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Specifications

Manuals

Booting from a USB Flash Drive

  • The USB Flash Drive can not be chosen as a First Boot Device in the BIOS Setup
    ( Startup screen -> Del -> Advanced... -> First Boot Device ) .
    The available (inappropriate) options for the First Boot Device are: hard Disk, CDROM, USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, USB-CDROM, USB-HDD, Legacy LAN, Disabled
  • The option can be chosen for the current boot as follows
    • turn the PC off, insert the USB drive
    • turn the PC on, then
      Startup screen -> F12 (Boot Menu) -> "+ HDD" (entering a submenu) -> Select HDD0

Windows 7 Home Premium

1. (07-30.11.11) Shrinking disk C from 750 to 100 GB

  • The procedure (html)
  • the hard disk structure after:
    • a 100 MiB partition for unknown purpose (left untouched)
    • Win7 (C:) : 93.13 GiB = 99999543296 b, NTFS (68.6 @ GiB free, 24.4 GiB used)
    • 605.41 GiB = 650.05 GB of free space

2. (02.12.11) Setting up an internet connection -- STREAM via modem ASUS AM604 as a bridge

Initially

Initial status:

modem 192.168.1.1 configured in a bridge mode (since years)
dom (WinXP/RH9) 192.168.1.2 connected to socket LAN2

Step 1 : "Podklyuchenie po local'noj seti"

Control Panel -> Centr upravleniya setyami... -> Podklyuchenie po lok. seti -> Sv-va -> Protokol TCP/IPv4 -> Sv-va

  • Change "Poluchat' IP-adres avtomaticheski" na (delaem, kak bylo v XP@dom):
    • Ispolol'zovat'sled. adres:
      IP-adres 192.168.1.3
      Maska podseti 255.255.255.0
      Osnovnoj shlyuz 192.168.1.1
  • change "Poluchat' adres DNS-servera avtomaticheski" na
    • Ispol'zovat' sled. adresa DNS:
      Predpochtaemuj 192.168.1.1
      Al'ternativnyj -
  • click OK

Unexpected result: Net name "Neopoznannaya set'" changed to "Set' 2"

Step 2: Podsoedinenie STREAM:

  • "Nastrojka novogo podklyucheniya ili seti"
    (spontanno vyskochil dialog o sozdanii domashnej gruppu...)
    -> "Podklyuchenie k Internetu"
    -> Vysokoskorostnoe (s PPPoE) (est' al'ternativa "Kommutiruemoe")
    • -> Imya, parol' -- as got from Stream
      • Select "Zapomnit' etot parol'"
    • Imya podklyucheniya (my choice): Stream (bridge)
    • * Razreshit' ispol'zovat' eto podlk. dr. pol'zovatelyam
    • -> click "Podklyuchit'"

Podklyuchenie proshlo uspeshno.

  • Similarly configure a guest STREAM connection with
    • connection name (my choice): StreamGuest (bridge)
    • login, pw (stream standard): guest@mtu , mtu

3. (03.12.11) Russian phonetic YAWERTY keyboard

  • first a standard YAWERTY layout from http://winrus.com/kbd_r.htm was set up following the notes.
    • see C:\data\Distributives\ru_keaboard_phonetic\kbdru_Y
  • then the "standard" layout was transformed into a YAWERTY version identical to the one from linux package xruskb
    • the conversion was done with the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 as described in http://winrus.com/kbd_r.htm
    • three keys have been changed : "CH","HA" and "Soft Sign"
    • the new package is stored in C:\data\Distributives\ru_keaboard_phonetic\ruskbd-yawerty-asLinux
    • it can also be downloaded from ruskbd-yawerty-asLinux.zip
      • this was also successfully used for Windows XP HP @ dom

4. (03.12.11) Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4

  • it was needed for a creation of a ru kbd layout in item 3
  • setup downloaded to C:\data\Distributives\MSKeyboardLayoutCreator-1.4\MSKLC.exe
  • then installed by running MSKLC.exe

5. Mozilla Firefox

  • version 3.6.24 installed
  • version 8 has been tried but abandoned for it failed to display correctly the TWISTY material of TWIKI pages
  • 21.12.11 Updated to 3.6.25 (9.0 suggested)
  • 15.01.12 Updated to 9.0.1

6. McAfee Security Scan Plus

  • installed spontaneously with (?) do not remember what... (together with Adobe Flash Player?)

7. (19.12.11) Adobe Reader

  • 19.12.11: Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) installed

8. (19.12.11) EVO + Sun Java SE

  • http://evo.caltech.edu -> trying to start EVO -> message
    • "The required SUN Java SE 1.6 is not installed!
      or the Java SUN Plugin is disabled on your web browser. Please check from the menus."
  • -> press Download Java -> Version 6 Update 30 -> Download -> ...

9. (25.12.11) SeaMonkey 2.6.1

Version 2.6.1

10. (25.12.11) SSH Win Client 3.1.0

  • 24.11.13: Trying to fight with the interruptions of connections we edited the configuration file
    C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Roaming\SSH\global.dat
    • by changing
      Connection Timeout=N:0
      
      to
      Connection Timeout=N:1000000
      

11. (25.12.11) Adobe Flash Player 64-bit for Internet Explorer

12. (02.01.12) Opera 11.60 browser

    • Opera_1160_int_Setup.exe downloaded and run

13. (05.01.12) Adobe Flash Player 32-bit for Firefox, Safari, Opera

14. (07.01.12) First RAM test

15. (12.01.12) "ROL KOI8 Courier" TrueType Font: the installation

Motivation: a desire to have a non-propotional (fixed width) KOI-8 font on the system in order to use it inside a "terminal" of the `SSH Win Client' (see item 10) when reading koi8 e-mails with pine. (the font selection in the SSH-Client is done via Edit -> Settings -> Global Settings -> Appearance -> Font )

Google search for tt koi8 font
-> Cyrillic fonts for MS Windows
-> the font 'ROL:KOI8-Courier' - Fixed font - file rolk8c1.TTF, dated February 27, 1997 is mentioned (ROL standing for RussiaOnLine?) and suggested for downloading together with other fonts in a zip file...

Google search for 'ROL:KOI8-Courier'
-> ROL KOI8 Courier - Font Download - The World's Biggest Font Site
-> download page: http://www.fontyukle.net/en/DownLoad-ROL+KOI8+Courier.ttf

  • font downloaded to
    • C:\data\Distributives\koi8-r_fonts\ROL_KOI8_Courier\ROL_KOI8_courier.ttf
      (the filename was ROL -> renamed)
    • also ROL_KOI8_courier.ttf.zip
  • checked with an antivirus ( DrWeb )
  • installed with Right Mouse -> Install ( Ustanovit' )
  • appeared under the name ROL-K8/Courier обычный ( ROL-K8/Courier obychnyj ) in the list of installed fonts Control Panel -> Fonts
  • perfectly seen by the SSH CLient program.

