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2. DELL Studio XPS 1647 (64-bit)

2.1 Preparation (19/07/2018)

Na 8 jaar en een hoop OS'en die steeds werden bijgewerkt (Windows 7 > 8 > 8.1 > 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803) vond ik het wel eens tijd voor een complete make over…, onder andere omwille van:
  • system restore niet meer mogelijk (de schuld van de Spotify-app)
  • thumbnails in Explorer: sommige staan er, andere niet (na mijn esbattementen bij de herinstallatie van WMC na WinX 1803) - eigenlijk ook de schuld van de onmogelijkheid tot system restore
  • => bij herinstallatie andere mogelijkheid tot system restore voorzien: Horizon DataSys RollBack Rx Home
  • deauthorize Finale PrintMusic 2014
  • backup the WinSCP configuration: HKCU\Software\Martin Prikryl\WinSCP 2
    • you can also backup WinSCP as follows: in WinSCP, go to the Site Manager (Sessions > Sites > Site Manager…)
    • click on the Tools button and choose Backup/Export Configuration...
    • choose a the location where you want to save the file and give it a well thought out name, e.g. WinSCP -210821.ini
  • backup files, music, photos
  • PowerLine _boossy.be2.4 & vpn's Hostbasket & explio (C:\Users\sbo\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk)
  • administrative directories
  • TeamViewer
  • C:\Users\boossy
  • scheduled tasks: Samsung Magician
  • printer
  • google afmelden voor advertentiecookie
  • QTTabBar
  • Startup
    • Explorer.ahk, Google Update Core, Microsoft OneDrive, (Dell) QuickSet (C:), Samsung Rapid Mode Notification Utility, Windows Defender Notification icon

2.2 Execution (20/07/2018)

2.2.0 Reset

  • vanuit Windows zelf (Reset this PC) lukte het niet, wel via Shift + Click Windows button & Restart > Troubleshoot - HOEWEL IK NU DE INDRUK HEB DAT DIT WEER NIET MOGELIJK IS…
  • een van de betere beschrijvingen van de procedure die ik volgde, vind je hier: https://www.asus.com/en/support/FAQ/1013064/
  • Reset this PC
  • Remove everything
  • het leuke is nu dat hij vraagt of hij alle drives dan wel alleen de drive met het besturingssysteem moet wissen:
    Your PC has more than one drive
    Do you want to remove all files from all drives?
    Only the drive where Windows is installed
  • Do you want to clean the drives, too? Ik hou de PC en ga hem nog niet laten recycleren, dus ik kies gewoon Just remove my files
  • Ready to reset this PC? Reset

2.2.1 System Computer name and workgroup settings

Computer name
  • Settings > System: About
  • In the Device specifications section, click on the Rename this PC button.
The workgroup settings are to be found in the good old Control Panel > System System protection

  • enable System Restore, also in the good old Control Panel > System: click on System protection
  • since System Restore is not always trustworthy, also install Rollback RX Home:
    • Locked snapshots:
      • WinX v1903 Setup van 31/05/2019 - al eens als test gebruikt op 04/06/2019 => OK
      • Winxv1903+Finale van 01/07/2019 - incl. een geauthoriseerde Finale => gedelete na creatie van volgende snapshot:
      • 190701+KB4517389 van 13/10/'19 - omdat deze KB tot tweemaal toe mislukte, een snapshot gemaakt nadat deze wel gelukt was
    • wijzigingen sinds de snapshot:
      • nieuw, gecombineerd WiFi-netwerk (boossy.be)
      • advanced power settings: Sleep > Allow wake timers > On battery: Disable , Plugged in: Disable
      • DNS servers: & / 2606:4700:4700::1111 & 2606:4700:4700::1001 (Cloudflare)
      • Allow Remote Desktop connections

  • And while we're in the good old Control Panel > System: Remote settings
  • click on the Remote tab, then choose Allow remote connections to this computer

