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Plugins / Re: Notepad++ universal Plugin
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:01:21 PM »
It's not easy to track this down, I've got a springtime Win8.1SEx64 build on a usb2 stick with N++ 7.4-somewhat [x86] which was done with Notepad++ universal. It works flawlessly with full customization, additional plugins and so forth. Version 7.5 however came with changes.
While N++ x64 on a x64 build of Win8.1SE works fine (thanks to your plugin), any x86 variation doesn't any longer.

Unfortunately, if you like to work with N++ plugins (I definitely do), you're better off with the 32 bit version.
I'll get back to this as soon as I've got more time on my hands.


I've got a DELL XPS 13 9360 here and need to make a PE for it, currently using Win8.1SE.
Booting up the PE Desktop I noticed that the resolution with "small" scaling (96 dpi/100 % - Smaller) is hardly readable.
At my production system a 24" screen is used, so 96 dpi is fine here, no need for scaling.

I found out that the Registry values for DPI scaling (Win8DpiScaling, LogPixels) are written in yy_Theme.script -
however, modifying the relevant LogPixels value to 120 dpi/125 % - Medium won't have an effect on the PE Desktop.
I suppose there's another information that needs to be added for this to work.

The best solution would be to make Win8.1SE/Win10PESE capable of changing the item size as in regular Windows installations.
Right now, this will lead to a visual flaw as Win8.1SE starts a new session without applying the changes.
Any ideas?

Plugins / Re: Notepad++ universal Plugin
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:01:19 PM »
Hi Lancelot,

thanks for the reply. I came across this post and another one, that looks like a Npp bug.

Running your plugin for Win10PESE on Win8.1SE x64 works, minimal packages (64 bit only) also work.
However, running minimal packages (32 bit) will cause the 3 messages to show up.

You wrote the plugin for Win10PESE so I assume the dependencies are specific for this PE build.
As your plugin works fine for Win8.1SE x64 as well, I ran a cut down version of it (just x86) for Win8.1SE (x64) and got the 3 messages again.

I additionally uncommented the line
Code: [Select]
before the Require_FileQ,... section.

It's possible that the dependencies aren't correct for Npp x86 on W8.1SE, though.
Unfortunately that's still rather vague ...

Plugins / Re: Firefox Universal Plugin Development
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:19:55 AM »
Bugfixed and generally revised version has been updated.

Old download counter was 123 downloads.
Let's see if we can top that!

Plugins / Re: Firefox Universal Plugin Development
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:08:54 AM »
A bunch of changes needs to be done, I'll upload a new version soon.
I know that Flash support is broken currently, I don't make much use of it any more so I haven't fixed it yet.
Maybe I'll follow Prz42's suggestion to support Flash_Add.Script, too.

Plugins / Re: Notepad++ universal Plugin
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:01:35 AM »
After a longer hiatus I decided to resume work on my Npp plugin as I need to build a fresh Win8.1SE x64 in the near future.
I discovered that my plugin won't work for current 32 bit versions (Npp v7.5x) any longer.

Lancelot managed to create a (SE only) plugin for Npp 7.5.1 recently, afaics he added a few dependencies. I successfully tested it.
Lancelot's plugin automatically uses Npp's 64bit version for x64 PE builds, which my plugin doesn't do; it's not interchangeable.

Oddly, adopting the dependency information to my own plugin didn't have an effect.

Building a basic Npp deployment (without plugins/themes/config etc.) using the Notepad++_universal plugin,
when I run it within Win8.1SE later on I'll only get the following messages (in that order):

  • Checking certificate of X:\Program Files\Notepad++\SciLexer.dll DLL signature verification failed
  • Library verification failed Authenticode check failed: signature or signing certificate are not recognized
  • Exception On WM_CREATE ScintillaEditView::init : SCINTILLA ERROR - Can not load the dynamic library

It doesn't matter if I use a prepared Npp deployment or simply run the executable of a minimal x86 package.
I tested both npp.7.3.3.bin.minimalist and npp.7.4.2.bin.minimalist.

Does anybody have an idea?

Plugins / Re: ShadowProtectPE
« on: December 06, 2016, 07:07:45 PM »
Thank you Prz42! :thumbsup:

Ooh yeah, I recall an attempt of mine some years ago playing with ShadowProtect in Win7PESE.
But I didn't write a nice plugin like you, merely a rapid proof of concept (which behaved very similarly).

Back then I ended up in the same situation, i.e. two messages when launching ShadowProtect PE:
Firstly, the missing executable X:\Programs\PeNetwork\PeNetwork.exe is criticised (error message).
Afterwards, a time zone must be chosen, too - prior to launch ShadowProtect PE.

To put it mildly, I found it embarrassing doing this on each startup without any option (ini?) to turn it off.
If you're a frequent user of StorageCraft this will surely piss you off ...

Win8.1 SE HomePage / Re: Prerequisites for Bluetooth
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:02:19 AM »
Did anybody succeed enabling Bluetooth in Win8.1SE x64?

Win8.1 SE HomePage / Re: Win8.1SE for ASUS UX501VW?
« on: October 13, 2016, 08:58:50 AM »
ChrisR, thank you. It seems to work, except for the Boot Option Priorities.
I have to change Boot Option #1 "[Windows Boot Manage...]" every time I boot the notebook.
The configuration change isn't lasting, quite annoying.

