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A while ago, Windows 10 started to popup an Edge browser window after reboot without an internet connection

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/21

Does anyone know how to disable Edge popping up with a failed link on machines blocked by a router?

This happens on the PC running Windows 10 Pro N (winver shows 1709 build 16299.371) that is not allowed to do any internet access.

Related: [WayBack] How to Find Out Which Build and Version of Windows 10 You Have | ilicomm


This seems to be intended as per these links:


This can happen on Windows 8 and up when Windows thinks there is a partial network connection and a logon to a proxy or captive portal might solve the solution.

Allowing these in the proxy for port 80 solves the issue:

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Fixing a broken mirrored Intel Matrix RAID-1 machine

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/20

A while ago I had an Intel Matrix RAID-1 pair of drives that got broken. One of them turned “red” and – since both drives were only a few serial numbers apart – the other was giving issues the moment I tried fiddling with it.

These actions failed:

  1. Windows image backup – would end up with a “blue” screen indicating Windows 10 had a problem and was trying to collect data
  2. Paragon HDM
    1. Migrating the OS to a brand new RAID-1 set
    2. P2V
  3. Disk2vhd would hang at the 100% completion mark

What had succeeded was a regular Windows backup (a non-image one).

This is what I finally did to get it working again:

  1. Kill disk2vhd after it hung a few hours at the 100% completion mark
  2. Verify with
  3. Mark the VHD file as online using diskpart (first atach the vdisk, select disk, then mark it online)
  4. Verify with chkdsk that the image was in fact without problems
  5. Detach the VHD file using diskpart
  6. Copy the VHD file to a HDD that Paragon HDM would recognise
  7. Use Paragon HDM to perform a V2P copy
    • Paragon expects a .VD file, but if you ask it to use all file types, it does recognise that VHD files contain disk images



Posted in NTFS, Power User, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a Comment »

Rumors of Cmd‚Äôs death have been greatly exaggerated ‚Äď but it still pays to switch to PowerShell

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/03/21

About a year ago, [WayBack]¬†Rumors of Cmd‚Äôs death have been greatly exaggerated ‚Äď Windows Command Line Tools For Developers¬†got published as a response to confusing posts like these:

But I still think it’s a wise idea to switch away from the Cmd and to PowerShell as with PowerShell you get way more consistent language features, far better documentation, truckloads of new features (of which I like the object pipeline and .NET interoperability most) and far fewer quirks.

It’s time as well, as¬†by now, Windows 7 has been EOL for a while, and Windows 8.x is in extended support:¬†[WayBack]¬†Windows lifecycle fact sheet – Windows Help:

Client operating systems  Latest update or service pack  End of mainstream support  End of extended support
  Windows XP  Service Pack 3  April 14, 2009  April 8, 2014
  Windows Vista  Service Pack 2  April 10, 2012  April 11, 2017
  Windows 7*  Service Pack 1  January 13, 2015  January 14, 2020
  Windows 8  Windows 8.1  January 9, 2018  January 10, 2023
Windows 10, released in July 2015**  N/A  October 13, 2020  October 14, 2025

Which means the PowerShell version baseline on supported Windows versions is at least 4.0: [] windows 10 powershell version РGoogle Search and [WayBack] PowerShell versions and their Windows version Р4sysops

PowerShell and Windows versions ^
PowerShell Version Release Date Default Windows Versions
PowerShell 2.0 October 2009 Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 (**)
PowerShell 3.0 September 2012 Windows 8 Windows Server 2012
PowerShell 4.0 October 2013 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 R2
PowerShell 5.0 April 2014 (***) Windows 10

So try PowerShell now. You won’t regret it.


via: [WayBack] Very interesting clear-up post and comments on CMD,, PowerShell in past and future DOS/Windows versions and Unix shells altogether. РIlya S РGoogle+

Posted in Batch-Files, CommandLine, Development, Power User, PowerShell, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 | Leave a Comment »

Windows 10: Update error 0x8024a112 | Born’s Tech and Windows World

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/03/13

Had this happen on a Dutch Windows 10 system today, a retry did not work, but a manual reboot solved it [WayBack]¬†Windows 10: Update error 0x8024a112 | Born’s Tech and Windows World.


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What is Swapfile.sys and How Do You Delete It?

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/03/09

Windows 10 (and 8) include a new virtual memory file named swapfile.sys. It’s stored in your system drive, along with the pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys. But why does Windows need both a swap file and a page file?

In summary, the swapfile ‚ÄĒ swapfile.sys ‚ÄĒ is currently used for swapping out¬†Microsoft‚Äôs new style of app. Microsoft has called these¬†universal apps, Windows Store apps, Metro apps, Modern apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows 8-style UI apps, and other things at various points.


Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9 | Leave a Comment »

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