2.2.2 Windows… C:\Users\stijn > C:\Users\Stijn

Folder name


Microsoft uses your Microsoft e-mail account (first.last@hotlook.com) to create a user under C:\Users (first), but without a capital. Grrr!!!
  • create a 2nd admin user: the GUI requires too much information (e.g. 3 security questions), so do it using an elevated command prompt:
    • net user 2ndadmin “2ndadmin” /add
    • net localgroup administrators “2ndadmin” /add
  • log off
  • log in as the 2nd admin user
  • command prompt (elevated): rename c:\users\stijn Stijn [be patient, can take some time - check in Explorer to see if the change has already taken place - kill the Command prompt if so...] - [bij v1903 was de wijziging meteen, geen geduld nodig...]
  • log off as the 2nd user
  • sign in with your original account
  • delete the 2nd admin user (simply with the metro style settings panel Accounts > Family & other users)
ATTENTION: I wouldn't change the name, only the capitalization, since Windows is case insensitive!
User variable %USERNAME%


On september 25th, so two months after the installation, I notice stijn > Desktop in the Immersive Explorer .

You can change it in netplwiz (the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel): so open this control panel item, select the name you want to change and click on the Properties button.

Now you get the properties of the selected user account: you can change User name, Full name & Description.

In PowerShell, you'll notice that still the name with a lowercase letter is shown.
  • regedit
  • go to: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\<your profile>
  • change the ProfileImagePath expandable string value
  • restart Small icons in the taskbar

  • right-click on any empty area of the taskbar en click "Settings"
  • turn on "Use small taskbar icons" Hide the Windows 10 3D Objects folder


Either you use Winaero Tweaker, or you modify the registry keys manually.
Winaero Tweaker

File Explorer > Customize This PC Folders

By default, in Windows Explorer, This PC shows the following folders: 3D Objects, Desktop, Downloads, Music, OneDrive, Pictures & Videos. I like this classification, but I don't use 3D Objects at all, so I wanted to hide the 3D Objects (hide, not delete!):
  • regedit
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{31C0DD25-9439-4F12-BF41-7FF4EDA38722}
  • open or create the (sub) key !PropertyBag
  • then, in the right pane, create a new String Value: ThisPCPolicy
  • give it the value Hide (versus Show)
  • restart
Of course, you can apply this to the other objects in This PC as well:

  • tick Desktop: {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}
  • cross Documents ( sometimes disguised as OneDrive!!! ): {f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}
  • tick Downloads: {7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}
  • cross Music: {a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}
  • cross Pictures: {0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}
  • cross Videos: {35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95} Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10

It's also possible to change the icon of the various folders in This PC :


You can change them for all users or for the current user. Since it's more complicated and more dangerous for all users (requiring local administrators to become owner of the DefaultIcon Keys - don't forget to check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects checkbox - with Full Control permissions in order to be able to change the icon), I opted for the current user option, moreove because the registry keys for this action still must be created, and so are not overwritten!

In my opinion, this is extremely useful to get back a yellow icon on the taskbar for all Explorer folders . In Windows 10, if you choose one of the folders under This PC (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos), the (small) folder icon is shown on the taskbar, but is not recognizable as Explorer, since you have no yellowish icon… The icons differ if you choose Tiles-Content-XL-L-M versus S-List-Details! The smaller ones have no trace of yellow at all!!! Drop them in one of the following folders: C:\Users\Public, C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32. Have a look at the icon index of .dll or .exe files? Try http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iconsext.zip Map a netwerk drive

Drive layout as of 05/05/2021 - get the info issuing the PowerShell command Get-PSDrive:
Name Root
C C:\
D \\PERGOLESI\h$\OneDrive
E E:\
F F:\
H H:\

I always think that I'll find the menu option to map a network drive under "Network" in Windows Explorer. Alas, this is not Microsoft's logic, you find it under This PC > Computer tab > Map network drive Access a mapped network drive as if it were a local drive (fool your pc!)

Suppose you want to access your Music files in your OneDrive, but that these files aren't on your local drive: Now you can access your cloud music as if it were on a local drive… Enable …

… administrative shares

See Win10DefaultAdminShares
… the execution of PowerShell scripts
set-executionpolicy unrestricted -Scope CurrentUser VPN connection to eXplio

Go into Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections (the old Networking control panel, not the new one).

find the vpn connection and open it's Properties dialog.

On the Security tab make sure that "Allow these protocols" radio button is selected and that the Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) checkbox is selected. Set the correct language for you, the welcome screen login, default user, new users

Read Win10RegionAndLanguage in order to get this up and running the way you want!