16. (15.01.12) Google Chrome

17. (19.01.12) Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer

18. (01.02.12) Adobe Flash Player 32-bit for Firefox, Safari, Opera -- a reinstallation

  • the re-installation is done in order to fix the problem with setevisor which suddenly stopped playing (for details see AVFedotovHowTo -> MS -> Win 7)
  • the Adobe Flash Player 11.1.102.55 uninstalled and then installed again from scratch from Adobe site

19. (12.02.12) Skype installation and Sound (mic) problems (also EVO)

Problem:

  • a problem with the mic was already observed under EVO: the sound was very low
  • now Skype has been installed and there was no mic sound at all: a complete silence for my voice recording in the skype test call

Solution:

  • tips from skype "Sound guide - Windows 7" did not help, though tought me where in Win 7 the controls are
  • the problem was cured by "separating different input sockets into independent devices"
    • Control panel -> Hardware ("Oborudovanie") and sound
      -> "Dispetcher" (Manager?) Realtek HD
    • -> "Dop. nastrojki ustroistva" (in right-uppper corner)
    • For Recording devices ("Ustr-va zapisi") select Separate... instead of Combine, -> OK
    • Now (if mike is inside the front-panel socket"), in the "Realtec HD" window, a new tab appears called "Mic in front panel (Pink)": here the recording volume and boost can be set.
      • Expereimentally, using the skype test call service, I chose 100% level + 20db boost
      • Alternatively, the level and boost can be set in another place:
        Control panel -> Hardware ("Oborudovanie") and sound
        -> Sound -> Tab "Record" -> select "Mic in front panel (Pink)"
        -> Properties -> tab "Levels" -> set level and boost
  • for EVO, the mic sound in Loopback became much louder too

Remaining sound problems:

  • Mike does not work when inserted into the rear-panel pink socket
  • inside the Realtec HD subwindow (where "Combine" was changed to "Separate" for recording devices), there is an option for the playback devices:
    "switch off the rear output when the front output is used"
    It is selected, but the loudspeakers connected to the rear panel continue to work with headphones inserted into the front panel
  • in EVO, my voice from the Loopback partially disappears sometimes for one-two-three seconds. Why?

20. (14.02.12) Re-installation of Adobe Flash Player (a removal of the 32-bit version + reinstallation of the 64-bit one)

Unexpectedly youtube videos lost the sound in firefox: the loudspeaker icon had always a mute-cross on it which could not be removed.

Googling: an advice found to renew the Flash Player (http://otvet.mail.ru/question/64120324/)
-> follow it

  • Uninstalling the existing Player plugin
    • in Control Panel -> Programs and components there are few Flash Player versions
    • removing the 32-bit version installed 01.02.12
      • during the removal, suddenly a firefox tab with a youtube video starts playing sound!
        • a possible explanation: firefox switched to the 64-bit version which was available
  • Downloading a default Flash Player version 11.1.102.55 from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
    • it looks like a 64-bit version (was installed already!): install_flashplayer11x64_mssa_aih.exe
    • there is a note on the download page:
      • "Note:The 64-bit Flash Player installer includes both a 32-bit and 64-bit version of Flash Player"
  • Installing it:
    • in Control Panel -> Programs and components we read:
      "Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin 64-bit installed 14.02.12"
      • looks like we have just re-installed what was already available

Summary

  • the youtube problem was due to a problem with the Flash Player
  • the 32-bit version of the FP has been uninstalled
    • this cured the problem (firefox having switched to the 64-bit version immediately?)
  • then the 64-bit version has been has been REinstalled (a meaningless action!?)
Note:

21. (14.02.12) Logitech Webcam Software 2.3

  • The Webcam was connected to the PC two days earlier (along with the skype installation). That induced the auto "update" (a "recommended" one)
    • Logitech - Communication Device, Other hardware, Streaming Media and Broadcast - Logitech Webcam C100 ,
      which happened 14.‎02.‎2012 3:00
  • the "Logitech Webcam Software" installation was intitialised by the non-mandatory "update" from Window Update
    • Logitech - Communication Device, Other hardware, Streaming Media and Broadcast - Logitech USB Camera (Webcam C100)
      installed 14.‎02.‎2012 5:35
  • In the beginning of installation, the setup program asked to insert the Logitech Webcam Software disc with version not lower ~2.2 (do not remember exactly); The disc that came with the Webcam had version 2.0 of s/w, but I did insert it. Most probably it was not used.
  • Installed was version 2.3 which required a long (5-10 min) automatically-launched download from inet

22. (14.02.12) Adobe Flash Player 32-bit : install again

In item 20, the 32-bit version was removed. And the reinstalled 64-bit verions was said to "have the 32-bit version inside".

However, firefox complained on a missing plugin on many pages and suggested Flash Player 11.0.1.152. Finally the suggestion was accepted and the "missing" FP was installed, reporting on the version 11.0.1.152.

The pages are now displayed OK.

However in Control Panel -> Progeams and components another version has appeared:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin 14.02.12 v. 11.1.102.55

23. (19.02.12) Emacs 23.4

  • http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/windows/emacs-23.4-bin-i386.zip downloaded to
    C:\data\Distributives\emacs-23.4\emacs-23.4-bin-i386.zip
  • then unzipped into the `C:\Program Files (x86)' directory, resulting in the
    C:\Program Files (x86)\emacs-23.4 directory
  • then addpm.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\emacs-23.4\bin was run in order "to have Emacs add icons to the Start Menu", as recommeded in http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/windows/
    • this created a shortcut to the executable
      runemacs.exe in C:\Program Files (x86)\emacs-23.4\bin

  • File .emacs :
    • has been put into the directory C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Roaming recognised by emacs as the home directory ( ~/ )
    • a dom2 version (linux), supposedly from 26.08.2010 (hopefully the last existed version) has been copied from the external hard disk Elements (149 GiB) from I:\acerTrM_backup\linux\opt\home\fedotov_crash00\.emacs

23-2. (19.02.12) Emacs-koi

  • A link (shortcut) Emacs-koi on the desktop :
    • the assigned command is "C:\Program Files (x86)\emacs-23.4\bin\runemacs.exe" -fn ROL-K8/Courier-12

24. (22.02.12) GSview 4.9 and GPL Ghostscript 8.64 to view ps files

  • GSview requires Ghostscript
  • GPL Ghostscript 8.64 64-bit
    • setup file gs864w64.exe downloaded
      from the http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/doc/GPL/gpl864.htm page
      to C:\data\Distributives\GPL_Ghostscript_8.64_64-bit
      and executed
  • GSview 4.9 64-bit
    • setup file gsv49w64.exe downloaded
      from the http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/get49.htm page
      to C:\data\Distributives\GSview_4.9_64_bit
      and executed
    • associated with ps and eps files
    • can convert ps to pdf
    • can display pdf
    • more functions: file:///C:/Program%20Files/Ghostgum/gsview/Readme.htm

25. (22.02.12) Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 7

  • this utility was needed to display help pages of the GSview (see item 25)
  • pressing help in GSview had lead to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607# which, in turn, lead to the download page
    • " WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the ".hlp" file name extension. To view .hlp files on Windows 7, you need to install this application."
      (more generally: the .hlp files are kind of obsolete starting from Vista, and this sort of utility has to be installed for Win Vista and later)
    • the Windows6.1-KB917607-x64.msu version was downloaded and installed as an MS update
      • Note: another version, the Windows6.1-KB917607-x86.msu, when tried to be installed additionally (just in case), was rejected by the system as "inapplicable for this computer"
    • the help in GSview is now displayed OK

26. (23.02.12) Allow firefox 10.0.2 to open local links ( file:///... ) from https://twiki.cern.ch

Following the solution 2 from https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/Main/AVFedotovHowTo#Links_to_local_or_network_pages , the file C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ni860jy.default\user.js has been created containing

user_pref("capability.policy.policynames", "localfilelinks");
user_pref("capability.policy.localfilelinks.sites", "https://twiki.cern.ch");
user_pref("capability.policy.localfilelinks.checkloaduri.enabled", "allAccess");

27. (23.02.12) Apple QuickTime 7.7.1

A missing plugin was announced by firefox while trying to play sounds in Miriam-Webster dictionary...

