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Updating the LiteOn DU-8A5LH Firmware

Updating the LiteOn DU-8A5LH Firmware

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show you how to update the LiteOn DU-8A5LH firmware. This is important as firmware updates should improve the drive operation, including better reading and burning stability. Recently, I tried to burn a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc but it failed at the beginning of the 2nd layer. The drive had an older firmware, so I updated it and we’ll see if this improves double layer burning at another post. For now, let’s see the steps to update…

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Fixing the Windows 11 ISO files to allow installation and upgrade on older hardware and on a Virtual Machine

Fixing the Windows 11 ISO files to allow installation and upgrade on older hardware and on a Virtual Machine

Hi everyone, Today, I’d like to show you some very simple steps to create a modified Windows 11 ISO image to allow it to install and upgrade on older hardware. As you may know by now, the official requirements for Windows 11 are a machine that has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, must have Secure Boot enabled, and an 8th-gen Intel CPU or 2nd-gen AMD Ryzen CPU or higher. This means it excludes older, perfectly working machines. For example,…

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Creating a Windows 10/11 ISO image from the downloaded UUP files

Creating a Windows 10/11 ISO image from the downloaded UUP files

Hi everyone, Today, we will see how to create a Windows 10 or Windows 11 ISO image using the downloaded Universal Update Platform files we downloaded on our previous post. For this, we will need to download a tool called uup-converter-wimlib. This tool is responsible for converting the UUP files into a working ISO file we can burn to a disc, use to make a bootable USB drive, or do an in-place OS upgrade. Downloading uup-converter-wimlib This tool can be…

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How to download Windows 10/11 UUP files to create a disc ISO image later

How to download Windows 10/11 UUP files to create a disc ISO image later

Hi everyone, Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and we got a Cumulative Update for Windows 10, KB5005565. This increases our Windows 10 21H1 version to build 19043.1237 and Windows 10 21H2 to build 19044.1237. Today, we also got a new Windows 11 Insider build, 22458. I have always liked to download the Windows Unified Update Platform (UUP) files as this allows me to create ISO images that I can burn later to a disc and use to manually upgrade my machines,…

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Updating the Pioneer DVR-XD09 Firmware

Updating the Pioneer DVR-XD09 Firmware

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show you how to update the Pioneer DVR-XD09 firmware. This is important as firmware updates should improve the drive operation, including better reading and burning stability. This Pioneer DVR-XD09 drive came with the 1.02 firmware. The latest firmware available for this drive is 1.05. To download and update it, we first need to go to Pioneer’s optical drive firmware update download page. We will scroll down until we see the firmware file for our DVR-X09 drive….

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Fixing the Taskbar and File Explorer in Windows 11 build 22449

Fixing the Taskbar and File Explorer in Windows 11 build 22449

Hi everyone, If you’re like me and installed the new Windows 11 build 22449 yesterday, you may have been presented with a desktop like this: The taskbar is unresponsive and if you attempt to open a file explorer, nothing shows up and it simply does not respond. Microsoft acknowledged this issue on its Windows Insider Blog and provided some instructions to fix it. Here, we’ll see those steps. The first thing you need to do is launch the Task Manager…

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Installing Windows 11 build 21996

Installing Windows 11 build 21996

Hi everyone, In my previous post, I wrote about how to create a Windows 11 installation disc that would allow me to install this new Windows version on a PC without a Trusted Platform Module. I did this because my attempt from yesterday to install Windows 11 was not successful because of this requirement. Now, I’ll go through each step I did in order to install it on the same machine that failed yesterday, by using this new installation media….

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Creating a Working Windows 11 Installation Disc

Creating a Working Windows 11 Installation Disc

Hi everyone, In this post, we will see the steps to follow to make a working Windows 11 Installation Disc. The leaked ISO file currently only works if a machine has Secure Boot enabled and has a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 module. It seems that these requirements are not really needed, at least in this build, but the installer will not let us move forward with the installation if a machine does not satisfies these requirements. This post will make…

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Quick fix for Ubuntu WSL failing to update because of systemd

Quick fix for Ubuntu WSL failing to update because of systemd

Hi everyone, I’m a user of the Windows 10 WSL feature, where I run the Ubuntu distribution and always install the latest versions. I like to keep my packages up to date. Unfortunately, the latest Ubuntu release, 21.04 was not installed correctly and whenever I tried to update the system packages, it would error out when setting up systemd. The solution to this seem to be a quick one. Turns out, the file libsystemd-shared-247.so was there, in the /usr/lib/systemd folder:…

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Downloading ffmpeg for use with my Media tools – Updated Guide

Downloading ffmpeg for use with my Media tools – Updated Guide

Hi everyone, In this post, I’ll detail the steps to download and use ffmpeg with my tools that supports it. Tools that makes use of it are the following: Audio MD5 Checker Exhale GUI Opus GUI rav1e GUI SVT-AV1 GUI Ffmpeg allows these tools to work with a variety of formats. For example, on Exhale and Opus GUI, it allows a number of formats to be encoded into .opus and xHE-AAC formats. On rav1e and SVT-AV1 GUI, it is needed…

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