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by harkaz
Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

sfc /scannow will no longer ask for CD2 in MCE2005 (live installation). Also the IE8 glitch seems to be solved - will retest tomorrow. I will perform some extra tests and finish writing the documentation. I'm finalizing Windows XP SP4 Final Build. In the meanwhile, please test Windows XP SP4 RC on a...
by harkaz
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

NOTE: Anthony21's glitch happens because IE8 is installed completely after Windows Setup finishes. There is quick way to fix this glitch: as soon as you log in for the first time, log off and then log on again. This fixes all IE shell pending tasks and completes Web Folders (rosebud) installation. ...
by harkaz
Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@long-lurker This 15-min delay after reboot is for live installation only
No, you cannot remove .NET Framework from live installer unless you edit update.inf yourself (I don't support it).

For IE8 addon you have to edit SP4's ie.inf with the settings you desire.
by harkaz
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

You might have guessed what caused the WMP11 DRM issue (CAT signing again). I will also add MS CATs for MCE2005 updates. I fixed a bunch of other glitches, except for the IE8 glitch Anthony21 mentioned. I won't release Final version immediately - I expect you to test RC in as many scenarios as possi...
by harkaz
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

This information will be included in Windows XP SP4 Deployment guide. I'll try to release it along with SP4 Final.
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

The Media Acquisition Dialog issue is not related to the xpfixit.inf after all...
I will investigate this more...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Yes, I am aware of that glitch - it is related to the IE8 Welcome screen. The same glitch affects Search and other IE extensions as well. Probably I will disable Welcome Screen in the Final Version. NOTE: By design some shell features might not work properly unless you reboot your system ...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Can do the following for me? 1. Reinstall MCE2005 with SP4 slipstreamed, Automatic Updates disabled. 2. Copy psisrndr.ax, psisdecd.dll, msdvbnp.ax from C:\Windows\System32 to C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386. 3. Search for updates manually. Are these 2 updates still there? PS Recorded TV is N...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@PJAmerica If it was a live install, Windows XP SP4 CD2 files can be found in C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\cmpnents. Specify this path INSTEAD of X:\ (where X is your disk drive letter) when prompted for CD2. Unfortunately, I cannot automate this because the system is designed to search in \i386 subf...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:24 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Try installing the KB925766 from Windows Update first. About video, I want to verify if built-in MCE2005 videos play as they should without the extra codecs (for example Recorded TV). Music will not play even if I fix it - what I need to do is to fix it so that DRM popup Window shows up. ...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@PJAmerica This is normal . Windows XP SP4 is designed for 2 CDs. If you've merged everything into a single disc, then that disk will be Windows XP SP4 CD2 as well . @Anthony21 Waiting for your report about KB925766.log and the driver errors. I will examine the DRM issue closer: this must be related...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

This means issues with Active Setup, most likely. What have you changed that affected Active Setup behaviour?
by harkaz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Install these two updates and send me the C:\Windows\KB925766.log file. I have added a special sp3.cab just to fix this issue but I cannot test with Dell disc atm since validation is required.

Also, can you play video before installing the codecs?

I'll try to fix all issues you reported.
by harkaz
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Does this happen with every music file you're trying to play? I know that Dell disks includes music that is DRM-protected, so this may be the culprit.
by harkaz
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Automatic updates works normally - these are post-EOL updates. I have tested Windows XP SP4 in VMWare using a Dell MCE2005 DVD without issues. Probably you won't face this issue in real hardware. @maxtorix Probably I will add bliss.jpg in post-sp4 update pack. The sysprep image is not an ...
by harkaz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Windows XP SP4 download is now available!

Windows XP SP4 Deployment Guide and ISOs which contain SP4 installer files for use with older systems will be uploaded later.

by harkaz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Started uploading Windows XP SP4 Release Candidate (RC). Windows XP SP4 RC will be available in a while. Windows XP SP4 RC is most likely the final build of Windows XP Unofficial Service Pack 4. It includes numerous under-the-hood changes: bug fixes, security enhancements, performance tweaks and st...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Although Windows XP Unofficial SP4 RC is almost done, I won;t be able to release it tomorrow. The reason is that I have to be away from my system for the following 3 days. When I am back, Windows XP SP4 RC will be available. Some remaining tasks for the live installer: 1) Copy explorer.exe,etc. for...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Issue fixed! :) :) Finalizing Windows XP Unofficial SP4... NOTE: explorer.exe,etc v 5.1.2600.5669 are not digitally signed with a catalog file (but they have an embedded digital signature, which satisfies SFC). Since ediskeer.dll looks up installed catalogs signed explicitly from Windows Component ...
by harkaz
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@darkrats I have excluded the possibility that the issue is caused by the security enhancements. It seems that it goes deeper than that. As you remember, in SP4 RC all files will be signed with a signle catalog - sp4cmp.cat - to enhance performance (mimizes the number of installed catalogs). Specifi...
by harkaz
Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

UPDATE: Reverting to standard IE settings did not fix the issue. Now testing some changes in hive*.inf files...
by harkaz
Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 WIN51CD2 is automatically copied by package installer during slipstreaming. Still working on Windows XP Starter... There is a very interesting issue (BSOD) caused after updating IE files. I reverted to the original IE installation method and now I'm testing it. In addition, note urlmon.dl...
by harkaz
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 It is not required to have two seperate disks, if that's what you mean. You can merge the files into a single disk. Do not forget the WIN51CD2 tag file. NEWS: Tested XP Home USB-based installation. No issues on real hardware. Probably you will be amazed by some performance improvements. A...
by harkaz
Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

