plot thickens if I log on the machine using a regular domain user account the profile creates as everything should finishing with let?s start , and the web browser opens and runs correctly. If however I login with the domain administrator account i:e domain\administrator and then login with say my own account my profile doesn?t appear to create proper... Read more

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Good Day everyone, please i want to install windows xp on 50 laptops and 40 desktops. How do i create a custom windows xp image ,that will include all the drivers for any brand of pc or laptop and will also include all the applications i want(e.g anti virus,adobe reader etc...). This will save me time .
 

Answer:Custom Windows Xp image

That's a job description, not a question. Also, a fairly advanced topic for someone with Beginner experience.
 

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We have just created a custom Windows 10 image, sysprep'd and then captured it.

However, we are experiencing issues after deploying the image and then joining to the domain. Once joined to the domain and logged in with a domain user account, when you reboot the computer sticks on "Please wait for Local Session Manager" when starting up again and never gets to the log-in screen. It is possible to RDP onto the machine while it is stuck with the above message. If we only log in as a local user this works fine, the problem only starts happening after the first login with a domain account.

When RDP'd onto the machine we can de-join the domain and reboot and the problem goes away until we re-join the domain again.

This is happening on every machine we deploy to.

Any ideas/help would be appreciated...

Answer:Windows 10 Custom Image Problem.

Is your server / domain controller running an older version of Windows Server (2003 or 2008)? If yes sometimes it's really this simple: on affected Windows 10 workstations, sign in with a local user, disable Remote Assistance, sign out, sign in with domain credentials.

I am not saying this solves your issue; I am just suggesting something worth to try.

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Good morning guys

I'm trying to update or create a new custom image with Windows 7 , but first I wanted to take away any doubts. The ultimate goal is to configure a server with the Windows Deployment Service but at the moment I'd be happy to create a custom image to be run on
usb stick

At the time the custom image that I use at the end of its installation starts a script that disable some services and some  Feature using the DISM utility. Disabling Windows Feature it is not so fast. So what i would like to understand is:


It makes sense to prepare a new image disabling services / features  and then run e sysprep? or the sysprep reset everything so even Feature and Services and the script has to be run everytime i install the custom image?

I understood Sysprep does not affect users created so if you want a custom image with the user administrator disabled  and i want to create  a new administrative user  what is the  best way to do that?Prepare the custom image with the user administrator, and then through an unattended installation disable the user administrator, and create a new one? the is a best practice?I would like to add the driver for the workstation we use and I seem to have understood that any driver related to disks and networks should be added to the boot.wim and the other to the install.wim. it's correct or not?
If you have a few links from which i  can read in detail how to create a custom image only happy to rea... Read more

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In my website i create a link to one image. I want when the image opens on a html page then the white or custom image will create as a border for my previous image. There are lots of images and everyone of different size.(one way is to create a border in photoshop for every image but that's a very tiresome process) I am using dreamweaver please tell me the script of doing this. If there is any tutorial then please give the direct link.
 

Answer:Create custom image as Border

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Greetings all,
I have question for you, I am currently assigned to replace several computers in the work place. All the computers are the same make and model and all will have the same software such as Windows XP Pro and Office which is already on the machines.
There are several other programs that I need to install on each machine. Currently I have to install these programs one at a time on each machine. How can I create an image of these programs and push it to each of them? Should I use Ghost?

Thanks
 

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lately, i've been looking for a way to change the normally white background image of windows explorer to an image of my own.

i have found the usual methods for both XP and VISTA ineffective for 7.

has anyone else had any luck in accomplishing this? any ideas? :]

Answer:Custom Explorer Background Image

Are you talking about the background in folders?

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We have just created a custom Windows 10 image, sysprep'd and then captured it.

However, we are experiencing issues after deploying the image and then joining to the domain. Once joined to the domain and logged in with a domain user account, when you reboot the computer sticks on "Please wait for Local Session Manager" when starting up again and never gets to the log-in screen. It is possible to RDP onto the machine while it is stuck with the above message. If we only log in as a local user this works fine, the problem only starts happening after the first login with a domain account.

When RDP'd onto the machine we can de-join the domain and reboot and the problem goes away until we re-join the domain again.

This is happening on every machine we deploy to.

Any ideas/help would be appreciated...

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Hey,

I am about to create Windows 7 custom image. The guide says that I need to do something on the technician computer and something on the reference computer. The question is - can I use 1 computer as technician and reference computer in the same time?

TIA...
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 custom image

Solved...
 

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Hi, I have a custom W7 image that is MBR formatted and I recently purchased a L570 that has an NVMe drive. I understand that I need drivers for the drive and it need to be formatted GPT (as the L570 is not one of the models that has been made Legacy boot compatible). My question is, has anyone successfully converted a pre-existing, custom image from MBR to GPT? If so, how? I tried to use diskpart to first clean a drive and partition it GPT, then only recover the data portion of the image (not the MBR and Track 0), but that failed. And, I am always wary of 3rd party software, but I am willing to try one if there is a strong recommendation. Admittedly, I did not pay close enough attention to the specs on the HDD,  and it did not cross my mind that I was going to have so much trouble with imaging my system. Thank you in advance. Miguel

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Just as the title says.

My windows 10 systems says

"Recimg" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

What's the story?

Answer:Is Custom Refresh Image Functionality Gone In W-10?

Yes. It was removed in one of the beta (technical preview) versions, but nobody knows why. What I'm wondering is what will happen if you transfer the recimg.exe file from a Windows 8 machine into the same folder on a Windows 10 machine.

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Hello everyone. Recently I browsed my system backup by mounting the VHD in the disk management snap-in. The image had my entire World of Warcraft installation and a ton of other non essential files. I wound up just deleting those files from the backup and thought I would clean up the missing links and registry after restore. This seems like a very dirty way of making a &quot;bare-essentials&quot; backup.

So, I'd like to make another system backup, but want to selectively exclude things, like certain installed programs, so that my system files, configuration and customizations remain, but none of the fluff. I need to do this for the sake of minimizing used space on my backup drive and there seems to be no such options in the &quot;backup and Restore&quot; panel that I can see to accomplish this. Is this possible with the native backup utility or must I use some 3rd party program? Thanks in advance

Answer:How does one create a custom backup image?

System backup is typically on an all or none basis---all of a partition or none of it. The chaff with the wheat. You can omit certain partitions, but not portions of partitions.

I've heard of some advanced tools that will allow some selectivity, but I think they may be cloning tools rather than imaging/backup tools. Maybe a Paragon application? Somebody else may remember the details.

Maybe you can put your "non-essential" stuff somewhere other than C and then just backup C and System Reserved?

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Hello,

I work for a corporation that supports a part of our military. I have a question for the pros here. We are given an image that we install on our computers here. What I'd like to do is customize the image without disturbing much.

