Recurring Windows 10 Tweaks

once and for all 🙂 Shortcuts for “Pin To Start” %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Start Menu right mouse (aka “Win+X” menu) install Win+X Menu Editor my faves: Name Target Win+X Menu Editor C:\Users\beej1\Beej\bin\Win+X Menu Editor v2.7.0.0\WinXEditor.exe Command Prompt C:\Program Files\ConEmu\ConEmu64.exe Windows PowerShell powershell.exe Edit Environment Variables rundll32.exe sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariables Uninstall Programs appwiz.cpl Windows Features OptionalFeatures.exe Services services.

Installing Windows in UEFI Mode

Motivation – Booting Windows in UEFI mode offers a couple mild advantages: it’s more compatible with Clover if you’re booting OS X this way already it’s supposedly the fastest boot sequence For motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Notes / Lessons Learned: Disconnect all other drives than the one installing to existing windows drives get targeted for reusing their boot partition and wouldn’t create all 4 “ideal” GPT UEFI partitions present on a cleanly installed drive (Recovery, System, MSR, Primary) having my Mac Clover drive connected during these attempts allowed the setup utility to clobber my Clover boot with the Windows bootloader … reinstalling Clover via VMware OS X guest DID NOT put the UEFI Clover bootloader back in charge!

[SOLVED] Comodo v7 blocking HTTP/S and FTP/S on Windows 8.1 IIS 8.5

Besides opening incoming HTTP ports in the firewall via “Global Rules”, the annoying thing for me to find was also adding an “Application Rule” for “Windows Operating System” on those same ports. Comodo v7.0.317799.4142 And this guy explains what’s necessary for FTP very nicely… in comodo > global settings > application rule – add 20,21 & 5000-6000 as allowed incoming TCP ports on “Windows Operating System”… you will also hopefully get prompted to allow svchost which is responsible for running the ftpsvc on internet router – forward ports 20,21 and 5000-6000 in IIS FTP settings require SSL firewall support – put external wan address in  firewall support at *SERVER* level (not site) – set ports 5000-6000 point ftp site a folder create login for ftp and make sure it has access to folder when “ Response: 530 User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible.

[SOLVED] Win8.1 Upgrade – No “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps” option

Before I was met with only two options from the Windows 8.1 upgrade, “Keep Personal Files Only” or “Nothing”. Not much of an “upgrade”, I went poking around. For me it turned out that I had been fiddling with localized development a while back and had an old en-GB language pack still installed. There are various references that the Win8.1 upgrade criteria prohibits “cross language” installs.

What’s this? A pretty decent “Time Machine” built into Win8!? i’ve always considered the Vista/Win7 “previous versions” facility to be pretty similar to Time Machine just lacking Apple’s meticulous care to making it drop dead easy to use. i hadn’t yet noticed the MS boys had taken yet another swipe at simplifying the UI in Win8… i’m assuming there’s still a usability gap that the Mac boys can laugh at us, but gee, first impression is “not bad Balmer you ol’ dog”

Windows 8 Search Drops Outlook :(

Nutshell: Windows 8 Metro search doesn’t include Outlook indexed items at all. Windows 8 Explorer can be told to search Outlook items but only with Outlook 2010 (or older). If you want to search Outlook 2013 in Win8, you must use Outlook 2013’s search. References: