Everyone Wants to be happy, Nobody wants to feel pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without any rain
Never stop climbing, reaching for your dreams…they only get closer with each step
The 28th of May was a public holiday so the work week started on the 29th which is nice for me a 4 day week means less early mornings. I have one week left on attachment before I am back home being bored out of my mind.
Today technically it isn’t a lot of work but when you see what I have to do, it looks like a lot.
Early in the morning, I had to help move the covered CXC boxes marked for their various destinations into a vehicle to be shipped.
After doing that and some slight procrastination my boss told me that I had to sort out and organize the netbook records. The netbook records are the forms that the parents/guardians of a child or a teacher had to sign upon receiving the netbook and covers every school on the island including the Grenadines. The records are arranged by school and grade, and my job is to ensure that each folder contains only persons from the school in the grade so that it is easier to find persons.
I started it today along with some help from a coworker and I haven’t even done any damage to it as yet, so it might be taking me the rest of the week to complete.
I was busy during the past week getting techy and nerdy and I found out how to create a universal windows 7 installation disk so out of the kindness of my heart I decided to share it with you. This was also the reason my posts were kind of late.
This tutorial is useful if you are a computer technician and have to reinstall windows 7 on client’s computers. It prevents you from having to search for each edition of windows 7 and also helps to save you money.
Get two copies of windows 7 a 32bit version and a 64bit version. If you have the iso image it will help you out greatly. I used windows 7 ultimate 32 and 64 bit you can use whatever copies you have.
The ei.cfg Removal Utility is a simple tool that will disable the ei.cfg from any Windows 7 ISO disc image, thereby converting the image into a “universal disc” that will prompt the user to select their preferred edition during setup. The ei.cfg Removal Utility works directly to patch the ISO image, by toggling the deletion bit in the UDF file table to instruct the operating system to ignore and remove ei.cfg, or treat it as if it does not exist. Best of all, the ei.cfg Removal Utility can reverse the patching to restore the ISO disc image to its original state when the tool is been used to apply on a disc image that previously been patched by the utility.
The ei.cfg Removal Utility is a standalone portable app, and requires no installation. In fact, the program does not have much of a user interface at all. Simply selecting the target Windows 7 ISO, and the disc image (ISO) will be patched right away. So make sure a backup copy of your ISO is created beforehand.
Download the ei.cfg Removal Utility here:eicfg_removal_utility.zip
- WAIK (Windows Automation Installation Kit) Download WAIK
- Windows Windows 7 x86 and Windows Windows 7 x64 DVDs. (the copies of windows 7 that you removed ei.cfg from)
- An application that can extract the files from an ISO (if using a downloaded ISO). I use WinRAR, but many apps can do this extraction.
- An application that allows you to build a new iso or create a bootable DVD/USB. I use UltraISO for this.
- Single Layer DVD, compatible DVD Burner and, of course DVD burning software… or a 4GB USB flash drive.
We will merge the four Windows 7 x64 editions into the Windows 7 x86 DVD contents, because Windows 7 x64 DVD has 64-bit content that can’t run some of the Win32 installation components.
1. Install WAIK in your Windows (doesn’t matter you are running Windows 7 or Windows XP)
2. Make two folders, in my examples I use Win7_64 and Win7_32. Now copy both Windows 7 x64 and x86 DVDs contents into their respective folders. Or extract your downloaded ISO’s into their respective folder.
3. Run WAIK command prompt (Run as Administrator if UAC enabled):
Start à All Programs àWindows AIK àWindows AIK and PE Command Prompt
4. Each and every Windows 7 edition has an index no. in the install.wim (WIM file), you can check using the following command:
Where G:\Win7_32 represents the location of your 32 bit DVD files
5. We will use the Imagex /export command to move our x64 WIM entries into the x86 wim file.
The syntax for this command is:
imagex /export src_file src_numbersrc_name dest_file dest_name
Now execute the following commands with appropriate INDEX number. to export a copy of the specified image to the Windows 7 32bit (x86) WIM file.
For Windows 7 Home Basic x64:
Imagex/export G:\Win7_64\Sources\install.wim 1 G:\Win7_32\Sources\install.wim "Windows 7 Home Basic (x64)"
For Windows 7 Home Premium x64:
Imagex/export G:\Win7_64\Sources\install.wim 2 G:\Win7_32\Sources\install.wim "Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)"
For Windows 7 Professional x64:
Imagex/export G:\Win7_64\Sources\install.wim 3 G:\Win7_32\Sources\install.wim "Windows 7 Professional (x64)"
For Windows 7 Ultimate x64:
Imagex /export G:\Win7_64\Sources\install.wim 4 G:\Win7_32\Sources\install.wim "Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)"
6. After execution of above commands Win7_32′s WIM file will be the universal WIM file that contains all version of Windows 7. You can export only desired versions into the image. For example you could make a Windows 7 DVD, which includes Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64 version only.
when you are finished with the tutorial you can create a iso image of the Win7_32 folder or burn it to a dvd or create a bootable flashdrive
be sure to do part 1 before doing part 2 otherwise you will get an error of missing files.
this tutorial was originally done by Seven Forums http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/85813-windows-7-universal-installation-disc-create.html
Today I was supposed to go back to the Ministry of Education first building to help the cover the boxes for Barbados and Jamaica; but when I arrived to do so they had not finished packing the boxes so I had to wait.
