The simplest way to run a command with a system account – for example testing the installation process of an installation script – is using PsExec.
PSEXEC -i -s cmd.exe
This will open a new Cmd-window as system.
Occasionally it comes in very handy to quickly look up build number information about Office, SCCM, …
I found this convenient blog which makes this very easy: https://buildnumbers.wordpress.com/
Apparently it’s really easy to setup kiosk mode in Windows 8.1.
See this article at HTG for more info.
You are annoyed by the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon, because you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 yet. You also want to reclaim the Gigabytes of Windows 10 setup files which Microsoft put on your harddisk (without asking …)
Then check out the free tool ‘GWX Control Panel’.
You can find this tool here: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/
When performing a silent install, catching the return code is useful for troubleshooting.
For a list of Return Codes (= Exit Codes / Windows System Error Codes), see below links from Microsoft and Symantec:
Overview of Windows Installer error codes (from Microsoft):
Note that exit codes may be different.
Return code for Office 2010 updates:
The installer of SAP GUI will generate different exit codes. See link below:
After some testing with Linux I figured I didn’t need it on this machine. As a 128GB SSD is not that gigantic I wanted to reclaim the diskspace it used.
The configuration was pretty basic: 2 partitions for Windows 8.1 (350MB system reserved partition and a large Windows partition) and 2 partitions for Linux (swap and ext4). Simply deleting the Linux partition rendered the system to an unbootable state. After resizing the Windows partition again and reinstalling Linux the system booted again.
Some time later I continued my quest for disk space reclaiming. Basically I used the procedure on techmesto.com.
To be a little more on the safe time now I removed GRUB2 first: I booted from my Windows 8.1 USB install disk. When the first dialog came up (language selection) I pressed Shift-F10 to open a Cmd prompt. I ran the “bootrec.exe /fixmbr” command and after reboot GRUB2 was indeed gone.
I deleted the Linux partitions with the Windows Disk Management. Then I booted from a Linux Live USB disk and increased the Windows partition size again with GParted.