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HOWTO purge undesired files from your SVN repository

Several months ago, I wrote a post about how to regenerate a SVN repository. In this post I will show how to purge undesired files from it (for example compiler intermediate files, …) on a Windows system. This may be needed to keep the repository size under control. One thing to care about is that, once committed, a file is stored permanently into a repository.  … Continue reading HOWTO purge undesired files from your SVN repository »

HOWTO fix Windows Update error 0x80244019

On two of ‘my’ Windows Server 2008 r2, I had an update (KB2992611) that failed with the following error code: 0x80244019 In my investigations, I found the following procedure to fix the problem (in both cases). The Solution Open an Administrative Command Prompt. As a first step you have to stop Shadow Copy & Windows Update services, by the the following commands: net stop wuauserv … Continue reading HOWTO fix Windows Update error 0x80244019 »

Fixing Thunderbird date format

I have noted that my Thunderbird doesn’t display the date as configured in my Windows profile. This is annoying since I use the english version into my italian PCs and the date formats are different. Digging here and there, I found an easy solution deep into program configuration. The solution Open the program and: select ‘Option‘ from ‘Tools‘ program menu click on ‘Advanced‘ icon click … Continue reading Fixing Thunderbird date format »

ROG G752 weird overheat

updated: 23/08/2018 The Problem From time to time, I noted that my ROG G752VT heated horribly in this point (above the right-bottom angle): After some investigations and tests, it seems something related to the quick charge capability of the nearest USB ports. I had switched it off, by removing the USB Charger Plus program, but after some weeks of calm, the problem pops up again. … Continue reading ROG G752 weird overheat »

Virtualizing an old broken PC

Introduction A couple of weeks, a 12-15 years old desktop PC of mine died. After a quick investigation, it appeared to have some sort of electrical problem around the mainboard and the power supplier. I took a full week, to evaluate what to do. From hardware point of view, it didn’t deserve any replacement. What is annoying me, is the 180€ of Windows 10 Professional … Continue reading Virtualizing an old broken PC »

HOWTO compress Windows OEM Drivers Repository

updated 15/05/2018 Introduction The project of today is: Can I use NTFS compression to system drivers repository? It seems the ideal target to be compressed since it’s rarely used and it can consume 1 or more Gb of your system partition. The first problem is that we can’t use Windows File Explorer to compress it because we don’t have the correct access rights. The second … Continue reading HOWTO compress Windows OEM Drivers Repository »

HOWTO Switch Core Isolation Memory Integrity

With Windows 10 1803, I decided to switch on Memory Integrity Isolation into Core Isolation options of Windows Defender Security Center. The problem is that once activated, the switch is disabled, and it is not possible to switch off. Naturally I have found, that this feature has some problems about: some of the old drivers may not work properly Virtualbox doesn’t work These forced me, … Continue reading HOWTO Switch Core Isolation Memory Integrity »

HOWTO reset Windows Update client

In our lab, we had few machines with different Windows Update problems. Some PCs don’t accept anything from our WSUS server, some others seem to have other problems that prevent Windows Update working. I ran system and MS troubleshooters, but the problems weren’t solved. In all cases, the OSes seem to be healthy. Solution I had a long investigation phase, but I didn’t found anything … Continue reading HOWTO reset Windows Update client »