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Windows 8 – I get it!!

I installed Windows 8 on my laptop ($40) in an effort to stay current. Even if I don’t like the results.
First off, it was an HP and it didn’t go so well, looking at HP’s website, they don’t have drivers. So, doing this wasn’t a great idea.

I didn’t like the user interface at first – and probably would say I still don’t – but I understand it! Its about getting things done, not about the computer. Your mail is right there, your internet is right there, etc. It’s NOT a hobbiest, techno fan operating system – it’s the operating system for your mother who just wants to do things.

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Posted February 6, 2013 by mmdmurphy in windows

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Keeping folders organized

http://lifehacker.com/5510961/how-to-automatically-clean-and-organize-your-desktop-downloads-and-other-foldershttp://dropit.sourceforge.net

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/folder-marker-home-3-2/#comments

http://dropit.sourceforge.net

Posted December 4, 2012 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, windows

SSD Drives

Bought a 120 gig SSD drive, what a pain!

First off, you really ought to run ‘chkdsk /f /r’ on your drive before you begin, and reboot. I wish I would have.

Secondly, I am using ‘EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition’ to manage partitions. Could have used gparted, but didn’t. No reason.

http://lifehacker.com/5837543/how-to-migrate-to-a-solid+state-drive-without-reinstalling-windows

http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-of-your-ssd

During the process, I would use CCleaner to

  • bring up a list of apps that are installed
  • make a list of 3 or so
  • uninstall those 3
  • use CCleaner to do a registry check
  • reboot – occasionally doing chkdsk /r /f and/or resize partitions
  • reinstall latest version of those applications

(Of course, I also moved data files and stuff at the same time, not like I was resizing it in tiny bits)

Worth it when I was done? HELL YES.

I am currently considering:

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/06/10/use-a-ram-disk-to-reduce-writes-on-solid-state-drives/

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk – free for home use, if you make less than a 4 gig ramdisk. I have 18 gig RAM, and am willing to put 4 into this…

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Update – I tried the ram disk, and ran into issues booting. Sorry, I don’t have the details anymore, but I have shelved it for now.

Posted June 24, 2012 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, Uncategorized, windows

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Removing Cached Credentials

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/AdminTips/Security/RemoveSavedPasswords.html

1. Click Start and select Run

2. In the Open field type “rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr”

Posted February 16, 2012 by mmdmurphy in windows

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Windows user profile

Netsetman

http://lifehacker.com/5819871/a-hassle+free-approach-to-making-your-windows-pc-adapt-to-your-environment

http://www.netsetman.com/

Posted July 12, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, windows

PING PXE on Windows Server

Where to start? PING = Partimage Is Not Ghost.  Ok, I get it.

THE biggest hurdle to getting this to run? For some reason, I figured a machine that could get an IP address for the PXE process could get an IP address later on. Not true. Oh, and make sure you have ONE dhcp server on your network – this one! I didn’t make that mistake, but I see how you could. I actually set this up on Windows Virtual PC’s as a pilot for a customer, but I finally got it all working…

So, here’s how it seems to work – or at least close enough to get it working. PXE gets an IP address, then PXE downloads the OS over TFTP. Then it does something like a pseudo reboot and uses the initrd as part of the final “build” on the client computer.

Ok, so, if it can get an IP address to do the TFTP, why can’t {what I am calling} the final build?

Anyway, so what do you do about this? The answer is pretty simple. The file “default” that they ask you to make? Well, you hard code the IP address of both the client computer, the server (where you will store your images) the subnet mask, the default gateway, and, what the heck, you might as well hard code the user name and password there too!. I will post my ‘default’ file.

The second thing I did to get this to actually work? I downloaded their files and put them where I think they belong. Which wound up being 2 separate places. And then it didn’t seem to work. So, I downloaded the PING iso file, and copied all the files from there. So, some combination of files was missing, but now I seem to have them all.

Hint – I now get the PING logo, whereas before I didn’t.

Now let’s walk thru this. TFTPD32 settings – note, I did the ‘service’ install – watch which one you download!

Contents of the ‘default’ file (if you copy and paste, make sure you know what is on one line and what isn’t, and that you get it all!). And NO, I do NOT get a nice menu to pick from. But it does work.

DEFAULT default
PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 300
DISPLAY boot.msg
LABEL default
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL backup
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL restore
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL dummy
KERNEL kernel

Notes:
Server is 192.168.1.201, subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, the PXE “client” will be 192.168.1.222, the share is called images, as is the user name and password.

In following my “shotgun” approach, all this is duplicated under Create_New_Image.

Good luck!

Posted February 19, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Scripting CloneZilla

I freely admit I borrowed a lot of this from other sources, but here’s my spin on it.

First of all, CloneZilla uses a “squashfs” file system. Basically, a highly compressed OS partition & thats how they get it to fit in such a small space.  You need to unsquash it. You will need a linux system (for this and other things). Open package manager and you will need to tell it that it’s Ok to install from 3rd party sources – if I jog my memory, I’ll post how. Now search for squashfs-tools, and install it.

The next step is to unsquash the file system, so you can add stuff to it. I worked from a USB thumb drive that I had already installed clonezilla to. So, in my case, I opened a terminal,  then cd /media/Clonezilla/live…  your path will vary, but the important part is that it is in the “live” folder on the thumb drive.

Make a copy of the existing filesystem.squashfs, then run this command: sudo unsquashfs -f ./filesystem.squashfs  It will basically unsquash the file system.

/Volumes/CLONEZILLA/live/squashfs-root/opt/drbl/sbin

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Ok, I give up. Let me know if you get it to work. I get a kernel panic when I boot to the re-squashed system.

Posted February 13, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, Mac, tips, windows