At around 10 a call came in to go to Peter’s Vale Primary School l and the supervisor asked whether if they should fix the computers at the school or bring them back to the office. Everyone decided it would be easier to bring the computers back to the office.
Because an employee was out sick with cold, I had to take care of the database and repair computers.
It was a bit after 11 when the computers from the school arrived all of which had dead batteries so it slowed down repairs a bit. I was given five computers that needed to have Firefox installed on them. After being unable to find it in meego’s software list a coworker showed me how to install Firefox for meego using Terminal, which sped up things for me, and within 15 minutes, I was finished.
After I got finished that I went down to help cover the boxes with two other coworkers but seeing as I was not needed and had something to take care of I left.
In the Morning, I had to go over to the Ministry of Education first building to help them cover boxes, which is kind of like wrapping presents except they are filled with CXC examination papers that were going to be shipped to Trinidad and Tobago. It was a total of six boxes and one package making it 7 things that had to be wrapped. I knew nothing about how to wrap presents and one of my coworkers and another person helped me.
After I was finished with wrapping boxes, I went back to where I was working to fix some more broken netbooks.
While on lunch a woman brought in a netbook that had a jumping screen, and I was instructed to turn it on. Upon turning it on, the screen was jumping so much that you could not recognize anything on the screen. I opened it up and I was told to open it up, a coworker then told me to touch a four-pin cable that had to do with the video and try to get it tightened. Upon doing so, I realized that the black wire for the cable was loose and had to be tightened or the whole cable had to be replaced all together, which required taking apart the entire computer including the screen. So obviously replacing the cable would be and if all else fails type of decision. I fought with the cable until it was not jumping at all but as soon as I said yes! The screen jumped not like before but just every now and then. Therefore, there was only thing to do, change the cable. Upon changing the cable, the first time the screen would not come on and my first thought was I had broken it. But then a senior coworker helped me out and I found out that I had changed the faulty cable with a bad one and all I had to do was take the netbook apart again and change the cable. After doing that, the computer came on and was working just fine.
After all that drama I decided to play some Halo for the rest of the afternoon.
Today there wasn’t a lot to do apart from in the morning when I helped do disk cover on some meego computer systems, removed some passwords, saw how to do a check disk and saw how to flash the cmos.
Today I visited The Thomas Saunders Secondary School and The St. Vincent Grammar School.
The Thomas Saunders Secondary School had a problem with one of their computers that would not power up. When the power button wash pushed nothing happened but the power supply was receiving power as its fan was spinning. There was also a problem of students putting in ps/2 keyboards and spinning them resulting in the pins being broken.
The computer was taken back to the office to be tested to find out what was the cause of the problem. After several tests, the conclusion was either the processor or the motherboard was bad.
The St. Vincent Grammar School had a problem with the teacher computer for the IT lab. The computer came on but nothing was seen on the screen. The monitor was verified to be good so the computer was taken back to the office but because the computer had work that the teachers needed the hard drive of the computer was taken out and placed into a working computer.
The computer was taken back to the office and it booted up properly and worked with the monitor so the problem may be a faulty expansion card.
The afternoon was very slow so I just watched the work done by the other technicians and help repair a netbook that had a bad keyboard.
*This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my internet decided to act bitch on me*
Today I restored a computer running meego and saw how to fix a printer and how to flash the cmos of a laptop.
The cmos is basically flashed by removing the cmos battery and wiping it using a tissue and then put it back in again.
In the afternoon I engaged in Halo, and Halo multiplayer as there were hardly any computers to repair.
One week since I am on attachment
Today marks one week since I have been on attachment. One whole week of getting up at 6am in the morning to reach to work for 8am with no pay mind you.
Today I learned how to take apart and put together a printer (Some follow-up YouTube videos may be necessary). Also I had the task of doing over a computer system in windows 7 and reinstalling the basic programs. Which didn’t take long except for the installation of Microsoft Office which acted as if it didn’t want to install.
Also I did not have to visit any schools or do any heavy lifting today which was a plus to my day.