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W10 and a new boot disk

W10 and a new boot disk

If buying an SSD for a deskside windows system, it is best to configure the new disk as the book disk since the SSD will then also provide the swap file location, and the location for most of the software binaries. How might one do this? Here are my notes.

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Mucking around until it breaks

Mucking around until it breaks

This took a lot of time, I wanted to reduce the occurrence of my BSOD “UNEXPECTED STORE EXCEPTION“. This involved reinstalling my anti-virus product, changing it’s passwords and then repairing my fingerprint reader driver as a result of a Code 19 error on my fingerprint reader. I then worked through the steps suggested here. This led me to suspect the hard disk (SSD) and finally to reset the operating system. I had been postponing the last item as previous experience had been terrible. (Once I got to the right version of the reset program), it was easier than I expected. I document the reinstallation of packages here. Otherwise here are my notes.

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Windows PeopleApp

Windows PeopleApp

I had to fix my Windows RT tablet’s People App since Google have withdrawn their Contacts Sync 😂 This it seems was several years ago. How very dare they!  I used the Microsoft Community site and resurrected my Outlook mail account to hold another copy of the address book. YANF manual sync. I now have four 😋.

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wannacry and W8.1RT

wannacry and W8.1RT

After the Shadow Brokers released the NSA treasure trove, it became necessary to determine which personal windows systems required remediation. All my windows systems have been upgraded to W10 and so would seem to be clean, except the Nokia tablet, running W8.1 RT. Intelligence says it should have been patched by Windows Update, and so I wrote an article about if I needed to augment Windows Update or not. Later research suggests that the payload could not run on ARM CPUs.

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WAMP

WAMP

I needed to install WAMP on my PC, to support some Amazon developments; I needed a screen interface to my database. Here are some notes and links. I talk about installation, and port conflicts. I might expand the install notes to include advice on mysql security.

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Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

With windows 8.1, my usual desktop metaphor for calling programs and the optimal alternative are less easy to implement; this is especially true for programs that are only occasionally used. I have historically created a folder called “More” and placed favourite’s to the program into the folder. (This is in order to keep my desktop and wallpaper clean.) This doesn’t work so well on smaller screens when you want the whole screen to display the working program.

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File Transfer & Windows 8.1

I want and need a better, faster interface for ftp and my blog server. Obvs needs to be encrypted. It seems that Windows 8.1 does not offer sftp natively but recommends WEBDAV. On my various clients I have multiple operating systems, but mainly Windows.

The wise-ftp link failed today (24 Jul 22); the page is nearly eight years old and I also marked the page as deprecated.

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Shell Scripting on Windows

I want to write bash scripts to be emulated using cygwin. This has a problem in that XP uses spaces in its file folder hierarchies and the environment variable initialisation process isn’t good enough. This is actually a snip on writing shell script using cygwin. The virtual boix commands are just the use case which led to me doing the research.