  • an installer downloaded and run
    (run twice, since the first run was interrupted by a BLUE SCREEN; though the first BLUESCREEN happened before the execution of the installer => the installer seem innocent)

28. (23.02.12) UNSOLVED PROBLEM: ~5 hours of BLUE SCREENs

see notes

29. (29.02.12) Ruslat 3.02 -- a keyboard layout switcher

  • setup file downloaded from http://ruslat.hotbox.ru/
    to C:\data\Distributives\Ruslat_3.02\Ruslat_3.02.exe
  • installed into C:\Program Files\Ruslat95
    • An additional icon EN appears in the tray (among hidden icons)
    • the default switching between layouts with Right-Cntl
  • I expected to get a koi8-r layout, but do not see it,
    in particular, file kbdru8.kbd seems to be missing...?

  • uninstalled in section 44

30. (02.03.12) WinRar 4.01 (RePack by Otanim)

1. Try a not-repacked version

  • run the installer
    C:\data\Distributives\WinRar\WinRAR_4.01_Final_Rus_en--from_bar_01.11.11\WRAR_4.01_Final_ML-RUS\Original\English\winrar-x64-401.exe
    • associated extentions: rar only, others (many!) switched off
  • activation: variant 1 of the instructions in
    C:\data\Distributives\WinRar\WinRAR_4.01_Final_Rus_en--from_bar_01.11.11\WRAR_4.01_Final_ML-RUS\Activation\Readme.txt
    • WinRar windows is titled WinRAR (evaluation copy);
      WinRar -> Help -> About says 40 days trial copy
  • uninstall

2. The repack version

  • run the installer
    C:\data\Distributives\WinRar\WinRAR_4.01_Final_Rus_en--from_bar_01.11.11\WRAR_4.01_Final_ML-RUS\Repacks\WinRAR RePack by Otanim x86_x64\winrar-x64-401.exe
    description: ReadmeRu.txt
    • associated extentions: RAR only, others (many!) switched off
  • get registered russified version in C:\Program Files\WinRAR
  • in order to tansform into an english version, move RarLng.dll into the subdir RarLng (greated just for that) -- to be removed by hand in case of uninstallation

31. (03.03.12) WinDjView 1.0.3

Istalled in order to have a possibility to view DJVU files (found with google)

32. (11.04.12) md5sum, sha1sum, sha256sum etc. for Win32

  • According to the instruction , file sums611.zip was downloaded from http://www.nfllab.com/sums/sums611.zip into the
    C:\data\Distributives\sums611 directory
    then unzipped into the
    C:\data\Distributives\sums611\sums611_unzipped directory
  • To use an executable, one can just copy it into a directory with a file to be checked, then run it there, e.g.
    • open a window for a command line (run cmd), then
      ...> cd <‍dir>
      ...> sha256sum <‍filename>

33. (13.04.12) Adobe Reader X: Update 10.1.2 -> 10.1.3

  • Automatic update failed with error 1328. Clicking on details opened http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/update-errors-acrobat-reader-windows.html , where a manual update was recommended.
  • then firefox crashed, then in Control Panel , the application Programs and Components hanged (when being invoked to uninstall Adobe Reader 10.1.2), then PC hanged trying to switch off, the switch of was done by pressing the button for few secs...
  • After the recovery a manual update was done

34. (29.04.12) Applian FLV and Media Player 3.1.1.12

  • Found by googling for a flv player windows
    http://download.cnet.com/Applian-FLV-and-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10467081.html
    • pressing download now -> downloaded C:\data\Distributives\FLVPlayer\FLVPlayerSetupStub.exe
      • run, which invoked a real download and installation
  • Applian stands for Applian Technologies . The welcome page was opened after the installation with the following info:
    • . . .
    • FLV Player feature summary:
      • Play FLV files (and other formats) on any Windows PC.
      • Double-click files in File Explorer to play them automatically.
      • Zoom to full screen.
      • Drag-and-drop multiple files.
      • Play DVDs.
      • No viruses, spyware or ads.
    • This player is based upon the VLC Project

35. (07.06.12) Fighting the site tns-counter.ru

McAfee Security Scan Plus reported on an issue:

  • Threats Detected: 1 Dangerous Website: tns-counter.ru
Googling gave a recommendation to switch it off: http://ru-nbp.livejournal.com/898072.html. This has been implemented, which was adding lines
127.0.0.1 tns-counter.ru
127.0.0.1 www.tns-counter.ru
into the file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts.
Editing was done with notepad run with administrator's rights (Start -> Search for notepad -> run as Administrator )

36. (18.06.12) Adobe Flash Player DOWNGRADE 11.3.300.257 -> 11.2.202.233

Problem: During last few days Flash Player (FP) constantly crashes within Firefox.

There were 2 recent updates:

Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin 12.06.2012 11.3.300.257
Mozilla Firefox 13.0.1 16.06.2012 13.0.1
Judging from dates, rather Firefox should be guilty.

However, we try to solve the problem by downgrading Flash Player.

Step 1: Uninstall the current version of FP (control panel -> programs and components -> Remove).

Step 2: Download an older version

Step 3: extract the win_64bit version into the separate subdirectory win_64bit_extracted and install from there.

The problem seems to have been solved: FP did not crash in firefox during a >1h session.

37. (22.08.12) Vidyo Desktop 2_2_0_00362

Installed by running VidyoDesktopInstaller-win32-TAG_VD_2_2_0_00362.exe as downloaded from CERN VidyoPortal

38. (05.11.12) Looking at the first hard disk partition with Fedora-17-LiveCD

In section 1, "a 100 MiB partition for unknown purpose" was reported.

Preparing to install Fedora Linux as a second OS, it would have been desirable to find out weather the hard disk is a GPT (GUID Partition Table) one, or not.

In Windows and GPT FAQ, a special 100Mb partition called EFI System Partition = Extensible Firmware Interface System Partition = ESP is described in the section Windows GPT Required Partitions , so that an ESP is a a prerequisite of a GPT disk. Although an alternative kind of disks, MBR disks (see e.g. Master boot record) , may also have an ESP on them, the absence of ESP seems to be an evidence for the MBR nature of a disk.

More properties of the ESP can be found in the wikipedia article EFI System partition :

The 100Mb partition of the dom3 HD was a candidate for an ESP.

In order to see its properties, the Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-KDE was booted (Troubleshooting -> Start F17 with in basic graphics mode as default boot mode hanged).

