Updating to Windows 10 on a Dual-Boot System

I didn’t want to wait for the Windows 10 update to be pushed to my development machine so I opted to use the Media Creation Tool to update Windows manually. At least I tried to do so.

My first problem was receiving the very useful error: “Something happened”. Having downloaded the media creation tool, I ran the program and selected update this machine, only to produce the noted error. Microsoft’s programmers might as well have indicated that “nothing happened” because, essentially, nothing did.

I tried again to run the media creation tool thinking that, this time, I would download the ISO file and create a bootable USB drive. I couldn’t even do this without a something-happened error! However, this time it gave me a 0x800… error code that I could at least run through Google.

The fixes suggested on the web included running the media creation tool as an administrator which didn’t work, and running it under an administrator’s account – which did! I don’t know why MS in its wisdom couldn’t do better than “something happened” in this scenario but, when running as an administrator, the update to Windows 10 went smoothly. Well, at least as smoothly as possible, given the multiple reboots required to make the process continue to completion.

Initially, I was congratulating myself since, not only was my machine now running Windows 10, but the grub menu remained intact and I could also boot into Linux Mint.

However, such success was short lived. I quickly discovered that my dedicated data partition (DataDisk in Linux and Drive D: in Windows) wasn’t being mounted automatically when booting into Mint. Or, at least, it was being mounted at the expected mount point.

Running the blkid command revealed that DataDisk had changed from /dev/sda6 to /dev/sda7 as a result of the Windows 10 update. This was quickly rectified by editing the etc/fstab file to use the new partition designator.

A check on the pre- and post-update partition layout showed that the update to Windows 10 had added a 450 MB partition (that was unused) between Partition 5 (the Windows C: drive) and (the now) Partition 7 (the Windows D: drive – and the Linux DataDisk!)

So, two “tricks” to perhaps bear in mind if updating to Windows 10 on a dual-boot Windows/Linux system – run the update under an admin account, and watch those disk partitions.

References:

Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install

Forget the blue screen of death, Windows 10 has the silliest error message yet
http://bgr.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-something-happened-error-message/

FIX: Something Happened – Windows 10 Installation Has Failed
https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/3f5n8u/fix_something_happened_windows_10_installation/

What is this Recovery Partition for on a fresh installation of Windows 10?
http://superuser.com/questions/915238/what-is-this-recovery-partition-for-on-a-fresh-installation-of-windows-10

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Updating Linux Mint

Mint 17.2 has recently been released and I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that all I had to do was keep installing the usual series of updates and the OS would automatically be updated to the new version; however, that doesn’t seem to be happening.
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Finding text in Firefox

Sometimes when trying to find a text string in Firefox, by using the Edit – Find command, it’s difficult to locate the result on the screen because of the text highlighting colour. One of the things I really like about Linux, and many of its associated programs, is that it is often easy to apply some form of customization. However, that’s not to say that the process is necessarily intuitive – and this is certainly the case for changing Firefox’s text highlight colour.
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New calendar alarm required

The other thing that no longer worked after my upgrade from Linux Mint 13 to Mint 17 (Moving from Mint 13 to Mint 17) was KAlarm. I installed this using Software Manger but, when I ran the program, I received the error message “The Akonadi personal information management service is not operational.”
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One-click shutdown and restart

Having updated from Linux Mint 13 to Mint 17, primarily to fix a problem with custom application launchers (see previous post), it’s ironic that one of the things that doesn’t work after the upgrade is the application launcher(s) in question! However, it turns out that there is an easy fix.
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Moving from Mint 13 to Mint 17

Recent updates to Linux Mint 13 (Maya) broke the custom application launchers to shutdown and restart my system at one click of the mouse. It wasn’t immediately obvious which of several updates was the culprit and, rather than put in time searching for the problem, I looked for an alternative solution. In particular, I have been wondering about when I should transition from the Mint 13 long-term support (LTS) version to Mint 17 LTS. I decided that I should upgrade the entire system and, hopefully, fix my launcher problem at the same time.
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Booting Ubuntu and Android on the T100

Once my problem with BitLocker disk encryption was solved (see previous posting), it was back to trying out Magic Stick as a bootable Linux/Android device. The instructions posted in the xdadevelopers forum indicate that “The installation procedure is extremely simple”. By “installation” the writer means booting from the USB drive since the instructions don’t actually include details of how to install either Linux or Android to the T100’s SSD. However, the “extremely simple” part is true – with one small caveat (see notes 2 and 3 below).
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