The image we have, has accounts that I don't want to lose. So far I've been doing my best to research how Sysprep works. What I did is, I installed the master image to a laptop and installed all the updates, and a few programs that we use. Had to join it to the domain for a few things to run. Then I ran sysprep: I chose oobe with generalize checkbox and shut down option, it ran just fine and shut down. When I restarted the machine to see what I'd be dealing with, I found the expected out of box experience but what I didn't count on is it prompted me for a user name and password, the two accounts that come with the master image were deleted, and the default administrator account was created--which is an account we don't use or even have on our machines.

All I want to do is edit the master image with updates and software after it's installed and sysprep it so that when I use ghost version 15 to take a cold image of it, I've got something that won't create duplicate sids all over our network as the image is slowly deployed to PC's. Is this possible? Should I be using audit mode at some point to accomplish this.

Want to install image on PC, update it with appropriate updates, install some software; prep machine without losing: accounts, dri... Read more

Answer:Custom Taylor Master Image

It's flattering that you would ask us but maybe more appropriate for the IT Pro's at TechNet.

We have indeed helped popularize SysPrep to move HD to another computer for consumer use however this is considerably above our pay grade as an end-Consumer Forum.

That said, someone who knows may happen by.

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Hi all,

I've been trying to find a way to add my own icons to libraries that I make. I have tried navigating to:


Code:
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries
And after right clicking the Library I made, I don't get an option to change the icon. Is there any way to do this? It would just be easier to tell the difference between user-created libraries if the icons could be changed, instead of only using the one default icon provided.

I've tried searching through the tutorials section, and looked through the first five pages or so of results that came up from a search here on the forums, and haven't been able to find the info I'm looking for.

Thanks for any help!

Answer:How to add a custom icon to a custom library?

Wasn't able to find the answer on here, but did find it here:

Libraries Icons - Change

Thought I'd share for anyone else that wants to try it.

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My lock screen images I select from my computer looks terrible.
Is there any way to set the image to fit, stretch, fill as with the desktop images????

James

Answer:Settings for Custom Lock Screen Image?

Select one the same size as your resolution.

Or get Decor8 from Stardock:

https://www.stardock.com/products/decor8/

A picture:

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Hello all,
I am a SCCM newbie and need some help. I have captured my Windows 7 customer image. I have created the TS and all seems to go well but when the machine reboots and starts the install is fails. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks,
Rick

Answer:Deploying Windows 7 Custom Image - Fails

Fails how?

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Hey guys,

So I have a GPO set for our workplace, and have been using this since the original RTM build of Windows 10 back in 2015.

It worked fine on all versions up until the Creator's Update, when it somehow seems to have stopped working, and I can't figure out how to fix it!

It's a two-part process. I have one "preference" set for first user login to copy an image from our SMB network share to the Public Pictures folder (it had to be somewhere they had write access to but was also not going to get in the way or accidentally deleted), as C:\Users\Public\Pictures\Lockscreen.jpg (where Lockscreen is the name of our company, but you get the idea.)

Then, I used this GPO:
Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel/Personalization -> Force a specific default lock screen and logon image.

I enabled that, and gave it the location to the JPG file I copied via the first step.

The result is that as soon as I join the domain using the computer's local account, the default lockscreen picture goes away, and just shows a solid blue color instead.

Prior to the Creator's update, the first time any domain user logs on, that picture is copied and the setting works correctly - it shows our nice 3D rendered company logo on all the PCs, whether it's the lock screen or the user logon screen.

However - with the Creator's update, it somehow went back to the default image instead! And here's the really weird part... the GPO is still ... Read more

Answer:Custom lockscreen image on creator's update

After looking around some more, it seems the CU completely changed how the lockscreen is handled.

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fi...ent-displayed/

Looking in here, that folder is still around but LocalState is completely empty, no more "Assets", and the registry key no longer has the location either. At least not *that* registry key.

Going to play around with RegShot a bit...

Edit:

OK, WTF. RegShot shows that the only change made when I changed from the default lockscreen to one of the other default pictures is:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData\S-1-5-21-264777414-648824913-3193634955-1001\AnyoneRead\LockScreen\: "ZYXWVU"
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData\S-1-5-21-264777414-648824913-3193634955-1001\AnyoneRead\LockScreen\: "YZXWVU"

ZYXWVU is the original picture, YZXWVU is the second.

But it also won't let me edit that key. Ugh! What is up with this? I have no problem with everything being moved to the "immersive control panel" as long as they actually RESPECT THE GPOS THAT I HAVE SET

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I can find instructions for installing a custom image for the initial splash screen, but I have a machine that was previously owned by someone who put on a custom image.  All I want to do is take it off and revert it to the original one.  Any help would be appreciated.
 
Thanks in advance

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I have been tryig to create a high quality vector image that will be used in a custom welcome. The art department rejected the pdf I sent them.

Best - Vector based artwork. Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw and PDFs from such programs.

Good - Bitmap Images. TIF, JPG, EPS(bitmap) at 300 DPI at the final size.

Bad - Web graphics. GIF, PNG, low resolution JPG.

I have attached the PNG file I started with.
 

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Is there anyway to have a custom start screen image in Windows 8.1 that is different to the image that is being used for the desktop? Because I like the geometry based images ( such as this... Students can buy the Surface Pro 3 for as little as $650 | Windows Phone Central ) but don't want to change my desktop image.

Answer:Custom Windows 8.1 Start Screen Image

Not by default I would think.
But considering this is Windows, there's probably a way. I'd try consulting your search engine of choice, since I never thought about that before and thus don't know.

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Hi I currently was assigned the project of creating a custom image to be deployed to salesman computers so that each laptop does not have to be configured one by one.  I have read a lot online about windows deployment toolkit and various other tools in order for this to be done properly.  Some needs that must be met are the following:
-Individual Computer Names
-Needs to be able to join a domain
-Needs an assortment of programs and printers installed
-Typically all laptops are used windows 7 or new laptops with windows 8 that need to be downgraded to windows 7
 
Any pointers, guides, and common problems anyone has run into while trying to implement this solution would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
Chris

Answer:Custom Image for multiple company computers

 Depending on the number of different makes and models you have to set up, you could use a backup/restore for all that are the same make & model.  You can't use that if they differ though because of driver incompatibilities which would likely cause BSODs.  The Easeus Todo Backup program would work well for the same make and model computers.  Once you get one system set up, you run the system backup to an external hard drive.  Then move the external hard drive to the next computer, boot from the backup/restore CD, and in 15 to 30 min., you'll have a working system on it.  I did this many times when I did volunteer work refurbishing old computers.  
 
 I hope this helps.  Good luck.

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Hi, its my first day LOL! Anyway after that long introduction, I wondered if anybody knew of a way to create custom lists of images (or playlists, groups etc) within Irfanview and without renaming or editing any image files if that makes sense.

For example, say I have a folder with hundreds of photos from over the years (which I do!) and rather than flicking through them 1 by 1 using the mouse wheel, I wanted to only flick through specific ones (such as skylines, family pics, cars etc etc) which I added to a kind of 'playlist' file. The only ways I can think of right now involve renaming or moving files, which I dont want to do, I only want to create temporary groups of images which I can flick through at my leasure.

