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« on: April 23, 2017, 03:54:41 PM »
So I want to try and troubleshoot this further
Is it possible to create a log at boot time that I can write to C:\ on the target system or is my only option to disable all the plugins and try boot with a "vanilla" build and then slowly add plugins.
In fact if I have to go the "vanilla" path, that won't be entirely possible as I need to add drivers for the target hardware so I will need to leave that plugin enabled
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:21:39 PM »
Very good tutorial
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:39:44 PM »
I have a Win8PESE build that I have which works in a VM and that I have used successfully on certain systems (i.e. booted OK on some physical systems)
Yesterday I had a situation where I'm confident that I had the necessary drivers for the target hardware (Dell Optiplex 790) and yet when the ISO reached "Setting up personalised settings for Themes setup" the startup hung
Eventually a Shell Swapper window appeared (which I have never seen before - see attached) but it was unresponsive
So I'm hoping for some ideas on what could be causing this behaviour - or what I can try to troubleshoot
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:49:55 PM »
The answer was not the location of the plugins but
Use or test plugins under your project folder.
On builder tree, do not test or run plugins under "MyPlugins Direct"
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:41:05 PM »
OK well I have at least got the project working again.
It seems that when specifying the source, you must have the Win8PE SE highlighted on the left-hand side.
If you don't have Win8PE SE highlighted, it can appear that you're specifying the source for the project - but in reality you may not be.
I thought that issue with the project not building had to be fairly simple, still it is a relief to have it resolved.
Once the build completes I'll return to trying to figure out why my new plugin doesn't run without error.
First test will be moving the plugin to Apps - same as @Prz42
« on: February 06, 2017, 07:57:39 PM »
it worked with no errors except for the copy the folder to target, since
there is no files in the script directory.
This is useful feedback, it is interesting that you're not seeing the RegHiveLoad error that I am seeing.
I wonder whether I have the plugin in the wrong place. I am using:
Apart from this plugin I am using Utils\Update Win8PESE (Exact and Secure) and all the other plugins are have been downloaded from AppYGS or TweaksY so my setup should be a supported config.
After some more testing ....
There appears to be some issue with the entire project.
I tried moving the Project from the F: drive (e.g. F:\Win8PE) to the C: drive (C:\Win8PE) as I wondered whether that might help.
Now when I build (i.e. Play) there aren't any errors, but the project stops after a few seconds instead of running around 70 plugins. So somehow I have broken something.
Log file attached
« on: February 06, 2017, 01:40:06 PM »
This is a rewrite of a new plugin from scratch with the intention of using it in the MyPlugins_Direct section, so that it won't interfere with any of the downloaded plugins.
I've taken a plugin shell and then tried to add in the sections that I need. So this is not the old script.
In simple terms I need to copy files and add a couple of registry entries.
For the registry entries I have studied some working plugins and that is the code that they use.
The line looks ok. The error could be caused by the hive still being mounted by a previous plugin and not unmounted properly.
Unfortunately this is not the issue, as I am seeing this error when I run the plugin stand-alone to troubleshoot.
If there isn't an obvious answer I'll try using another plugin as the starting point.
« on: February 05, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »
I am getting this error with a plugin that I am writing
[Failed] (Shadow-505.script Imaging: ShadowProtect v5.05) RegHiveLoad - Failed to load registry hive: [Tmp_Software] From file: [%target_sys%\config\software]: Unknown error
I have compared the syntax of the reghiveload command in question with a couple of other plugins that work and the code appears to be identical, so I'm not sure what the issue is (I assume that there is some earlier code which I'm missing that I need).
I've included an extract of the main code of the plugin. I'm aware that there is another ShadowProtect plugin available, but it has different requirements to what I already have plus I have another plugin with the same issue. So fixing this plugin will allow me to resolve a couple of issues.
Title=Imaging: ShadowProtect v5.05
Description=(v5.05) StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® provides backup and disaster recovery, data protection, and managed system migration for Windows systems on virtual and physical machines. Recover systems, applications, and data to the same or different hardware or virtual environment.
pCheckBox2="Start Menu",1,3,10,23,76,14,True,"__Start Menu Shortcut"
pTextBox1=,1,0,7,43,99,21,"HD Tasks\Imaging","__'Start Menu' Folder"
A fix would be great or a pointer to how I can identify the issue would be fine as well.
