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Getting Windows 10 to Install Using qemu and kvm

I use a lot of different VMs for testing software and running one-off programs. My setup is a 16GB Dell Precision Laptop with an i7 quad core running Ubuntu (really "Elementary OS" which is based on Ubuntu, but eOS has a super-slick desktop that I really like) and a 1TB SSD. I use kvm to host my various VMs which include versions of Ubuntu, Windows 7, etc. When I get around to it, I'll switch to Docker or Rocket and use the container model, but for now it was just easier to build (or clone) a tiny VM when I need it.

I've been using this VM setup for a while and it worked fine with WinXP, Win7, Ubuntu, etc, but when I wanted to copy my Win7 image and upgrade to Win10, I faced a LOT of frustration. All the combinations of configuration on the KVM panel failed to get past the 0xc1900101-0x30018 error and the "The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation. 0xC1900101 – 0x20017" error I would get. The Win10 upgrade would fail and I'd be back to starting over.

I tried a bunch of suggestions (mostly change my video card, change my disk interface from IDE to SATA or SATA to SCSI or... etc.), but none of those things helped.

I finally figured it out after reading about similar problems with KVM and Windows 8.1 upgrades to Win 10...

Trick for Remote Support: How to Reboot a Win7 System When What You Are Doing Breaks the Network

I have to re-figure this out every time I need to do it, every few years, so I wrote this to remind me.

Once in a while, I have to change the IP address of a remote network. For instance, Comcast came into a customer of mine and replaced the modem/router. When they did, they put in their own local IP network number and broke the ability to get to any hard-coded IP addresses on the network (like printers). They used to be a 192.168.0.x network and now they were a 10.1.10.x network.

I could change all the hard coded devices to the new IP address scheme OR I could fix the network. It is a lot easier to change the one network than all the devices (on devices I can't easily reach because they are on another network, now, so I'd have to set up temporary IP routes and etc. etc. etc...).

The problem with changing the IP address on a router remotely is that you won't have access to the computer you remote in on after the change because it is still on the wrong network until a reboot.

So here's the simple trick to fix it all at once...

Java Installation Issues on Windows 7 64-bit; Error 1335 with Data1.cab

As most people now know, java being installed (and seldom updated) on nearly every system running Windows has created major security problems, what with all of the security holes being "day one" exploited.

The proper solution (as is the case with most security problems) is to remove something when it isn't specifically needed!

When I looked at my own system, I had disabled java from being activated by the browser (disabling the add-ins for chrome, IE, Firefox, etc.) so I was relatively safe from website/ad based attacks, but I also found that I was running three different installations of java including two for 32-bit and one for 64-bit.

I figured the easy thing to do was remove all of them, then add back the freshest version of one I needed for my Eclipse IDE to work.

Uninstall went fairly well, but I had problems when I tried to install the 64-bit version of java. Every time I installed it, I would get:

Error 1335: The cabinet file Data1.cab required
for this installation is corrupt and cannot be used.

I tried lots of different things from the googles, but it took a combination of things to get it to finally install...

Excel 2003 Crashing on Cut or Paste

I had a user report that, all of a sudden, anytime they cut or pasted something in Excel 2003 running on Windows 7, Excel would crash.

We'd had a problem before with Skype and Bluetooth causing Excel to crash, but when I checked this setting in the registry, it WAS set to zero as needed:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Excel\Addins \BtOfficeAddin.BtOfficeIntegration.1\LoadBehavior REG_DWORD 0x0

Change the LoadBehavior key from 3 to 0, if needed. In this case, it was already 0.

So, that left the user still having the problem...

"2 Snaps Up!" or How to Slap Down Snap on Windows 7

Windows 7 is basically OK, but there are some things that have been added to "improve" it that drive me nuts. One of those is the default setting that causes windows that get near the edge of the screen to suddenly pop full screen. In addition to these kinds of new "features", Windows 7 also does a good job hiding where you need to go to fix these settings.

The Aero interface is what does this and the feature is called the "Snap Window Arrangement" feature.

So, if you've done some searching and hit Google and been scared off by the articles that tell you to change the registry and logoff/logon, have no fear! The setting is easy to change, doesn't require a logoff/logon, and is super simple to do, once you find it...

Getting Older Code to Run on Windows 7 (Problems with cscript and wscript)

So I have a bunch of cscript I've written in vbscript and some of it updates databases.

The database connection is done through ODBC (32-bit) drivers, for example with PostgreSQL.

As I've migrated over to 64-bit on a few systems, I haven't run into problems until I have to start dealing with ODBC not seeing 32-bit drivers. This happens a lot, actually.

Anyway, my 32-bit scripts would choke with an error about not finding my connection or driver, even though I could see it fine in the ODBC manager.

The trick was to understand that I wasn't running 32-bit scripts, I was accidentally running 32-bit scripts with the 64-bit cscript program...

Getting Older Code to Run on Windows 7 (Problems with Crystal Reports)

I'm still working to get everything 100% working under Win7 for my old VB6 developer environment. The latest issue popped up after a couple of weeks with everything appearing to be OK.

All of a sudden, VB6's IDE starts complaining "Error accessing the system registry". I had just used VB6 the week before without a problem and without any changes, so what gives?

There were a lot of attempts to help people with this error, but most were over complicated and referred to problems with Crystal Reports 8, which I don't use.

I do, however, use CR9.

After a little research I figured it out...

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