Author Archives: Ray Woodcock

Trying to Convert a Windows 10 OEM Physical Installation to KVM

As described in another post, I had a Windows 10 (version 1607) installation on an Acer laptop. I wondered whether I could use Microsoft’s Disk2VHD to convert that physical installation to a virtual machine (VM) that would run in KVM. This post … Continue reading

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Making AOMEI Backupper Work from a USB Drive

I had used AOMEI Backupper Standard to capture a backup of my laptop’s Windows 10 installation at an earlier time. That backup consisted of a single large .adi file. Now I wanted to restore that .adi drive image to the laptop’s … Continue reading

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Deciding Which and How Many VMs to Run in KVM

As described in another post, I had set up a Linux Mint Xfce (LMX) 18.3 host system on my Acer laptop. I chose LMX in the belief that its simplicity would maximize the resources available to my virtual machines (VMs) … Continue reading

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Choosing a File Manager for Linux Mint

Another post describes various steps I took to install and configure Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. As part of that process, I faced the question of whether to rely solely on the default Nemo file manager, or instead to supplement or … Continue reading

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A Windows Power User Configures Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 on an Acer Laptop (Long Version)

In a previous post, I expressed the view that the Linux community could only make Linux dominant on the desktop by ceasing its attempts to compete with Microsoft for ordinary end users, and instead concentrate its limited resources on attracting … Continue reading

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Slow NTFS File Transfers in Linux – Attempted Fix Using VeraCrypt Container in a Windows VM

I was using Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. I noticed that, when I tried to move or copy large numbers of files from and to Windows NTFS partitions, those operations started out OK, but then became very slow. Excessive CPU burden … Continue reading

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Setting Up a Basic Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 System as a KVM Host (First Cut)

As discussed in earlier posts, I had decided to find, install, and configure an operating system (OS) that would serve as a stable long-term host system for running virtual machines (VMs) in KVM. To that end, I tried Linux Mint … Continue reading

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Testing KVM with Persistent Space in an Ubuntu Live USB Drive; Piggybacking

As described in another post, I ran into problems, getting the KVM virtual machine (VM) hypervisor to work in Linux Mint Xfce (LMX) 18.3. I thought maybe the problem was with LMX, and therefore decided to test KVM and my … Continue reading

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Trying to Use tar and rsync to Back Up a Linux System

This post describes my efforts to use tar, rsync, and gnome-disks to back up a Linux Mint Xfce installation. These efforts succeeded, in the sense that I could create backups; but these efforts failed, in the sense that (at least … Continue reading

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Exploring Tools (WinSetupFromUSB, Easy2Boot, MultiBootUSB) to Create a UEFI Multiboot USB Drive

This post talks about using USB drives to boot computers with something other than the installed operating system. The alternate boot system might be a Linux “live” CD; it might be a diagnostic tool, or an ISO made from a … Continue reading

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Trying CentOS Linux as a Desktop Solution

As discussed in a previous post, I decided to try using the CentOS distribution of the Linux operating system (OS) on my laptop computer. This post describes the process of installing and tweaking CentOS as desired. This effort failed, in … Continue reading

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Setting Up a Wired Connection Between Linux and Windows Computers (aborted)

This post consists of two parts. Part 1 illustrates what happens, in networking, when your head is not in networld, and you follow advice that is not necessarily on target. Part 2 presents a more succinct and seemingly well-guided route … Continue reading

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Choosing CentOS Linux to Replace Windows

As discussed in another post, Microsoft’s heavy hand in forcing the unwanted switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10, followed by a major Windows 10 update that left some of my key software nonworking, persuaded me to return to a … Continue reading

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Linux Mint: Restart Unresponsive Desktop, Recover Missing Terminal Icon, Restore to Menu

I was using Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon. I edited the Menu. Among other things, I made a copy of the Terminal icon. Then I decided I didn’t want the copy. I deleted it. Unless there was something else going on … Continue reading

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Creating an Alternate Linux Mint Start Menu

Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon offered a Menu button, at the lower left corner of the screen. That name was potentially confusing: Linux actually had many menus. “Apps” might have been more distinctive. As a longtime Windows user, I was comfortable … Continue reading

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Editing Video by Converting It to Single-Frame Images and Back

I had a video file, in .avi format. As detailed in another post, it came from a screen capture of a Google Street View route. This video had some problems. It seemed that one way to alleviate those problems, while … Continue reading

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How to View Your Google Maps Route (Street View) as a Movie