The list of partitions:

[root@localhost liveuser]# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x85dc822c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048      206847      102400   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2          206848   195518463    97655808    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
  • The /dev/sda1 partition is not an ESP as
    • it has ID=27 i.o. ef
    • it has NTFS file system i.o. a FATxx

  • It is described as a WinRE
    • in the List of partition identifiers for PCs one finds:
      • ID=27 Windows RE hidden partition
        On MBR disks, type 0x27. On GPT disks, GUID: DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC. A hidden version of a Windows RE type 0x7 partition with NTFS. When this is installed, reboot and press F8 in order to boot into this Recovery Environment.
    • looks like WinRE stands for Windows Recovery Environment
    • see wikipedia: Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

The contents of the sda2 partition (unimportant, just in case):

[root@localhost liveuser]# ls /mnt
[root@localhost liveuser]# mkdir /mnt/sda1
[root@localhost liveuser]# mkdir /mnt/sda2


[root@localhost liveuser]# mount -r /dev/sda2 /mnt/sda2
[root@localhost liveuser]# ls /mnt/sda2/
data                    MSOCache             Recovery
Documents and Settings  nVidia               $Recycle.Bin
found.000               pagefile.sys         System Volume Information
found.001               PerfLogs             Users
HECI_7                  ProgramData          Windows
hiberfil.sys            Program Files
Intel                   Program Files (x86)

The contents of the sda1 partition:

[root@localhost liveuser]# mount -r /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
[root@localhost liveuser]# ls /mnt/sda1
Boot  bootmgr  BOOTSECT.BAK  System Volume Information

[root@localhost liveuser]# ll /mnt/sda1
total 388
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root   4096 Sep 29  2011 Boot
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 383786 Nov 20  2010 bootmgr
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root   8192 Sep 29  2011 BOOTSECT.BAK
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 System Volume Information

[root@localhost liveuser]# ll /mnt/sda1/Boot/
total 596
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  28672 Nov  3 18:45 BCD
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  25600 Nov  3 18:15 BCD.LOG
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 BCD.LOG1
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 BCD.LOG2
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  65536 Sep 29  2011 BOOTSTAT.DAT
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 cs-CZ
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 da-DK
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 de-DE
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 el-GR
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 en-US
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 es-ES
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 fi-FI
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 Fonts
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 fr-FR
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 hu-HU
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 it-IT
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 ja-JP
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 ko-KR
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 485760 Nov 20  2010 memtest.exe
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 nb-NO
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 nl-NL
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 pl-PL
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 pt-BR
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 pt-PT
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 ru-RU
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 sv-SE
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 tr-TR
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 zh-CN
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 zh-HK
drwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      0 Sep 29  2011 zh-TW

[root@localhost liveuser]# du -ms /mnt/sda1
15      /mnt/sda1


[root@localhost liveuser]# ll /mnt/sda1/Boot/Fonts/
total 11700
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 3694080 Jun 10  2009 chs_boot.ttf
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 3876772 Jun 10  2009 cht_boot.ttf
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 1984228 Jun 10  2009 jpn_boot.ttf
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 2371360 Jun 10  2009 kor_boot.ttf
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root   47452 Jun 10  2009 wgl4_boot.ttf


[root@localhost liveuser]# ll /mnt/sda1/Boot/ru-RU/
total 136
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 90192 Jul 13  2009 bootmgr.exe.mui
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 43600 Nov 21  2010 memtest.exe.mui

[root@localhost liveuser]# ll /mnt/sda1/Boot/en-US/
total 84
-rwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 85056 Jul 13  2009 bootmgr.exe.mui

A random collection of links on (U)EFI: here

39. (19.02.13) Creating an ntfs partition (WDntfs-2, 100GiB) on the usb disk WD-1500GB for Win7 backups / archives

First, the WD-1500GB disk was inspected under Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-KDE:

[root@localhost liveuser]#  fdisk -l /dev/sdf

Disk /dev/sdf: 1500.3 GB, 1500299395072 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders, total 2930272256 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0002a991

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdf1            2048    20980889    10489421    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdf2        20980890    41945714    10482412+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sdf3        41945715  2930272064  1444163175    5  Extended
/dev/sdf5      2720559555  2930272064   104856255   83  Linux
/dev/sdf6      2301134598  2720559554   209712478+  83  Linux
/dev/sdf7        41945841  1171540124   564797142   83  Linux
/dev/sdf8      1171540188  2301134534   564797173+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

The last partition /dev/sdf5 (label WDlin4, size 100 GiB, type ext3 ) was chosen to be converted into the backup ntfs partition.

Other 5 partitions (excluding the formal extended one), as reported by gparted, are

label type size / GiB
WDntfs ntfs 10
WDfat32 fat32 10
WDlin1 ext3 538.63
WDlin2 ext3 538.63
WDlin3 ext3 200

The WDlin4 partition was empty:

[root@localhost liveuser]# df -h /media/WDlin4/ 

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdf5        99G  141M   94G   1% /media/WDlin4

[root@localhost liveuser]# ll -a /media/WDlin4/ 

total 20
drwxrwxrwx. 3 root root  4096 May 25  2010 .
drwxr-xr-x. 4 root root    80 Feb 18 22:29 ..
drwx------. 2 root root 16384 May 25  2010 lost+found

The conversion was done with gparted-live-0.14.1-6-i686-pae .
Two operations were requested:

  • rename WDlin4 -> WDntfs-2
  • format it as ntfs
A report by gparted can be found here. The new partition turned out to be unlabelled (setting the label had to be the last operation), therefore, the label was actually set later on from Windows 7.

Inspecting the disk after the repartitioning under gparted-live OS (a debian linux):

root@debian:~# fdisk -l /dev/sdf

Disk /dev/sdf: 1500.3 GB, 1500299395072 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders, total 2930272256 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0002a991

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdf1            2048    20980889    10489421    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdf2        20980890    41945714    10482412+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sdf3        41945715  2930272064  1444163175    5  Extended
/dev/sdf5      2720559555  2930272064   104856255    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdf6      2301134598  2720559554   209712478+  83  Linux
/dev/sdf7        41945841  1171540124   564797142   83  Linux
/dev/sdf8      1171540188  2301134534   564797173+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

root@debian:~# mkdir /mnt/sdf5
root@debian:~# mount -r /dev/sdf5/ /mnt/sdf5

root@debian:~# ls -al /mnt/sdf5

total 4
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 Feb 19 05:51 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root  100 Feb 19 06:09 ..

root@debian:~# df -h  /mnt/sdf5

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdf5       100G   68M  100G   1% /mnt/sdf5

root@debian:~# du  /mnt/sdf5
4       /mnt/sdf5

40. (28.02.13) EasyBCD 2.2

EasyBCD is a Windows bootloader (BCD) modification tool.
My notes on the program: https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/Main/AVFedotovHowTo#EasyBCD

Downloaded from http://neosmart.net/Download/Register/1 to C:\data\Distributives\EasyBCD-2.2\EasyBCD 2.2.exe and installed by running the latter exe file.

The location in the start menu

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\NeoSmart Technologies\
was renamed to
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\NeoSmart Technologies (EasyBCD)\

41. (26.03.13) CoolReader 3.0.56-42

A program to read eBooks. Supported formats (the list from here): epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM), pml .

