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Windows 7: (Mounted) Virtual Volumes come first! SysSvcBootOrder (explorer etc)

27 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
(Mounted) Virtual Volumes come first! SysSvcBootOrder (explorer etc)

I have multiple Windows builds (VHD customs and test environments), but at a FS level, they're very similar (tweaked VHD gets cloned, backed up before another gets allocated a specific description + task, ie "Virtual DAW/Virtual Power User/Virtual Testbed (the ULTIMATE sandbox!)

(windows 7's native virtualization rocks, so I can copy systems at will, great for optimization/learning/keeping that 'new car smell' on your turbo-charged custom-built Ultimate, 64-bit {virtual} OS.... 's :)

So I've got a "big volume", for shared shiz (installers, docs, etc). I thought my custom OS trimmings (generic start menu, quicklaunch shortcuts, portable apps) could easily go into a "virtual shared volume", but here's an issue...

You may notice that you're not able to see some of the toolbars (specifically "newwwwwwwww", and "Media")

These directories are @ C:\LocalBigStore\OS\LNKs, ie

This is mounted... but not explorer tries to ... explore these directories (and show them on the screen)...

To fix, I just modify an entry (renaming a shortcut works, as does adding one), then BOOM! Everything's kosher.

I suspected that the volume ([d:]\vhd\LBS.vhd, a junction @ C:\LocalBigStore) might not be mounted when explorer is starting, and therefore, by killing and (re)starting explorer.exe, the toolbar's would be working... Et voilą

So.... how do I make a mounted VHD be (one of) the first completed task(s) by "the Colonel"?!

