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All about UEFI vs BIOS – who to follow

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/23

A link to an old post [WayBack] All about UEFI vs BIOS – David Berneda – Google+ reminded me to follow these people:

Source: [WayBackAll about UEFI vs BIOS

[WayBackUEFI boot: how does that actually work, then? a long read ending with a long form of these recommendations:

  • If you can possibly manage it, have one OS per computer.
  • If you absolutely must have more than one OS per computer, at least have one OS per disk.
  • If you absolutely insist on having more than one OS per disk, understand everything written on this page, understand that you are making your life much more painful than it needs to be, lay in good stocks of painkillers and gin, and don’t go yelling at your OS vendor, whatever breaks.
  • If you’re using UEFI native booting, and you don’t tend to build your own kernels or kernel modules or use the NVIDIA or ATI proprietary drivers on Linux, you might want to leave Secure Boot on.
  • If you do build your own kernels or kernel modules or use NVIDIA/ATI proprietary drivers, you’re going to want to turn Secure Boot off.
  • Don’t do UEFI-native installs to MBR-formatted disks, or BIOS compatibility installs to GPT-formatted disks (an exception to the latter is if your disk is, IIRC, 2.2+TB in size…
  • Trust mjg59 in all things and above all other authorities, including me.


Posted in BIOS, Boot, Power User, UEFI, Windows | Leave a Comment »

When your Windows 8.1 mouse cursor is invisible in the screen center on VMware Fusion

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/02

Remove the

Remove the “VMware Pointing Device” using “devmgmt.msc”

Somehow I have it happen every now and then on Windows (usually 8.1 x64) VMs running inside a VMware (usually Fusion) that the mouse cursor is stuck.

VMware Tools were already at the latest version and a plain reboot didn’t help.

It doesn’t matter if I was running full screen or Windows and altering these mouse settings did not change the behaviour:

  • Enable pointer shadow
  • Display pointer trails (long or short: does not matter)

I did enable Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key which then indicated the mouse pointer was static at the screen center.

The only thing to get the mouse respond to mouse movement were these steps:

  1. Start Device Manager using devmgmt.msc
  2. Switch to the Devices by Connection view from the View menu
  3. Open these sub-trees:
    1. Your machine in this case my machine W81ENTX64VS2015
    2. ACPI x64-based PC
    3. Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
    4. PCI Bus
    5. Intel 82371AB/EB PCI to ISA bridge (ISA mode)
  4. Now delete the VMware Pointing Device
  5. Reboot after Device Manager ask you to do so

After that my mouse cursor works fine.

Just in case you bump into a similar thing, but the above steps don’t help, here are some links with different steps that might work in your situation:

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Posted in Fusion, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, Windows, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

How does one configure Notepad++ to use spaces instead of tabs? – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/09/27

The StackOverflow screenshot it out-dated so a new one is below.

  1. In the Settings menu, choose Preferences...
  2. In the Preferences dialog, choose Language
  3. Ensure the (default empty) Replace by space checkbox is checked
  4. Optionally change the Tab size from 4 to another suitable value

I prefer these settings: 

via: How does one configure Notepad++ to use spaces instead of tabs? – Stack Overflow [WayBack]


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Posted in Notepad++, Power User, Text Editors, Windows | 1 Comment »

Can I invoke Windows Update from the command line? – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/09/25

For my link archive: Can I invoke Windows Update from the command line? – Super User [WayBack]


Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Permanently Disable & Prevent Automatic Restart of Windows Update in Windows 10 – Tech Journey

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/09/22


Windows 10 automatically restart the PC whenever it installed updates that required a mandatory reboot in order to finish installed. User can no longer delay or postpone a restart indefinitely. […]

The source Permanently Disable & Prevent Automatic Restart of Windows Update in Windows 10 – Tech Journey [WayBack] describes steps to fix a bunch of scenarios:

  • Disable Reboot Task
  • Stop the re-enabling of Reboot task
  • Group Policy (but people reported that Windows 10 ignores the policy when comes to mandatory reboot required for installing updates)
  • Prevent Updates from Installing by forcing your WiFi to act like a “metered” connection
  • Prevent Updates from Installing by setting the Configure Automatic Updates setting in your Local Group Policy Editor
    • For Windows 10 Home edition (that misses the Local Group Policy Editor) setting the above value directly in the registry


via: How to prevent Windows10 from automatically installing updates & rebooting – Primož Gabrijelčič – Google+ [WayBack]

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10 | 2 Comments »

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