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Simple method to do a Fresh Windows 10 install (via the “free upgrade”)

by on Nov.05, 2015, under Techie

The below steps come from and are just put here to make it easier for me to find in the future. I have used this on 1 machine that was running Windows 7 Pro (Upgrade – came from Vista) and another running Windows 7 Home Premium.

SOURCE: How to clean install Windows 10 directly without upgrade

Here is what you need to do to clean install Windows 10 on a computer system.

  • You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image for that. If you don’t have one get it from here. Download the tool from Microsoft’s website to create the ISO image. Make sure you pick the right architecture and version.
  • Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
  • Navigate to the folder \Windows\x64\sources or P:\Windows\x32\sources and drag&drop the file gatherosstate.exe to the desktop.
  • Run the file afterwards. It creates GenuineTicket.xml on the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other location.
  • Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make sure you skip the product key.
  • Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file GenuineTicket.xml to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket.
  • The folder is hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File Explorer.
  • Reboot the PC.
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Linux: Batch rename to remove # leading characters from files of a certain type

by on Apr.12, 2015, under Techie

If you have a bunch of files like:

$ ls /home/me/Desktop/Music/
0001 – File1.mp3
0002 – File2.mp3
0003 – File3.doc


And you want to remove the “0001 – ” from the start of all of them then you can use the following expressing to do this provided they are all in the same folder (if not just run this more than once):

cd /home/me/Desktop/Music/ && for file in *mp3; do mv "$file" "${file:8}"; done


$ ls /home/me/Desktop/Music/
0003 – File3.doc


NOTE: For more details see as I got my example from there.

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RetroPie Controller info

by on Apr.12, 2015, under Techie, Video Games

To support Xbox controllers on the RetroPie image for Raspberry Pi 2 units please use the following. This may work for other controllers, but I have no way to test.

NOTE: Use ls /dev/input/ to make sure the “input_player#_joypad_index = ” values are correct. For most they should be js0, js1, etc. You could have something weird like js1, 2, etc at which point you will need to adjust the player1 from 0 to 1 and then so on and so forth.

Edit the /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg file

Add the following to the end of the file

# Start
input_joypad_driver = linuxraw
input_player1_joypad_index = "0"
input_player1_up_axis = "-1"
input_player1_down_axis = "+1"
input_player1_left_axis = "-0"
input_player1_right_axis = "+0"
input_player1_a_btn = "0"
input_player1_b_btn = "1"
input_player1_x_btn = "2"
input_player1_y_btn = "3"
input_player1_select_btn = "6"
input_player1_start_btn = "7"
input_player2_joypad_index = "1"
input_player2_up_axis = "-1"
input_player2_down_axis = "+1"
input_player2_left_axis = "-0"
input_player2_right_axis = "+0"
input_player2_a_btn = "0"
input_player2_b_btn = "1"
input_player2_x_btn = "2"
input_player2_y_btn = "3"
input_player2_select_btn = "6"
input_player2_start_btn = "7"
input_player3_joypad_index = "2"
input_player3_up_axis = "-1"
input_player3_down_axis = "+1"
input_player3_left_axis = "-0"
input_player3_right_axis = "+0"
input_player3_a_btn = "0"
input_player3_b_btn = "1"
input_player3_x_btn = "2"
input_player3_y_btn = "3"
input_player3_select_btn = "6"
input_player3_start_btn = "7"
input_player4_joypad_index = "3"
input_player4_up_axis = "-1"
input_player4_down_axis = "+1"
input_player4_left_axis = "-0"
input_player4_right_axis = "+0"
input_player4_a_btn = "0"
input_player4_b_btn = "1"
input_player4_x_btn = "2"
input_player4_y_btn = "3"
input_player4_select_btn = "6"
input_player4_start_btn = "7"
input_exit_emulator_btn = "4"
input_menu_toggle_btn = "5"
# End

NOTE: I used to figure out how to build my RetroPie, though N64 isn’t working yet.

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How to disable Flash Player protected mode in Firefox

by on Feb.08, 2015, under Techie

Since Firefox 35 you can do the following to disable the annoying “Activate Flash” on any page with Flash.

In the Address Bar type in “about:config”
Confirm that you will careful when prompted
Search for “dom.ipc.plugins.flash.disable-protected-mode” and set it to true (ie disabled)

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