I'm pretty bad at explaining problems, but hopefully this makes sense! So does anybody know of a way I can do this in Irfanview? Googling for about half an hour didn't turn up anything. I did a quick search here too, but nothing was related to this specifically.

Thanks!
 

Answer:[Irfanview] Is it possible to create custom image lists?

What you want to do is not going to be easy, probably not possible. The only person who might have a solution is the author of IrfanView. Here'e a link to IrfanView's Homepage.

http://www.irfanview.com/

I suggest you email him.
 

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Is there a way to have a custom image on the start screen for Windows 8.1 that is different to the one that is used on the desktop. I ask this because I like some of the geometry based images (such as in the main picture in this article... Students can buy the Surface Pro 3 for as little as $650 | Windows Phone Central ) but still want to keep my desktop image.

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Received the Twist this past week for an employee at my company.  We are trying to load our image/volume license version of  Windows 8.  During the install where the wizard asks which drive to install Windows, 24 Gb SSD or 500Gb HDD, I get an error on both drives or 500 Gb HDD depending on BIOS settings.  It reads, "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. (Show details)" When I click on that it says " Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu".  I have changed every setting in BIOS to try to remedy this problem, from disabling secure boot to disabling default optimatization, etc.  I can get Windows 8 installed on the 24Gb SSD if I disable secure boot, but that is obviosly not what we want.  I even tried to install the controller drivers during install but that did not help either.  I have contacted Lenovo support and they have sent me restore disks and about 40% into it the recovery fails.  It does not say why, just recovery failed and I can not locate a log to view why.  I am now waiting for a Lenovo tech to call me but I need this thing working ASAP. Any ideas?

Answer:ThinkPad Twist - Cannot load Custom Image or Windows 8

Change BIOS Settings to BOTH for UEFI then select UEFI First. Be sure to enable F12 option. After you save shutdown. Now intall your external CD usb drive. Turn the machine on and press F12 and highlight your external CD to boot from. When machine restarts it will prompt you to press a key to boot from CD and go from there.Win 8 uses the GPT / UEF partition so you may have to use an advanced utility like Acronis disk director for win 8 to delete ALL partitons on the 500GB HD. You may even have to go into device manager and disable the SSD since you cant clear its cache and it is stubborn!I did a dual boot by shrinking the Win 8 partition 80GB then creating a new 80GB primary partition and then installed win 7 pro from external CD. Dual boot works great and now I have the XP Mode option in win 7 pro as well.Hope this helps.

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Hello,

Am using recimg to create custom image on freshly upgraded win 8.1 install. It fails almost immediately with this message appearing in a pop up:

"The procedure entry point [email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@Z could not be located in the dynamic link library c:\windows\system32\migwiz\migcore.dll"

Any tips would be great .. thanks

Further info:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: recimg.exe
Application Version: 6.3.9600.16412
Application Timestamp: 5243fc60
Fault Module Name: KERNELBASE.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.3.9600.16408
Fault Module Timestamp: 523d557d
Exception Code: c06d007e
Exception Offset: 000000000000ab78
OS Version: 6.3.9600.2.0.0.768.101
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 789a
Additional Information 2: 789afc645168a35af715ce92aecac0c2
Additional Information 3: 633e
Additional Information 4: 633e2518fd5dbdf6a3b0d6875de26d5c



system info :
OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1
Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name TOSHIBA
System Manufacturer TOSHIBA
System Model Satellite C55-A
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU PSCF6U
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU 2020M @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Insyde Corp. 1.20, 6/7/2013
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 1.30
BIOS Mode UEFI
BaseBoard Manufacturer TOSHIBA
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Answer:Error message when using recimg to create custom image

If you have posted this problem in several forums, I do not have an answer. If this is your only post, it appears Toshiba is having a situation and needs to work it out.

Have you contacted Toshiba or their forum, if they have one?

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Hello,

So I used a AWESOME custom picture for my lockscreen. I look at it so much, I realized I wanted it as my desktop. Only one problem....I cant find the damn picture! I have no idea where I put it on my computer.

Shouldnt windows be maintaining a copy of the file somewhere? WHAT CAN I DO?

Woe is me.

Answer:Used Custom Image for Lock Screen, now I cant find the file....

Hello, and welcome to Ten Forums.

The yellow Tip box at the top of the tutorial below can help show you where a copy of the current lock screen is saved at.

Lock Screen - Background Image - Change in Windows 8

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When I boot from the Acronis boot disk to create an image of my computer, the drive letters are not correct. For example, in Windows they are H, K, P, but in the Acronis boot disk environment, they appear as the first available drive letters E, F, G. I'm not sure the system will boot, and I know it won't run properly if the drives aren't lettered the same way.

Is this a limitation of Acronis? I assume the drive letters won't "magically" appear correctly after a restore.
 

Answer:Acronis True Image - Custom Drive Letters

Yes, the drive letters "will" magically correct after a restore. When you mount the image, it follows the normal Windows protocol of assigning the new drive letters to the first unused slots, however that obviously doesn't change the image.

Think about it, how would you assign C: to a mounted image if you mounted a boot backup.
 

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TL;DR
I moved a patched copy of the Windows 7 Pro x64 installation disc (patched for latest updates and drivers) into a HDD partition, added it to the OS boot menu (WinPE) as "Recovery", and now both it and Windows 7 will boot, but the "Recovery" image doesn't seem to be able to "see" my functioning Windows 7 volume. How can I fix this?

BACKGROUND
This Toshiba purchased in Singapore came absolutely loaded with bloatware -- including some unusually invasive adware (e.g., every webpage on every browser had large injected ads). Having some security concerns with a machine like that, I knew I didn't want to keep the factory-reset either. I removed the factory recovery partitions, clean-installed Windows 7 Pro x64 from a Microsoft disc, then cleared and re-enabled the hybrid RAID caching volume (see my "Further Background" explanation). Then...

WHAT I DID
At this point, I wanted to create my own custom 'factory-reset'/recovery volume. So, I...
copied the contents of my Windows installation disk to a partition;
used WSUS Offline Update (per this guide) to download Windows Updates to a folder;
patched install.wim with the Updates (using DISM);
patched install.wim with all the drivers I had earlier had to manually identify, download, and install (using DISM); and,
followed steps 2-7 of this guide to add an entry for the new recovery volume to WinPE for booting.
WHAT IS RIGHT
Windows 7 boots just fine.
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Answer:Win7 'custom refresh' image can't see Windows volume

I don't know why your custom-made bootable installation/repair partition will not show the install for repair. But when installed correctly Win7 will provide System Recovery Options repair options via the F8 Advanced Boot Options menu, so that isn't really necessary.

A much better choice is to save externally a backup image using a flexible imaging program like free Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums. If Win7 and/or the hard drive fails you can reimage it in 20 minutes. If you keep a separate data partition (backed up externally) then your data will also be current and waiting.