I fixed the first issue (sfc /scannow asks only for the original CD-ROM now. :) EDIT: I will re-test the second issue. Now testing XP Pro N live install with Media Pack installed and performing a clean installation from USB on real hardware. UPDATE: XP PRO N with Media Pack tested - OK UPDATE #2 All...
by harkaz
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@bphlpt Thanks for your support. The issue is not really big because it can be solved by inserting slipstreamed XP SP4 installation media. Probably some files which should be present in ServicePackFiles are not there and a SP4 CD-ROM is required. Also Windows XP SP4 CD2 is required repeatedly when ....
by harkaz
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Testing sfc /scannow after live installation. Unfortunately, SFC has NO LOG FILE (?!) so I have to figure out some things manually - for example the new certificate changed catalog file size.
by harkaz
Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Finished building catalogs with the new certificate, tomorrow I will complete testing live installations...
by harkaz
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

I'm now generating a new certificate to sign Windows XP SP4 files. This certificate will be valid for 5 years, ready for use with the upcoming post-SP4 update pack. Some final live install tests and Windows XP SP4 RC will be most likely available tomorrow. I fixed a small -final- xpfixit.inf issue. ...
by harkaz
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@adric I haven't tested it yet but I'm afraid 5eraph's addon will cause issues with IE.

@ricktendo64 Nice find, thank you! :)

Just finished building layout.inf files. Finalizing...
by harkaz
Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Anthony21 Windows XP SP4 will not include post-EOL updates except for May's mshtml.dll patch. In October I will create a post-SP4 update pack, which can be integrated in any Windows XP SP4-integrated media. I'll try to keep this update pack up-to-date every month. Today I'll try to finish building ...
by harkaz
Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Tested Windows XP SP4 RC with Greek MUI. In general, Windows XP SP4 is compatible with MUI but there are specific issues to take care of. For example, Outlook Express MUI won't work (it's a MUI issue, not SP4 issue). If you use MUI a lot, you can test Windows XP SP4 with the following MUIs installed...
by harkaz
Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

I have found a script that seems to do the job. This script will be run at T13 and reset specific Active Setup components that need to be run at first boot! NEWS: Tested Windows NT 4 SP1 to Windows XP SP4 Upgrade (2 GB HDD used). The recommended upgrade path is: Windows NT 4 SP1 -> Windows NT 4 SP6 ...
by harkaz
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

For Upgrade Installations to function properly, I need to delete specific Active Setup keys under all HKEY_USERS branches. Is there a way to do it using INF Delreg or should I create a small app doing this?
by harkaz
Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

I have found a solution, now I'm doing some final tests...
by harkaz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

The good news is that the issue can been fixed by changing ie.inf
The question is: what registry changes are required?
As you understand I'm looking into it right now.
by harkaz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@long-lurker That's true about Win9x/2k Upgrades. Howewer, there may be problems with clean installs as well. The rundll32 bug in Beta 3 is most likely related with this.

I am working now again on the issue, I may be able to find a proper fix.
by harkaz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

The HREF link problem will not be properly solved. Because it affects Windows Setup only, I will use the following workaround: 1) Windows Catalog link will be removed. 2) For K,KN editions I will try to copy the links manually (syssetup.inf will do it) and remove the lines used to create them. (Remi...
by harkaz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:04 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

I consider the option of disabling IE welcome screen in Upgrade installs, because you won't be able to use shell extensions for IE without running it, including the desktop IE shell icon... This is true for clean installs as well...
by harkaz
Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Confirmed that using IE6 files during setup causes the issue with links created by syssetup.dll.
This may happen because additional IE6 are required for proper shortcut creation during Windows Setup. I'll look into this further.
by harkaz
Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@Outbreaker Sounds interesting, let me take a look at the issue... @maxtorix Because I have to perform extensive testing after integrating new components, I won't change Windows XP SP4 components after RC. RC will become Final if there are no bugs found. There are two issues: 1. During Windows Setup...
by harkaz
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Your suggestions are interesting, but I won't make any further changes in the SP4.

I won't be able to release RC today: final tests have shown some glitches caused by the new way IE8 is installed and some others... I'll try to fix these and then release SP4 RC.
by harkaz
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Finishing some final tests and start building the layout.inf files. Windows XP SP4 may be ready tomorrow.
by harkaz
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@maxtorix Windows XP SP4 RC will include some patches as an easter egg. ;) Hint: Find the unreferenced OC Manager INF file. UPDATE: I abandoned the easter egg idea, because it can cause failure if different HAL is selected. I will upload an archive with the patched files only. These files, when used...
by harkaz
Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

It seems that the Upgrade issues have been completely solved. I will perform some additional tests tomorrow. We are very close to RC release now.
by harkaz
Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

IE8 seems to be the cause for both issues. Now I'm trying to completely resolve the issues.
by harkaz
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Similar issues can be observed with Win9x to XP upgrades. I will also try to find the cause of these issues, then try to fix all these problems.
by harkaz
Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

NEWS: Layout.inf file sizes, although an improvement, did not fix the issue. However, I have narrowed down the issue to a number of IE8 files.

UPDATE: Two specific files: url.dll and urlmon.dll are responsible for this issue. Replacing these files with their IE6 versions fixes the issue.
by harkaz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

@PROBLEMCHYLD The patch will not work with non-English versions. I have been asked to help with patching in different languages and I will do so when I'm done with RC . If you failed with the English version, I can send you the patched files (PM me if you want me to). I'm ready to rebuild-finalize l...
by harkaz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

To automatically update layout.inf file sizes I need to extract all compressed I386 files.

Some of them, when extracted, have a different (long) file name and extension. I need a decompression app which preserves the original file names and forces short extensions. Or should I create one on my own?
by harkaz
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Community Update Packs
Topic: Welcome to Windows XP Service Pack 4
Replies: 2377
Views: 1719053

Will do some additional tests with layout.inf tomorrow. I will build a custom app to automate the process...