Monday, April 25, 2011

Removing unecessary files in XP

http://kv5r.com/articles/win/cleanwin.asp

http://www.marcofolio.net/tips/tips_to_shrink_the_windows_directory_to_create_space.html

c:\windows\driver cache\i386 and sysprep

I sually have no problems with my XP sysprep.  Now it is asking for files like pciide.sys, isapnp.sys and pci.sys.  The problem is, I like to cleanup my installs.  I deleted the contents of the c:\windows\driver cache\i386 folder.  Which contained driver.cab and sp3.cab.  So if you ever have to sysprep a machine, don't delete these files!

I copied them from another install and now it works perfectly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Optiplex 980 finally syspreps...

For the longest time I have been trying to get my 980 to sysprep and declone nicely with Windows 7.  I suspect it has something to do with the SATA mode.  And the suspicion that there is a hardware problem with the machine itself...

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproinstall/thread/6074f6ba-6eeb-4315-a253-054862999d91

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Optiplex 960 sooo slow

I have an Optiplex 960 that I use on occasion, being off most of the time.  When I've been needing to use it, it has been really slow.  Slow, like taking 15-30 seconds to respond to keyboard or mouse.  Even when it is not connected to the Internet.  I've loaded many different images on it. No dice.  Then I looked at the BIOS.  A03.  The latest is A11.  Wouldn't you know, all it needed was a BIOS upgrade.

Also fixed the "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation" error from Sysprep.  Now only if the same would happen with my 980...