If you lack an external drive or another hard drive, for now you can save this backup image to a primary partition on the same disk which can then act as a better version of a Recovery Partition. However since the hard drive can fail it is not the best method of saving the image. If it's stored externally then you can replace the hard drive and then apply the image in 20 minutes.

As to the caching partition, these will show you how a reinstall is done to include those even if yours is not exactly the same as either of these:
Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

Finally, look over these steps which compile everything that's worked best in tens of thousands of Clean Reinstall Windows 7 we've helped with here. Over 1.3 million consumers have used it without a single complaint or return h... Read more

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Good day...

I wanted to create an image of my os and applications so i found the " recimg" in windows 8 and 8.1 and i did the image i needed but if i wanted to recovery this image how can i recover it in bios boot can i create for it a partition and make bootable USB flash drive or i can put it on external hard drive and also recover it from bios like "express recovery2 on gigabyte motherboard"

Thanks

Answer:Create custom image of windows with bootable USB flash dr

If you have a large enough USB stick you could use Macrium Reflect Free to put both the boot restore program and the image on the stick. There may be a way to do something similar with the Windows imaging tools but I have used 3rd party tools for so long I haven't tried the built-ins.

Perhaps another poster can answer about using the Windows imaging tools.
But the Macrium imaging is about as easy as it gets. No need to read the manual.

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Hi, I have an Alienware machine that I love but it seems that as of late, my video driver and something else are giving me issues. I would like to do a nice clean install of my Win 7 Ultimate BUT I don't want to lose the cool boot up images I get (the ones before the desktop opens). I found the images under Windows/web/wallpaper but can't figure out what file to edit to make it part of the boot up.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you so much.

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Hello, I have a fresh intalled Win-10 NVMe P50 with all necessary drivers etc. All factory partitions were deleted before installing Win-10. Was wondering how to create a Recovery Partition that would work like Lenovo factory system does when one restores system to factory status. Got info about AOMEI Onekey Recovery and was wondering if anyone has used it successfully. Thanks.

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Hello,

I have a fresh intalled Win-10 NVMe P50 with all necessary drivers etc.

All factory partitions were deleted before installing Win-10.

Was wondering how to create a Recovery Partition that would work like Lenovo factory system does when one restores system to factory status. This allows me to revert Programs partition to the Initial State even when I do not have access to the Image.

Got info about AOMEI Onekey Recovery and was wondering if anyone has used it successfully.

Thanks.

Answer:Custom Recovery Partition

You already had it but you wiped it out.

Call the manufacturer for recovery discs.

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Can anyone point me in the right direction to get a program where I can make a recovery CD/DVD? Preferably something that's freeware. (A Guide helps to ).
 

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Hey good lookin'!

What I'm trying to do is set up my girlfriend's new laptop with a custom Super Mario Theme. I've got all new icons, wallpapers, start menu, custom sounds, cursors, etc.

Now in the Personalize menu, under "Window color and appearance," I can change only the color.

Which is rather sub-par. What I'd like to do is...well, let me just show you:

Right now, my taskbar is just a semi-transparent red color. What I'd like is for it to look like this:



And have the start-menu and the icons overlay it.

For the Windows borders, I'd like to do something along the lines of the red with white polka-dots (think "Mario Mushroom,") and for the Start Menu, well...If I can figure out how to actually DO this, I can worry about the aesthetics later.

I'm working with a program right now called "resourcer," by Anolis, which allows me to open the aero.msstyles.mui file, export the .png files for editing, and then import them back into the MUI. Unfortunately, I'm not sure which specific .png files within the MUI I need to work with (there are many). It's also been noted on this and other forums that the specific .png files differ based upon which build of Win 7 is installed (mine, for the record, is version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601.)

Previous to that, I tried a program called Taskbar Color Effects by Lee Whittington, which seems like it would have met my needs, but for the fact that selecting a color or image f... Read more

Answer:Custom Image for Windows Borders, Taskbar, and Start Menu? 7 Ult. x64

You need to edit the aero.msstyles not the aero.msstyles.mui
1st use a copy of the Aero theme to make a custom theme look at post #38 here Start menu color change ?? it will show how to start a new theme.

The taskbar # are
Aero
Bottom #845 #1028
Right #847 #1031
Top #848 #1029
Left #846 #1030
Basic
Bottom #841 #1010
Right #843 #1013
Top #844 #1011
Left #842 #1012

Show Desktop Button
#1107
Vertical #1108
You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

Jerry

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After imaging (Win 7) a new X1 Carbon type 20FB-CTO1WW, I'm unable to use the USB ports nor am I able to connect to Internet (wifi or USB to Ethernet) due to missing drivers. Is there any way to enable the USBs in Windows without online access to drivers?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:X1 Carbon - Unable to load drivers after custom image is added

Windows 7 does not have native support for the USB or networking hardware that is in the 20FB.
So you need to add the drivers for these devices into your Windows 7 install media.  Typically you would use MDT or SCCM for this, with the SCCM driver packs that we provide on the lenovo support website.  If you aren't experienced with these things, then my advice is to use the Lenovo Win7 factory preload which already includes all the drivers you need.

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Guys,
I need some help please! What I would like to do is this:

1) Create custom Windows 8.1 image, which includes things like Office 2013 and perhaps 1 or 2 other general applications, as well as custom Metro look (by removing many default apps)

2) Use WinToGo wizard on my Windows 8.1 Enterprise to create my Win8.1ToGo USB stick, using my custom .wim file

3) I will want to then use a cloning software to make copies of this so I can produce many more sticks.

4) When I then boot into my Win8.1ToGo USB stick I do not want to see any of the 9 initial screens you normally get, i.e. "Personalise", "License Terms", "Settings" etc (I'm assuming an answer file will take care of this).

5) At the end of this I want to be booted into the Win8.1ToGo Desktop so I can use a custom script to do things like name the machine, and add it to the domain. I cannot and do not want to use Task Sequence to do this.
I have not been able to find anything on how to create the unattend file for what I want. Is there an official/supported/recommended process for the above, or am I on the right track?

What I have tried so far is using MDT2013 and the install.wim from the Win8.1 ISO to create a basic deployment share and a basic Task Sequence. I have then tried using the unattend.xml that was created from C:\Deployment\Control\Win81DEPLOY\Unattend.xml and dropped it onto the Win8.1ToGo stick under \Windows\System32\Sysprep. Booting from the Win8.1ToGo stick then gives me... Read more

Answer:Deploying Win8.1ToGo - custom image/multiple sticks

I can't seem to find my link to the article, but there was a documented issue with sysprep under Server 2012r2 if you used "copyprofile=true" (however that reads) in your unattend.xml file. Server 2012r2 and Windows 8.1 share some code, so I tested sysprep leaving that out and it worked for me.

Another issue you might run into is activation. You have to have a KMS (Key Management Server) to activate WTG and keep it activated. Setting up a KMS is trivial IF you have the key.

