• Alex B

    Alex B


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    • Update with my final solution:

      Despite trying several free image backup programs & running QDIR as administrator; there are still just some files/folders I still have permission access issues with from image files made from another computer.

      However I’ve found that Macrium Reflect has addressed this issue:  https://superuser.com/questions/386655/howto-access-folders-in-a-macrium-reflect-image-that-belong-to-another-user

      I know Macrium Reflect said they will not provide updates after Jan 2024 for the last Free Version (8):  https://askleo.com/macrium-reflect-free-is-going-away/

      However, if my experiments with this last free version continue trouble free; I plan to upgrade to the paid version just to easily solve the permissions issue as well as the ransomware protection it offers.

      Thought I’d post this here for any others wrestling with these same issues/dilemma.

    • in reply to: Failure to update Windows 10 (Home) from 21H2 to 22H2 #2552143

      I am happy to report I’m now on Win10 Ver 22H2 – after it was offered when I checked for updates again this morning.  FWIW, In Control was off (I’d tried it both ways and this is probably just coincidence).

      Thank you to all who made suggestions – especially PKCano!

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    • in reply to: Failure to update Windows 10 (Home) from 21H2 to 22H2 #2550588

      @Energy SaVer:  Yes, plenty of free space:  344GB free of 465GB (500GB) on Crucial SSD.

      Thank you for the Microsoft support recommendation.  Will do!

    • in reply to: Failure to update Windows 10 (Home) from 21H2 to 22H2 #2550166

      Update:  (TLDR, I implemented everything in PKCano’s latest suggestions and it’s still failing to update).

      After PKCano’s latest recommendation (Thank you PKCano!) same failure to update, and here are the requested details:

      1) Ver 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2728), Windows 10 Home

      2) Windows Update Registry entries checked out as indicated.

      3) To my knowledge not running WUMgr or any other update controlling program; except I have controlled versions using Susan Bradley’s regedit files but that was last ran to update to 22H2.  I also verified WUMgr not listed in installed programs.  wushowhide reported No Hidden Updates.   Not sure what else to check or do…

      4) Ran chkdsk /f, rebooted and failed to see any results.  Ran in an elevated Command Prompt:  DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth  follwed by sfc /scannow.  sfc /scannow reported corrupt files and successfully repairing them.

      5) Downloaded, installed and ran: Gibson Research’s InControl. (Seems way easier, more comprehensive, and less fuss that Susan’s regedits :D).  Set for Windows 10 and 22H2.  Rebooted and then tried looking for updates and also running the Windows 10 ISO page updater.  Still no love.

      6) Based on @Cybertooth’s  comment; released control, rebooted and tried looking for updates and also running the Windows 10 ISO page updater.  Still no love.

      7) The morning of 4/3/23 I even installed optional update KB5023773
      resulting in the now Winver: Ver 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2788) and (as Einstein would say, insanely) repeated the update attempts resulting in the same effect as follows:

      8) In all cases so far the attempted update process ends with the same non-de-script “Something went wrong” “Select Try again, and if that doesn’t work, contact Microsoft support for help. Error code 0xc0000024” and/or “Windows 10 Setup Sorry, we’re having trouble determining if you PC can run Windows 10. Please close Setup and try again.

      I get the above after, AFAICT anywhere from about 76-97% complete (after the failure it goes back briefly to the progress windows before exiting.

      Short of any more ideas, I guess the question is should I retake control or not using InControl?  But as neither way seems to make a difference it would seem the better question and answer is some other solution.  Sigh.

      Thank you to everyone who’s commented and provided suggestions.




    • in reply to: Failure to update Windows 10 (Home) from 21H2 to 22H2 #2548422

      I ran setup.exe as indicated.  I did not see the options referenced and so proceeded as it made sense; and I ended back with the same notice of, “Sorry were having trouble determining if your PC can run Windows 10. Please close setup and run again.” but without an error code this time.  Thanks for the suggestion tho; much appreciated.

      I’ll also add that Update Troubleshooter found nothing also.


    • in reply to: Do Lenovo Laptops Pose a Security or Privacy Risk? #2536834

      I tend to agree with what you’ve written.

      However, my main concern really was (if say in a hot war with China); they’d take, for example, the financial logins they acquired and try to wipe out a general swath of US citizen’s finances etc.  Or if they were to combine that info with all the OPM data they stole a few years ago and then target federal employees specifically.  A simple name and address search between databases would make that easy.

      Could you imagine if every US federal employee suddenly had to take time off work to deal with identity theft?  If I were a strategist I might recommend something like that when resources allowed in an asymmetrical war.  Or even just sell it on the dark web and let criminals do the work.

      I also know what can be thought of vs what is implementable, vs what is practical (likely) can be very different.  So, I was just wondering how practical something like my example scenario would be so one could at least do a thought experiment and maybe come up with some sort of qualitative risk assessment.

      In reality a widespread electrical and/or water grid attack would probably prove more likely and effective…  IDK.  Like I said, interesting thought experiments.  But sounds like I’ve likely got more important things to spend my energy on.  Like taxes right now, or changing my remaining LastPass passwords after the recent breach (despite a very long & complex passphrase &2FA), etc.

      Thanks for all the feedback!

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    • in reply to: Do Lenovo Laptops Pose a Security or Privacy Risk? #2536603


      “We would have no technology left if we removed everything that has Chinese tech.”

      This is what I figured.

      And from the comments so far; sounds like this is nothing to actually concern myself with.  Thank you to those who offered constructive comments.  I appreciate it!

