Post subject: Re: How to make a custom version of Windows? Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:30 am
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What would I use if I wanted to make some mods to Longhorn Build 5048?
As I have learned here it is not a program that you use. I personally have made a few changes to Windows XP using reshack.
Basic Editing Tutorial: 1. Copy the installer CD contents to your hard drive for editing. 2. Extract MSGINA.DL_ NTOSKERNEL.EX_ and SHELL32.DL_ with the command "extract [INPUT.DL_] [OUTPUT.DLL]" This is the same command for EXE. 3. Open the extracted files one by one and poke around, maybe replace some stuff with reshack. 4. Save the files 5. Get compress.exe from Google 6. Use compress.exe with the opposite syntax of the extract command to recompress. 6. Make the finished product into a Windows installer ISO with nLite (NT5 Based) or vLite (NT6 Based).
It's not too hard, except for the fact that I don't know how to recompress yet. Most of the easy stuff to edit is in BMP format, you can pull it into Photoshop or GIMP... Heck, you could pull it into Paint.
Oh my god... Did you hear about built-in makecab.exe utility? Simply go to folder where extracted file is, and type "makecab file.ext". Where file is your filename and ext is the extension. It will make "file.ex_" cabinet if your file is not file.ext but, shell32.dll it will make "shell32.dl_", you know what I'm trying to say? Because all of those files are cabinets. Also, use ModifyPE.exe for updating checksums, to avoid system errors. Find it with Google
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