Samsung has published a page that describes how to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the 7 Slate. Some drivers were updated in order to work with Windows 8. For instance the new rotation sensor allows to use the screen rotation as well on Microsoft’s new OS.
You can find more information at http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/
In SCCM 2007 I have created a package/program to install several Windows Server 2008 R2 language packs. The command is:
lpksetup.exe /i * /r /s /p %~dp0
Basically it installs all Windows language packages that are found in the current folder. The following error message was shown when I’ve run lpksetup.exe from a batch file:
‘lpksetup.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
The same message appeared when I have added the full path to the lpksetup.exe (c:\windows\system32\lpksetup.exe). There is no doubt about it, the exe file is there! After some minutes thinking about it, I thought it might be related to the x64 redirection. As an easy test if my assumption was true, I have copied the lpksetup.exe to the c:\windows\syswow64 folder and run my batch file again – with success. He was able to find the exe and the error message disappeared. Then I recalled that SCCM 2007 is only running as a 32bit application and that is why the installation via SCCM didn’t work. A 32bit application cannot access the physical c:\windows\system32 nor c:\program files. Both folders are automatically redirected to c:\windows\syswow64 / “c:\program files (x86)”. The same behaviour exists with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE. If a 32bit application access this key, it gets automatically redirected to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node.
So the next question was how I can access the real system32 folder from a 32bit application. I’ve found the solution at http://system-center.de/cgi-bin/weblog_basic/index.php?p=80:
@if not exist "%ComSpec64%" goto Main
@"%ComSpec64%" /c %0 %*
@REM *** ...add additional commands
The sysnative folder allows you to access the x64 cmd.exe.