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Archive for March 18th, 2022

Driver Store-File Repository using huge disk space. How can I reduce – Microsoft Community

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/18

[WayBack] Driver Store-File Repository using huge disk space. How can I reduce – Microsoft Community

Try deleting the unneeded drivers by following the steps below:

  1. On the search bar, type command prompt, right-click on it from the list then run it as Administrator.
  2. Type the command pnputil.exe /e > c:\drivers.txt then click Enter.
  3. This command will create a file drivers.txt on C: drive with the list of driver packages that are stored in the File Repository folder.
  4. Delete all unnecessary drivers with the help of command pnputil.exe /d oemNN.inf (NN — is a number of drivers file package from drivers.txt, as example oem07.inf). In case the driver is in use, you will see an error while trying delete it.

This can happen if you swapped a lot of hardware around. Especially graphics drivers tend to be bloatware.

Note this only deletes uninstalled drivers. The problem: some driver software, especially video drivers, keeps parts installed, even during uninstall, and even when running in Safe Mode.

Examples for AMD:

Booting in Safe Mode

One of the nagging Windows 10 things is that out of the box it is hard to boot in safe mode: you have to reset and fail the boot your Windows system multiple times, or you have to hold a shift key (which some BIOS versions do not allow).

Luckily, you can reset the “press F8 during boot” behaviour of older Windows versions:

  1. Start an administrative command prompt (confirm UAC elevation if needed)
  2. Run this command (the bold changes the setting; the others keep track of the changes and show the difference):
    bcdedit /enum > %temp%\bcdedit.original.txt
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} DisplayBootMenu true
    bcdedit /enum > %temp%\bcdedit.F8-enabled.txt
    fc %temp%\bcdedit.original.txt %temp%\bcdedit.F8-enabled.txt

    (many sites you also need to run something like bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy or bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy legacy or replace the “default” and “current” with the boot option of your choice, but that is not needed)

  3. Reboot
  4. Press F8 once (not multiple times!) as soon as the boot screen appears

    Do not press F8 twice, as it usually runs the mode with early loading of anti-virus software disabled.

  5. Press F4 for “Safe Mode”

This works way better than holding the shift key during rebooting: often that does not work on the machines I tried it on (despite [WayBack] How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode – claiming it should work).


The DisplayBootMenu for bootmgr (which I found via [WayBack] Boot menu policy – set text or graphical style boot menu Windows 8) seems only documented for Azure “bcdedit” “DisplayBootMenu” “bootmgr” – Google Search:

[WayBack] Azure Serial Console for Windows | Microsoft Docs

Disregard the official documentation and other links indicating about bootmenupolicy as they require you to set it for each boot configuration, while setting DisplayBootMenu for bootmgr sets it for all configurations at once:

Without bcdedit, be prepared for lengthy steps:

Boot menu options enabled

These options will be enabled when you have a boot menu (the numbers are the number keys or function keys to press in order to activate the option) via [] Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode) – Windows Help:

  1. Enable debugging
  2. Enable boot logging
  3. Enable low-resolution video (640×480)
  4. Enable Safe Mode
  5. Enable Safe Mode with Networking
  6. Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  7. Disable driver signature enforcement
  8. Disable early launch anti-malware protection
  9. Disable automatic restart after failure

[WayBack] Image via [WayBack] Image Search from [WayBack] How to Fix a Computer That Won’t Start in Safe Mode:

Uninstall display drivers

The most effective way to fully get rid of a video driver is to run DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) in Safe Mode.

I found it via [WayBack] Windows downgrade my Radeon Software down to 15.11 | Community.


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Uitstel aanvragen belastingaangifte 2021 – hoe doe ik dat?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/18

[Wayback/Archive] Uitstel aanvragen belastingaangifte 2021 – hoe doe ik dat?

Dat regelt u vanaf 1 februari online in Mijn Belastingdienst.

Inloggen op Mijn Belastingdienst

Vraag het wel aan vóór 1 mei 2022

U krijgt dan uitstel tot 1 september 2022. Wij sturen u binnen 3 weken een brief met de bevestiging.

Bent u een buitenlands belastingplichtige? Vraag dan vóór 1 juli 2022 uitstel aan. U krijgt dan uitstel tot 1 november 2022.

Let op!Leggen we u na 1 juli 2022 een te betalen aanslag op? Dan betaalt u vanaf 1 juli daarover 4% rente.

Kunt u niet in Mijn Belastingdienst? Dan kunt u bellen voor uitstel

Houd uw BSN bij de hand, want dan kunnen wij u sneller helpen.

Bel 0800 – 0543.

Bent u een buitenlands belastingplichtige, bel dan vanuit Nederland (055)5 385 385 of vanuit het buitenland +31 555 385 385.

Of vraag schriftelijk uitstel aan met het uitstelformulier

Maak gebruik van het onderstaande formulier. Want dan geeft u alle revelante informatie aan ons door.

Schriftelijk aanvragen doet u zo:

  1. Download het formulier ‘Aanvraag uitstel aangifte inkomstenbelasting’.
  2. Vul het formulier in op uw computer en druk het af.
  3. Verstuur het formulier per post naar het adres dat daarop staat.

[Wayback/ArchiveFormulier Uitstel aanvragen downloaden

Via: [Wayback/Archive] uitstel inkomstenbelasting 2021 – Google Search

PDF formulier


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Some of my wp-admin links, as is hiding access to classic-editor and wp-admin links more and more

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/18

For my link list as is actively hiding them:


You can see the old versus new infrastructure by comparing these branches: does not have the “Classic Editor” plugin, but just gradually discourages use of the old infrastructure which is far more feature rich, thereby screwing old users.

Some of these features from the old infrastructure that are gone (despite the pretentious name of the Gutenberg editor):

  • Posts/Pages/Tags/Categories/Comments overviews are paginated, can be filtered and have bulk-actions
  • Classic-Editor has lots of useful keyboard shortcuts and allows for nested quotes

For reference, WordPress – Wikipedia: Gutenberg versus classic-editor:

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”[edit]

The December 2018 release of WordPress 5.0, “Bebo”, is named in homage to the pioneering Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdés.[90]

It included a new default editor “Gutenberg” – a block-based editor; it allows users to modify their displayed content in a much more user friendly way than prior iterations. Blocks are abstract units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a web page.[91] Past content that was created on WordPress pages is listed under what is referred to as a Classic Block.[92] Prior to Gutenberg, there were several block-based editors available as WordPress plugins, e.g. Elementor, and following the release of Gutenberg Elementor was compared to existing plugins.[93][94]

Classic Editor plugin[edit]

The Classic Editor Plugin was created as a result of User preferences and helped website developers maintain past plugins only compatible with WordPress 4.9.8, giving plugin developers time to get their plugins updated & compatible with the 5.0 release. Having the Classic Editor plugin installed restores the “classic” editing experience that WordPress has had up until the WordPress 5.0 release.[95] The Classic Editor Plugin will be supported at least until 2022.[96]

The Classic Editor plugin is active on over 5,000,000 installations of WordPress.[97]


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