  • cr3-qt-win32-3.0.56-42.zip
    downloaded to C:\data\Distributives\CoolReader3\cr3-qt-win32-3.0.56-42.zip
    from http://sourceforge.net/projects/crengine/?source=dlp
  • all files from the archive extracted into directory
    C:\Program Files (x86)\CoolReader3\cr3-qt-win32-3.0.56-42
    • the executable: cr3.exe
      • a shortcut Cool Reader 3 to the executable has been placed
        • into the above directory where the executable resides,
        • as well as into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AF\multimedia

42. (17.04.13) Setting up an internet connection -- MGTS GPON via ONT-modem HUAWEI HG8245T as a router

Initially

  • Initial status:
    • modem 192.168.100.1 is a router (can not be a bridge?)
    • The router has the external IP address 37.190.94.77 identified by nslookup 37.190.94.77 as dynamic37-190-94-77.pppoe.spdop.ru .

  • connect dom3 to the socket LAN1 via an ethernet cable (twisted "pair", RJ45 connectors)

"Podklyuchenie po local'noj seti"

Control Panel -> Centr upravleniya setyami... -> Podklyuchenie po lok. seti -> Sv-va -> Protokol TCP/IPv4 -> Sv-va

  • Setup 1 made by GPON "installers"
    • "Poluchit' IP-adres avtomaticheski"
    • "Poluchit' adres DNS-servera avtomaticheski"

  • Setup 2 -- my version
    • I try here to fix the local IP-address which, generally, is assigned randomly (dynamically) by the router.
      This can be useful later, if I will want to set up a port forwarding (for ssh etc.) inside the router.
    • Change "Poluchit' IP-adres avtomaticheski" na:
      • "Ispolol'zovat' sled. adres:"
        IP-adres 192.168.100.2
        Maska podseti 255.255.255.0
        Osnovnoj shlyuz 192.168.100.1
    • change "Poluchit' adres DNS-servera avtomaticheski" na
      • "Ispol'zovat' sled. adresa DNS:"
        Predpochtaemyj 192.168.100.1
        Al'ternativnyj 8.8.8.8
        • The alternative DNS server is a public DNS by google. It was added later on when the underlying mgts server failed to resolve some addresses.

  • The connection name can be changed by
    • Control Panel -> Centr upravleniya setyami... -> Izmenenie parametrov adaptera (in the left menu) -> Podklyuchenie po lok. seti (an example) -> Tight mouse -> Rename
      • I gave the name Podklyuchenie po lokal'noj seti (ethernet)
  • The net name can be changed by a double click on the net picture/icon at the Centr upravleniya setyami... page

43. (07.06.13) MetroMir 4.18 -- an e-library

44. (17.10.13) Ruslat 3.02 uninstalled

The program installed in section 29 was found useless, but was always loaded...

  • uninstalled by clicking Start -> All programs -> AF -> Ruslat95 -> uninst
  • menu folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AF\Ruslat95 removed too

45. (17.10.13) SpeedFan 4.49

  • "a tool that can change your computer's fan speeds, read the temperatures of your motherboard and your hard disk, read voltages and fan speeds and check the status of your hard disk using S.M.A.R.T. or SCSI attributes"

  • Downloaded from the page http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php (see for a description) via the link http://www.almico.com/speedfan449.exe .
    The result (the file name is different from the download link for an unknown reason):
  • Installed by runnining the instsf449.exe
    • into C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeedFan
    • menu group C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SpeedFan
      has been moved to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AF\SpeedFan
      • contains
        • `Help and HOW-TO',
        • `Release info',
        • `SpeedFan',
        • `Uninstall SpeedFan'

46. (18.10.13) S.M.A.R.T. MonTools 6.2-1 (smartmontools)

  • A usage example:
    • The shortcut `smartctl Examples\All info (-x)' from the start menu runs
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools\bin\runcmdu.exe" smartctl -x sda
      • note: the `-x' option "prints all SMART and non-SMART information about the device" ( smartctl man page); it is similar to the `-a' ( "prints all SMART info" )

47. (01.10.14) A free "antivirus scan" with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00.2.1012

  • The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.00.2.1012
    • downloaded:
    • installed by running the above setup
    • run
      • A Threat Scan (the longest one?) took ~6 min., 314k objects scanned. "No malicious items were detected"
    • uninstalled

48. (01.10.14) A free "antivirus scan" and cleanup with SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0.1146

  • SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0.1146
  • downloaded
  • installed
  • run
    • 236 threats were found, of which only one (a Trojan C:\DATA\DISTRIBUTIVES\WINRAR\WINRAR_3.51--FROM_DOM\A_CRACK_3XX\WINRAR 3.XX PATCH.EXE ) was considered as critical and subject to an immediate deletion, while the rest were cookies.
    • The list of 236 files is available in the Scan Log file
    • all the 236 files have been deleted (not automatically -- this was our decision following a program's suggestion)
    • three screenshots from the program run: More... Close
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-1.GIF:
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-1.GIF
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-2.GIF:
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-2.GIF
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-3.GIF:
      141001.SUPERAntiSpyware.Screenshot-3.GIF
  • uninstalled by running C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\Uninstall.exe

49. (10.10.14) Installing an MFL-Pro Suite for Brother Multi-Function Center (printer/scanner/copier) DCP-7057R

  • The "Full Driver & Software Package" installation from the CD shipped together with the apparatus (MFC DCP-7057R), has been performed.
  • The following errors were reported: Show screenshots Hide screenshots
    • 141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-01.GIF:
      141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-01.GIF
    • 141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-02.GIF:
      141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-02.GIF
    • 141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-03.GIF:
      141010.DCP-7057.MFL-ProSuite_installation.Error-03.GIF
  • Thus problems occurred with the installation of assembly components of the following packages:
    • MSXML 4.0 SP3 Parser
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64)
  • After the install, the following problems are observed:
    • The utility ControlCenter4 does not start
    • There are no traces of the PaperPort(TM)SE utility
  • Otherwise, the driver seems to be there and working:
    • Printing is possible from various programs
    • Scanning working from the Windows Faxes and Scanning utility
  • At least, the following directories have been created during the installation:
    • c:\Brother
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Browny02
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\ControlCenter4
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\InstallShield Installation Information
    • C:\ProgramData\Brother
    • C:\ProgramData\ControlCenter4
    • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Brother

(07.12.14) A re-installation of the MFL-Pro Suite from scratch

  • Having brought the computer back to the state of 26.03.14 (sect.50) we had to try to install the MFL-Pro Suite again.
  • It turned out to be more successful this time: no error messages occurred, everything went smoothly.
  • Close to the end of the installation, registrations with Brother and Nuance have been suggested
    • Brother notified us at http://www.brother.ru/g3.cfm/s_page/211140/s_name/productregistration , that the registration of new devices in Russia is not required Show the screenshot (ru) Hide the screenshot
      • 141207.Registering_with_Brother_not_needed.GIF:
        141207.Registering_with_Brother_not_needed.GIF
    • In turn, Nuance
      • requested a product registration of the product PaperPort Home/SE P409W-H54-QHF9-NB5N-H9
      • the product was registered via creation of the new account of type "My Nuance ID"
      • some Nuance's statements during the registration:
        • Register your product in just a few quick steps to activate your 90-day warranty for full technical support, plus access to exclusive customer tools and features, special offers, freebies and more.
        • Your Nuance ID provides you with one-stop access to all of your Nuance product information. Plus, as a member of the Nuance community you can take advantage of special discounts, exclusive product features and lively technical support forums.
  • After a reboot the last installation window popped up, devoted to Software Update Setting
    • Show the screenshot Hide the screenshot 141207.BrotherDCP7057.SoftwareUpdateSetting.GIF:
      141207.BrotherDCP7057.SoftwareUpdateSetting.GIF
    • The txt subwindow was
      • <Attention> 
         -1 Information with respect to your Brother machine (including but not limited to model name,
            software information such as version information) for new software information will be sent
            from your computer  to an internet server managed by Brother Industries, Ltd.
            This information will be used only for such new software sent to you by Brother Industries, Ltd.
            The information provided will not be used as personal identifiable information.
        
