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  • penguin 10:12 on 2019-08-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boot, , uefi, windows   

    Win10 & Veracrypt & systemd-boot 

    There are some things seemingly nobody does. For example, …

    • double-booting Win10 and Linux
    • on an UEFI System
    • while the Win10 Partition is encrypted using VeraCrypt.

    Yes, it’s a complex scenario, but since MS in all of his (money-grabbing) wisdom does not include BitLocker in Win10 Home, this is a necessary precaution. I’ll not go over the installation of both systems (pretty straightforward, and Arch Linux has – as always – a nice Wiki entry about it).

    Unfortunately, Win10 likes to break its own boot manager on updates, which is very scary (“Your Windows partition is damaged”), and super annoying, but I think I got the solution now.

    So, the Linux-based (of course) solution for Windows 10 and VeraCrypt is:

    This is in fact all you need to do. Now, if Windows fucks up its own boot loader, it seems systemd-boot just ignores everything, loads the correct VeraCrypt bootloader (as it is supposed to be), and all is well.

    It can happen though that Windows places its own boot manager back in front of systemd-boot again, so it’s used as the default one. Then use one of the methods described here, and you should be fine. (This did not happen to me, it always used the correct boot manager but fucked up Windows boot)

     
  • penguin 09:48 on 2019-04-19 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , windows   

    Windows after 13 years – and nothing changed 

    I have a Windows PC again, after about 13 years of abstinence and never looking back. (Why? Gaming. Once in 13 years is OK I guess).

    And nothing changed.

    Step 1: Uninstalling crap

    Uninstall those things from the Windows menu: Candy Crush, Cooking Fever, and three others I forgot to document. It’s a pristine ISO install, nothing from a vendor – I bought components myself, and I assembled myself. So this is Windows and Windows alone that’s to blame.

    And don’t forget all the crap which is in the Windows menu tiles – XBox & co, I mean you. (Removed about 7 super useless things here alone).

    Step 2: change mouse wheel direction

    Step 2: Change mouse wheel direction (sorry, Mac spoiled me). I can configure anything and everything in Windows – not that. Google helps, and I have to – of course – navigate the registry to find keys that look like this:

    (Set this to 1, and get the “VID_0…” whatever string from the “Advanced Settings” of the mouse properties dialogue. Brainfuck.

    Step 3: Disable cortana

    Oh yeah, disabling Cortana is almost easy (set this to 0):

    Step 4: Remove contacts icon from taskbar

    Removing the stupid “Contacts” icon on the task bar is super simple in contrast: Right-click, and uncheck “Show contacts”. Yay!

    Step 5: Re-login / Reboot

    Where the fuck can I log out?!

    Oh right, click the start menu, immediately see the unobtrusive grey junk icon which is supposed to be me in the leftmost area on top of all the other nondescriminate icons, click it, and see the menu pop up which offers to “log out”. How could I miss this.

    Summary

    Well, this is not all. This is just what I did today, after already tuning the system a while ago. In contrast Mac: Unpack, open (Laptops only here), start working. No candy crush removal necessary.

     
    • Nikolai 10:11 on 2019-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      One word: SteamPlay 🙂

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