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Windows 10/11 EFI ESP partition – too many

Saturday, August 5th, 2023

I was using AEOMI backup to restore and it kept putting a new EFI partition on each time rather than overwriting the existing one or just keeping the existing one.


  • open a command prompt with admin privileges (approve UAC if demanded)
  • start diskpart -> diskpart
  • select your disk with efi partions -> sel disk 1 (if disk 1 is the correct disk)
  • list your available partitions -> list part
  • if partition 2 that is the efi partition -> sel part 2
  • detail part
    Partition 2
    Type    : c12a7328-f81f-11d2-ba4b-00a0c93ec93b
    Hidden  : Yes
    Required: No
    Attrib  : 0X8000000000000000
    Offset in Bytes: 524288000

Now when the Required: property is set to No, you know that is the EFI partition you can delete. The other EFI partition will have the Required: property set to Yes. Do not delete that partition.

more info about the Required property, scroll to: gpt attributes on this page.


to change the windows boot device (efi partition) use the following command:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=a:

*where a: is the assigned drive letter for your new efi partition

Thanks to @mbrownnyc for looking up this information bcdedit Device Setting

Remove Win10-11 apps (Xerox printer)

Sunday, July 16th, 2023

Delete all those stupid win apps

Get-AppxPackage | remove appxpackage

takes a while

to remove specific ones:

Also see if in Remove Programs there is a Xerox program for printing – delete it.

Open PowerShell as administrator and issue the commands:

Get-AppxPackage |

select Name, PackageFullName | Format-List

Now, right click PowerShell top colored part of window, select edit/find


Remove-AppxPackage -allusers [App Name]

In my case it’s:

Remove-AppxPackage -allusers XeroxCorp.PrintExperience_8.73.10.0_x64__f7egpvdyrs2a8

Reinstall printers
new Xerox install with win10/11 apps
old Xerox install with older printers install

Win11 remove bing search from taskbar

Monday, May 29th, 2023

I get so angry I could cry.

To remove Bing search from the taskbar go to

  1. settings
  2. personalization
  3. scroll down to taskbar
  4. click down arrow on ‘Search’
  5. Select ‘hide’

Windows 11 bypass MS Account

Saturday, May 27th, 2023

To bypass the MS account requirement when installing Windows 11:

  1. At the screen to select Country
  2. Shift+f10 then type
  3. .\oobe\bypassnro
  4. The computer will reboot and return you to this screen.
  5. Hit Shift + F10 again and this time Type
  6. ipconfig /release
  7. continue setting up
  8. If network not connected
    1. Be sure that in settings for this virtual machine networking is enabled in bridge mode
    2. While Win11 is running
    3. VirtualBox window menu
    4. Devices/Network/Connect network adapter

If logging into preset user and asked for MS account enter garbage, try 3 times, then select back and next again – it should by pass the MS account




Saturday, March 25th, 2023

robocopy f:\testf g:\testf /E /MIR /copyall /dcopy:dat

copies all extras like permissions (/copyall) and date/time (/dcopy.dat)

Some say copyall does it all anyway

Then decided to get FreeFileSync for the GUI FreeFile Sync works on I guess all OSs