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Customizing your Ultimate Boot CD for Windows®

R1Soft

Due to increasing "false positives" from AV software, please view this: FAQ topic.


When working on this new version we tried to make customizing the project easier than in previous versions. A lot of extra time was taken while developing some of the plugins for the project so customizing would be easy.

THIS PAGE IS NOT CLOSE TO BEING DONE. I will continue to update as time permits. I will break down this page into groups for different ways to customize the project. I am trying to make this page as complete as possible, however I do not think it will ever be complete. There are so many possible customizations with UBCD4Win, I don't think I could ever find the time to document them all! So please regularly visit the "latest news" page as I will announce when there are additions to the site.

Apperance customizations

Changing the GeoShell Style

Modifying Quick Launch programs

Adding Quick Launch programs

MultiBoot customizations

How to include a custom image in the BCDW boot menu

How to include Knoppix in the BCDW boot menu



Changing the GeoShell Style

By default the "Luna" style is enabled.
1. Navigate to your "C:\UBCD4Win\oem1\GeoShell" folder
2. Modify the file "geoshell2_xpluna.inf", line 6 should be the "enable=1", you need to change that to "enable=0"
3. Close and save the file
4. Modify the file "geoshell2_classic.inf", line 6 should read "enable=0", change that to "enable=1"
5. NOTE, only one of these styles can be enabled at a time. That is why you need to disable the "default" Luna theme before enabling another. There are a few other options in there also so take a look at them. If you are unsure about anything please post before "winging it." I am pretty sure the "classic" theme is what you wanted so this should be the modification you need.

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Modifying Quick Launch buttons

1. Place your icon here (assuming you installed UBCD4Win to "C:\UBCD4Win"):
C:\UBCD4Win\oem1\GeoShell\files\GEOSHELL\ICONS
2. Modify geoshell.inf
For this step, you need to locate the current code for SpyBot (below)

0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","HotKey",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Icon","icons\spybot.ico"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Parameters",""
0x2, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Path and FileName","%systemdrive%\PROGRAMS\spybot\SpybotSD.EXE"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Start-In Path",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","ToolTip","SpyBot!!"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Verb",""
0x4, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Show As", 0x00000001

Here is the edited code, modified for my GAIM plugin:
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","HotKey",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Icon","icons\gaim.ico"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Parameters",""
0x2, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Path and FileName","%systemdrive%\PROGRAMS\GAIM\gaim_sfx.EXE"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Start-In Path",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","ToolTip","GAIM"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Verb",""
0x4, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Show As", 0x00000001

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Adding Quick Launch icons

1. Place your icon here (assuming you installed UBCD4Win to "C:\UBCD4Win"):
C:\UBCD4Win\oem1\GeoShell\files\GEOSHELL\ICONS
2. Modify geoshell.inf
For this step, you need to locate the current code for SpyBot

0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","HotKey",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Icon","icons\spybot.ico"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Parameters",""
0x2, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Path and FileName","%systemdrive%\PROGRAMS\spybot\SpybotSD.EXE"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Start-In Path",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","ToolTip","SpyBot!!"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Verb",""
0x4, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_2","Show As", 0x00000001

3. Copy the above code and paste it after the last sequence of the above code (after the Xplorer2 code). Modify it for the program you want to add to your Quick Launch menu, the example below shows the changes for my GAIM plugin.
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","HotKey",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Icon","icons\gaim.ico"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Parameters",""
0x2, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Path and FileName","%systemdrive%\PROGRAMS\GAIM\gaim_sfx.EXE"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Start-In Path",""
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","ToolTip","GAIM"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Verb",""
0x4, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Plugins\geOLaunch0_5","Show As", 0x00000001

4. Now find this code:
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","0","geoLaunch,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","1","geoLaunch,0_2"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","2","geoLaunch,0_3"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","3","geoLaunch,0_4"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","4","geoTasks,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","5","geoSpacer,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","6","geoTray,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","7","geODateTime,0_1"

5. This is the new code:
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","0","geoLaunch,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","1","geoLaunch,0_2"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","2","geoLaunch,0_3"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","3","geoLaunch,0_4"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","4","geoLaunch,0_5"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","5","geoTasks,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","6","geoSpacer,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","7","geoTray,0_1"
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","8","geODateTime,0_1"

Essentially you are adding a new line and then you up the number by one for each entry after. The line added above was:
0x1, "Software\Geo\GeoShell\Services\Plugins\GeoBar (0)","4","geoLaunch,0_5"
Compare the two and you will see the difference.

FOR MORE information or help, please view this forum topic HERE.
Thanks Lawson23 for the instructions!

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How to include a custom image in the BCDW boot menu:

NOTE: Using the <CONFIG> button does not work. Sorry, that has not been setup yet so you have to do everything manually.

1. Navigate to your "C:\UBCD4Win\plugin\Multiboot-003\z_custom\" folder.
2. Place your .img files in the "\images" sub-folder.
3. EDIT custom_bcdw.ini to reflect the boot options you want to display.
Here is an example of how your INI file should look:

:                                ; ... Insert your boot options here ...
;\Images\memtest.img; Memtest86 (BCDW)                      
; ^ Example of floppy images using

parameters:
IMAGE TO RUN ; Program description ; ^displays info an bottom ;(Special codes for linux, ect...)

One more example of floppy image usage is...
\Images\myimage.img ; myprogram ; ^ what myprogram does. 4. ENABLE the plugin.

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How to include Knoppix in the BCDW boot menu:

Tom (pcuser) of the development team has created an almost ready to go plugin for including Knoppix onto your UBCD4Win DVD. NOTE: almost ready means that the Knoppix ISO is not included and also note DVD. UBCD4Win by itself is 500+MB and Knoppix is a 700MB ISO image, so you will have to burn the complete ISO to a DVD.
Knoppix 5.01 was used when creating this plugin, newer versions may not work.

1. Download the plugin from HERE
2. Extract it to your plugins\multiboot folder
3. Either copy the contents of your KNOPPIX cd to the files folder <or>
copy the ISO image to the files folder and click the "CONFIG" button on the plugin screen before building.

If you need assistance with this plugin, please visit the forum topic HERE.
For more information on Knoppix, please visit it's site: http://knoppix.net/

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I have tried to include as many possible customizations and tried to be as detailed as possible with the instructions on this page. I have checked over them several times but mistakes may still exist. Please email me or post in the forum if you have any issues. Either I will or one of the forum members will do our best to help you. If mistakes are found I will update any instructions as necessary. Thank you for visiting the site and checking out UBCD4Win!!

R1Soft
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