Tag Archives: installation

The PeaZip Saga: Installing in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

I wanted an archiver that would do for me, in Linux, more or less what WinRAR did for me in Windows. PeaZip appeared to be the best game in town. This post describes my project of installing it. Contents Installing … Continue reading

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Feature Update Fails on Windows To Go (WTG) USB Drive

A previous post describes how I used AOMEI Backupper to image my Windows 10 installation and restore it to a USB drive, referred to here as a Windows To Go (WTG) drive although, technically, it was not exactly that. With … Continue reading

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Adding a Swap File to Ubuntu in Lieu of a Swap Partition

As part of an effort to clone a large Ubuntu installation into a small target drive, I had deleted the swap partition. This post describes how, after the cloning process was finished, I replaced the swap partition with a swap … Continue reading

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Lubuntu in VMware Player: “The system is not connected to the Internet”

I was installing Lubuntu in a virtual machine (VM) in VMware Workstation Player. Lubuntu booted up. Its desktop offered an icon, “Install Lubuntu 20.04 LTS.” I double-clicked on that. It said, “Welcome to the Lubuntu installer.” Then, a moment later, … Continue reading

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Performance Comparison: ProtonVPN Free vs. Surfshark Paid

Summary Many sources recommended using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for security and privacy. Sources also often said that free VPNs were inferior to paid ones. This post provides the results of a comparison of ProtonVPN’s free service against Surfshark’s … Continue reading

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Attempting to Create a Minimal Ubuntu System

For posterity, this post describes several semi-failed attempts I made to create a small Ubuntu system, before finally finding that a minimal installation option was available within the regular desktop Ubuntu ISO. Another post provides the details on the approach … Continue reading

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Creating a Minimal, Relatively Secure Ubuntu Installation

This post describes how I set up a minimal, relatively secure Ubuntu system. This system, which I named UbMin, was not intended for end-use applications. Its purpose was to provide a starting point for other Ubuntu installations intended for specific … Continue reading

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V2P: Converting a Linux Virtual Machine to a Physical Installation

Note: a later post offers a boiled-down (and in some ways improved) version of this one. See also the Summary, below. Contents Summary Introduction File Format Options Setting Up the VirtualBox VM Possible Solutions INTERNAL SOLUTIONS Using Clonezilla – Background … Continue reading

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An Acceptable Ubuntu 21.04 Installation

I had been playing with Linux since sometime in the 1990s. For a few years, I had even used it as my primary operating system. As this blog and its predecessor indicate, I had repeatedly sought to set up Linux … Continue reading

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A Customized, Restorable Windows Start Menu

In 2010, as described in an earlier post, I revised my Windows Start Menu in a couple of useful ways. The original understanding was that the Start Menu was a collection of shortcuts, stored on drive C, that I could … Continue reading

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Deciding Against Parrot Linux for a Security-Oriented Virtual Machine

As part of a larger project of enhancing Windows 10 security, I was considering the option of using a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) as the place where I would use a different and perhaps more secure browser for some of … Continue reading

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Fixing an Unstable Windows 10 System with a Repair Install

My Windows 10 installation was having problems. Maybe they were just problems with the browsers I used, Chrome and Firefox. Maybe I could have fixed everything just by doing some troubleshooting with those two. But I didn’t think so. I … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10, with an Eye Toward Security

This post distills the extensive discussions in numerous (e.g., 1 2 3 4 5) previous posts on Windows 10 installation, and in an extensive recent post on security, to provide a step-by-step guide through Win10 installation and customization. In many places, … Continue reading

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Background Notes: Windows 10 Installation and Customization

This post contains a collection of notes on issues that arose when I was installing and configuring various versions of Windows 10. Some parts of this discussion are focused on my homebuilt desktop computer; others arose on my Acer Aspire … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Installing Google Earth in a Linux Mint 18 x64 Virtual Machine

As described in another post, I was installing programs in a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) running Linux Mint MATE (LMM) 18. Google Earth (GE) was not cooperating. This post describes the steps I took to troubleshoot it. The Recap at the end provides … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring VirtualBox in Linux Mint

I was configuring a Linux Mint Cinnamon (LMC) 18 system to serve as host to virtual machines (VMs) via Oracle VirtualBox. This post describes the steps that I took to install and configure VirtualBox, so that I could start using … Continue reading