I'm not using MDT, so you may have other issues I haven't run into as well.

Good luck with it.

Joe

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Not sure if this is really in the right section or not, BUT, I made a little video tutorial on setting a custom background image for you Windows Media Player 12.

You need a program called Restorator. You can download a free 30-day trial or buy it, like I did. SUPPORT THE COMPANY! Lol :-)

Anyway, open Restorator

Now, CTRL+O to open a file.
Navigate to C:\Windows\System32

now open the file "wmploc.dll"

Now, navigate down to the folder labeled "257" and open it

Find "Library background 7"

Right click on the file, and "assign to"

Now find your new background picture you want, it can be a JPG, JPEG, or PNG file.

Now, if all you see on the right side is a bunch of code after selecting a new file, don't worry, just pick a different file. I know, sad day, sad day...

Anyway... MAKE SURE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER IS CLOSED BEFORE YOU SAVE THE FILE!!!!

Now File, Save and open media player, and your background should be changed.

NOTE: you need control of the file "wmploc.dll" to change the pic...

Here's how to take control:

Right click on the "wmploc.dll" file.
Click on "Properties"
Click the "security" tab
below, click "Advanced"
click the "owner" tab
click "edit"
find your username, choose it, and click "Apply"

NOW, close the object's properties and reopen the properties.
Click the "security" tab.
Click "edit"
click "add"
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Answer:Custom background image for Windows Media Player 12 - TUTORIAL

This brings me back to memories of when I first joined Sevenforums. A friend of mine by the name Legacy Code and I would make and release completely modified versions of wmploc.dll for others to use, and we started because of this little trick. =p

By the way, you can also use Resource Hacker (free).

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I've re-installed my computer with Win7 from a MS-DVD.Since all software (like the Enhanced Experience 3 stuff) can't be found, I'm thinking of reverting back to the Lenovo Recovery image (I created a bunch of Recovery DVDs before I reinstalled my W530). Now, I have created a couple of extra partitions D:, E:, F: and G: where I store pics, music, and other data.My C: does not span the entire harddrive. Is it possible to configure the Recovery process to restore the Lenovo Win7-image to my C: partition only, without overwriting D: E: F: and G:? I suspect the answer is no, that the Recovery process will always re-write the ENTIRE harddrive no matter what. 

Answer:Recovery not overwriting custom partitions?

I'm afraid you are right: you need to save all your data to another disk, preferably by making an image copy, e.g. with Acronis True Image.





Lenovo ThinkPad W520 4284-4MG, UEFI 1.39, Intel Core i7-2860QM 2.5GHz, Kingston PNP 24GB (2x4+2x8GB) 1600MHz RAM, Crucial m4 070H 512GB SSD, Intel 6300 AGN, ThinkPlus 3G Ericsson F5521qw Broadband, Lenovo TP Port Mini Dock Plus Series 3, Windows 7 Professional 64bit

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I have a custom built computer (built by someone else) that's been having some problems. It's filled with viruses, it's extremely slow, and needs to be fixed. I bought it 3 weeks ago from a guy who said it was brand new, no viruses, etc.. But I obviously got ripped of due to my own ignorance of computers.. I've been trying to get a hold of him for the past couple days, but for some reason he's never by the phone. It is a custom built computer, like I said, but it has a Windows XP SP1 O.S. Also, before it goes into the loading screen for windows, another brand I am unfamiliar with shows up called "ASUS" (I believe) and the model is "A8W-E". I'm not sure what that is, or if it helps you better figure out what I'm running. The computer has slowed down close to a complete stop within the past week, (after running a spyware check it had 150 some suspected viruses on it). I've been trying to download a better anti-virus program but both of my internet browsers no longer work (I do have internet connection though). So basically I'm in a serious pickle. I was wondering if I could just reboot/system restore to get rid of the viruses and just start off from scratch? Or will that not work due to the ASUS? Also, if I am able to do system restore and whatnot, will the graphics cards and other drivers automatically reinstall themselves, or will I have to find installation disks for them? I greatly appreciate any help you can... Read more

Answer:Recovery/Reboot on custom computer

ASUS is the name of the motherboard's manufacturer. Should you start from scratch, you will need the ASUS motherboard support disc to install necessary drivers.  As for graphics cards and other drivers, most should be available on the manufacturers' websites. Even though you already have two browsers, you can always dowload more (Flock or Firefox, for example). For antivirus software, I run AVG Free Edition (http://www.avg.com/download) and am quite happy with it. I also run Spyware Terminator. I am far from being an expert and just putting in my 2 cents. Hopefully another poster will be able to provide a more comprehensive response.

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Hello,
I have recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my Qosmio, installed all the drivers and necessary system utilities and programs that I wanted. Now, that took me a good few hours and quite a bit of effort. So, I thought of a way to prevent myself from having to do exactly the same thing in the future (I often have to completely wipe my laptop) I thought of creating a custom recovery partition. (Cause I'm lazy, aren't we all, more or less? )

So, just like on untouched laptops - you hit a key when it's booting, and you're given the option to restore it to factory condition (wipe the hard drive and restore the initial, first windows installation with all the unnecessary bloatware)

Would it be possible to do something like that? Create a system image, put it onto a hidden partition and leave it there until I need it, and then have an automated process that would restore wipe the current OS and restore the backup image. If so, how could I do that?

My current Windows installation is taking up about ~20GB total.

Answer:Creating a Custom Recovery Partition

You really need to be keeping some system images. You would normally store these on an external HDD. You can store them on a partition other than the operating system partition but if your main HDD fails you've lost your image.
Windows inbuilt system imaging
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
But if you had to pick one very popular and more flexible imaging program then look at (free) Macrium Reflect.
Imaging with free Macrium

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I would like to create a custom recovery partition for windows 8.1 that I can use to refresh the pc. I would like to include the drivers that are required. I am unable to locate a tutorial that can help me do this. Anyone know how I can do this?

Answer:Create custom recovery partition

Maybe this will help:
Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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Hello, I have y510p laptop come with windows 8 installed.And these are the default partitions of my laptop:Partition 1: WINRE_DRV 1000 MB (Recovery)Partition 2: SYSTEM_DRV 260 MB (System)Partition 3: LRS_ESP 1000 MB (OEM Reserved)Partition 4: 128 MB (MSR Reserved)Partition 5: Windows8_OS 894.5 GB (Primary)Partition 6: LENOVO 25 GB (Primary)Partition 7: PBR_DRV 11.6 GB (Recovery) As you know, Lenovo's initial Recovery (PBR_DRV) partition is hidden by default.I've made this partition visible somehow by MiniTool Partition Wizard tool.While I was investigating this recovery partition...>PBR_DRV>OKRBackup>Factoryin this sub folder, I realized there is an install.wim file, I replaced it with the install.wim file of windows 8.1 os.  I don't know whether I did it in the right way or whether it's enough to do so. I reinstalled system from the modified initial recovery.But surprisingly, I mean I'm surprised how it works. Afterwards, I installed Lenovo OneKey Recovery for 64-bit Windows 8.1. Then I tried to take a custom backup and restored from this backup; this also worked. At this point,can a specialist answer my questions:1) Have I done it in the right way? It works so far but is it possible to get any error or to face a problem in the future?2) While recovering the system by modified recovery partition, I wonder whether WINRE_DRV and SYSTEM_DRV partitions are recreated afresh (like performing a clean install) or remain the ... Read more

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Most of us build our own machines and therefore do not get the benefit of an all in one disc recovery solution. If we have a disaster, we usually simply reinstall everything that we bought if we need to. But it would be nice to have a boutique style recovery disc for my main system. Anyone have a solid idea how to do this?


