Windows 8.1 ide to ahci

So, take this with a grain of salt,  your mileage may very, and don’t blame me if you break your pc.

I’ve got a Zotac ad04 with windows 8.1 pro on it hooked up to a TV via hdmi.  It’s got an Intel X2 ssd with the latest firmware and Intel control center installed. It also has 8th ram.

A couple days ago, I got pissed at its poor performance and decided to put android x86 4.2 on it. Prior to this I wanted to update the bios, so I kept windows to do that.

After the successful update, I went into the bios to check some things and set the boot device to a USB stick. I noticed ahci was not on, so I turned it on. Then, just for giggles, I restarted back into Windows. It worked. I was expecting a bsod or driver failure or freeze. I hit ctrl alt del and logged in fine. The performance was 10 times better as well. Go figure.

TLDR: you can switch from ide to ahci in bios if you have Windows 8.1 and not have to reload the os or do anything at all really. Ymmv. Dbmiybypc.

Comcast Netgear CG3000DCR

After wrestling with the new netgear modem/business gateway for the better part of 10 days, I’m finally 100% back online.

I can confirm that the Netgear cg3000dcr does indeed work with an ASA 5505 running 9.1(2) AND I’m able to assign all 5 of my static IP addresses with the ASA doing all the NAT. You’ve just got to get someone at Comcast to properly put the modem in bridge mode. It’s more than one step / check box on their end. You cannot do it. They have to, because the cusadmin account doesn’t have the requisite web GUI parts available.


Recreating Default Domain and Domain Controller Group Policy Objects

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Works with Windows Server Versions 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 as well.

Default Group Policy objects become corrupted: disaster recovery

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Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The default domain GPOs become corrupted and there are no GPO backups for the Default Domain Policy GPO and Default Domain Controller Policy GPO.


The default domain GPOs are corrupted (for example, because of misconfiguration) and you do not have backed up versions of the Default Domain Policy GPO or the Default Domain Controller Policy GPO.


If you are in a disaster recovery scenario, you may consider using the Dcgpofix tool. If you use the Dcgpofix tool, it is strongly recommended that as soon as you run it, you review the security settings in these GPOs and manually adjust the security settings to suit your requirements.

Dcgpofix restores the default Group Policy objects to their original default state after initial installation of a domain controller. The Dcgpofix tool recreates the two default Group Policy objects and creates the settings based on the operations that are performed only during Dcpromo. It is important to understand that Dcgpofix does not restore the security settings to the state they were in before you run Dcpromo.

The Dcgpofix tool is intended for use only as a last-resort disaster-recovery tool.To create regular backups of the default domain and all other GPOs, you must use Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

It is also recommended that you backup the Sysvol directory with a regularly scheduled backup procedure.


To run Dcgpofix

  • Type the following at the command prompt: dcgpofix [/ignoreschema][/target: {domain | dc | both}]


/ignoreschema is an optional parameter. If you set this parameter, the Active Directory schema version number is ignored.

/target: {domain | dc | both} is an optional parameter that specifies the target domain, domain controller, or both. If you do not specify /target, dcgpofix uses both by default.

Dcgpofix.exe is located in the C:\Windows\Repair folder.You must be a domain or enterprise Administrator to use this tool.

Dcgpofix.exe checks the Active Directory schema version number to ensure compatibility between the version of Dcgpofix you are using and the Active Directory schema configuration. If the versions are not compatible, Dcgpofix.exe does not run.

The following extension settings are maintained in a default Group Policy object: Remote Installation Services (RIS), security settings, and Encrypting File System (EFS). The following extension settings are not maintained or restored in a default Group Policy object: Software Installation, Internet Explorer maintenance, scripts, folder redirection, and administrative templates.

The following changes are not maintained or restored in a default Group Policy object: Security settings made by Exchange 2000 Setup, security settings migrated to default Group Policy during an upgrade from Windows NT to Windows 2000, and policy object changes made through Systems Management Server (SMS).

You can run this tool only on servers running the Windows Server 2003 family.


For more information about using GPMC to back up and restore GPOs, see the Administering Group Policy with the GPMC white paper on the Microsoft Web site (

For more information about restoring system state data by using the Backup utility in Windows Server 2003, see Backing Up and Recovering Data on the Microsoft Web site (

For more information about managing the Sysvol directory, see Best Practices for Sysvol Maintenance on the Microsoft Web site (

For more information about use of Dcgpofix, see The Dcgpofix tool does not restore security settings in the Default Domain Controller Policy to their original state on the Microsoft Web site (

BootCamp Brightness in Windows 7 and 8

If it seems like you just can’t get the screen bright enough, try this:

The problem is due to Adaptive Brightness.


This is what you need to do if the screen does not go past a certain brightness level on Windows 7 or Windows 8.


  1. Go to the Start bar on the Desktop and move your mouse all the way to the right to find the Battery icon.
  2. Click the battery icon. A little popup box should show up. Click “More Power Options”
  3. Select your plan and click “Change Plan Settings”
  4. Click “Change Advanced Power Settings”
  5. Scroll down to Display and click the little + sign next to it.
  6. Scroll down to “Enable Adaptive Brightness” and click the little + sign next to it.
  7. Change “On Battery” and “Plugged In” to make sure it is Off for both of them.


Office 2013 now transferable

In a response to user outcry, Microsoft has made Office 2013 licenses transferable.


Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software:

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.

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