NirSoft's LoadOrd tells me the boot order (screenshot here)
Boot WdfLoadGroup n/a* Wdf01000 Kernel Mode Driver Frameworks service
Boot Boot Bus Extender 1 ACPI Microsoft ACPI Driver
Boot Boot Bus Extender 2 msisadrv
Boot Boot Bus Extender 3 pci PCI Bus Driver
Boot Boot Bus Extender 6 vdrvroot Microsoft Virtual Drive Enumerator Driver
Boot Boot Bus Extender n/a* partmgr @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\partmgr.sys,-100
Boot System Bus Extender 7 Compbatt Microsoft Composite Battery Driver
Boot System Bus Extender 9 volmgr Volume Manager Driver
Boot System Bus Extender 10 volmgrx @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\volmgrx.sys,-100
Boot System Bus Extender n/a* mountmgr @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\mountmgr.sys,-100
Boot SCSI Miniport 33 atapi IDE Channel
Boot SCSI Miniport 65 msahci
Boot SCSI miniport n/a* amdxata
Boot FSFilter Infrastructure 1 FltMgr @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys,-10001
Boot FSFilter Bottom n/a* FileInfo @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\fileinfo.sys,-100
Boot Filter 1 CLFS @%SystemRoot%\system32\clfs.sys,-100
Boot Base 1 KSecDD
Boot Base 2 CNG
Boot Base n/a* pcw Performance Counters for Windows Driver
Boot File System n/a* Fs_Rec
Boot NDIS Wrapper n/a* NDIS @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\ndis.sys,-200
Boot Cryptography 2 KSecPkg
Boot PNP_TDI 3 Tcpip @%SystemRoot%\system32\tcpipcfg.dll,-50003
Boot Extended Base n/a* storflt @%SystemRoot%\system32\vmstorfltres.dll,-1000
Boot n/a* n/a* Disk Disk Driver
Boot PnP Filter* 5* fvevol @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\fvevol.sys,-100
Boot n/a* n/a* hwpolicy @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\hwpolicy.sys,-101
Boot Network* n/a* Mup @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\mup.sys,-101
Boot n/a* n/a* nvpciflt
Boot PnP Filter* 2* rdyboost ReadyBoost
Boot n/a* n/a* spldr Security Processor Loader Driver
Boot PnP Filter* 6* stdcfltn Disk Class Filter Driver for Accelerometer
Boot n/a* n/a* volsnap Storage volumes
System SCSI CDROM Class 3 cdrom CD-ROM Driver
System Base 1 Null
System Base 2 Beep Beep
System Video Save 1 VgaSave
System Video Save n/a* RDPCDD @%systemroot%\system32\DRIVERS\RDPCDD.sys,-100
System Video Save n/a* RDPENCDD @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\RDPENCDD.sys,-101
System Video Save n/a* RDPREFMP @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\RdpRefMp.sys,-101
System File system n/a* Msfs
System File system n/a* Npfs
System PNP_TDI 4 tdx @%SystemRoot%\system32\tcpipcfg.dll,-50004
System PNP_TDI n/a* AFD @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\afd.sys,-1000
System PNP_TDI n/a* NetBT @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\netbt.sys,-2
System NDIS 16 WfpLwf WFP Lightweight Filter
System NDIS 18 Psched @%SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\pacer.sys,-101
System NDIS 24 vwififlt Virtual WiFi Filter Driver
System NetBIOSGroup 2 NetBIOS NetBIOS Interface
System n/a* n/a* blbdrive
System network* 9* CSC @%systemroot%\system32\cscsvc.dll,-202
System Network* n/a* DfsC @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\dfsc.sys,-101
System n/a* n/a* discache @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\discache.sys,-102
System n/a* n/a* mssmbios Microsoft System Management BIOS Driver
System n/a* n/a* nsiproxy @%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\nsiproxy.sys,-2
System n/a* n/a* nvkflt
System Network* 4* rdbss @%systemroot%\system32\wkssvc.dll,-1000
System n/a* n/a* TermDD Terminal Device Driver
System n/a* n/a* Wanarpv6 @%systemroot%\system32\rascfg.dll,-32012
Automatic FSFilter Virtualization n/a* luafv @%systemroot%\system32\drivers\luafv.sys,-100
Automatic COM Infrastructure n/a* DcomLaunch @oleres.dll,-5012
Automatic COM Infrastructure n/a* RpcEptMapper @%windir%\system32\RpcEpMap.dll,-1001
Automatic COM Infrastructure n/a* RpcSs @oleres.dll,-5010
Automatic Event Log n/a* eventlog @%SystemRoot%\system32\wevtsvc.dll,-200
Automatic AudioGroup n/a* AudioEndpointBuilder @%SystemRoot%\system32\audiosrv.dll,-204
Automatic AudioGroup n/a* AudioSrv @%SystemRoot%\system32\audiosrv.dll,-200
Automatic ProfSvc_Group n/a* gpsvc @gpapi.dll,-112
Automatic profsvc_group n/a* ProfSvc @%systemroot%\system32\profsvc.dll,-300
Automatic ProfSvc_Group n/a* SENS @%SystemRoot%\system32\Sens.dll,-200
Automatic ProfSvc_Group n/a* Themes @%SystemRoot%\System32\themeservice.dll,-8192
Automatic UIGroup n/a* UxSms @%SystemRoot%\system32\dwm.exe,-2000
Automatic MS_WindowsLocalValidation n/a* SamSs @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1
Automatic PlugPlay n/a* PlugPlay @%SystemRoot%\system32\umpnpmgr.dll,-100
Automatic Plugplay n/a* Power @%SystemRoot%\system32\umpo.dll,-100
Automatic PlugPlay n/a* wudfsvc @%SystemRoot%\system32\wudfsvc.dll,-1000
Automatic NDIS 14 rspndr Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
Automatic NDIS 15 lltdio Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
Automatic TDI n/a* Dhcp DHCP Client
Automatic TDI n/a* Dnscache @%SystemRoot%\System32\dnsapi.dll,-101
Automatic TDI n/a* lmhosts TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Automatic TDI n/a* Wlansvc WLAN AutoConfig
Automatic ShellSvcGroup n/a* ShellHWDetection @%SystemRoot%\System32\shsvcs.dll,-12288
Automatic SchedulerGroup n/a* Schedule @%SystemRoot%\system32\schedsvc.dll,-100
Automatic NetworkProvider n/a* BFE @%SystemRoot%\system32\bfe.dll,-1001
Automatic NetworkProvider n/a* LanmanWorkstation @%systemroot%\system32\wkssvc.dll,-100
Automatic NetworkProvider n/a* MpsSvc @%SystemRoot%\system32\FirewallAPI.dll,-23090
Automatic n/a* n/a* AERTFilters Andrea RT Filters Service
Automatic n/a* n/a* clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32 Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86
Automatic n/a* n/a* clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_64 Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X64
Automatic n/a* n/a* CryptSvc @%SystemRoot%\system32\cryptsvc.dll,-1001
Automatic n/a* n/a* DPS @%systemroot%\system32\dps.dll,-500
Automatic n/a* n/a* EventSystem @comres.dll,-2450
Automatic n/a* n/a* EvtEng Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Event Log
Automatic n/a* n/a* FontCache @%systemroot%\system32\FntCache.dll,-100
Automatic n/a* n/a* gupdate Google Update Service (gupdate)
Automatic n/a* n/a* LanmanServer @%systemroot%\system32\srvsvc.dll,-100
Automatic n/a* n/a* LMS Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service
Automatic n/a* n/a* MMCSS @%systemroot%\system32\mmcss.dll,-100
Automatic n/a* n/a* NlaSvc @%SystemRoot%\System32\nlasvc.dll,-1
Automatic n/a* n/a* nsi @%SystemRoot%\system32\nsisvc.dll,-200
Automatic n/a* n/a* PEAUTH PEAUTH
Automatic n/a* n/a* RegSrvc Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Registry Service
Automatic n/a* n/a* secdrv Security Driver
Automatic n/a* n/a* sppsvc @%SystemRoot%\system32\sppsvc.exe,-101
Automatic n/a* n/a* stisvc @%SystemRoot%\system32\wiaservc.dll,-9
Automatic n/a* n/a* SysMain @%SystemRoot%\system32\sysmain.dll,-1000
Automatic n/a* n/a* tcpipreg TCP/IP Registry Compatibility
Automatic n/a* n/a* UNS Intel(R) Management and Security Application User Notification Service
Automatic n/a* n/a* VhdAttach VHD Attach
Automatic n/a* n/a* WinDefend @%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MsMpRes.dll,-103
Automatic n/a* n/a* Winmgmt @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmisvc.dll,-205
Automatic n/a* n/a* ZeroConfigService Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Zero Configuration Service
A quick regjump to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ServiceGroupOrder gives me list (service groups loadorder):