        <Details of the function> 
         -1 This function is only available when your computer is connected to the Internet.
            The program connects to the Brother server at regular intervals. 
        
         -2 You need to be logged onto your computer with administrator rights.
        
         -3 Use "Check for Software Updates" if you need to use a proxy server
            when you connect your computer to the  Internet.
        
         -4 The Brother printing device needs to be set as the device to monitor in Status Monitor.
        
         -5 Only Brother software that is currently installed can be checked for updates. 
        

  • At least, the following directories have been created during the installation (well, some of them may have been just modified/updated?):
    • c:\Brother
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Brother
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Browny02
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\ControlCenter4
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\InstallShield Installation Information
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Nuance
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\ScanSoft Shared
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\MSXML 4.0
    • C:\Program Files\Nuance
    • C:\ProgramData\Brother
    • C:\ProgramData\ControlCenter4
    • C:\ProgramData\Nuance
    • C:\ProgramData\zeon
    • C:\ProgramData\ScanSoft
    • C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet
    • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Brother
    • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Nuance PaperPort 12

50. (01.12.14) Restoring the computer state (disk c:) of 26.03.14 from the corresponding system image

  • Motivation: Windows Update does not work properly since about Aug 2014.
    • The only updates that have been installed since then, are those related to Microsoft Security Essentials.
    • The system regularly complains on a failure to do an automatic search for updates, and suggests to reboot, which does not help.
    • Starting the update search manually, results again to a reboot request in order to something like finish an installation of an important update(s).
    • Here are screenshots from the Update History Journal as of 14.10.20 -- pages covering updates since May 2014
      • Show screenshots Hide screenshots
        • 141020.Update_History_Journal.page01.GIF:
          141020.Update_History_Journal.page01.GIF
        • 141020.Update_History_Journal.page02.GIF:
          141020.Update_History_Journal.page02.GIF
        • 141020.Update_History_Journal.page03.GIF:
          141020.Update_History_Journal.page03.GIF
      • The latest automatic update which is not related to MS Security Essentials, seems to be from 14.08
      • Note that the very latest update (KB947821) was installed manually
    • Windows Update beleives that the latest update installation was on 14.09.14: Show the screenshot Hide the screenshots
      • 141019.UpdateCenterError.GIF:
        141019.UpdateCenterError.GIF

  • A lot of time was invested in trying to repair the Window Update, but everything was unsuccessful.
  • So we decided to restore the system state from an old system image -- the last one which was created 26.03.14 on an external hard drive
  • First, we tried to use this backup as a restore point (in this mode the system files are restored only, while user files are left intact). No success: "unexpected error while restoring the system (0x80071a91)" :

  • Finally we performed a complete restoration
    • Prior to that, a backup of c:data directory was created on an external hard disk (via copy-paste, though it would have been better to first archive/zip the dir, then copy the archive, in order not to lose the time stamps for subdirectories)
    • Control Panel -> Archive and Restore -> Restore system parameters or computer -> Extended restoration methods -> Use system image -> Skip archiving user files -> reboot ...
      • The process took 24 min.

  • Updating/installing various sw from the March 2014 status to the current one
    • Java to version 7 update 71
    • c:data from a fresh backup copy
    • Windows Update
      • it says that updates were installed never -- this is strange, as updates surely were installed before March 2014. The Update History list is empty -- it contains only one update for the Update Agent itself.
      • 73 new "important" updates to be installed
        • twice we tried to start the update process manually unsuccesfully (the successful part was downloading the needed 381 MB of data)
        • finally it was initiated by clicking the shutdown button in Win menu
          • took 32' before the first reboot, followed by several additional reboots
    • Logitech webcam sw update
    • Windows Update -- search for updates -> 1 new important update found -> installed
    • VidyoDesktop 3.03.23 -> 3.3.0 (027)
    • Adobe Reader X (10.1.9) -> XI
    • Skype 6.11.66.102 -> 6.22.64.107
    • MFL-Pro Suite for Brother Multi-Function Center (printer/scanner/copier) DCP-7057R, see a detailed report in sect.49
    • Firefox 27.0.1 -> 34.0.5
    • SeaMonkey 2.24 -> 2.25
    • Assign hibernation for the power off action to the power on/off button on the system block -- via Control Panel -> "Elektropitanie" (en: "Power Options"?)

51. (15.12.14) Including hibernation into the Start -> Shutdown submenu

  • The hibernation action was missing in the Start -> Shutdown menu, but we wanted to have it there
  • A quotation from http://www.oszone.net/10756/hibernate_windows7 :
               141215.Why_no_hybernation_button.GIF
  • Thus, the reason for the absence of the hibernation option might be the following combination of conditions:
    1. "sleep" is actually a "hybrid sleep" ( = sleep (computer's status stored in memory) + hibernation (stored on disk))
    2. "sleep" is turned on in the extended settings of the power plan in Control panel -> Power Optons -> Change plan settings
  • Following this hint, we switched off the Sleep in the extended settings of our power plan
    • The result was a success: the hibernation option appeared in the Start -> Shutdown list
    • We still do not know whether the "Sleep" is now a pure "Sleep" or a "Hybrid Sleep"...

52. (10.10.15) WinSCP 5.7.5 (upgraded ... 21.12.18 to 5.13.6)

  • NB. It looks like the SFTP protocol has to be selected for connections with linuxes.

  • 08.10.16 WinSCP upgraded to 5.9.2
  • 17.12.16 WinSCP upgraded to 5.9.3
  • 04.03.17 WinSCP upgraded to 5.9.4
  • 08.05.17 WinSCP upgraded to 5.9.5
  • 07.07.17 WinSCP upgraded to 5.9.6
  • 01.10.17 WinSCP upgraded to 5.11.1
  • 25.11.18 WinSCP upgraded to 5.13.5
  • 21.12.18 WinSCP upgraded to 5.13.6

53. (05.11.15) SeeVoghRN

  • SeeVoghRN is the successor of the EVO video conferencing system

  • The setup program downloaded from http://research.seevogh.com/application/download.html into
    • C:\data\Distributives\SeeVoghRN\SeeVoghRN_windows_64bits.exe
  • Then it was run
    • installation directory: C:\Program Files\SeeVoghRN
    • the executable: C:\Program Files\SeeVoghRN\SeeVoghRN.exe
    • location in the start menu:
      • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AF\SeeVoghRN\
        • 2 items: `SeeVoghRN' and `SeeVogh Research Network Deinstaller'
  • Tried to register -- failed, the system replied that I was already registered with the f...desy.de e-mail. And yes, the EVO userid/pw turned out to be still valid.