No guarantees as to how long this will last before links or features change. But for the moment, here’s how it works. Google Maps allows users to view features (in this example, bike routes) and plot out a desired path. … Continue reading

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Using ImageMagick to Combine Left and Right Segments of 2,700 Images

As detailed in another post, I had cropped about 2,700 image files into left-side pieces and right-side pieces, so as to get rid of the center. Now that I had 2,700 left-side segments in the Left folder and 2,700 right-side … Continue reading

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Creating a Bootable ISO from a Bootable USB Drive

Contents Preliminaries The Mission at Hand Using ImgBurn to Create the ISO Finding etfsboot.com Getting etfsboot.com from WAIK Getting etfsboot.com from Another USB Multiboot Problems Wrap-Up; Further Possibilities Later Testing . Preliminaries I was using Windows 10. I had a … Continue reading

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Multiboot USB Tools: YUMI vs. MultiBootUSB on a Legacy System (aborted)

I had long been using YUMI to assemble multiple bootable tools into one USB device. For example, I could use a single USB drive to run “live” versions of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Puppy, and a number of other Linux distributions, … Continue reading

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SSD Overprovisioning in Linux: The Case of a Samsung 850 EVO

As detailed in another post, I was in the process of installing and configuring Linux Mint on a solid state drive (SSD) in my Acer laptop. During that process, I needed to decide how to allocate space on the SSD. … Continue reading

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Returning to Linux, Seven Years On

On New Year’s Day 2011, I wrote a post titled “Farewell, Ubuntu.” It said that, after several years of trying Linux, I was returning to Windows. That made sense at the time: Windows 7 was turning out to be a … Continue reading

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Defeated by Windows 10: Choosing and Setting Up an Acer Aspire 5 A515-51-563W (Kaby Lake) Laptop

This post describes the steps I took, in an attempt to get my customized Acer Aspire 5 to run Windows 10. A separate post discusses the choice and installation of hardware to upgrade this system. The steps described here were … Continue reading

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A Complete Cluster: Trying to Transfer Windows 10 from HDD to M.2 SSD on an Acer Aspire 5

As described in another post, I was attempting to customize and configure an Acer Aspire 5 A515-51-563W laptop. The task at hand was to transfer the original Windows 10 installation from the stock 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) to the newly … Continue reading

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-51 Laptop: Hardware Upgrades (Adding RAM, SSD, etc.)

As discussed in a companion post, I bought an Acer Aspire 5 A515-51-563W Core i5-7200U laptop, from among the offerings in Acer’s Aspire 5 family, and set about the process of tweaking it. This post focuses on my hardware adjustments. First, … Continue reading

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Suckered Again! More Time Wasted on Windows 10

In February 2016, I tried upgrading an existing Windows 7 installation to Windows 10. As described in a previous post, that proved to be a complicated and frustrating experience — partly because, at that point, Windows 10 had not yet worked … Continue reading

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A Windows 7 User Installs and Tweaks Windows 10 (rough cut, incomplete)

Contents Introduction Preparations Updates Drivers Assorted Fixes File Explorer “Settings,” Control Panel, and Group Policy Editor Accounts and Security Portable Program File Associations Installing & Tweaking Software Context Menu Filetype Associations (continued) Other Tweaks . Introduction As described in another … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up the Windows 10 Context Menu (aborted)

This post describes steps I pursued to prune and organize the Win10 context menu. At this writing, the project is incomplete, due to my decision to back away from Windows 10 for the time being. * * * * * … Continue reading

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Using VMware to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

A previous post discusses my efforts to use VirtualBox to run software that ran fine in Windows 10 — until, one day, something (a Windows 10 update, apparently) caused that software not to run anymore. Unfortunately, the VirtualBox effort also ran … Continue reading

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Using VirtualBox to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

Note: this is the long version. The Summary has a short version. Another post may eventually provide a more detailed short version. Contents Summary Introduction VM Software Options for Choosing and Installing the Operating System Windows 7 Licensing and Activation … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Benchmarks: A Comparison of VirtualBox vs. VMware Virtual Machines

As described in (1 2) other posts, I was looking at VirtualBox 5.2.6 and VMware Workstation Player 14.1.1 as possible ways to run certain software in a Windows 7 guest virtual machine (VM) on a Windows 10 host computer. The … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Licensing: A Few Questions and Observations

As detailed in another post, I was in the process of developing a Windows 7 virtual machine (VM). While researching various aspects of that process, I saw a number of statements about Windows 7 licensing. Those statements provoked me to … Continue reading

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Understanding VirtualBox Snapshots