Value name: List
Value data
System Reserved
Boot Bus Extender
System Bus Extender
SCSI miniport
Primary Disk
SCSI Class
FSFilter Infrastructure
FSFilter System
FSFilter Bottom
FSFilter Copy Protection
FSFilter Security Enhancer
FSFilter Open File
FSFilter Physical Quota Management
FSFilter Virtualization
FSFilter Encryption
FSFilter Compression
FSFilter Imaging
FSFilter HSM
FSFilter Cluster File System
FSFilter System Recovery
FSFilter Quota Management
FSFilter Content Screener
FSFilter Continuous Backup
FSFilter Replication
FSFilter Anti-Virus
FSFilter Undelete
FSFilter Activity Monitor
FSFilter Top
Boot File System
Pointer Port
Keyboard Port
Pointer Class
Keyboard Class
Video Init
Video Save
File System
Streams Drivers
NDIS Wrapper
COM Infrastructure
Event Log
Parallel arbitrator
Extended Base
PCI Configuration
MS Transactions

So how do I make the VHD boot earlier than explorer?

Thanks to all the hmmmm'ers

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Tried this, alas to no avail...

Back to inspecting svcGroupBootOrder
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

The problem occassionally doesn't exhibit itself... which is infuriatingly strange, and I don't know how

- sys drivers being loaded (above) correlates to boot order of svcs in their groups (again above) and even if it is my hunch, that explorer.exe needs to wait just a little time before loading the shell, by which time the VHD is mounted and referenced data will be retrieved...

In the meantime, a desktop context click to a batch that kills and then respawns explorer is my workaround
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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