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R Gines | 16 Nov 2009 | 3 comments

For those who are staring at the incoming tsunami called Windows 7, here are some resources that might help get you going.

There will be more to come, but this is a good start...

Here is a link to the general philosophy around how to pull off a Windows 7 migration or namely, the 7 Steps to Windows 7.

and here is a link to a technical whitepaper on using DS 6.9 SP3 for a Windows 7 migration.

Be sure to check out general Symantec Windows 7 support site at


Mark Downing | 15 Nov 2009 | 3 comments

I recently installed Windows XP SP 3 oin my new laptop (Dell Studio 1555) and  necxt installed Ghost 2003 after all device drivers for the OS were installed. I normally create a Ghost image DVD affter a new O/S is installed so I can always get back to a working system in short order.
This time when I went inbot Ghost it's normal menu in PC DOS came up but it is stuck in a loop and won't clone, go inot ghost or go back to Windows.
Instead, it seems to freeze up when I hit either option. It says in option 2 to go back to windows but it says returning to windowws and just never get's there.

How do I get out of this loop and get back inbto windows? I have read everything I can find and I have a hunch there is a problem with the Ghost instalation or  perhaps it hangs from a device driver  in DOS mode? I'm guessing because I've used Ghost a number of years and never seen anything like this before.

Any ideas? I need to get this fixed ASAP as...

riva11 | 30 Oct 2009 | 1 comment

DevManView 1.0 is a portable software program made by Nirsoft. It allows to manage devices on your local computer and also of another computer on your network.  This tool is a good alternative to the standard Microsoft Device Manager,  it is really a small program , only 37 Kb , and should be considered in case you have problems during the boot and you want to identify and disable the problematic device.

Main features:

  • Local and remote device management
  • Flat Table view
  • Easy device management, including Enable/Disable and Uninstall features
  • Export the Device list in different format files (TXT, CSV, HTML, XML)
  • Small portable tool, only 37 kb


System Requirements: Supported all Windows Operative Systems , starting from Windows...

KSchroeder | 28 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

I came across a handy link to a tool from Microsoft for creating bootable USB sticks from your Windows 7 (or Vista or Linux) bootable DVD ISO file.  IanAtkin posted another method here, but this is an official MS tool.  I haven't done much testing with it myself (I only have a 2GB USB stick handy currently) but it seems you can use it to "burn" a bootable DVD ISO of any sort to USB quickly and easily...and it will apparently burn DVD ISOs as well to a DVD burner.  From my brief testing, it only seems to work with DVD ISOs, but not CD ISOs.

You can download it from the Microsoft Store.

B_Raj | 27 Oct 2009 | 1 comment

I’m here with 10 Questions & Answers to describe some of the basic things we need to take care while we approach to repackage an application.

 1.How do you Customize the vendor MSI?

 Vendor MSI’s should not be re-packaged or edited. Create a transform file to customize the vendor MSI. 

  • Some vendors supply utilities to customize their MSI behavior. Where this is the case, such utilities should be first considered as the appropriate method of customizing the MSI.  For example, use Microsoft’s Custom Installation Wizard  to customize the Office XP suite.  

2.When will you create a new MSI wrapper/ Wrapper Script?

This technique can be used in scenarios in which the installation program is not in MSI format and a setup capture is not appropriate.

Example:  Service packs and security patches

3.How do you treat INI files while repackage an...

B_Raj | 27 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

The table below lists some of  the language IDs for which the Windows Installer has

localized resource strings.


LangID           (Hex)              ACP                (Abbr)           Language (country)

 1025                 401                1256                ARA               Arabic (Saudi Arabia)

 1027            ...

B_Raj | 27 Oct 2009 | 3 comments


My intention by publishing this post is to help the newbies to understand the basics about packaging and repackaging technologies.And ofcurse for those who prepare for interviews !! :-)

 1.What is Application Packaging?

Simply Application packaging means,the process of Creation of an Installation Program for a Software. Or we can say it as creation of a setup file. Setup.exe is an installation file, a program that puts all of the files and registry keys in the right places so that everything works correctly.

  2.What is Application Repackaging?

The process of creating a customized installation using an already packaged installation is termed as Re-packaging.

The setup routine can sometimes be very complex and open to user error especially when thousands of repeat installations are required in a corporate environment. In such environments reliability and repeatability are crucial.


B_Raj | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

While we deal with large windows installer packages, time required to install the package is one of the key factor in measuring the efficiency\quality of the package.

I’m briefing  here about some of the techniques that can be used to reduce the installation time of a MSI package.


The MSIFASTINSTALL property can be used to reduce the time required to install a large Windows Installer package. The property can be set on the command line or in the Property table to configure operations that the user or developer determines are non-essential for the installation.

How MSIFASTINSTALL Property will help to reduce the time?

1. This property helps to skip creating system restore point action in MSI install sequence.

2. This property helps to skip calculating the space requirements action in MSI install sequence. (Filecost)

Thus,if the developer is sure...

B_Raj | 25 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Msispy is an utility which comes along with Windows installer SDK. If you want to troubleshoot a MSI package in component level or feature level, I will recommend this tool as the best option for repackagers.It provides a nice GUI and command line utilities which makes it very user friendly.

MsiSpy provides a component level view of the products and features installed on a system, using either an MSI Package, or the registry information. Msispy also displays the status of each, and allows you to partially or completely re-install missing or damaged items. You  can also re-configure any product or feature, selecting the install level, and specifying whether to install it locally or run it from a network server.

 Some of the main features are;

  1. It allows you to open an MSI package and display all information about it.
  2. It display information about all the products installed on the computer.
  3. Allows you to load a...
KSchroeder | 20 Oct 2009 | 6 comments

FYI all...our testing so far with the Outlook 2007 patch this month (MS09-060) shows that it is introducing some of the improvements made in Office 2007 SP2 and several previously-released Outlook 2007 hotfixes (specifically KB969907).  Basically after installing and restarting Outlook or the machine, the first launch of Outlook will run a process which reindexes or otherwise optimizes your PSTs.  The message box is shown in the KB link to 969907.  Depending on the size/fragmentation of the PST, it can take a substantial amount of time (30+ minutes) for this to complete, and your users may wonder what is going on.

This patch has also broken an Outlook add-in we use (Cisco MeetingPlace), which we still don't have a working solution for. 

Remember...test, test, test!