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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 06, 2015, 07:32:22 AM
**Minor caveat when running the Sysinternals SDelete.exe tool, is that in the process of "Zeroing Out the Free Space" it will cause a Dynamically Expanding .vhdx to expand to its full configured size. So if you're overlapping the physical drive space by double-booking it ... This will byte you in the ass.

Would using cipher /W <drive> be any better?


Unknown. It's really not a encryption/decryption issue I'm trying to address. It's an issue with compacting a .vhd/.vhdx drive (that has dynamically expanded due to the build update) to reclaim the unused free space. The SDelete -c run was supposed to assist with that according to a TechNet article about how to compact an uncooperative .vhd. And while it did do just that, it also shutdown the lab by overflowing the Host drive ... Which is a - perhaps in retrospect obvious - behavior that was not mentioned in the article.



No additional software was ever added to the install, so it is only Windows 10 playing games with ~5GB of space. Where is it storing what and why?? The clean install has been running for 24hrs, and is still sitting at it's original ~7GB so I'm assuming it isn't the indexing service(s) using up the space. And trying to get a birds eye view with SpaceSniffer didn't yield anything useful in the way of what was using the space either.

My guess is that it keeps separate "images" (snapshots) so it can revert to a known working system if an upgrade goes bad.

I thought of that, but there is nothing I can see. cleanmgr.exe took care of Windows.old and $Windows.~BT, and I checked for shadow copies and file system Previous Versions ... Nothing, nothing, and nothing.

Right now I've got 2 clean loaded 10162 VMs, one pro, one home. Both are sitting at just over the 7GB mark. I'm going to keep a weary eye on them to see if/when one of them starts to bloat, to see if I can figure out why.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: July 05, 2015, 08:52:59 AM
Pardon the interruption, but...
It indeed has helped me before with the code red virus.  I'd given read only access to my backup directory, and was doing a lower tech version of removing privileges in order to access my network drives.  I was glad that I did.

Wasn't Code Red a worm that attacked unsecured IIS servers that were running by default in Win2k? I don't recall share hopping being part of its MO.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 05, 2015, 08:43:53 AM
Strangely massive cruft issue with 10.

So originally I never really thought about it as there was no need - or at least appeared to be no need - to check on the drive space situation. That is until I ran out of it in the office lab on Friday.

The original install footprint (x86pro) was IIRC in the 9GB range ... Which shouldn't have been an issue on the as provisioned 200GB partition. At least until I added 3 more, and tried running a maintenance routine to reclaim the space. So used space appeared as follows:

Original install size: 9GB
After build update (or 3): 25GB
After cleanmgr.exe run (set to kill): 12GB - but .vhdx will only compact to 22GB
After running SDelete.exe -c (this is what overflowed the drive**) .vhdx compacted to 19GB

And finally - given the activation issues - I just deleted the damn thing, and clean installed onto a new .vhdx: 7GB <--???)

No additional software was ever added to the install, so it is only Windows 10 playing games with ~5GB of space. Where is it storing what and why?? The clean install has been running for 24hrs, and is still sitting at it's original ~7GB so I'm assuming it isn't the indexing service(s) using up the space. And trying to get a birds eye view with SpaceSniffer didn't yield anything useful in the way of what was using the space either.



**Minor caveat when running the Sysinternals SDelete.exe tool, is that in the process of "Zeroing Out the Free Space" it will cause a Dynamically Expanding .vhdx to expand to its full configured size. So if you're overlapping the physical drive space by double-booking it ... This will byte you in the ass.



Thus ends todays episode of How to Learn From the Other Guy's F***ups. cheesy
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 04, 2015, 11:01:05 AM
I've always been a Day One (or before) adopter of Microsoft OSes and historically speaking, their RTM releases are rock solid out of the box.

+1 - I'm planning on having our company completely on 10 by the end of summer. The IT department will jump on day 1 (hence the frenzy of testing now), then the brighter users will get it, then the rest..

