Discussion in 'MDL Projects and Applications' started by nononsence, Sep 17, 2009.
someone else might be able to get it to work, but I was unable to.
Something els you can do to remove the hidden partition
if you have a vista CD, act like you are going to install create a partition and then format that partition. Once the partition is created remove the vista Cd and place windows 7 Cd in computer and then reboot your computer.
Boot from CD and go ahead and install windows 7 you will see the partition you created earlier and windows 7 will not create a hidden partition. If you delete your main partition then windows 7 will create that hidden partition. You will be able to delete all partitions with a vista CD.
Just remember do not delete your main partition, you can still format that partition through. this is for fresh installs only.
This patch prevents the installer from creating the hidden partition, so you dont have to do all that.
It is nice to know you can remove it after the fact. But yeah, that thread did drag on.
got rid of the dialog, which simplified the patch.
I also found a way to install GRLDR without any more hacks, using just
an OEM folder I have attached an example $OEM$ just put GRLDR in
each of the folders that represent drive letters and the cert in
its not a very clean way to do it but it works.
Can someone up a pre-modified winsetup.dll for 7 with this. So all I have to do is add it to the iso then burn it.
32 or 64 bit ?
and do you want just the no hidden partition mod or the boot code mod also
the bootcode mod is required if you want to install GRLDR with an oem folder
and have windows activated when setup is complete
added link to pre-patched files to first post.
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Will these patches allow for unattended installs without the 100mb partition? Or does it require intervention to avoid the 100mb partition. Not complainging jsut asking. I think it is great that you did this, allot less hoops to jump through just to get it partitioned the way we want it.
I think unattend install will be the same, completly disabling the creation of the hidden partiton looks complicated, and the sub functions are rather large.
but Im working on it.
SO you have to insert winsetup.dll into the boot.wim image also for it to work. I thought you just had to put it in the sources folder. Do you have to use WAIK for this?
Yes, Boot.wim image controls the install when you boot from the DVD, so you need to make your changes in boot.wim
The winsetup.dll in the DVD > Sources folder is only used when installing via Setup.exe.
Does this patch require us to manually create a partition to avoid the 100 MB partition.
I think a VM of mine got a 100 MB partition with this patch when I didn't create a partition.
Has anyone tested this with unattend.xml with auto-formatting the HDD. Which version of winsetup.dll (boot.wim or one in sources folder)does anyone think is running when unattend.xml formats a HDD ?
if it's to install windows 7 on a new HD, u just have to create partitions before installing windows 7 and no 100MB partition will be created.
now on VMware install, I didnt install windows 7 with VMware but i don't think it would be a big prob if there's a 100MB hidden part on the virtual drive no ?
if you let windows partitiont the drive the it will create the 100mb partition
you have to make the partiton if you want the whole disk as a single partiton
completely removing the auto creation of the 100mb partition is possible
I just dont understand assembly well enough to start messing with the agruments
passed to the sub function that creates the partition.
do i've to recreate the iso?
I found myself here while trying to figure out how to setup an unattended win7 without the 100mb system reserved partition. And so I came across "no_hidden" and "no_bootcode" and GRLDR.
Ok, no_hidden is probably what I need, but that got me all curious with the other 2. What do they actually do? What are they for? I'd like to learn if anybody don't mind explaining. Thanks
Wow, crazy answers
The easiest solution BY FAR is to create a 10MB partition, then resize it to what you want. Windows 7 Setup will not bother you about creating a recovery partition.
sorry this wont work for unattended, the hack allows you to manualy create
the partitions without the system partition automaticaly being generated.
no need to do the shift+f10 and using diskpart or resizing partitions.
the bootcode mod allows you to install GRLDR with an OEM folder, and have
setup write the bootsector to make the bootloader active.