Half OT: The ZenBook comes with 4 partitions (#1: 260MB EFI; #2: 16MB MSR; #3: 237GB GPT; #4: 499MB WRE).
Image for Windows 3.03 will correctly offer these 4 partitions if I choose Drive Backup.
Acronis True Image 2017 merely detects 3 (#2 is missing) of them, so does TI 2016.

Win8.1 SE HomePage / Re: Win8.1SE for ASUS UX501VW?
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:59:06 AM »
Okay, let me sum up the steps before I dedicate myself further to the ZenBook (new model has just arrived):

  • Project Win8.1 x64 v61
  • Plugin Copy to USB-Device v54 featuring options: BootIce + FAT32 + Add Grub2-EFI (x64 UEFI only)
  • Alternatively, Copy to USB-Device BCD BootMGR v52 can be used instead
  • In EFI/Bios..whatever of ZenBook, new topmost boot entry in Boot Option Priorities for USB stick (default: Windows Boot Manager)

What about the Fast Boot option (menu Boot), which is enabled by default?

Plugins / Re: ShadowProtectPE
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:26:18 PM »
A PE plugin for StorageCraft ShadowProtect? That would be great!
I'll have a close look next weekend.

Plugins / Re: Notepad++ universal Plugin
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:23:31 PM »
That's great, I'm looking forward to the new version, just hope that the couple of plugins that I use will be available in Npp x64 as well.

Research and questions / Re: Offline Windows hostname getter
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:21:29 PM »
Thanks JFX, it's functional now. However, writing the output into an environment variable (SetEnv) didn't work.
I ended up compiling the .au3 to return the resulting string to cmd level and to proceed there.

Win8.1 SE HomePage / Re: Win8.1SE for ASUS UX501VW?
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:09:39 AM »
ChrisR, thank you for the reply.

A family member decided to order the ZenBook. As there were further inconstancies, it went back to the seller.
Currently, a second ZenBook is on its way, i.e. this topic will become active again.

I haven't decided yet whether I'll keep UEFI or disable it. I see no advantages in UEFI+SecureBoot.
Windows 8.1 installed in MBR mode will use 2 partitions, with UEFI it needs 4.

Not sure If I understood this correctly, you mean the order of the boot entries (usb stick topmost) is relevant?
I'd like to do a test at first...

Research and questions / Offline Windows hostname getter
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:48:51 AM »

TeraByte added a neat context menu option to their backup solution, a command that will perform a full backup of a selected partition
with pre-selected parameters (target path etc.).

The new image file will also be named accordingly such as C system.root - 2016-09-07 @1310.TBI, I included the partition label system.root.
To make it a distinct name I'd like to also add the hostname of the Windows system of that partition - if existing.

As in a PE %computername% holds e.g. Win81SE, an approach could be:

  • Check a partition for an offline Windows installation
  • Search for and load offline SYSTEM (huge!) as Registry hive
  • Read out a particular Registry value, cf. here
  • Put the value in a new environment variable HostOScsname
  • Make use of the variable for Image for Windows

Scripting all this in AutoIt should be possible but is time consuming.

Is there a simpler/quicker way to read out the hostname of an offline Windows installation?

Plugins / Re: Firefox Universal Plugin Development
« on: August 28, 2016, 08:22:49 AM »
Why so complicated? Feel free to put it directly on the server if you like it.

Plugins / Re: Firefox Universal Plugin Development
« on: August 23, 2016, 07:11:09 AM »
New version available in first post.

Confirmed working for Firefox 48.0.1 incl. full extension support.
However, this might change for an upcoming Firefox release...

In the medium term, I'm going to discontinue the Firefox universal development as Mozilla keeps messing up stuff. :thumbdown:

Maybe Cyberfox will turn out to be a successor. If I cannot use pre-set extensions any longer, for me
Firefox deployment becomes pointless. Circumvention hacks are but a makeshift and nothing to rely on permanently.

Plugins / Re: TeraByte Image for Windows
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:40:40 AM »
Yes, I set that checkbox to hidden as I was thinking about omitting this option:
I find the mount option (via context menu) much more useful and flexible as well, so I'd thought to rely on that.

At the moment, I recommend Prz42's excellent plugin which is more mature (and versatile) than mine.

Plugins / Re: TeraByte Image for Windows
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:42:19 AM »
A new plugin for IfW 3.00c* is available. You'll also need the attached PE.7z.
If you omit the licence information, IfW 3.00c will run as trial version.
* the most recent version that I found

Win8.1 SE HomePage / Re: Win8.1SE for ASUS UX501VW?
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:16:53 AM »
ASUS got back to me, another clerk this time. He blames me as I disabled Secure Boot and enabled Launch CSM,
thus activating Legacy mode. I haven't got the faintest idea whether Secure Boot is feasible with Win8.1SE or will be one day*.
Unless there's a viable solution, I stick to Legacy mode even for recent computers.

* Apparently there are users who got UEFI+Secure Boot working -- somehow.
It would be great to have a novice tutorial for a start.

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