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Rufus Portable | – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/09


Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can be be especially useful for cases where: you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.); you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed; you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS; you want to run a low-level utility. Rufus is significantly faster than similar utilities and it’s open source and free.


via: Rufus Portable | – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives.

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P2V of an existing XP machine to Hyper-V to have an emergency fallback when retiring old XP physical machines

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/04/27


  1. Put the SATA disk of the XP machine in a different one.
  2. Disk2Vhd on the new machine to create a VHDX of the XP hard disk.
  3. Install Hyper-V on the target Windows 8.1 machine (you need at least Pro for that).
  4. Setup the base VM directory.
  5. Setup a virtual network switch (decide if you want it to be internal, external or private, then bind it to a network adapter if needed).
  6. Add a new VM.
  7. Assign a new directory to it.
  8. Assign memory to it.
  9. Assign the virtual network switch to it.
  10. Save it.
  11. Edit the settings, then bind the DVD drive on the IDE controller 1 to C:\Windows\System32\vmguest.iso.
  12. Connect to the VM.
  13. Start it.
  14. If you get a stop 0x0000007B (usually because of SATA/AHCI issues), then read Jon’s Project Blog » disk2vhd using UBCD for Windows to solve the issue as there is no BIOS screen in Hyper-V that allows you to switch from AHCI to SATA and back.
  15. Note: you cannot perform UBCD4Win when you access the Hyper-V host through Microsoft Remote Desktop (the mouse will not work at all, and most keyboard shortcuts will not work either; Virtual Machine Connection Key Combinations with Hyper-V – Ben Armstrong – Site Home – MSDN Blogs does not apply).
  16. Boot.
  17. Register Windows (you might need to do extra work to go from OEM to Retail here).
  18. Remove hidden devices that are not used any more and their drivers.
  19. Setup a backup schedule.

Some links that helped me get at these steps:


Posted in BIOS, Boot, Hyper-V, Power User, Virtualization, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

via: What’s the difference between F5 and F8 at the boot screen? – The Old New Thing – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/07/14

via: What’s the difference between F5 and F8 at the boot screen? – The Old New Thing – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

F5 has become F8, and with Windows 8, a (sometimes automatic) reboot option, even for getting into the BIOS settings.


Posted in BIOS, Boot, Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Need to check this for my ThinkPad W701: How to Fix Windows 8.1 Slow Performance Issues

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/13

Whereas Windows 7 was really fast, Windows 8.1 on my ThinkPad W701 is very slow in an erratic way.

Need to check out this:

Windows 8.1 proves to be extremely slow on their computers, with Microsoft yet to address the problem with a workaround or a patch.

According to some posts on Microsoft’s Community forums, this is mostly happening on Lenovo laptops and the fastest way to deal with performance issues is to uninstall the “Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework” from the device manager.

In addition, you need to access the BIOS menu and in the “Configuration” screen, make sure you disable the DPIF option to turn it off completely until Microsoft comes up with a fully-working fix.


via: How to Fix Windows 8.1 Slow Performance Issues.

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HP xw6600 Workstation – The Computer Setup F10 Utility: enabling Intel VT so you can run VMware ESXi or vSphere on it

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/10/25

On a HP XW6600, you can run ESXi 4 or run ESXi 5, but in yourder to run x64 guest VMs, you need to enable Intel VT in the BIOS first.

So, in the HP XW6600 BIOS, the choose the menu “Security”, then the submenu “OS Security” to get at these two options:

  • Intel Virtualization Technology (VTx)—Enables or disables Intel Virtualization Technology to increase workstation performance.
  • Intel IO Virtualization—Enables or disables Virtualization Technology to increase workstation I/O performance.

When you enable both VT options, then VMware ESX/ESXi/vSphere can run x64 guests with full VT support (otherwise you will get a friendly warning message when you try to setup or run such a guest VM). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in BIOS, Boot, ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, Hardware, HP XW6600, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | 3 Comments »

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