 

Answer:How to Create Custom Recovery Disk?

Google:

slipstreaming
nLite
Unattended Windows
 

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So how would the home user do this if they wanted to create a recovery after their Windows 10 upgrade. I know for Windows 8 you could do the recimg thing to create the image file. I tried doing the commands listed in one of the thread to create the provision package but scanstate does not seem to be installed on my system. Any idea on how a home user can create a provision package so they can have a more up to date recovery drive?

Answer:How would you create a custom recovery in Windows 10?

Hello Mansome, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You could create a reset recovery image if you like.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

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Hello guy
I'm trying to create a custom Image in order to Install Windows 7 Pro fastly. I have Captured the Image but when i Try to Install i receive the Following below and i don't undestand where i made mistake:
..Windows Could not parse or Process unattend answer file for pass (Specialized)......
I have used an answered file to sysprep the system but not to install...
I did the Following Step:
I have Installed Windows i run sysprep in audit mode:

   I Have Personalized Desktop with Desktop Wallpaper and the Wallpaper for the Logon Window    I have added some link on Desktop and Installed some Software  Then i have  Rebooted the system in audit mode again
In Order to copy the Customization to the Default User i have created the Following Unattended File
myprofile.xml(below)
<?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>
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Hello,
I'm working on setting up a custom recovery partition for customers.   I have a Windows 7 machine that I'm going to be using sysprep on when it finishes updating to capture an image.   I planned on copying the WinRE.wim file to the Recovery partition.

Once I have my install.wim file captured though, how do I setup the recovery partition to execute the diskpart script to delete the System Reserved partition and the Windows partition and recreate them so I deploy the install.wim image to them?

Thank you!

Spork Schivago

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Hi

I have problem with start appropriate recovery function from created Thoshiba Recovery DVD.

I burn two DVD using Toshiba Media Recovery Creator witch was preinstalled on my computer. Now I want to use it to install new copy of Windows 7 OS on my laptop. BUT I would not want to clear entire HDD. I want to format only C: partition, and leave data on my D: partition. Also I want to define C: partition size.

When I insert DVD and boot form it, some app start but display info that all partition will be removed. I can not choose another option.

How can I do it?

Answer:How to use Recovery DVD to install new copy of OS and CUSTOM PARTITIONS?

Hello

Check please http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R02.htm document.
I think everything must be explained there. If you have more questions please let us know.

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My end request is simple: I need a portable version of certain data recovery softwares, GlaryUndelete and/or UndeleteMyFilesPro, both of which are free. They need to be able to run from xxxxx (xxxxx) or a Win 7 32 bit that I have on a USB as a Live PE. I HAVE tried it myself and other data recovery tools and they work to varying degrees, some even attempt to scan and recover but the files don't actually get transfered. So I need someone that can maybe do those for me in portable versions because I do not have the means or knowledge for it.

The problem is kind of delicate: an old laptop (so hard to work straight on hard disk), where the Windows partition was fully stacked (100% space) and then got attacked and most files on it were "deleted". They are all still there, but it's basically a lot of files, so it's important to save them up as well as various settings by categories and folders, which is why only certain data recovery softwares would do because I need a folders view/save function on them. But ironically those are the ones that are hardest to make work as portable versions, namely those two.

I won't get into all the details for why I concluded to handle it this way and all the problems I had but I will answer if asked. And I have attempted to try and use these recovery software which are Windows exclusive on it in various roundabout ways but the "make them portable" is best choice so far.

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Answer:Need Portable Data Recovery Custom Made Please

I've edited your post to remove the reference to a specific boot CD that we do not support here due to copyright issues. I will leave this open if anyone can help with other methods. I realize the users won't be able to see the name of the boot CD as it was removed but will monitor the thread and advise if recommended solutions are not acceptable.
 

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I've got the same problem, my R61 came with XP&160GB HDD, now I've bought new 500GB HDD and Windows7. Everything is good, but I don't know how to get all functions of "Restore and Recovery" especially Custom Factory Recovery as it was in the past Now the only way of using Restore and Recovery is to make clear installation + drivers and software from lenovo, then making backup to be secure for future but it's not the same like it was.Anybody knows how to prepare? Ps. Sorry for my bad english.

Answer:Re: R61 - Windows 7: creating partition to get Custom Factory Recovery - How to ?

Hi and welcome to the forum!

You can only use Win 7's custom factory recovery through RnR's hidden partition if have lenovo's factory load, nonetheless you can still install RnR in Windows and make a backup on DVDs, USB drive etc.

Hope this helps.





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I like my windows fresh. I dont like to have programs I dont really need. I tried uninstalling some of them but they still leave unwated parts behind. So is there a way to stop the factory reset on A660 before it installs drivers and other software. So I can install the updated drives and the programs I want.

I did notice that I can exit the program that installs Windows when it comes to the desktop when using ctrl-alt-delete. Thing is it would start again once the computer restarts so I need to remove that program from being loaded at start up. Can anyone share any ideas?

I would be really good if Toshiba lets us decide what sort of programs we want in our computer.

Model Satellite A660 97u. windows 7.

Answer:Satellite A660 - Custom installation from recovery disk

Hey,

I don?t think its bloatware. It?s necessary tools that you can FN keys, webcam, etc. Notebook with a lot of hardware needs much drivers and software. Furthermore you also get a lot of tools that makes computing easier, like burning software, Toshiba Bulletin Board, etc.
If you don?t like this software, remove it but it?s nice from Toshiba to deliver such software with notebooks.

But to answer your question: Custom installation is not possible because recovery disk contains a ready image of factory settings, no single files.
Therefore you have to use a Microsoft disk.

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Question: Custom System

What do you think of this custom system I wish to build? Info from newegg.com

Any suggestions, recommendations? Any conflicts below?