« on: February 04, 2017, 06:40:53 PM »
This plugin works well
« on: February 04, 2017, 06:39:50 PM »
OK well good news the plugin is finally working for me
A little bit of an explanation for those who happen to encounter an issue with DiskDirector.exe in the future.
As @Lancelot pointed out, my WinPE64.zip did not contain DiskDirector.exe - I was somewhat annoyed by this as I wasted a stack of time because the supplied file was wrong. So initially I followed Lancelot's instructions to obtain the WinPE file from the trial so that I could find out where the DiskDirector file should be. I then modified the supplied ZIP file and added DiskDirector.exe into the Files directory. Surprisingly (to me at least) the plugin still complained about the fact that DiskDirector.exe was missing.
So in the end I just nuked the original WinPE file and used the one from the trial version. Which the plugin was happy with.
Thanks again to @Lancelot and @Prz42
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:43:54 AM »
I get your pm, and I see there is no DiskDirector.exe inside your WinPE64.zip
no surprise Acronis Disk Director plugin fails without DiskDirector.exe
It is %100 end user fault. Something naturally happens time to time with "Provide File" type plugins
Thanks for looking into this for me.
For the record I did not "build" the WinPE64.zip file, I copied the file from C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\DiskDirector\WinPE
so the issue in this instance was that the provided file did not have the correct contents
« on: February 03, 2017, 09:21:10 AM »
With version 18 you do not need to put any files in - Provide Files and - Import Installed Key
if you have installed Acronis DD 12 and is functional and licensed
I deleted the plugin and re-downloaded
« on: February 03, 2017, 09:15:42 AM »
pm me your WinPE64.zip (dropbox etc) so I can test plugins here with your WinPE64.zip tonight or tomorrow...
I'm not sure that I can send PM's, as after sending it, there were no entries in sent messages.
« on: February 02, 2017, 11:31:36 PM »
Unfortunately the plugin is still not working for me, same error as before
Retrieve - Failed to retrieve the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Target\Win8PESE\Program Files\Acronis\DiskDirector\DiskDirector.exe] - File does not exist:
However now WinBuilder halts, rather than continuing execution.
So what I have done is I have started from scratch
I am using Complete Package: Win8PE_SE_2016-12-23.zip
Project is in folder: F:\Win8PE
Source is supported
Source is in F:\S\Win8_x64
Ran plugin: Update Win8PESE (Exact and Secure)
Download plugin: Downloads\AppYGS\HD Tasks\Acronis Disk Director WinPE (Prz42)
BTW what is the difference between AppYGS and AppsGS as there is also a version of the plugin listed there?
Plugin version is v.18
- Import Installed Key
- Provide Files WinPE64.zip located in F:\Win8PE\Workbench\Common\Apps\Acronis_DiskDirector_Files_WinPE
For the record my installation of Acronis DD 12 is functional and licensed.
Full log file attached
« on: February 01, 2017, 06:43:02 PM »
Well I will be re-running the Update shortly, so I should get the latest plugin if I didn't have it already.
But I'm going to work my way through the FAQ first and make sure that my config complies with all the other best practice. Which hopefully will get the plugin working out-of-the-box.
Then I'll see if I can get my scripts working without breaking anything, but I'm going to remove them for now.
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:49:10 PM »
Thanks for the advice.
I'll work through the FAQ and make sure that my build complies with the basics and see how I go from there.
@Prz42 thanks for your time, it seems I may have wasted some of it, please accept my apology for that.
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:30:17 PM »
So just curious did the PE that you built work?
I see the same error messages. I am sure that you
probably did a new complete built and just not run
the plugin. After so many problems I also delete
these folders ISO,Logs,Mount, Pictures,Temp & Target.
Yes the PE does build and run OK.
Although unfortunately somewhere along the way some scripts that I had previously written for Win7PE and which were working before I started troubleshooting this plugin have now stopped being executed (for reasons that are not clear to me). There are still entries in the build log for the scripts, but the applications files are no longer being copied and the shortcuts are not being created. I'm pretty sure this happened after clicking on the 'Update' button and unfortunately the restore didn't undo the changes so that is annoying as now I have two issues rather than one.
If you have any ideas about this, that would be great, but if not, I'll deal with that later.