Contents Introduction Summary Testing Snapshots Merging Changes Back into the Original VM . Introduction VirtualBox was a widely used and appreciated free tool for creating, configuring, and using virtual machines (VMs). This post discusses snapshots in VirtualBox 5.2.6. The VirtualBox … Continue reading

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A Windows User’s Plan for Creating a Linux Mint System

(This post summarizes the situation I faced in summer 2016, as I wavered between Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux Mint. I did not publish it at that point because some related posts were not yet finished.) As detailed in … Continue reading

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A Linux Mint 18 Virtual Machine to Replace Windows 7

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows 7 to Linux. For reasons provided in another post, I decided to try doing most of my work in a Linux Mint virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox, rather than in the underlying native Linux installation. … Continue reading

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Converting an Acronis TIB Drive Image to a Virtual Machine

Contents Summary Converting an Acronis TIB to VHD Creating a VHD via Disk Management on a Windows 7 Computer Creating a VHD via Disk Management on a Windows 10 Computer Creating a VHD via ATI 2011 Conversion Option Creating a … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office 2016 Won’t Run in Windows 10 After Updates

Contents Introduction A Manual Uninstallation Script: FAIL A Hybrid Easy Manual Uninstallation Method: FAIL Seeking Help from Microsoft: FAIL Understanding Windows 10 Updates A Partial Solution: Reverting & Postponing Updates . Introduction I dreaded the switch from Windows 7 to … Continue reading

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Debug.Log: Error: Range: Fully Unreadable

I kept seeing a debug.log file open on my desktop, in Notepad, containing this text: [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0xaabf36c600000000, size 0x155 fully unreadable [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0xaabf372800000000, size 0x155 fully unreadable [0120/175101.863:ERROR:process_info.cc(632)] range at 0x0, size 0x155 fully unreadable My … Continue reading

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O&O RegEditor: While Importing, an Error Was Detected on Line 1

I was using Windows 10. I had a registry edit (.reg) file that I wanted to add to the registry. I was using O&O RegEditor as my default registry viewer. When I double-clicked on the .reg file, I got an … Continue reading

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Windows 10: Task Scheduler: Trigger: On a Schedule: OK Grayed

This is a dumb one, but I’m going to blog it because it managed to tie me up for at least ten minutes, and a search didn’t come up with an answer. The situation is this: I was using taskschd.msc … Continue reading

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Excel Ran Out of Resources While Attempting to Calculate One or More Formulas

I was using Excel 2016. I was attempting to finish adding formulas throughout all rows of a large spreadsheet. In this spreadsheet, column A contained data, and all remaining columns contained formulas that would make incremental changes, going across, to … Continue reading

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Combining Thousands of Screenshots into a Slideshow or Video Without Losing Quality

Another post describes my travails in converting thousands of photos into IrfanView self-executing (.exe) slideshows, Acrobat PDF slideshows, or video, so as to watch that sequence of photos tell its story without requiring me to open each image file manually. … Continue reading

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Video Formats: Choosing Among Codecs and Containers: MP4, AVI, MKV, etc.

I had been using Adobe Premiere Elements 12 and other video editing software for some time. Such software allowed me to choose the output format for each video file I produced. I had a rough sense of some differences among … Continue reading

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Considering Hardware Upgrades on an Old Windows XP Machine: CPU, RAM, Drive, Battery

I came into possession of a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Mini 110-1023NR. The HP Mini line was marketed from 2007 to 2012. I was thinking about upgrading the hardware on that unit. This post presents what I learned in that inquiry. Current … Continue reading

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A Batch File to Do Things Silently Every Hour (e.g., Check Up on Antivirus)

Now and then, I experienced the rude shock of discovering that my antivirus software was not running, when I assumed it was. Maybe I had intended to turn it off temporarily, so as not to interfere with a program installation, … Continue reading

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Zero Result Searches

Every now and then, I would run a search (almost always in Google) that would produce no results. This post was inspired by one such search. I remembered, and wanted to take a look at, a video I had heard … Continue reading

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Explorer AWOL: File Does Not Have a Program Associated, etc.

I was using Windows 10, though I’m not sure the specific operating system (OS) mattered. I was also using Q-Dir, a replacement for Windows Explorer (or File Explorer, as it was known in Win10). Q-Dir gave me the option of … Continue reading

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Why Is SuperUser Designed to Be Hostile to Outsiders?

This post contains the text of a question that I originally planned to post on SuperUser, a StackExchange website. By the time I finished it, however, I realized that its style and substance would draw hostility at SuperUser. So I … Continue reading

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