How to use Norton Ghost

Published on August 26, 2007 by in PC

First of all, download bootdisk.exe (810 KB) and get yourself a 1.44 MB floppy. You don’t even need to format it, when the download is done, just run Bootdisk.exe and follow the on screen questions. After the bootdisk is written, copy the file ghost.exe from the directory where you have installed Ghost 6.x or Ghost Personal Edition to this bootdisk. If you have the Personal Edition of Ghost, after you have copied ghostpe.exe to the bootdisk, rename it to ghost.exe.

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How to slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and create a bootable CD

The process of Slipstreaming a Service Pack is to integrate the Service Pack into the installation so that with every new installation the Operating System and Service Pack are installed at the same time.

Slipstreaming is usually done on network shares on corporate systems. But with the advent of CD burners, it does actually make some sense for the home user or small business user to do the same.

Microsoft added the ability to Slipstream a Service Pack to Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It not only has the advantage that when you (re)install your OS, you don’t have to apply the Service Pack later, also if you update any Windows component later, you’ll be sure that you get the correct installation files if Windows needs any.

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How to Disable the Machine Debug Manager in Windows XP

When you install Office XP/2K or one of it’s components, such as FrontPage XP/2K, Microsoft Script Editor, a program called (Mdm.exe) Machine Debug Manager, which is used to provide application debugging is also installed.

Once you restart your machine, MDM creates 2 temp files (every time) in your Windows folder.

For example, the file name may be similar to:

MDM loads itself via the Registry:

View this entry in Msconfig | Startup
Machine Debug Manager c:windowssystemmdm.exe

All Users HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunServices

Also in Internet Explorer:

Additionally, if the system has Internet Explorer version 5 or later, Mdm.exe can still be configured to start at the startup of WinME/XP or, if the script debugging feature in Internet Explorer is turned on. You can turn off this feature within Internet Explorer.

  • On the Tools menu, click Internet Options | Advanced.
  • Disabling MDM and Script error pop-ups
  • Place a check in Disable script debugging
  • Next, uncheck: Display a notification about every script error.
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up the Task Manager.
  • Highlight the entry for MDM, click End Task. (see above)
  • Once you’ve done that, Start – Search – Files or Folders for mdm.exe, once located right-click and select: Rename and rename it. (example – mdm.old) Do the same for: pdm.dll [Process Debug Manager] (pdm.old) if it exists?

Now it’s time to go play in the Registry:

Open Regedit and scroll down to the following key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunServices
  • Highlight the entry in the left pane, click Registry (up top) select: Export
  • Highlight the entry for mdm.exe (right pane) right-click and select: Delete.
  • Open the following key and verify these entries are correct:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain
  • “Disable Script Debugger”=”yes”
  • “Error Dlg Displayed On Every Error”=”no”
  • Close Regedit. Next, Start – Run (type) “msconfig” (no quotes)
  • Click on the Startup tab and uncheck the entry for mdm.exe, click Apply, reboot.

Note: on restart, don’t forget to delete all the temp files from MDM.


If another application reinstalls Mdm.exe, or if Mdm.exe /Regserver is run on a computer that is running Window ME/XP, Mdm.exe is re-added to the RunServices registry key.

NOTE: Running the Detect and Repair feature within Office XP/2K causes Mdm.exe to be re-registered on the system.

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