Still when things don't work you have to try things and sometimes making changes breaks things :(
So I'm trying to think what else I could try to fix the issue with DD12, as this is a utility that I would like to have in the build.
I am currently building Win8PE SE on a Windows 7 x64 system. Is this supported/recommended or would I be better off building on a Win8 system? And if that were the case (i.e. I am going to need to setup a new VM) would I better off switching to Win10? I'm not mad keen to do this as I will need to download some new ISO's but if this is the best option long-term then I may as well switch now.
Alternatively if Win8PE SE should build fine on my existing Win7 x64 VM, is it possible that you could add some diagnostic logging code to the plugin so that we can try and get some idea why the plugin is not locating DiskDirector.exe on my system?
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:50:35 PM »
First off would like to say that I really appreciate your persistance.
Sometimes you can just update your Macro File, but Update button is
the best. It looks like someone put a lot of time and effort into Update
as it keeps all your settings.
I did this and the Update plugin completed without error
However unfortunately the behaviour of the Acronis Plugin has not changed, it still complains about the DiskDirector file (even if I copy the file across manually to the target directory myself) and the other macro errors are still occurring as well.
Is there some sort of diagnostic process I could follow to try and shed some light on why the macro errors are occurring. It seems that there must be something wrong with my environment.
« on: January 29, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »
Your log file doesn't have any errors or warnings whereas mine does.
I'm no expert when it comes to plugins, but the issue seems to be here
[Warning] (Macro_Library.script) Reference to undefined variable: [%ProgramEXEVer%]
[Warning] (Macro_Library.script) Reference to undefined variable: [#$q/AutoIt3ExecuteScript#$q #$q%BaseDir%\Temp\Win8PESE\Macro_Library\Change_INI_Value003.au3#$q /WBValueWrite #$qProjects\Yomi\AppsGS\HD Tasks\Acronis Disk Director_WinPE_Prz42.Script#$q #$qInterface#$q #$qP_Version#$q #$q/v=%ProgramEXEVer%#$q]
Which results in this error during the execution of the script
Run - Processing section: [WriteSettings] From file: [Projects\Yomi\AppsGS\HD Tasks\Acronis Disk Director_WinPE_Prz42.Script]
[Info] Registering components...
[Failed] Retrieve - Failed to retrieve the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Target\Win8PESE\Programs\Acronis\DiskDirector_x64\DiskDirector.exe] - File does not exist:
[Warning] Reference to undefined variable: [%ProgramEXEVer%]
In your log file %ProgramEXEVer% is resolved
Run - Processing section: [WriteSettings] From file: [%BaseDir%\Projects\MyPlugins_Direct\Apps\HD Tasks\Partitioning\Not Used\Acronis Disk Director_WinPE_Prz42.Script]
[Info] Registering components...
[Success] Retrieve - Sucessfully retrieved the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Target\Win10PESE\Programs\Acronis\DiskDirector_x64\DiskDirector.exe] to variable: [%ProgramEXEVer%] with result: [126.96.36.19970]
But for me the variable is not resolved, so that seems to be the problem.
But why the variable is not being resolved is beyond my knowledge level.
I can see that we're using a different image OS.
I'll attach the full log file in the hope that the answer is in there somewhere
« on: January 27, 2017, 06:39:38 PM »
Appreciate your assistance.
I now have three errors
[Failed] (Acronis Disk Director_WinPE.Link Acronis Disk Director WinPE) Retrieve - Failed to retrieve the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Target\Win8PESE\Programs\Acronis\DiskDirector\DiskDirector.exe] - File does not exist:
[Failed] (Macro_Library.script) Retrieve - Failed to retrieve the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Workbench\Common\Acronis Disk Director_WinPE\WinPE32_64\fltsrv.sys] - File does not exist:
[Failed] (Macro_Library.script) Retrieve - Failed to retrieve the file version from: [%BaseDir%\Workbench\Common\Acronis Disk Director_WinPE\WinPE32_64\snapman.sys] - File does not exist:
There are notes about the last two in the instructions.txt file so hopefully I will be able to resolve those myself.
Not so sure about the first error though.
The file DiskDirector.exe is located in the following directory on the computer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Acronis\DiskDirector
But it seems that the script is not locating the file. I tried copying DiskDirector.exe into the 'Provided files' folder but that was not the answer.