Source: https://superuser.com/questions/948660/change-windows-7-8-10-system-language-welcome-screen-login-etc System icons & icons on the taskbar

  • hide the power icon & the language bar
    • Settings > Personalization
    • choose Taskbar
    • go to Notification area and click on Turn system icons on or off
    • slide the Power slider to the left (Off)
    • slide the Input Indicator slider to the left (Off)
  • show the OneDrive icon on the taskbar
    • Settings > Personalization
    • choose Taskbar
    • go to Notification area and click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar
    • slide the Microsoft MsOneDrive slider to the right (On) (be aware that the program must be running, otherwise it won't appear in the list here)

2.2.3 Change the location of OneDrive & other default user folders

One thing I don't like about Windows, is that you can't choose a drive (letter) as the root of your OneDrive folder, it has to be a folder - why didn't they call it OneFolder then folder, it doesn't even look like a OneDrive (drive_network), more like TwoClouds (weather_clouds) Do I have a point or do I have a point (lightbulb)? So what I did, was:
  • change the default location of the OneDrive folder from C:\Users\Stijn\OneDrive to H:\OneDrive
  • hide drive H, since MsOneDrive is mentioned in the left panel of Windows Explorer as a root item (or map a network drive D, if you like…) Change the location of your OneDrive folder

  • click on the !OneDrive tray icon and choose, choose the three dots in the top right corner and then select Settings
  • click on the Account tab and click the Unlink this PC link (the Set up OneDrive screen is shown immediately after unlinking your account, simply ignore the screen)
  • then simply move the OneDrive folder from C:\Users\You\OneDrive to e.g. D:* then return to the Set up OneDrive screen, follow the wizard, but pay attention to the This is your MsOneDrive folder screen: there you'll also have to change the location from C:\Users\User\OneDrive to D:\OneDrive
If you only keep part of your files offline, you can also see the other files from MsOneDrive in Windows Explorer by creating a mapped network drive:
net use o: https://d.docs.live.net/<cid> /user:<username> <password>

If you don't want your credentials to appear on the screen, you create a .vbs script (e.g. OneDriveWeb.vbs) with the same name, that calls the .bat, but this way, nothing is displayed on the screen.
Dim scriptName : scriptName = WScript.ScriptFullName
scriptName = Left(scriptName, Len(scriptName) - 4) & ".bat"
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell" ) 
 WshShell.Run chr(34) & scriptName & Chr(34), 0 
 Set WshShell = Nothing

Put both files in your personal startup folder (%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup), disable the .bat (in Task Manager, Startup tab, right-click the .bat file and choose "Disable"), so that it's always automatically connected when you start Windows. Also be aware that it takes some 20 seconds after sign-in before the drive appears without the red cross, so be patient! If you do it through the Windows Explorer UI and choose 'reconnect at sign-in', you'll notice that you'll always be prompted to enter your user credentials.

    • either in %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • or in the REGISTRY:
      • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
      • HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • or in %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • or in the REGISTRY: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Hide a drive

Method 1: using the Group Policy Editor (only for drives A B, C, D)

  • now hide the D-drive using a Group Policy:
  • run gpedit.msc and navigate to User Config > Admin Templates > Win Components > File Explorer
  • in the right pane, click on the Hide these specified drives in My Computer setting
  • click on Enabled and choose the desired drive from the Options pane (e.g. Restrict D drive only)
Method 2: using the registry DWORD NoDrives (any drive)
  • run regedit
  • navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • edit the !NoDrives DWORD value
  • you can get the required decimal value here: https://ss64.com/nt/syntax-nodrives.html
Please be aware that in both cases (method 1 & 2), the drive letter is simply hidden from Windows Explorer, but is perfectly accessible: if you type H:\ in the address bar, the contents will appear! Add OneDrive as network location

  • open Explorer and go to This PC
  • rightclick in the right pane and choose Add a network location
  • click twice on Next
  • then enter ::{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} in the Internet or network address field and click on Next
  • !OneDrive will normally be filled in, otherwise fill it in and click on Next
  • click Finish Change the location of Music & Pictures (MsOneDrive) & Videos (V-drive)

This is more straightforward:
  • rightclick the icon
  • click on he Location tab
  • click on the Move... button
  • choose the folder of your choice & click on OK
  • Answer Yes to the question if you want to move all files of the old location to the new location
_Don't forget to also change the location of Pictures/Saved Pictures. This is also a system folder. You can't redirect it to its parent folder (Pictures), so I redirected it to C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\Saved Pictures. See Saved Pictures Folder keeps coming up on my Desktop. Hide Quick access