54. (17.06.16) Install gpedit.msc hoping it will allow us to forbid an automatic update to Win 10

  • The video "How to disable the upgrade to Windows 10 forever" , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4KyUelV7EY , describes a way to forbid the update using the Group policy editor gpedit.msc :
    • run the program (e.g. with Win+R followed by typing gpedit.msc in the corresponding window)
      • select Computer configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
        • turn on the option "turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update"
          (right mouse button -> change -> enable the option -> ok -> reboot)

  • The problem is that the gpedit.msc is not found on our system

  • Unfortunately, the option "turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update" is missing in the installed version of the gpedit :
    160617.gpedit_window.gif

55. (24.01.17) Install Android emulator BlueStacks 2

  • BlueStacks App Player installed via running BlueStacks2_native_698df954325a29243d3ed9b7818a96c4.exe (315 MB = 331190024 B)
    • Directories:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Bluestacks 77.0 MB = 80817502 B
      C:\ProgramData\Bluestacks 1.91 GB = 2056578437 B
    • Menu location: All Programs -> BlueStacks

  • Identified by Google as Samsung Galaxy S5

  • In about 1 day after the installation, BlueStacks reguested that I either upgrade to a paid premium version or install an app with ads (Flipboard ? -- do not remember exactly).
    The second option was chosen ( by the way, I had to type again my google password in the subsequent procedure).
    For some reason, I did not observe the app inside the emulator.
  • Instead, I got a security alert from my google account about a new device, Mac via browser Chrome 35.0 is working with the google account. Here are screenshots from https://myaccount.google.com/device-activity:
    the list of devices More... Close
    ,
    and details on the Mac device More... Close

    To be noted as curious: the Mac IP was that of my Win PC.
  • As I never used Mac or Chrome browser , I got scared of having compromised my google account, probably (not sure) declared that this was not my activity, and changed the password of my google account.
  • Soon after that, BlueStacks got broken: trying to start the imo app or Play Store, gave an error sreen like More... Close
  • This was overcome by making a factory reset of BLueStacks.
    Done via: Settings wheel (in the top bar of the BLueStacks window) -> Preferences -> Data -> Factory reset

56. (18.02.17) Install mozregression-gui 0.9.6

57. (05.03.17) Install VLC media player 2.2.4

  • The setup file vlc-2-2-4-win32.exe downloaded from https://vlc-media-player.en.softonic.com/download
  • Installed into the (default) directory C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC , size 120 MiB .
    • Executable: vlc.exe
  • Location in the Start Menu : All Programs -> VideoLAN -> VLC media player

58. (04.10.17) A cleanup of the C disk space

Analysis (04.10.17)

  • Currently, there are 78.8 GiB used and only 14.2 GiB free space on the c disk
  • Archiving the system 04.10.17 produced
    • system image of 70.5 Gib
    • backup of user files: 9.17 GiB (=9.85GB) (backed up are data (3.90 GiB) and Biblioteki "fedotov's"
  • All the numbers are substantially bigger than those in early years of the system, and we try to investigate where the space is used. We do it by looking at the disk from the Fedora-18-lunux side of the computer.

  • c disk:
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7 $ du -ms * | sort -nr
      
      43162   Windows
      9819    Users
      5695    ProgramData
      4403    Program Files (x86)
      4080    pagefile.sys
      4004    data
      3376    Program Files
      3060    hiberfil.sys
      1139    System Volume Information
      926     nVidia
      170     Recovery
      13      HECI_7
      1       $Recycle.Bin
      ...
      

      Note: hiberfil.sys is a candidate for a temporary deletion before creating a sys.image
      (http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/tr-dojo/delete-hiberfilsys-by-disabling-windows-hibernate-function/: "... As I noted earlier, you can manually delete hiberfil.sys, but it will just come back ...")

  • Users/fedotov/AppData :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users $ du -ms *|sort -nr     
      
      9764    fedotov
      53      Public
      2       Default
      ...
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      7968    AppData
      157     Tracing
      89      cr3
      15      Videos
      4       Documents
      ...
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      6521    Local
      1403    Roaming
      45      LocalLow
      

  • .../AppData/Local :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Local $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      3007    NVIDIA
      789     Google
      784     Temp
      777     Microsoft
      573     Mozilla
      239     Torch
      155     iLivid
      57      Windows Live
      54      Opera
      52      Vidyo
      26      Adobe
      7       VirtualStore
      ...
      
      • Torch and iLivid : why not to delete them together with programs

  • .../AppData/Local/NVIDIA :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Local/NVIDIA $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      
      3007    NvBackend
      1       GFExperience.exe_Url_tgm3mttmt5itflhj0kykoi5xkjy53x4g
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Local/NVIDIA/NvBackend $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      
      2926    
      64      ApplicationOntology
      8       OpsStorage.xml
      ...
      
      
    • .../NVIDIA/NvBackend/Packages -- what is that?

  • .../AppData/Roaming :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming $ du -ms *|sort -nr 
      
      1310    Mozilla
      38      Skype
      24      tempNN
      20      Microsoft
      9       Adobe
      2       SoftGrid Client
      ...
      

  • .../AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/... :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      
      1293    Firefox
      17      SeaMonkey
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      
      1153    Profiles
      140     Crash Reports
      1       profiles.ini
      0       Pending Pings
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles $ du -ms *|sort -nr        
      1153    2ni860jy.default
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/2ni860jy.default $ du -ms *|sort -nr  
      947     storage
      59      webappsstore.sqlite
      45      places.sqlite
      36      sessionstore-backups
      14      favicons.sqlite
      9       sessionstore.bak
      7       sessionstore.bak-20140212131424
      7       gmp-eme-adobe
      6       gmp-widevinecdm
      5       sessionstore.js
      4       minidumps
      . . .
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/2ni860jy.default/storage $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      938     default
      8       temporary
      3       permanent
      
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Roaming/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/2ni860jy.default/storage/default $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      585     http+++echo.msk.ru
      320     https+++www.onlinetv.ru
      12      https+++www.geogebra.org
      2       https+++web.whatsapp.com
      2       https+++slon.ru
      1       http+++www.vedomosti.ru
      . . .
      
      
      • http+++echo.msk.ru and https+++www.onlinetv.ru -- first candidates for cleanup
      • .../Firefox/Crash Reports -- a candisate too?

  • .../AppData/Local/Google :
    • [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Local/Google $ du -ms *|sort -nr 
      763     Chrome
      26      Update
      1       Software Reporter Tool
      1       CrashReports
      1       Chrome Cleanup Tool
      
      [dom3] ~/mnt_fedotov/Win7/Users/fedotov/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome $ du -ms *|sort -nr
      411     User Data
      353     Application
      

Cleanup (05-06.10.17)

  • Running Ochistka Diska (en: Disk Cleanup) under Administrator :




    • C disk: used 79.3 GiB -> 78.7 GiB -> Reboot -> 66.6 GiB
      • After the reboot, the screen
        "Nastroika obnovlenij Windows.
        Completed: 100% .
        Don't turn the comp off"
        hanged over 19 min (30+ min ?). Then the screen
        "Ochistka (cleanup).
        Don't turn the comp off"
        lasted ~6 min. Only then the user session started.