(Posting from MS Edge in a Win 10 Home VM)
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 04, 2015, 08:58:10 AM


WHAT!!! Bubble Wrap without Bubbles?!? Travesty! Heresy! Sacrilege - Burn the Witch!!! ... Society is doomed!
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 04, 2015, 08:51:34 AM
Lovely - It's not always good to be special...  There does seem to be quite a few people on the Windows 10 forum that are having this problem, and there was (unconfirmed) mention of a MS systems issue. Supposedly the issue is only with the upgrades, which unfortunately it appears is necessary in order to end up with a copy of Win 10 plain/basic/home edition ... Which is what I need for this round of testing.

Two of the five 10 test machines activated build 10159 shortly after I made the above post, but after then jumping to 10162 they've all jumped back on the shit list. After doing a (Windows 10 File History) test backup, I'm going to try flattening the 10 Home to see if, 1. if I can get it to install as home, and 2. if I can restore it to a usable state.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 06:42:30 AM
Has anyone else had activation issues with 10? All 5 of mine were activated up to build 10158, but even after switching to the updated key, neither build 10159 or 10162 will activate for me.

It doesn't complain about the key which is posted everywhere and therefore presumed valid. It just keeps saying "Windows can't activate. Try again later".

I'm running four 10 pros, and one 10 home. some are signed up (and verified) for the Windows Insider Club, some are not, and one is still using a strictly LM account ... And nobody will activate with any of the TP keys I've seen to date.


Ideas?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 02, 2015, 05:03:42 PM
Build 10162 just released to fast ring
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 11:09:39 AM

Bit late on that news ... Scroll ^up^ to 7:45 this morning. cheesy
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 08:44:52 AM
Since one of our lab machines won't upgrade from 10130 (failed 3 times), I'm experimenting with this now:
http://www.zdnet.com/arti...s-10-upgrade-into-an-iso/

Fairly quick and easy way to create a current ISO.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 07:59:30 AM
Wow, fancy new login screen in 10159 ... Looks like they're getting it ready for prime time.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 06:49:33 AM
Anyone know how to get Windows 10 to update immediately? I've checked for updates and it often says "We found updates, we'll download them later."

I've got 3 Win 10 VMs here at the office. One I'd left running and it had it (10158) ready to go yesterday morning. I just fired up one of the others, hit check for updates, and it came up with another newer build (10159) yesterday.

Maybe your check fell in between the build updates that were oddly (emergency?) close together?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 10:37:19 PM
Warning loud auto playing video at link - Do not click if it's like almost midnight and your wife is sleeping in the next room after working a 12 hour shift.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Domain Privacy on: June 30, 2015, 10:31:49 PM
+1 for Hover (formerly Tucows) I've been with them for well over a decade and never had a problem.

As far as the whois privacy thing goes, I think it depends on what problem you're trying to solve. While the whois privacy services do "protect" you from random curious strangers, who could just as well use a phone book. It does absolutely nothing against the truly dangerous agencies that exist solely for the purpose of being harmfully invasive.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 02:05:11 PM
You have to understand what decades of a blue E has done to the minds of the simple users, the ones that the rest of us wonder how they ever managed to turn a computer on. To them, the blue E means the internet.

No it doesn't ... Those people still install the internet from their AOL CDs. While the rest of the middle ground have been quietly moved to Chrome by one of the myriad of Java updates.

MS wanted/needed to make a break from the past, and to distance their new baby from the stigma that is the 'Blue E' ... Which they just failed at completely IMO.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 30, 2015, 11:09:58 AM

Oh FFS! ...The icon for their "All New" MS Edge browser, is a $^%#& Blue 'E'!!?! Seriously??!!??
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ahem . . . has your antivirus program been compromised by GCHQ and NSA? on: June 27, 2015, 11:16:01 AM
Just another reason to stop using snake oil software.

A friend of mine had a boss who liked to say "using a prophylactic is like taking a shower with a raincoat on."  I feel the same way about computing with av running.  smiley

Or something like this perhaps?

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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 27, 2015, 11:11:18 AM
I guess it's not a huge deal, though. On July 29th the notifier will show up for everyone regardless as it has a Windows 10 compatibility checker built-in so people can see if their PC is up to running the new OS.

I think it's just the principle of the thing, since the success of the reservation offer seems to be quite random. ...And some of us just don't deal with random all that well. cheesy

My semi antique Dell laptop (in a workgroup) got the offer all by itself.
My fairly new HP ElitePad 900 (also in a workgroup) just can't seem to find it.
None of my domain machines (which I believe is by design) have been offered 10.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 10:43:35 AM
I wonder if there's a really simple way to save all your files in an unusual fashion that the computer can read quite easily normally, but then the malware virus can't find them properly and tanks.

Run an automated backup that uses a UNC path to a hidden network share, that you user account does not have file/share permission to access. Run the backup job (it's just a scheduled task) under the context of an account that can access said share.


Side note: Wasn't there a thread here just recently about a new group of Crypo Virus rescue utilities?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Inceptionism: Trippy new artform from the Google people... on: June 26, 2015, 01:36:26 PM

Zoiks! Looks like they cut the feed when it started dreaming about eating people and world domination.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 24, 2015, 11:48:47 AM
I found out when I later upgraded another PC to 10, that this had the annoying effect of syncing my wallpaper across PC's. If that's the most annoying problem I run in to (and there's a way to turn it off) I can live with that.

Yes there is a way of turning it off. Which is a fact I ran across in the process of turning it on to see if it would sync the wallpaper... cheesy
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 24, 2015, 06:55:05 AM
even though I have a license key for Win 8 Pro, I have never even tried Win 8, mainly because I was told I would have to create a Microsoft Account and log in to it!

there was a workaround for Win.8 - but they certainly made it seem as if you *had* to connect with that MS account. IIRC, it was a case of first accepting and then in the next step there was an opt-out option.

No idea if it's easier with 10.

LOL Nope! it's actually much worse.

In Win8.x You only had to click create new MS account, and then (find hidden at the bottom) click the use local account option. With 10 it's buried another level, So for a clean install if you want to use local accounts. You have to select the Company Owned Computer option ... Then it's the same game as Win8.x. If you select the It's My Computer option it's MS Live accounts only (during the OOBE).

Oh yeah... and if you click the wrong one there is no way to backup and choose the other short of dumping the box to force the OOBE wizard to start over.

On a side note: if you do end up going the oops dump route to start over, 10 has an odd habit of trying to login in with a "default" account for which there is no known/available password. The only way out of that little mess is to - quite counter intuitively - select "Cancel Login" which then causes it to fall back to (where you wanted to be) the OOBE Wizard.

^That little tip cost me half an hour of befuddled fiddling.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 23, 2015, 05:43:53 PM
What do you think?

I think the exact same questions haunt/scare the shit out of me ... Which is why I'm still running spinning platters.

While it's true that eventually the technology will stabilize enough to be called "Stone Ax Reliable" ...(Ha!)... The fact that I haven't heard an SSD horror story recently is not IMO a valid reason to assert that the proverbial coast is clear.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: recover an SQL .mdf file that is currently written to a bad sector on: June 23, 2015, 07:24:42 AM
Okay, this bit is marginally insane...but the sensible options appear to have been exhausted.. It seems that the db is attesting to be both valid and corrupt at the same time. I say this once before with a db that hadn't been properly maintained for a few years, and had some of it's slack space on a bad sector.

Probably best to hear from Shades before trying this, but...

If you run the MSSQL maintenance routine (Shrink database/files) on the db to compact the db it may allow you to get the actual data "out" while leaving the (presumed) corrupt slack space where it is.

It's a dangerous, and quite possibly insane idea. But if the current instance of SQL is indeed the only thing that can read the db, then maybe it can be leveraged (e.g. tricked into) copying the db for you.

Shades??
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bing moving to encrypt search traffic on: June 21, 2015, 01:07:08 PM
And it's quite possible that you're right. The problem is that they passed up the chance to just say that in plain English, choosing instead to dance around the specifics ... And that - These days - throws up a flag.

I think, more specifically, these days everything has to go through the marketing department where they sprinkle technical announcements with their special blend of buzz words and obfuscation that blurs the original, intended version of an announcement.

Understood. I just think these Prancing Nancys desperately need to be boiled in their own juices for not using Plain English on critical pieces of information. Any attempting to sell me on a technology, without the clear technical details...is an excruciatingly bad idea. IRL I am notoriously brutal with vendors that wish/desire/make the mistake of playing word games. If you want my money...you better be crystal GD clear about what is to happen/be delivered or you will rue the day we met.. cheesy
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