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Configuring a Basic Xubuntu 16.04 System (aborted)

I had decided to try setting up a Linux system that would serve primarily as a workspace in which I would run virtual machines (VMs), within my dual-boot system with Windows 7. Previous posts describe abortive efforts to use Linux Mint … Continue reading

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Configuring a Basic Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce System (aborted)

A previous post describes how I installed Xfce on an old 32-bit laptop. This post describes another installation, on a 64-bit desktop. The previous post contains information not repeated here (on e.g., the initial installation process). Other posts cited below … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP VM in VirtualBox – Overview

A previous post offers a detailed description of the process of creating a clean Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox. This post summarizes the steps in that process. Readers are encouraged to consult that other post for additional detail. … Continue reading

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Installing Linux Alternatives to Windows Programs

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows to Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon x64. Obviously, programs were an important part of this transition. As described in another post, I had identified Linux programs (a/k/a packages) that seemed capable of … Continue reading

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Win7RegEdit-x64.reg – A Reduced Version for Virtual Machines

I had previously worked up a registry edit (.reg) file called Win7RegEdit-x64.reg. That .reg file contained a number of registry tweaks that I used to customize my Windows 7 installations. Later, I would also develop a .reg file called Win10RegEdit.reg. … Continue reading

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Installing a Clean, Basic, Native Windows XP System

In a previous post, I worked through the process of installing Windows XP in a virtual machine (VM). The purpose of this installation was to create a minimal Windows XP installation with as few complications as possible. The advice seemed … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP Virtual Machine – First Try

As described in another post, I needed to set up a basic Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in Oracle VirtualBox, so as to have a place to use Cameyo. This post presents the steps I took to that end. A … Continue reading

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Installing Adobe Reader in Linux Mint

This post describes my efforts to run Adobe Reader in Linux Mint. The first question was, which version of Adobe Reader? A Softpedia search produced links to Portable Adobe Reader 9.0 and also to the installer version. The latter’s download … Continue reading

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Installing Wine in Linux Mint 17.3 KDE — Long Version

As detailed in another post, I was trying to get a Windows program to work in Linux Mint 17.3 KDE. This post describes the steps I took to install Wine for that purpose. The “What Worked” section indicates what worked for me. The … Continue reading

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Choosing and Using a Virtual Machine Program, Part 1: Running Linux Mint 17.3 as Guest

Contents Introduction Choosing a Virtualization Program Trying to Configure a Prepackaged VM in VirtualBox Trying to Install Linux from Scratch in VirtualBox Trying to Create a New VM in VirtualBox Considering VMware as an Alternative Reconsidering KVM Using VMware on … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring Linux Mint 17.3 (Rosa) Xfce on a Ten-Year-Old Dell XPS M1210 Laptop

This post describes the steps I took to install and configure Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce on an old Dell laptop. The installation effort was not always simple and straightforward. Some parts of this story benefit from the fact that I … Continue reading

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Dual Booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon

I was using a Lenovo E430 ThinkPad Edge E430 laptop, running Windows 7 x64. For reasons discussed in another post, I decided to reduce my reliance on Microsoft. In a different post, I concluded that setting up this laptop to … Continue reading

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Deciding How to Partition the Drive for Linux

As described in a separate post, I was installing Linux Mint 17.3. The installation process presented me with the question of how I wanted to partition the system drive. On one hand, it was possible to install Mint, and other Linux … Continue reading

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Wine: Installing IrfanView in Linux

As described in another post, I was installing Linux Mint Xfce 17.3 on an old 32-bit Dell XPS M1210 laptop. As part of that installation, I decided to see if I could make IrfanView run on Wine in that Linux … Continue reading

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Choosing and Connecting a Cable Modem for Time Warner Cable

I was trying to go online with a cable modem and two laptops running Windows 7 x64.  I had multiple issues.  This post addresses some of those issues.  In particular, the discussion here focuses on the choice of modem. I … Continue reading

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Installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12: Error 1722

I was installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.0.  It seemed to run most of the way through the installation process.  Then it gave me an error: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.0 Installer Information Error 1722.  There is a problem with this Windows Installer package.  … Continue reading

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