2stroke, I meant two keystrokes to bring your PC back to life when it fails. Uses Symantec Ghost ver 8 and the customer is provided with a usb restore stick called CLIENT, see also faqs. It should be noted that the restore images which are around 6gb average for a basic build are held in the computer's hard disk on a separate fat32 partition which is hidden as not to tamper and not in the usb stick.

The usb restore stick or pen drive as its sometimes called can be little as 500mb which are hard to find these days and so provided with a 1gb instead. During boot process the CLIENT first initiates the KEY match and if satisfactory checks the BUILD and ASSET registrations match with the CLIENT and if satisfactory prompts a User Agreement with the user's first name, make and model and on complying executes to the Main Screen, see below 2stroke Naming Convention; no two CLIENTs are the same and CLIENTS can be configured to hold more than one computer configuration as for an example a department or household with more than one computer.

There are five 2stroke tool sets and the customer gets the CLIENT and the CLIENT Maker CD which is used to remake the CLIENT if lost. The other three are not given away and are meant to administer 2stroke builds, USB 2stroke Build, DVD 2stroke Build and the DVD Admin tool. All the tool sets boot to a Windows 98 DOS menu and batch driven, watch a 3 minute 'CLIENT' 2stroke demo.

Current popular computer and laptop brands are quality built and last a long time when kept well. A stand-alone slow malfunctioning computer with pop ups are caused more likely by trojan horses or virus performing jobs over killing the CPU, thus slowing start ups or when writing an email or a Word letter or browsing and is therefore software related and not hardware.

To repair/fix the above problem is to boot from the CLIENT and then pick your choice from the Main Screen, the 's' or the 'd' key and with two keystrokes your computer will be restored to 'default'. The 's' key is to restore the System volume and the 'd' for restoring the User Data volume. Choosing the 's' key option will restore/fix your system and the 'd' key will wipe your data. The d key is rarely chosen as its only when you no longer need your data e.g. when selling your computer, as it blanks your 'My Documents' folders or technically the data partition; 2stroked computers are configured with three main partitions, ntfs-system, ntfs-data and a fat32-restore images volume.

'Default' is the microsoft system and applications preloaded and finally imaged, a 'clean install', e.g., XP or Vista or Windows 7 with Office 2003/2007/2010 or 2003/8 Server, printer drivers, Adobe Reader, Flash player, Shockwave, Java, service packs, updates, etc.

I have detailed below an overview of a Windows XP 2stroke build process and can also be implemented with Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003 or 2008 operating systems as well with slight modification to the partition information as beginning with Vista Microsoft introduced system partition managed by bootmgr.

BOOTMGR

2stroke Naming Convention

The first step is to create the KEY, BUILD and ASSET names and are derived from parts of the user's full name, make and model and softwares.

USB 2stroke Build Process

A) Build the Windows XP PC as normal with current service packs and updates, office apps, printer drivers, etc.

B) Boot from the USB 2stroke Build, goto and choose Clone Disk 1 from the menus which will create the initial disk images in the asset folder, XTHARARA.

C) Go back to invoke Ghost manually and restore the cloned image straight back to an initial partition of 50gb which suffices Win XP and Win 7 standard builds.

D) Reboot and log in to Windows and create a fat32 and a ntfs partition on the rest of the disk space.

The fat32 volume size is detemined by the total size of the images in the asset folder + 1 gb for expansion. Optional drives can be added for storage and 2stroked or left alone, see XTHARARA partition below.

E) Move My Docs, Desktop, Outlook and the Favorite folders to the root of the newly created ntfs partition, assign it as D, the fat32 as E and the DVD is reassigned last as F which changes as the screenshot above shows when dis/mounting internal or external drive/s.

F) Copy the preconfigured sysprep folder containing the Diskpart batch files to C:\. A shortcut of remove3.bat called 2stroke to dismount the 2stroke volume is then copied to the All Users\Startup as not to tamper. Customer is also advised not to add addidional Users as the new User's personal folders would need to be moved, as stated above.



G) Reboot from USB 2stroke Build, goto and choose Clone Disk 1 from the menus deleting the old images and creating the default set of disk restore images in the asset folder. These spanned images now includes the System, Data and the 2stroke volumes which is in effect, the whole disk.

H) Reboot from the Windows XP CD to choose Repair Console and format all partitions to Slate next. Copy XONXOFF.bat and ADVERT.bat to the 2stroke volume.

I) Reboot from USB 2stroke Build, goto and choose Slate Disk 1 from the menus to create a near empty disk image in the ARCHIVE folder.

J) Go back to choose 2STROKE Restore which performs the five automated jobs, Slate, Format, System and Data Restore, Configuration and lastly Registeration completing the 2stroke Build process.

The five jobs are simultaneously clocked in a zipped file in the ARCHIVE folder.

Press C now to make the CLIENT or optionally use the CLIENT Maker CD next.

CLIENT Maker CD Process

Step A only
A) Add CLIENTiT.bat file to CLIENTiT.iso as the boot image, save and burn.


CLIENTiT.bat
@ECHO OFF
SET STICK=A
SET FNAME=Narinder
SET MAKE=Dell D2400
SET CMAKE=CruzerMini stick
SET BUILD=NGDDFTA
SET ASSET=XTHARARA
SET BYPASS=GOTO CLIE > NUL
SET NOSUP=GOTO NOSYSDAT > NUL
SET wRESTORE=Crestore

Post 'DVD 2stroke Build Process'

A) Add CLIENT.bat file to oakgc.iso as the boot image and save, do not burn as yet (see relevant screenshots and batch configs below).

CLIENT.bat
@ECHO OFF
SET APP=Windows XP Prof, Office 2003 + Compatibility pk
SET FNAME=Narinder
SET CLIE=CLIE Use Ghost to set as CLIE or FAIL
SET CHDD=1 If CLIE, use Ghost to attain CLIENT drive number
SET CSUF=st
SET iDRIVE3=D Use DVD Admin tool to attain 2stroke drive letter
SET iDRIVE4=C Use DVD Admin tool to attain CLIENT drive letter
SET HDD=1 Use Ghost to attain customer disk drive number
SET HSUF=st
SET SYS=1 System dependent
SET DATA=2 System dependent
SET NO=1 Set it to 2 if its 2nd DVD and add iMORE file to the first and the rest but not the last DVD, see XTHALHAA config.








B) The ARCHIVE folder contents are removed as not to slate in the DVD version.


C) The REG folder contains pre-created registeration files, CLIENT.bat (cREG.zip) and ASSET.bat (iREG.zip).

CLIENT.bat (cREG.zip)
@ECHO OFF
SET STICK=C
SET FNAME=Narinder
SET MAKE=Dell D2400
SET CMAKE=CruzerMini stick
SET BUILD=NGDDFTA
SET ASSET=XTHARARA
SET wRESTORE=pRESTORE

ASSET.bat (iREG.zip)
@ECHO OFF
SET APP=Windows XP Prof, Office 2003 + Compatibility pk
SET CLIE=FAIL Use Ghost to set as CLIE or FAIL
SET CHDD=1 Void if FAIL
SET iDRIVE3=D Use USB 2stroke Build to attain 2stroke drive letter
SET iDRIVE4=C Void if FAIL
SET KEY=NG1
SET SYS=1 System dependent
SET DATA=2 System dependent
SET HDD=2 Use Ghost to attain customer disk drive number
SET HD=1 1 Disk System

D) And lastly the UP folder contains precreated update files in iUP.zip, dtime.bat, ptime.bat, xonxoff.bat and advert.bat. The dtime.bat (DVD Restore) and ptime.bat (USB Restore) displays the TTLs during restore and the xonxoff.bat and advert.bat initiates PC and CLIENT registerations.


DTIME/PTIME.bat
@ECHO OFF
SET TIME1=00:00:33
SET TIME2=00:02:19
SET TIME3=00:23:14
SET TIME4=00:12:43
SET TIME5=00:00:40
SET TIME6=00:00:27
SET TIME7=00:00:04
SET TIMEC=00:01:08
SET RMIN=40
SET RSEC=00
SET UMIN=01
SET USEC=11
SET SMIN=12
SET SSEC=43
SET DMIN=00
SET DSEC=40
SET CSEC=68

XONXOFF.bat
SET BUILD=2STROKE
SET ASSET=VALLIS
SET PMAKE=Dell D2400
SET CMAKE=CruzerMini stick
SET NBUILD=NGDDFTA
SET NASSET=XTHARARA
SET ABOOT=XTHA
SET BBOOT=XTHB
SET NBOOT=XTHN
SET KEY=NG1
SET OFF=/1 DVD total and for more than 1, add iMORE file to the first and the rest but not the last DVD, see above XTHALHAA config.
SET HD=1 1 Disk System

ADVERT.bat
ECHO Never again call an engineer for a slow malfunctioning computer
ECHO instead use a personalised usb restore stick prepared by me for
ECHO your computer. Using Symantec Ghost and with only 2 keystrokes
ECHO and no technical nohow restores your system preserving your data
ECHO under 15 minutes average time for a basic build i.e. XP or Vista or
ECHO Windows 7 with MS office suite.

ECHO Lifetime guarantee
ECHO Call Valli on 07877 366 282
ECHO valli@cybernets.co.uk

D) The above compilation is then burned onto DVD, completing the DVD 2stroke Build process.

DVD Admin tool

USB 2stroke Build and the DVD Admin tool uses Admin.bat which is CLIENT.bat and XONXOFF.bat combined.

ADMIN.bat
@ECHO OFF
SET STICK=C
SET BUILD=2STROKE
SET ASSET=VALLIS
SET FNAME=Narinder
SET APP=Windows XP Prof, Office 2003 + Compatibility pk
SET PMAKE=Dell D2400
SET CMAKE=CruzerMini stick
SET ABOOT=XTHA
SET BBOOT=XTHB
SET NBOOT=XTHN
SET CLIE=FAIL
SET CHDD=1
SET CSUF=st
SET iDRIVE3=D
SET iDRIVE4=C
SET HDD=2
SET HSUF=nd
SET SYS=1
SET DATA=2
SET SRC1=2
SET NBUILD=NGDDFTA
SET NASSET=XTHARARA
SET KEY=NG1
SET OFF=/1
SET HD=1
SET NO=1