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Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Chkdsk c: /f
December 7, 2022

Chkdsk c: /f
After running a chkdsk of the C: drive, Windows will reboot and run the scan. It will then reboot back into windows. To check the results, run this powershell command, or open Event Viewer, Application Log, and look for the Source to be Wininit.

Get-EventLog -LogName Application -Source wininit | select -First 1 -ExpandProperty Message

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Create new Admin user
December 8, 2022

Create new Win10 user without password:
Boot from Win10 USB
Press Shift-F10
cd /d c:\windows\system32
copy utilman.exe utilman-.exe
copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
Press Ease of Access button in bottom right
net user useradmin /add
net localgroup Administrators useradmin /add
Reboot and login to useradmin account.
From admin cmd window:
cd /d c:\windows\system32
copy utilman-.exe utilman.exe
Over-right the file.

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Dell Computer Setup Bitlocker without notification
December 6, 2022
Try enabling UEFI/Secure Boot, PTT in BIOS.

Microsoft link to see all recovery keys:

Show recovery key:
manage-bde -protectors C: -get

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Password Reset
December 8, 2022

Run Command Prompt from Recovery Media
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
At login screen, tell it to restart while holding SHIFT. This allows you to boot into Safe Mode, which disables Windows Defender, which will otherwise catch this trick.
Select Troubleshoot...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Skip OOBE to install software
December 7, 2022

When asked to create an account, press CTRL-SHIFT-F3 to enter audit mode, which lets you use the Administrator account without creating a local account.
This is confirmed to work in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Keywords: Windows, OOBE, Account, Skip, Administrator, Setup, Set Up, Bypass, Login, Install, Windows 10, Win10, Win11, user, creation, create

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
UEFI Boot failure: bootrec /fixboot: Access is denied
December 6, 2022

Boot into Command Prompt from recovery media.
List disk
*** Make sure the disk has a * in the GPT column. If it doesn't, then this is not a UEFI drive, so you should follow the instruction for MBR instead.
Select Disk X
list vol
(Look for the 100-300MB partition with FAT32 filesystem, probably the last one)
sel vol X
assign letter=v:
...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
UEFI Freeware Configuration Utility
December 7, 2022

Keywords: EUFI, UEFI, Boot, Config, Startup, Boot Ice, Bootice

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Windows 10 New Install Recommendations
December 8, 2022

Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and uncheck these three items:
"Suggest ways I can finish setting up my device to get the most out of Windows"
"Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what's new and suggested"
"Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows"

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Windows 10 won't boot, BCD error, blue screen on startup, etc
December 7, 2022

Windows 10 Partition Layout
2: Windows - Main Partition - 20GB+
3: Recovery - 300MB+ (I recommend 550MB)

1: SYSTEM - 100MB+ FAT32
2: MSR - 16MB Microsoft reserved partition
3: Windows - Main Partition - 20GB+
4: Recovery - 300...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Windows 8 won't boot, BCD error
December 7, 2022

Likely also applies to Windows 10

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Windows XP - This copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate windows now?
December 2, 2022

You can reset the activation timer by running this command from a command prompt. Restart in safe mode (tap F8 during bios startup phase, pick Safe mode with Command Prompt):
rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk
Wait a few seconds, then reboot.

Keywords: Windows XP Activation

Category: Windows 🠪 Startup
Windows XP/7 won't boot after converting to virtual machine - 0x7B BSOD
December 7, 2022

You may need to make sure the hard drive controller is set to IDE instead of SATA.

The Hard Drive Controllers registry keys need to be rebuilt.
Boot it in "Mini Windows XP".
Click icon in system tray, then choose Registry -> "Fix hard disk controller (fix_hdc.cmd)".

Keywords: disk2vhd, virtualbox, 0x0000007B, Blue Screen ...<Too long, click to read the rest>

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