    • The sizes of C-disk directories changed as follows w.r.t. the day before (according to the du -ms * command at fedora18-linux):
      dir 04.10.17 now change
      Windows 43162 32396 -10766
      Users 9819 8684 -1135
      ProgramData 5695 5705 10
      Program Files (x86) 4403 4403 0
      pagefile.sys 4080 4080 0
      data 4004 4004 0
      Program Files 3376 3376 0
      hiberfil.sys 3060 3060 0
      System Volume Information 1139 76 -1063
      nVidia 926 926 0
      Recovery 170 170 0
      HECI_7 13 13 0
      $Recycle.Bin 1 1 0
      NST 1 1 0
      MSOCache 1 1 0
      Intel 1 1 0
      ftconfig.ini 1 1 0
      Brother 1 1 0
      ANG0 1 1 0
      PerfLogs 0 0 0
      Documents and Settings 0 0 0
      Config.Msi 0 0 0


      and subdirs of Windows:
      dir 04.10.17 now change
      winsxs 21707 10237 -11470
      System32 10516 10451 -65
      Installer 3668 3668 0
      assembly 1694 1694 0
      SoftwareDistribution 1483 1488 5
      SysWOW64 1339 1339 0
      Microsoft.NET 818 818 0
      Temp 424 424 0
      Fonts 341 341 0
      inf 269 269 0
      tracing 259 258 -1
      servicing 253 125 -128
      ServiceProfiles 200 200 0
      IME 138 138 0
      ehome 97 97 0
      Help 89 89 0
      Logs 86 982 896
      ...      


      and subdirs of Users/fedotov/AppData/Local:
      dir 04.10.17 now change
      NVIDIA 3007 3018 11
      Google 789 789 0
      Temp 784 46 -738
      Microsoft 777 377 -400
      Mozilla 573 564 -9
      Torch 239 239 0
      iLivid 155 155 0
      Windows Live 57 57 0
      Opera 54 54 0
      Vidyo 52 52 0
      ...      

  • C:\nVidia , 923 MiB
    • According to
      Cleaning up old NVIDIA driver files to save disk space (2017 edition) https://www.gameplayinside.com/optimize/cleaning-up-old-nvidia-driver-files-to-save-disk-space/ ,
      Location 1 - installer extraction directory case,
      this folder may be emptied
    • We create a backup copy nVidia.zip putting the latter into
      manual_backups/171005.backup.nVidia/ folder of the WDntfs-2 partition of the external WD-1500GB disk.
    • Remove the content of C:\nVidia
    • Reboot. Everything seems OK.
    • C disk: used 64.3 GiB

  • C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Local\NVIDIA\NvBackend\Packages , 2.86 GiB
    • contains 395 folders
      0000a8c8, ... , 000056bd (time changing from 05.10.17 to 08.01.14), or
      00009867, ... , 0000a0bd (ascending alphabetically)
      each one containing a file with the name of type DAO.22939898.exe where digits differ from file to file.

      • By mistake, we executed one of them, the 0000a8c8/DAO.22939898.exe (dir modification date 05.10.2017 16:30 -- the latest one).
        It opened a window with the title
                   "Application Ontology ver.22939898 Setup: Completed"
        and produced the output, stored in
                   171005.DAO.22939898-output
        The output suggests that the exe file is a selfextracting archive which extracted 2123 files into the directory tree growing from the
                   C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA\Updatus\ApplicationOntology
        directory.
        On the other hand, we see that the tree on disk contained exactly 2221 file. The tree has total size of 63 MB and C:\ProgramData has increased by the same 63 MB. Hence, the files did not exist before, and the unfortunate extraction can be undone by deleting the ApplicationOntology folder (empty directories in the tree might have existed before, but we make the assumption that they did not).
        It may well be that the parent folder Updatus has to be deleted as well, since it only contains the ApplicationOntology.

        NB. some info on the ApplicationOntology/Ontology.dll can be found in What is Ontology.dll? http://www.freefixer.com/library/file/Ontology.dll-142770/

        We try to undo the effect of the 0000a8c8/DAO.22939898.exe execution by deleting C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA\Updatus\ApplicationOntology.
        • Actually, we rename it to ApplicationOntology.saved from fedora linux, in order to delete the renamed dir later from Win 7.
        • Reboot to Win7 -> Alles in ordnung ; delete the renamed folder.

    • We try to decrease the size of the ...\Packages by removing all but the latest entry in it
      • We create a backup copy of Packages in Packages.zip, putting the latter into
                   manual_backups/171006.backup.Users-fedotov-AppData-Local-NVIDIA-NvBackend-Packages/
        folder of the WDntfs-2 partition of the external WD-1500GB disk.
      • Remove all entries in ...\Packages but for the latest one 0000a8c8 (date 05.10.17)
      • Reboot
      • All seems to be OK
    • C disk: used 61.5 GiB

  • Programs Torch, iLivid
    • Uninstalled via Control Panel -> Programmy i komponenty
      • This automatically removed folder iLivid and emptied folder Torch in C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Local
        • Then empty folder Torch removed manually
    • C disk: used 61.1 GiB

  • Folders http+++echo.msk.ru (584 MiB) and https+++www.onlinetv.ru (319 MiB) in C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2ni860jy.default\storage\default
    • Remove the above two folders -> the ...\storage\default decreased to 34.5 MiB
    • Start Firefox -> works OK
    • C disk: used 60.2 GiB

  • C:\Users\fedotov\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
    • start chrome
      -> Settings
      -> Clear browsing data
      -> Clear "from the beginnig of time" : Cashed images and files plus Cookies and other site data
      • reduced the size of `User Data' from ~410 to 140 MB
      • C disk: used 60.0 GiB (64.47 out of 100.00 GB)

  • Firefox Cache (Options -> General -> Networks) -> clear (~350 MB)
    • C disk: used 59.6 GiB (64.03 out of 100.00 GB)

  • Cleanup final result :
    • the used space on disk C reduced from 78.8 to 59.6 GiB ( = 64.0 GB)
      (out of 93.1 GiB = 100 GB on disk C)

59. (14.12.17) Rufus 2.18 (version 3.5 added 06.04.19)

"Rufus - The Reliable USB Formatting Utility"
A program to "create bootable USB drives the easy way" . Home page: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

  • rufus-2.18.exe
    downloaded to C:\Program Files (x86)\Rufus\rufus-2.18.exe
    from https://rufus.akeo.ie/ -> https://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus-2.18.exe
    • a shortcut Rufus 2.18 to the executable has been placed
      • into the above directory where the executable resides,
      • as well as into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AF\Rufus

60. (19.02.19) EaseUS Partition Master Free 13.0

  • The package was installed in
               C:\Program Files (x86)\EaseUS\EaseUS Partition Master 13.0
  • Shortcuts to various executable got placed into
               C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\EaseUS Partition Master 13.0

61. (03.03.19) IP-TV Player 49.4

62. (07.04.19) Fedora Media Writer 4.1.1


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