NZXT LEXA-NP Black/ Silver Aluminum Construction Plastic Front Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: LEXA-NP
Item #: N82E16811146018

Intel BLKD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - OEM
Model #: BLKD975XBX2KR
Item #: N82E16813121060

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Model #: 768-P2-N831-AR
Item #: N82E16814130072

Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder - Retail
Model #: 1081
Item #: N82E16815116628

TRENDnet 6-Port USB2.0/FireWire Combo PCI Adapter Model TFU-H33PI - Retail
Model #: TFU-H33PI
Item #: N82E16815126003

Verbatim 8.5GB 2.4X - 6X DVD+R DL 10 Packs Double Layer Disc - Retail
Model #: 95166
Item #: N82E16817131163

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe 2.93GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557X6800 - Retail
Model #: BX80557X6800
Item #: N82E16819115001

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Model #: F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Item #: N82E16820231122

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: HD501LJ
Item #: N82E16822152052

Microsoft 69A-00001 Silver USB RF Wireless Ergonomics Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 Mouse Included - Retail
Model #: 69A-00001
Item #: N82E168231090... Read more

Answer:Custom System

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Hello, I've been following tutorial here and on Technet since last year when Windows decided to do an auto-update on my old laptop which hastened its demise.

Since then, I've bought a new laptop (Originally with Windows 8.1, until it suffered the Auto-Update fate of it's predecessor), that I've half heartedly made a custom Windows 10 image for, but just wanted to ask here to see if I'm on the right track for what I want do do.

My goal was to replicate the best as I can what the Laptop would have been like, had the OEM originally put Windows 10 Pro on to it, with the correct drivers, and software, but, with a change to hardware configuration to move the 'Users' folder to another Disk, while the OS was installed on another.

I'm getting ready to start my studies again, and wanted to get my laptop running correctly and not have any incidents similar to last year that ended up trashing my assignments.

I've been on the phone to Microsoft already & also had remote support, but I am slowly beginning to lose my trust, if not already, because it took a tech 3 hours to get me a link to a Windows 8.1 ISO that worked, after telling him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on the current laptop he was remotely connected to, and that was after he gave me the link I gave him that didn't work, and also just before he tried to push Windows 10 on to the laptop that I told him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on to, and I also threatened to ask for a refund for the Professional edition I... Read more

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Hi,
I am having all sorts of trouble imaging a new Dell 5570 laptop with custom Windows 7 SP1 Ent. through SCCM.I have tried Dell support and their assistance so far hasn't been satisfactory unfortunately.

First: I had issues booting the laptop with my boot image, SSD was not recognized. I had to import Samsung NVMe drivers into boot image for the SSD to be recognized and to kick start task sequence.
Now: The task sequence doesn't go through. Immediately after 'Set up Windows and ConfigMgr', the laptop reboots and crashes with the error '0x0000007B'.

I have already tried below with not much success.

Dell Diagnosis says no faults detectedSATA Operation set to AHCI, RAID on in BIOSBoot sequence set to Legacy, UEFIWith and Without 5570 drivers after applying O.SWith and Without KMDF, UMDFDifferent WIM files-one recently updated with most hotfixes, one updated last year, one close to vanilla Windows 7 SP1 Ent.
Any help here is much appreciated please as I have around 20 laptops already procured from Dell and waiting to be imaged before deploying.

Thanks,
Madhusudan

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Hello, I've been following tutorial here and on Technet since last year when Windows decided to do an auto-update on my old laptop which hastened its demise.

Since then, I've bought a new laptop (Originally with Windows 8.1, until it suffered the Auto-Update fate of it's predecessor), that I've half heartedly made a custom Windows 10 image for, but just wanted to ask here to see if I'm on the right track for what I want do do.

My goal was to replicate the best as I can what the Laptop would have been like, had the OEM originally put Windows 10 Pro on to it, with the correct drivers, and software, but, with a change to hardware configuration to move the 'Users' folder to another Disk, while the OS was installed on another.

I'm getting ready to start my studies again, and wanted to get my laptop running correctly and not have any incidents similar to last year that ended up trashing my assignments.

I've been on the phone to Microsoft already & also had remote support, but I am slowly beginning to lose my trust, if not already, because it took a tech 3 hours to get me a link to a Windows 8.1 ISO that worked, after telling him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on the current laptop he was remotely connected to, and that was after he gave me the link I gave him that didn't work, and also just before he tried to push Windows 10 on to the laptop that I told him I didn't want Windows 10 installed on to, and I also threatened to ask for a refund for the Professional edition I... Read more

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Hello. I just bought a T410s with 4GB but as it came with 32bit Windows 7 Pro, I can only use 3GB.I need the whole amount of memory so I need to upgrade to 64 bits. The main question .Is the cost logical to go for a recovery media through Lenovo Support centre or should I go the custom installation path? If anyone knows in european prices the approx. cost I would be thankful. Thank you.

Answer:T410s to 64bit (4GB ram) - Order recovery media or custom installation?

Since you already have a Windows 7 Pro product key, you can legally download a 64-bit Windows 7 Pro ISO from Microsoft and give it your Windows 7 key found on the machine's underside. However, non-Lenovo installs don't have Enhanced Experience, so that'll be a point of consideration.Drivers are easy; you simply download the ThinkVantage System Update tool and it can download and install all of the necessary drivers in one simple procedure.You can find a more comprehensive hardware manual here:http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-72739.html

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Hello,

I'm building a new system from scratch with Win 7 and it's misbehaving. First, hardware:

ASUS Motherboard P7P55D-E LX
CPU: Core i5 750
Ram: 8GB Ripjaw (4x2GB)
Video: PNY Nvidia Quadro 1800
Boot Drive: WD VelociRaptor 600GB SATA III
Power Supply: Antec True Power 650w

I installed Win 7 from an OEM disk, then installed the Intel chipset drivers, the HD Audio Driver, the Realtek Network driver and ASUS PC Probe software, all from the ASUS MB disk. I also installed Firefox and installed the latetest Nvidia drivers for the video card from Nvidia's website.

BIOS was set to default configuration except for:
No IO Step
No ExpressGate
Yes to PnP OS

It seemed to be running fine the day of install--I left it running overnight and today I couldn't wake it from Hibernation. On a reset, it won't Start Windows Normally (hangs or hangs briefly and restarts) and Repair tells me it cannot repair this computer automatically. Repair gets me:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: unknown
04: -1
05: AutoFailover
06: 1
07: NoRootCause

OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.2561
Locale ID: 1033

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

Answer:BSOD on New Custom System

Bad move using the disk that came with the Mobo - it's usually outdated.

Visit this link for your motherboard drivers: http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us

Try System Restore to see if you can set it back a day or two.
If not, then try reinstalling Windows

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I changed some of my system settings (OEM) and now when you look them up it reads this



While I used a program to make the changes to my system, anyone can do it by following this well written guide from Brink (Shawn): Support Information

(Thanks Shawn)

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Is there anyway of getting systems disks for a computer system that you built yourself? I mean somewhere I can download the files and put them on a floppy disk and therefore it becomes a system disk.Any help regardingthis matter will be greatly apreciated.I had previsously installed Windows XP recently, but without my making any hnges it says BOOT FAILURE, and it wont boot of Windows XP CD altho the first boot device is CD.Anyway Please help me with the floppy thing, thanks.