      Best regards,


    • Thank you for the tips Paul!

      I always forget that to use Q-Dir in this case requires running it as Admin.  And I did not know about the NTFS permissions either.

      Best regards,


    • in reply to: Step by step setting up EaseUS Todo #2392325

      And finally FWIW and comparison purposes (since I needed to update it anyway), Macrium says:


      3 C = 628.04 GB (presumably used) of 908.51 GB
      5 D = 19.27 GB (presumably used) of 21.73 GB
      At least Macrium CLEARLY LABELES C and D as such.

      1 (FAT32) = 67 MB of 260 MB
      2 Unformatted Primary = 128 MB of 128 MB
      4 NTFS Primary = 507.5 MB of 914 MB


    • in reply to: Step by step setting up EaseUS Todo #2392317

      Few more thoughts to clarify:

      I understand I have 2 internal (C and D) and 3 external drives (F, G, and H).

      I assume the 5 “system” drives shown by EaseUS  Todo are those 5 drives.  I mean it seems they have to be.  Though I also don’t understand why one shows up as a FAT32 Format when the properties show all are NTFS and only one is an exFAT format.

      Based on size indicated, I can easily match the internal drives C and D, and the C drive clearly states it’s the Windows drive.  However, the sizes don’t really match for the external drives (F, G, and H) in either EaseUS nor AOEMI.

      File Explorer on my computer shows the sizes as:

      C = 304 GB free of 908 GB
      D = 2.45 GB free of 21.7 GB

      F= 213 GB free of 465 GB
      G= 5.08 MB free of 115 GB
      H = 1.35 TB free of 1.81 TB

      EaseUS shows the drives as:

      C= 304.70 GB free of 908.51 GB
      D = 0 Bytes free of 21.73 GB  (I assume this is the D: recovery drive as it’s a good match especially the total capacity)

      But how do the remaining 3 EaseUS system drives match the 3 external drives?

      190.15 MB free of 260 MB
      0 bytes free of 128 MB
      0 bytes free of 914 MB

      Furthermore, why the difference with what AOMEI says are my “system” drives and why does it show only 3, with no apparent D drive and another missing drive?

      C= 305.1 GB free of 908.51 GB

      189.08 MB free of 260 MB
      411.75 free of 914 MB


      Does AOMEI not show D because of an apparent partition error EaseUS Todo flagged?  What about the other missing drive?

      Does any of this really matter?

      And perhaps the most important question of all, should I just select ALL the drives or only the C (or C and D) drives for a full backup?

      Thanks again for any help.

      Alex B.


    • in reply to: Step by step setting up EaseUS Todo #2392235

      So I’ve 2 questions.

      The first is related to figuring out what EaseUS Todo (vs. AOMEI Backupper) shows as my system drives.

      Below shows the internal hard drive (C: and a recovery partition as D:) hooked up to my laptop.  Drives F, G and H are external attached by USB.


      This is what EaseUS shows as my “system” drives:


      And this is what AOMEI Standard Backupper shows as my “system” drives:


      It’s obvious to match the Windows (C:) drive and the partitioned recovery (D:) drive based on the drive sizes; at least in EaseUS; though the D: drive (partition) appears to be missing in AOMEI?  1) Why does D: appear to be missing in AOMEI?   2) What are all these extra drives showing up in EaseUS?  3) I looked at the properties of all the external drives and NONE of them are FAT32 formatted (2 NTFS and 1 exFAT).  I just don’t understand all these apparent extra drives and then why there is a difference between EaseUS and AOMEI.

      Can anyone please explain this to me?

      Finally, probably unrelated; but if not I thought best to include here.  At first I selected all 5 of the “system” drives shown in EaseUS and got this error stating, “Checking the partition found errors on 1 partition without drive letter (Unknown Partition). Click “OK” to create sector by sector backup or “Cancel” the backup.”

      I then cancelled the task and went back and selected only the C: and D: drives (as shown as ticked in the 2nd image above) and got the same error, so I assume it is on the D: drive.  Regardless I went ahead and set up an incremental daily backup with this being a full as it is the first.

      So, am I correct in assuming that by using size and checking the C: and D: drives and ignoring the other drives listed I will have a full backup?  And if so, why doesn’t the D: drive show up on AOMEI?

      I have been using AOMEI for a couple of years now to do my monthly full backups and testing files and such it seemed fine but now am wondering if I’m missing something.  I just added EaseUS Todo again today for daily incremental backups for redundancy and to try it again after I ran into problems and had to abandon using it in the past.

      Thank you in advance for any insights; and for everyone’s patience in fielding questions from a non-professional default personal IT person.  The things I’ve learned in the past couple of years following and supporting this site and the newsletters has been valuable!

      Alex B.

    • It was FAT32 until I saw the (<span class=”bbp-author-name”>anonymous </span>Guest – Thank you!) post above and reformatted it to exFAT.  That was gonna be my next approach if I hadn’t gotten a solution here.  Thankfully this worked!

    • Anyone else getting the “We need more space” error when attempting to “squirrel away” 21H1.  I got this on the 16 GB through and including a 128GB USB drive with nothing else on them…Bizarre!

      Finally last night I just had it download the iso to my HD of the computer I’m on which showed 306GB free of 908GB total.  Finally it worked.  However, now I can not copy the 4.24 Windows 10 21H1.iso file to a 16GB drive because, again there is supposedly not enough room!  Anyone got any ideas or advice?

      Could locking my computer into the 20H2 version following the one of the previous weekend tasks a while back cause this most bizarre issue?

      Thanks for any help!

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