Here's how to hide Quick access inWindows Explorer:
  • regedit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  • right click explorer, create a new DWORD (32 Bit), name it HubMode, enter
  • double click it and enter value = 1
  • restart explorer
Job done !

source: How to Disable Default “Quick Access” aka “Home View” in Windows 10 File Explorer? – AskVG

2.2.4 Network Show other Windows devices in your workgroup/domain …

In order to make the computers in your workgroup/domain visible to other (Windows) computers in you network, you have to change some settings in the services:
  • start the "Function Discovery Provider Host" service (06/05/'21: staat nu weer op Manual)
  • start the "Function Discovery Resource Publication" service (06/05/'21: staat nu weer op Manual (Trigger Start)
  • set both services to Automatic (Delayed Start) (06/05/'21: zie hierboven)
  • when you open Explorer Network, enable network discovery when you are prompted.
Source: https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2106698-windows-10-pro-can-t-see-computers-on-my-network … but hide devices attached to those devices

  • in File Explorer, go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center
  • in the left panel, click on Change advanced sharing settings
  • open the Private network profile
  • under Network discovery, uncheck Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices (06/05/'21: aangevinkt gelaten)
  • click on Save changes Bluetooth

The default Windows 7 driver doesn't work

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2.2.4 Power Options

  • Win+I > System > Power & Sleep
  • Additional Power Settings
  • Create a power plan: Start with an existing plan and give it a name: Balanced
  • Plan name: Boossy
  • Change plan settings
  • Change advanced power settings
  • Sleep > Hibernae after:
    • on battery: Never
    • Plugged in: Never

2.3 Install Office

I do have an official Office license. However, I never know where to find the URL of the installation. Well, it's here:

  • by default it suggests the Dutch 32-bits version, but when you click on the Andere opties link, you get the possibility to choose another language and version, e.g. English and Office - 64-bits. You even have the possibility to download an offline installation program.

2.3.1 Custom Office Templates verplaatsen


If you've read this far, you'll have noticed I'm a pezewever. So I don't like to have the Custom Office Templates under the root of my OneDrive drive/folder.

Move them as follows:
  • open Word
  • choose File > Options
  • in the Word Options screen, choose Save in the left pane
  • now you can fill in a custom Default personal templates location
Repeat this for Excel.

2.3.2 Excel: customize the Quick Access Toolbar

  • click on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (down pointing arrow) to the right of the already available commands in the title bar
  • choose More commands...
  • from the Popular Commands, choose Set Print Area and Print Preview and Print
  • from All Commands, choose Paste and Keep Text Only
  • OK

2.3.3 Language Accessory Pack voor Office

  • Office 2016
  • Nederlands
  • 64-bits

2.4 Browsers

See dedicated topic BrowserSettings.

2.5 Finale

Verplaats de Finale Files:
  • open Finale
  • choose Edit > Preferences
  • choose Folders
  • here you can change the location of the Auto Save directory

2.6 Programs

2.6.1 20/07/2018

  • 7-ZIP 18.05 (x64)
  • !RollBack Rx Home v10.7 $$ system restore $$ (C:/Program Files/Shield)
  • Dell Touchpad v15.0.18.0 (automatisch)
  • Microsoft MsOneDrive v18.111.0603.0006 (automatisch)
  • Windows Media Center
  • PlayReady PC Runtime amd64 v1.3.10 (automatisch bij installatie van Windows Media Center - wel offline installers gedownload van de Ms-site)

