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 PostPost subject: msoobe        Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:02 am 
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I knew this is the setup thing when you first install windows, so I was just playing with run and entered oobe/msoobe /f and the Windows XP logo came up and it said please wait loading the oobe program.
Is that safe to do? It won't delete anything? (probably a very noob question).


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I have no idea. Maybe you should try that in VMWare or Virtual PC.


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OOBE stands for Out of Box Experience.

It handles the activation, I've used it to manually open the activation window to activate or check Windows activation before. 'msoobe /a' should get you to activation or tell you that it's already activated. You might somehow deactivate your copy of Windows or maybe change your Automatic Update settings, but other than that it shouldn't change anything.


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Well, it doesnt only handle the activation.

What you see when you first real start the computer and enter the setup, like screenresolution and wich name and key code.

Try this, install a Windows XP, then click CANCEL when asking for better resolution (skips OOBE) and then resize resize your screen resolution to 1024x786 and then run SYSPREP.EXE from the DEPLOY.CAB on the XP Professional CD (works also on home edition and so on) and then Reboot.

Sysprep removes all traces of your actions but not the installed programs and so on, and reseals the computer for the MSOOBE on restart.
This is how computer manufactures do it with all there crapware, and if your working as IT guy you also do the Mini-Setup, also fun to watch.

But try this in VMWare/VPC then its safe, its not recommended on your PC because you can loose your documents and so on.

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DjRob wrote:
Well, it doesnt only handle the activation.

What you see when you first real start the computer and enter the setup, like screenresolution and wich name and key code.

Try this, install a Windows XP, then click CANCEL when asking for better resolution (skips OOBE) and then resize resize your screen resolution to 1024x786 and then run SYSPREP.EXE from the DEPLOY.CAB on the XP Professional CD (works also on home edition and so on) and then Reboot.

Sysprep removes all traces of your actions but not the installed programs and so on, and reseals the computer for the MSOOBE on restart.
This is how computer manufactures do it with all there crapware, and if your working as IT guy you also do the Mini-Setup, also fun to watch.

But try this in VMWare/VPC then its safe, its not recommended on your PC because you can loose your documents and so on.



Would this also work in vista?


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For Vista its a bit different.

Here is how to do it:

Install Vista and when on MSOOBE, Press CTRL+F10, this brings up the command prompt.
Type: TASKMGR
On the processes tab, shutdown the MSOOBE.EXE

After a few seconds it boots into Vista with the Administrator account and automatically have a box saying SYSPREP.

Install everything you want, then click SYSPREP, it runs the SYSPREP and then shutsdown.
Then restart again and you should see the MSOOBE again.

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First of all it's Shift-F10 to access a command prompt from an XP or Vista OOBE. If msoobe.exe is killed then it logs out of nta\system, but if you run explorer.exe (on XP at least) you'll be logged on as NTA\SYSTEM which can give you access to all files on the computer. Not so safe now are we...

The other thing is, to use sysprep, it's best to enter audit mode (Ctrl-Shift-F3 but only on the first page)


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Oh sorry, I wanted to write SHIFT+F10, but wroted CTRL.

If you KILL msoobe.exe, it boots further and then enters the Administrators account.

For Vista you can use the other trick but XP is better with KILL the MSOOBE.exe

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