Answer:System disks for custom built PCs

I would also like to say that previosly the boot order was to boot from RAID IDE , but i changed it to try and boot of Windows XP CD.

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I have having custom restarts, happened 2 times just typing this out (had to restard 2 times). At first I though it would of been my graphics card, but it actually rarely happens in games. I was playing Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 at max and I only experienced one crash and that was due to an error in Steam (Half-Life 2). Most of the crashes happen just when I am visting websites, chatting in MSN with or without webcam or doing things in Paint Shop Pro 7.
It has me completly clueless, also is getting very annoying as it is completly random, can happen 5 minutes after booting or 6hrs, happens with different programs and everything. I have updated drivers for everything.

Some important information before:
After the restart I check the Graphics card temp and CPU temp, card ranges from 32-45, CPU is always about 35.
System Specs:
Motherboard: PC-A9RD480Adv
Processor: AMD Athlon 64bit X2 4600+
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1900xtx PCI-E
RAM: OCZ Gold PC-4000 (2x 1gb)
PSU: Enermax Liberty 620w
Network Card: Linksys Wireless G with Speedbooster
SoundCard: SoundBlaster Live! (KX Project Drivers)
Primary Harddrive: Maxtor 6L250R0 NTFS
Secondary Harddrive: Maxtor 6L200R0 NTFS

Misc Specs:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
Razer Copperhead Anarchy Red Mouse
Saitek Eclipse Red Edition Keyboard
Zboard Fang Game Pad
Logitech Clicksmart 510 Webcam
HP Photosmart 7960
8 80mm fans
2 120mm fans
Stock fans for x1900 and processor

I have disabled automatic restarts and h... Read more

Answer:Random Restarts - Custom system

Just got another crash:
0x0000000A (0x45cc91339, 0x0000000x, 0x0000000, 0x804e5e13)
And the latest minidump do go with it.
 

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System in question: Epsilon - Futurdreamzs Saved Part List - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core, Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR, Core V1 Mini ITX Tower - PCPartPicker Canada

All components are new except the video card, HDD, and monitors

I built and had it up and running on Monday and had no issues until Wednesday, where I left it and came back to it being nonresponsive (power LED and all fans on at idle speeds, but no video). Holding the power button did not force shut down, so I had to use the PSU rocker. On Tueday I did upgrade my BIOS and manually overclocked my ram to 2400MHz because setting profile 1 on the BIOS wasn't sticking.

Whenever I start it, fans and power led turn on. HDD and the mobo's RGB lighting turn on for a split second then turn off (I have the RGB turned off, not sure if pulling the CMOS battery reset it) The monitors do not react at all to power cycling.

I've taken it completely apart and put it back together again (I didn't take the CPU or heatsink off though) and nothing work.

The only thing I can think of was that I did go back into the system to fix the power LED as the wires were reversed so it wasn't turning on, and when troubleshooting I found one of the CPU's 2x4 power plugs was loose. Did I fry my mobo or CPU? is there anything else I can check? I don't have any spare components so Saturday I'm going to bring it to Memory Express to see if they can figure out what's wrong, but if I can solve it myself that would be wonderful.

thanks.

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I have the Asus Crosshair Formula IV MB and a HD 6950 2gb video card. You can look in my specs profile to see details.

I have a Yamaha audio receiver which is connected to my pc via HDMI for top quality sound and I don't know of any other way to connect it.

I want to connect a big screen but I'm not sure how being I use my only HDMI for my sound and I don't know how else to connect sound receiver to pc. I only need video but I want it as high as quality as possible.

I have two DVI ports and two mini-display ports, I sold off 2 or my 3 Asus 26" monitors so currently I am only using one DVI port for that.

Is there a way I can connect a big screen to my pc other then HDMI and still not lose too much video quality or do I need to use my only HDMI, and if so how can I connect my sound receiver to my pc?

Appreciate any help.

Answer:How To Connect PC To Bigscreen(custom system)

The highest quality you would get is the highest quality your TV can support - 720 or 1080, which is much lower than a monitor. To achieve 720 or 1080, the HDMI connection is your best option. Honestly, you will be hard pressed to hear any differnce in your audio when you change from using the HDMI to using the Line Out on your soundcard. You'd have to either disable the audio on the HDMI out feed, or adjust your TV sound to mute the HDMI audio input.

The 6950 has an HDMI out... make sure your dirvers are the most current.

Another option, you could check your Yamaha receiver to see if it has an video passthru. You could then take the HDMI out from your 6950 into the receiver, and the video HDMI out from the receiver in to the TV. If the reveiver is less than 2 years old, it should have that pass thru.

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Okay I'm a bit stumped on this although I had no issues in Windows 7. I think my problem with permissions may be unique to my computer to be honest.

1. This computer is using the hard drives from past computers. So I'm guessing the permissions on everything was setup by a previous install of Windows 7 at some time in the past.

2. When I fresh installed Win 7 after a mainboard change it started to have issues with permissions on folders like Pictures, videos, my documents, etc. I was able to use the take ownership program and all was fine.

3. Now I've upgraded to Win 10 and can't save any files in the Pictures folder (and possibly others) I used the take ownership program again to try to take ownership of that folder and I manually made sure that it lists my username for my computer and that it has full control over the pictures folder but I still can't save to the Pictures folder.

4. I changed something in the settings to make saving all my stuff onto my F drive and now there is a folder on the F drive named with my username and inside of it there are folders like Pictures, Videos etc. So now I'm even more confused on where the real Pictures, My Documents, Videos, Download folders really are.

At this point what I'd like to do is to create new folders on my G (the largest drive I have) drive with the typical naming conventions of the folders listed above and make them the default for all the different items AND then be able to delete any of the existing folders that ... Read more

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Yeah I didn't know where to put this one...Audio and electrical engineering are my weak subjects. My basic question is audio related, but nothing else about it is so it's going in 'General Hardware':

I need an inexpensive device capable of easily emitting a very noticeable 'noise' across a household. Louder is better.

[Backstory]
I'm a data center engineer. I need to be aware when certain 'critical' events occur regarding my occupation. Nagios sends to my phone. That's fine. The problem is that I don't always have my phone on me, and I can't always hear it. (E.g. Sunday afternoon when I'm playing video games with my headphones on. Nope, don't keep my phone tucked into my robe on vibrate...)

So I need an alarm. I need it to be both audible across the house, and visual anywhere I might have headphones on. But I have all that sorted out.

I'll use an old laptop running CentOS (and probably eventually Raspberry Pi) that simply obtains emails forwarded to it through my ISP from our data center, or via the internal network if my phone gets a call instead. (Need redundant paths if either fails) From there it can easily enable the only USB devices connected. (via a shell script) The usb cable splits the appropriate number of times (as yet undecided) and switches to Cat6, where it can then run through the house to whichever plugs I want. Then back to USB where it can easily start powering alert... Read more

Answer:Custom USB Server Alert System

Use a relay and you can power it with whatever power source is desired
 

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