2.6.2 21/07/2018

  • EPSON WorkForce WF-7610 Drivers and Utilities Combo Package (20180529)
    • WF-7610 Series Printer Uninstall
    • Scan
    • WF-7610 User's Guide version 1.0
    • Event Manager v3.10.0065
    • Software Updater v4.4.6
    • Net Print v3.1.4.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 61.0.1 (x64 nl) & Mozilla Maintenance Service v61.0.1 (automatisch)
  • Notepad++ (64-bit x64) v7.5.7
  • AIMP v4.70.2233, 08.10.2020
    • hide Information Bar:
      • MENU > Preferences
      • Plugins > Information Bar
      • uncheck 'Show information about playing file'
    • hide Mini Player:
      • MENU > Preferences
      • System > Tray
      • uncheck 'Show the Mini Player on minimizing to tray'
  • Finale PrintMusic 2014 v2014.1.855.1
  • Google Chrome 67.0.3396.99
  • Opera Stable 54.0.2952.60
  • WinMerge 2.14.0
  • WinSCP 5.13.3 - configuration stored in the registry: HKCU\Software\Martin Prikryl\WinSCP 2
  • Samsung Magician v5.2.1.1780
  • Iridium Browser v66.0.0
  • Google Afmelden voor advertentiecookie v1.0.1.0
  • paint.net v4.0.21
  • QTTabBar v1038 (not visible in Program and Features control panel) &!QTTabBar v1039 update
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.21022 (automatisch)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.6161 (automatisch)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.21022 (automatisch)

2.6.3 23/07/2018

2.6.4 24/07/2018

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64) (automatisch)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable - x64 10.0.40219 (automatisch)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable - x86 10.0.40219 (automatisch)

2.6.5 25/07/2018

2.6.6 26/07/2018

2.6.7 28/07/2018

2.6.8 01/04/2020

2.6.9 06/06/2020

  • [old] AutoHotkey + shortcut in Startup to open Explorer to OneDrive when pressing Win+E
    [new] Configuring 'Files' (modern file manager) to launch with the Win E shortcut (without the need of AutoHotKey)
  • correcting OneDrive statuses: white circles with green check => green circles with white check:
    • move items that refuse the 'always keep on this device' setting to a non OneDrive location, wait for OneDrive to be in sync again, then move the items back
    • look for empty folders and remove them
  • Opera SpeedDials
  • Notepad++ Dark Mode:
    • Settings > Style Configurator…
    • Select theme: Obsidian
    • Colour Style
      • Foreground colour: lichtgrijs = RGB 235-235-235
      • Background colour: donkergrijs = RGB 80-80-80
    • check Enable global foreground colour
    • check Enable global background colour
  • OneDrive.vbs password
  • Task Scheduler: browser autoupdates uit, behalve voor Chrome

2.7 Tweaks

Sometimes, I had blurry or unresponsive videos, supposedly due to a lack of network bandwidth. Apparently, there is a group policy setting that by default reserves 80% of the bandwidth for the system (if necessary, of course), so that leaves you, poor user, with 20%.

Speedtests point out I have less than 20 Mbps, so that leaves me with less than 4 Mbps when the system is using its 80% of bandwith!

Full HD videos however, require at least 5 Mbps (4K even 25 Mbps!). So I changed it to 0%.

Edit group policy
  • Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler
  • Limit reservable bandwidth setting:
    • Choose Enabled
    • Then set Bandwidth limit (%): to 0

2.1809 October 2018 update - version 1809 (05/10/2018)

2.1809.1 Execution

  • 1st trial failed: We couldn't install Win 10 - We've set your PC back to the way it was right before you started installing Windows 10.
    0xC1900101 - 0x20017 - The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation
  • 2nd trial: uninstalled Rollback Rx Home - then installed the update: OK
  • only afterwards, I discovered Microsoft paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 update (users missing some files after updating…) - as from October 6, 2018

2.1809.2 Lessons learned

  • deauthorize Finale PrintMusic before a major upgrade of Windows 10
  • uninstall Rollback Rx Home before a major upgrade of Windows 10
  • install Rollback Rx Home after a major upgrade of Windows 10
  • enable SysRestore after a major upgrade of Windows 10

2.1903 May 2019 update - version 1903 (28/05/2019)

2.1903.1 New features

2.2004 May 2020 update - version 2004 (30/05/2020)

  • start: C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\WindowsUpdate.log: 29/05/2020 07:46
  • end:
    • C:\Windows\setuperr.log: 29/05/2020 08:16
    • C:\Windows\setupact.log: 29/05/2020 08:27

2.20H2 October 2020 update - version 20H2 (30/10/2020)

  • doesn't fit on a default DVD!
  • so I created an installation USB stick using the Media Creation Tool... [blue USB stick]
  • … and a recovery USB stick using the Recovery Drive app. [green USB stick]
  • added the logout and sleep icons to the start menu


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