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Upgrading to Windows 10 problematic

on dual boot system

Post date: Dec 14, 2015 6:00:34 PM

Since a new version of openSUSE was released last month we decided it was time to upgrade the Windows 7 Home Premium on our Desktop system to Windows 10. That is not without its challenges! First we had to reserve our upgrade, which according to Microsoft would be ready with some days or weeks. However, just before this upgrade, we had upgraded an HP Pavillion laptop running Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10. On the Windows 7 Professional the upgrade was available as soon as we installed and run the Windows 10 upgrade app, and when we started the upgrade it completed without any problems. And all our files where, at Microsoft claimed, where we left them. The upgrade was completed relatively quickly.

Illustration courtesy of Microsoft

Based previously having problems with our openSUSE installation after installation of an upgrade from Microsoft we decided to see what people on the internet said. We did find one blogger, who claimed Windows 10 behaved well with Grub2. So we started the upgrade. Some hours later it failed with error 8007001F. We found many discussion of this error on Microsoft sites, and not a hint of a solution. After experiencing the error on two dual boot systems and not getting anywhere with the advice from the official Microsoft sites, we googled "Windows Update 8007001F", and found a discussion (scroll down to Stepan's reply on August 8, 2015) with an approach to a solution on a Microsoft forum site. The problem turned out to be Grub2 and the MBR. So we created a Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery Disk (64-bit), and executed "bootrec /FixMbr" and "bootrec /Fixboot" to remove Grub2 from the path to Windows.We the performed the upgrade to Windows 10. However, we still have not had enough patience to let Microsoft install all the updates created since the release of the upgrade software this summer (This means, that so far we have had to power off the system to stop Windows).

Forgot your Windows login password

to your home computer?

Post date: Feb 22, 2015 5:42:19 PM

On your company computer this problem is easily solved by phoning IT support, who quickly resets your password to a one-time login. You are back in business with minutes. At home things are not quite as easy.

If you have forgotten your login password to your account on your home computer or your spouse is no longer around, and forgot to tell you her password. Then you can regain access to system by booting from e.g. an linux live DVD, and then changing a filename temporarily in the system32 directory plus making a copy of another file. After rebooting you will then be able to activate a command prompt before login, and in the command prompt window you can reset the password of any existing user account on the computer. If you are an expert, then you can find details about the procedure on the internet, and otherwise we would be happy to help you. Or you can watch this video:

Here is the procedure described elegantly in the above video:

  1. Download a live desktop version of the Ubuntu operating system
  2. Burn that iso-image to a DVD
  3. Change the boot priority of your system, so CD Drive is the first one.
  4. Now boot from your Ubunto DVD, and choose try ubuntu
  5. Open the file cabinet (if you are uncertain, then get help from a friend familiar with linux)
  6. Open the Windows folder
  7. Open the System32 folder
  8. Find the file cmd.exe and make a copy of it, eg copy_cmd.exe
  9. Find the file Utilman.exe and rename it Utilman1.exe
  10. Find copy_cmd.exe and rename it Utilman.exe
  11. Close the file cabinet
  12. Remove the Ubuntu DVD from your computer
  13. Restart your computer. Since there is no DVD in the drive Windows starts.

Once Windows 7 request your forgotten password, the click on the easy access buttom in the lower left hand corner of the screen, and a command promt window will open. In the command prompt window type

  • net user (this list the users on your Windows computer)
  • net user username newpassword (where 'username' is the user you have forgotten the password for, and 'newpassword' is the new password for this user)
  • close the command prompt window
  • sign into Windows with the newly assigned password

To remove a potential security risk, which this has created on you system, you need to revert steps 10 and 9 (in that sequence).

Windows 8 install on Lenovo ideaPad S-10-2

Post date: Jan 31, 2013 11:07:32 AM

Just before the expiry of Microsoft's offter to upgrade any computer to Windows 8 for just 229 DDK incl. VAT it was decided to attempt to install Windows 8 on our Lenovo ideaPad S-10-2. This was a dual boot system with Windows XP Home on the C-drive, and openSUSE on an extended partition. The latter was also in need of an upgrade.

First we ran Microsofts upgrade assistent. That showed we would have some problems executing the upgrade. First of all Windows 8 needed access to the NX bit on the processor. This was almost a showstopper. However, on YouTube we found a video showing a beta realease of Windows 8 starting up relatively fast on exactly a Lenovo ideaPad S10-2. Conclution: If the beta would install, then properly the GA would also. Some googling and reading showed the NX bit was there, but that it was not available with older bios. So, we upgrade the bios to latest version from 2009.

The upgrade assistent still told us, there would be problems with some apps not starting due to the low screen resolution of the ideaPad S10-2. However, the mentioned YouTube video convinced us that install should be possible. The upgrade assistant also informed us, that some features of the Windows XP installation on the Lenovo would not work with Windows 8. E.g. the quick start buttom. We ignored that and proceeded to buy the upgrade. The first attempt was rolled back to XP are about 2 hours work. Windows 8 installed fine. However, during configuration we properly made two bad choices: 1) To logon to the system with a Microsoft account, and 2) To let Windows 8 automatically choose some system settings. That was yesterday.

This morning we gave it a second try. This choosing to logon with just a local acount, and to manually decide some settings during the configuration. This worked! After the installation we installed needed software such as Chrome, LibreOffice, PDFCreater and Skype. We also removed most of the built-in apps by releasing them from the start screen, since resolution problems prevented them from starting. Our installed software started fine from the start screen.

So how does this upgrade experience compare with upgrading from one version of openSUSE to the next? The fast that I just need to download a small progam - the upgrade assistant - and this then completes the almost everything without much user input. However, I would appreciate some more on screen information during the upgrade, much as openSUSE installers can do. I actually believe it would be a relatively simple task to create such an application for upgrading from one version of openSUSE to the next. It would basically be a small script to change repositories and then run zypper to perform the upgrade.

Also we have to admit, that the Lenovo ideaPad S10-2 starts up in less than 30 seconds from power on. to Windows 8 login. This is significantly faster than in Windows XP.