Windows 10

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Sharing a disk with Windows and another operating system used to be a simple process.

It now automatically modifies bootloaders and the boot order. I've found it simpler to give it it's own HDD, and let it manage it on it's own.


reinstall mbr


Could not boot into next phase of Installation (Shared EFI)

There are a couple of different potential options here. Firstly: Windows was not programmed for the possibility of any more than one (windows) EFI partition. This message will occur if you have any more than a single efi partition on your hard drive.

## Unplug all unneeded hard drives
## If still not fixed, try fixing the disc's boot record:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd
bootrec /fixboot

Windows Won't boot, reset

Reboot enough that you get the startup-options menu (3x failed boots). Troubleshoot/Advanced/Command Prompt.

chkdsk c: /r /x

# if only scans, or above does not work
sfc /scannow



Start > UAC:
   - never notify:
     - disable UAC to prevent notifications, and enable
     - chocolatey to install packages
# Settings can't be opened using the Built-in Administrator account
# (untested)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA == 1

Disable HybridBoot

Hybridboot is that annoying feature that caches your current windows session, and reloads it rather than going through a full init process. Get it out of here.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power
HiberbootEnabled DWORD

0 = Turn off Fast Startup
1 = Turn on Fast Startup

Package Management

chocolatey much more stable in windows 10. very good!
oneget microsoft's built-in package manager. Still early days.


gigabyte UD5H all motherboard drivers


- Rclick StartMenu > Search > Hidden

- Rclick StartMenu > Show TaskView Button (uncheck)

- Rclick StartMenu > Properties:
    - Use Small Tasbar Buttons
    - Show taskbar on all displays (uncheck)

Disable LockScreen (Win + L)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Disable Quick Access

  (ribbon) view > options:
    (dropdown) Open File Explorer to: This PC

Allow Symlnks

Allow your user to create symbolic links on your machine without using an administrator-elevated command prompt.

start > gpedit:
   - Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment:
       - Create Symbolic Links:
           - Add User or Group:
               - Enter the object names to select:   <your username>
- logout/login

System clock in UTC

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation" /v RealTimeIsUniversal /d 1 /t REG_QWORD /f

Disable Updates

You probably don't want to do this, since it pretty seriously cripples your installation. But if you need to, (ex: a testing VM) do this:

run:  services
    windows update:
            startup type: disabled



checkout next install

Essentially, turn everything off. Some notables:

Settings > Privacy:
    - turn off all settings
    - off
  Diagnostics & feedback:
    - off
    - also, delete all diagnostic data
  Activity history:
    - all sliders off
    - clear history activity
  Other Devices:
    - all sliders off
  Background Apps:
    - off
  App diagnostics:
    - App diagnostic info access for this device: Change
      - off
    - all sliders off



Cygwin is installed with chocolatey, but in order for it to be useful, you'll need to run the setup script. Also, see cygwin.

KDE Resizer

Resize Windows with the windows Key+Mouse.

Rclick > Change Hotkey > Use Left Windows Key

Flawless Widescreen

Patch games so that they run with 3x monitors.


Some games allow the cursor to extend from the selected monitor onto the next. This fixes that problem.


Tiny portable program that allows you to use the Xbox 360 drivers with other controllers (logitech, ps3, ...).

directx june 2010
vcredist (install both x86 and x64)
x360ce (32bit and 64bit versions)


Adds tabs to windows-explorer. middle-click a folder to open in new tab.

See qttabbar .


Allows all programs to be tabbed.


Increase repeat rate beyond max in windows (and from cli)

keyrate.exe 200 10  # wait 200ms, repeat every 10ms

New Features

Virtual Desktops

Virtual Desktops are finally introduced in windows.

win + d ## Create new virtual desktop
win + d + left/right ## switch desktops

Hardware Issues


The realtek ACL898 audio requires you to download/install drivers.