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Archive for February 4th, 2019

Some commands and links from “Praktijk | Windows PE”; Softlink 1807114 – c’t magazine

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/04

Downloads: [WayBack] Softlink 1807114 – c’t magazine

Commands (only execute them from within a Windows PE session!):

  1. Sometimes the network does not start, so you can use the wpeutil command to start it: wpeutil initializenetwork; with wpeutil disablefirewall and wpeutil enablefirewall you can manage the firewall.Background information:
  2. Like regular Windows, net use can map shares to drive letters over a wired network connection. There is a small thing with anonymous logon, see the below links for more, and you might need a network driver that is not automatically loaded, see the next section.
    1. [WayBack] samba – Windows 10 PE Unable to map network drive anonymously – Server Fault
    2. [WayBack] WinPE Network Drivers: Initializing and adding drivers | Microsoft Docs
  3. Windows PE can load most drivers through the drvload command; ensure you have unpacked your drivers and the driver directory contains the appropriate  .inf file, then run drvload E:\driver\drivername.inf where E:\driver is where your driver files are.Background information:
  4. The manage-bde -unlock command can unlock a Bitlocker volume. There are various parameters, but the most used combination is manage-bde -unlock C: -password where C: is the drive you want to unlock and -password (or -pw) causes it to prompt for a password.Background information:
  5. To get information which kind of boot was performed (BIOS or UEFI):

    wpeutil updatebootinfo

    Then browse toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control and check the value for PEFirmwareType: when 1, it is BIOS, when 2, it is UEFI.

    or check out

    [WayBack] Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode | Microsoft Docs and run this small script:

    wpeutil UpdateBootInfo for /f "tokens=2* delims= " %%A in ('reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control /v PEFirmwareType') DO SET Firmware=%%B
    :: Note: delims is a TAB followed by a space.
    if %Firmware%==0x1 echo The PC is booted in BIOS mode.
    if %Firmware%==0x2 echo The PC is booted in UEFI mode.

You can execute compact.exe with the /compactos parameter from both a regular Windows installation as well as from Windows PE. From Windows PE, you need to provide an extra parameter: the drive to check.

Regular Windows:

  • compact.exe /compactos queries if it is enabled
  • compact.exe /compactos:always enables compactOS

Windows PE:

  • Compact.exe /CompactOS:Query /WinDir:E:\Windows

Background information:


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If the downloading PDF reports (like bank statements) from the new ABN AMRO on-line banking environment fails: try the old environment

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/04

Great set of steps from ABN AMRO to get into the old on-line banking environment that usually works if the new one fails downloading PDF reports:

Note that outages like these are not reported at [] Storingen – ABN AMRO – beschikbaarheid.



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RawGit is going away: redirect your content before October 2019 (it does disappear after that)

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/04

[WayBack] RawGit: RawGit served raw files directly from GitHub with proper Content-Type headers.

This means you have to redirect your existing RawGit links before October 2019, and you cannot add new links on RawGit.

You might want to try alternatives, for instance this one I mentioned in 2017: – like but supports bitbucket as well and runs on plain nginx.

[WayBack] serves raw files directly from GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab with proper Content-Type headers.

There are some other options that RawGit itself mentions:

What you should use instead

The following free services offer fantastic alternatives to some or all of RawGit’s functionality. You may like them even more than RawGit.

RawGit source is still at [WayBack] GitHub – rgrove/rawgit: Served files from, but with the correct content types., so if you want to host your own alternative you can.

It means I need to change these pages:



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