Monday, October 31, 2016

Prevent Windows 10 ( Pro, Edu, Ent) From Updating/Installing Specific Devices (Driver)

First open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and go to,
 Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Device Installation->Device Installation Restrictions

"Prevent installation of devices using drivers that match these device setup classes"
Using this option will let you input a globally unique identifier (GUID) which you can view using Device Manager

"Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device IDs"
This option will accept hardware ID or compatible ID, again use Device Manager to view one for your connected device(s).

Installing a device driver of  your choice and then enabling any of the above setting will help prevent any issue that you are facing due to Windows automatically updating that specific device.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to Lock BitLocker Volume Quick and Easy

This method is for those who mostly put their PC/Laptops to hibernate or sleep and want the BitLocker volume locked when waking up the system from sleep or hibernation.
The simplest method is to create a text file (Notepad) with the following content and saving it with a .cmd extension on your desktop.

manage-bde -lock volume: -fd

-fd: ForcedDismount, use this parameter to lock the volume even if it's in use.

The above example image will lock volume E:

To lock the volume right click the .cmd file  you created and run it with Administrator privilege (If UAC (User Account Control) is set to Always Notify.
This method is to avoid launching the Windows Command Processor (cmd.exe) and typing the command  and hence saves time required to lock the volume.

To learn more about parameters for manage-bde command visit the following link,

Monday, October 17, 2011

Triple Boot: Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 8 (WDP), Windows 7

First of all change your default operating system through the OS selection screen displayed during the boot process to Windows 7, next boot into Windows 7 and use wubi.exe to install ubuntu 11.10 ISO image (wubi.exe and the ISO should be in the same directory) you downloaded or if you have the Ubuntu CD launch wubi.exe from within the media. Once its installed restart windows 7 and select Ubuntu to complete the installation.
A issue with having windows 8 (Windows Developer Preview) is that, you could at times not find Ubuntu in the startup boot menu, loading up Windows 7 then restarting bring Ubuntu back on the list.

Ubuntu Download:

Windows Installer (wubi.exe):