How To Boot Windows 7 UEFI From USB

First you will need a Windows 7 x64 ISO or DVD from which to copy the files.

Make a folder somewhere, like your desktop, and copy all the files from the ISO/DVD to this folder.

I suggest using Rufus and format the USB drive you wish to use as GPT UEFI and make sure to choose FAT32 as the file system.

Once that is done, go into the folder where you copied the files and look for the “efi” folder. Go into that folder and make a new folder named “boot”.

Now go into the “microsoft” folder in “efi” then go to “boot” in there. Copy all the files in that folder to the “boot” folder you made earlier.

On the ISO/DVD look for the folder “Sources” and use 7zip to open “boot.wim”.

Once 7zip opens up and displays the contents, go to the “1” folder. In this folder go to “Windows” then “Boot” then “EFI” and look for a file named “bootmgfw.efi”.

Extract that file to the “boot” folder you created earlier.

Rename “bootmgfw.efi” to “bootx64.efi”.

Once that is done you will now have a USB drive that will boot Windows 7 from UEFI.

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Microsoft Windows 10

This post will contain the basic information needed to make Windows 10 better.

You may want to read over this article BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10 as some of these settings can be changed as you are upgrading.


How To Obtain Windows 10

First we will cover how to get Windows 10 if you don’t have the upgrade icon in your system tray or if it has yet to download/notify you of your upgrade.

You can now head over to Microsoft’s website and grab their latest Media Creation Tool (32 bit) (64 bit) from their Windows 10 site to download and create media to upgrade to Windows 10. Note: Your PC must be running genuine and activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This media creation tool also works if you are running some older preview build of Windows 10 Technical Preview upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8.1.


After Installation

Once you have installed or upgraded to Windows 10, you can then begin updating your drivers (if needed) and begin customizing your settings to further protect your privacy and to make sure your defaults are set to what you want. Note: If you have an issue with Windows Update overriding your driver updates, Microsoft has released a tool labeled “How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10“.


Local Account

If you want to protect your privacy, I recommend using a local account instead of using a Microsoft account. This will disable syncing and possibly the store.


Privacy Settings

The first settings we will change will be the Privacy options. We need to go to Settings then Privacy.

If you see “Some settings are managed by your organization”

Then you will need to go to Settings, Privacy, Feedback & Diagnostics

And change Diagnostic and usage data to Enhanced, like in this image.

Once that is done you can go back to the top option and continue down the options on the left. Your choices here will come down to what you want to allow and disallow. This will be based on your own personal choices. Just go through each section on the left and make your choices based on what information you would like to share and which you don’t.


Cortana

Cortana is a big feature in Windows 10 but it also uses a bit of CPU power and does not use your data cautiously. You can disable Cortana and still use search as a local PC search.


Peer-to-peer Update Sharing

The next things you will most likely want to do is disable peer-to-peer sharing of updates over the internet. If you are like me and have a monthly bandwidth limit, this is a must. Go to Settings, Windows Update.

Choose Advanced Options.

Then choose “Choose how updates are delivered”

If you have more than one computer on your network, I recommend choosing the “PCs on my local network” option.


WiFi Sense

For now, I suggest to disable it by going to Settings, Network and Internet, WiFi and then look for Manage WiFi Settings. From there you can disable WiFi Sense.

Sorry no screenshots as I don’t have WiFi in my Virtual Machine.


Keep checking back as this post will be updated over time with all the latest information I can find.

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Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Icon

If you are running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10, then you most likely have the Windows 10 Upgrade icon in your system tray. If you do and you want to remove it, for various reasons, then I have a couple ways to do so.


The first method is to uninstall Windows update KB3035583. This update provides all the files for the Windows 10 upgrade process (Gwx.exe and needed files). Once removed restart your computer then run Windows update and hide the update to keep it from installing again.


Please Note: Editing your registry can cause problems, as such I can not be held responsible if you make a mistake or this edit doesn’t work for you. Do the following at your own risk.


The second is to edit your registry.

Open regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as GWX

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX

Now select GWX key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD DisableGWX and set its value to 1

Close Registry Editor and restart your computer to take effect.


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Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS - My Tweaks

Mainly this post is here to keep a record of the small changes I usually need to make to setup the server on my laptops.

First, need to add the wireless card to the network interfaces so we edit /etc/network/interfaces to make it look something like below:

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auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
address 192.168.1.6
netmask 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.1.1
wpa-ssid <your_router>
wpa-psk <your_wpa_key>
dns-nameservers 8.8.4.4 8.8.8.8

Next, need to set it up so that it doesn’t sleep/hibernate when you close the lid of the laptop. So need to edit /etc/systemd/logind.conf and change the following line to:

HandleLidSwitch=ignore

That’s about all.

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Dawnguard Craft Potion of Blood


I was playing my Dawnguard Vampire (my usual choice) and noticed there wasn’t a way to craft my own blood potions. There also isn’t that many laying around to pick up either.

I am sure there are plenty of other versions of this same type of mod, but I felt that I could improve a bit by making it 5 per 1 heart & 1 flesh.


What does this mod do?

Creates 5 Blood Potions from 1 Human Heart & 1 Human Flesh

The crafting option is at the Cooking Pot, and only shows up when you have at least 1 Human Heart and 1 Human Flesh in your inventory.


There is also an older version available that provides 1 Potion of Blood from 1 Human Heart & 1 Human Flesh


Requires Dawnguard DLC


DOWNLOAD HERE


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