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How do I use CAB SDK?

By Andros_Forever
May 28, 2008
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  1. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Hey danielbh download CAB SDK from microsoft's webpage here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310618

    Now unzip the file and open the folder; you should see a BIN folder, so far so good?
    You have to open cmd prompt and navigate to that folder like explained in the guide by nobardin, then use the cabarc x USBSTOR.IN_ to extract the inf. file. Good luck.
  2. nobardin

    nobardin Newcomer, in training Posts: 260

    Andros,

    I haven't forgotten about you. I have been busy lately and haven't had time to sit around. I will be able to spend some more time researching soon.

    Have you had any luck with anything?
  3. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I am now trying to see If I can get it to boot properly with VistaBootPRO 3.3. Hope I can figure this program out, I am burning a new Iso... I'll check back later.
  4. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    No luck. I've been trying countless times now, but the installation just wont go all the way through. Either the .inf is wrong of the .ini file does not recognize or the usbboot has a invalid line.(so far 1 and 3) It is not working for me. Let me know what you think I should do.
  5. nobardin

    nobardin Newcomer, in training Posts: 260

    I am going to extract the files and edit them again now that it's not 3am and i'm not sleepy.

    I will also continue to look for a way to fix this.

    Just to make sure, You have tried setting your USB device to the 1st boot device and removed your other hard drive from the boot sequence and the bios? Then tried to install your normal windows xp cd on it. Not the edited ones?

    It seems that if you can set a USB device (not floppy) as a boot device, and your bios recognizes the usb device it should work.

    Edit

    I emailed the new files to you. Let me know if they work.
  6. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    hey nobardin yea I tried installing xp countless times using the edited files and once with unedited files. Never worked for me. I have set the USB Drive to boot before the Internal Drive, and I cannot unattach internal Drive because I am running on a laptop. Opening it is out of the question since I have warranty on it. I will try using the new edited files you sent me, I just have to work up some patience to go through the process for the 10th time :_)
  7. nobardin

    nobardin Newcomer, in training Posts: 260

    I understand that you can't open the laptop up to disconnect the internal hard drive. However, if you remove it from the boot sequence completely then remove it from the bios (the part where it lists all of your drives) it should be like taking the drive out.

    I also understand that you are low on patience, but just stick with us here and we'll get this sorted out or come to the conclusion that it can't be done on your laptop.

    I have read a few posts that say some laptops just wouldn't seem to do it even with unhooking the internal hard drive. I have not given up yet and am looking still and reading stuff over and over trying to see what I may have done wrong.

    I'll continue looking around and will keep you informed on my progress.
  8. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Ok, I have tried installing XP again; no errors, black screen at USB Booting(Internal Hard Drive set to boot last even after Network Adapter that has an Exclamation mark next to it). Now what I am thinking Nobardin is if it would be wiser to install XP on my D: partition of my internal drive, instead of installing it on my USB Drive. The problem I had with this is that XP setup does not recognize my C or D partitions when I try to install XP, it only recognizes the USB Hard Drive. Do you think we should switch focus on how to get Win XP setup to recognize my D partition for XP installation?
  9. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    YES! Finally the installation went through and WinXP started the Setup Wizard! I finished that, and WinXP started! Hip hip hurray :D
    I used the second set of files that you sent me and they worked, finally I can boot off my USB Hard Drive. Now there are still some issues at hand. WinXP does not recognize my Internal Hard Drive as being there... that is odd. Also much of my hardware is not functioning properly, such as my Sound Card, Video Card, and most imporntatly my Network Card are not installed. In the Device Manager many icons have yellow ? Icons next to them, what can I do to fix this?
  10. nobardin

    nobardin Newcomer, in training Posts: 260

    You can try getting the drivers for your laptop here http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Lookup?h_lang=en&h_cc=us&cc=us&h_page=hpcom&lang=en&h_client=S-A-R163-1&h_pagetype=s-002&h_query=Pavillion+dv9000&submit.x=9&submit.y=7 Make sure you select the right one from the list. I put in what you stated earlier HP Pavillion dv9000 and thoes are the results I got.

    I figured if either of them would work it would have been the second set.

    As for your laptop not recognizing your internal drive. I will look into that and let you know what I find/figure out when I do.


    Edit
    Do you know if your internal drive is SATA or not?

    When you have installed all the drivers for your laptop If the internal drive still isn't showing let us know.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

     
  12. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I have went to the Driver download page for my model and downloaded all hardware drivers for my system. When I try to install them on XP though, the installer says "Installer for Vista only". I went to the Driver page again, this time under Windows XP, but all the Hardware drivers are missing from that page. Here is the link for the XP Drivers: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=228&lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&dlc=en&product=3439705
    While here is the link for the Vista Drivers:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=2093&lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3439705&dlc=en

    Any ideas on how to install the Hardware on XP now?
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That is strange
    Unless Xp automatically finds all these drivers, and that's why they are not supplied.

    But if that's not happening, then I'd suggest contacting them (link previously supplied) and ask them where's all the drivers (or specific drivers) are.
  14. Ich49

    Ich49 Newcomer, in training

    also strongly need this set of files - please!

    Hello nobardin and Andros_Forever!!

    >> "YES! Finally the installation went through and WinXP started the Setup Wizard! I finished that, and WinXP started! Hip hip hurray!! I used the second set of files that you sent me and they worked, finally I can "

    Please, one of you both, would you be so kind and could you send this magic "second set of files" also to me?
    I've lost lot of time and now im on the stage like Andros_Forever has been at 06-07-2008 01:24 PM :-(

    Thank you in advice!
  15. Ich49

    Ich49 Newcomer, in training

    Help please!

    I did exactly how described in "External HD Boot", but dosnt work!

    >> "INF-File txtsetup.inf failing or missing. Status 14"

    Off course the file IS in folder i386 and has the changes as described!

    Has anybody out there a functional CD/iso and could send this 6 right edited files, please?

    Thanx
  16. rakesh1988

    rakesh1988 Newcomer, in training

    pls help me using cabarc command
    its saying 'cabarc' is not recognised as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file.
  17. bryceman

    bryceman Newcomer, in training

    Please Help!

    Would u mind sending me the fixed files? My stupid pc won't open up cabsdk no matter what I do, and I have no other pc. Also, do you know if I can download a finished version of this anywhere? Either of those would be greatly apprecaited!!!
  18. auron

    auron Newcomer, in training

    thanks all, I hope your this can make my nec p600 work again.
  19. spcperez23

    spcperez23 Newcomer, in training

    Hello dear members of the TechSpot Forum,
    I am trying to Install Windows XP on my external Hard Drive and I have to edit files in my Windows XP Iso. These are the instructions.

    Use the Cab SDK (from the command line) for extracting the contents of the .IN_ files. Each of them contains exactly one .inf file. If you are unsure how to use the Cab SDK, here is an example command line: "cabarc x USBSTOR.IN_" . You should end up with three new files in the folder, called:

    * usb.inf
    * usbport.inf
    * usbstor.inf

    You can now delete the .IN_ files.

    What am I supposed to do? I tried running the exe in the Bin folder and a little screen appears for a fraction of a second and disappears. I've tried running it from the Run... and typed cmd, then put in "cabarc x USBSTOR.IN_". What am I supposed to do?
  20. 12monkeys

    12monkeys Newcomer, in training

    fixed files

    yes please can you email me them (pm for email) or upload them to this post like what you've done b4. i'm sure that would help out a lot of ppl. =) thanks in advance
  21. nobardin

    nobardin Newcomer, in training Posts: 260

    sending pm's to you all
  22. scootchamaria

    scootchamaria Newcomer, in training

    hello all......do i need to download some tools or something? or is SDK already in the command line.....do i hafta download SDK tools is what I'm asking

    in the past 5 mins i have answered my own question.....but now i have another.....WHERE can i get a hold of SDK tools fow WinXP?

    Also, does my mobo BIOS absolutely haft to support usb booting using this method? because it does not, to my knowledge...there is a removable media boot option.

    thanks people...u rock
  23. scootchamaria

    scootchamaria Newcomer, in training

    hello all......do i need to download some tools or something? or is SDK already in the command line.....do i hafta download SDK tools is what im askin

    SORRY BOUT THE DOUBLE POST


    Once again I have answered my own questions......I have burnt an image and am trying now........one more question though, does the edited .in_ files value changess have to sync? i mean should it read like this: equals signs are not aligned

    [SourceDisksFiles]
    usbboot.inf = 1,,,,,,_x,3,,3
    bootvid.dll = 1,,,,,,3_,2,0,0,,1,2
    kdcom.dll = 1,,,,,,3_,2,0,0,,1,2

    or like this, with the equals signs aligned, as all the other entries denote?:

    [SourceDisksFiles]
    usbboot.inf = 1,,,,,,_x,3,,3
    bootvid.dll = 1,,,,,,3_,2,0,0,,1,2
    kdcom.dll = 1,,,,,,3_,2,0,0,,1,2

    or, does it really matter at all?

    thx
  24. orkodan

    orkodan Newcomer, in training

    Files

    Would you be able to send me those magic 2nd set of files please.
    I'm getting to 99% of installation then it says Line 0 of usbboot.inf is corrupted. Settup cannot continue.

    Thankyou for your guide btw :)
  25. Batqul

    Batqul Newcomer, in training

    Hi I am trying to do this too, but i cant open with cabsdk..I get the flsh of the command prompt..i Tried clicking on the ZIPed direction on this tread but i get a windows cannot open folder...does not exist?
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