Fix for “A service installation section in this inf is invalid.”

Run PowerShell command: Add-WindowsFeature -Name Wireless-Networking


How to fix Error 0x80300024 when installing Windows

So, trying a fresh install of Windows onto the second of two drives installed on this new computer. (The second drive was an SSD)

Every time I’d try to install, Windows returned error 0x80300024.

Fortunately, this fix was simple. There was an MSR partition on the first drive. Deleted the MSR partition and that let Windows install onto the second drive!

Summary: A partition on the first drive was preventing Windows installing to a second drive.

Dexter Haslem’s WiFi Tweaks

Windows 10 Wifi Tweaks

Wifi has never been great on windows 10, especially after the latest ‘fall creator update’. One of my wifi cards no longer works at all, despite working on this same exact version of windows before a clean install!

Anyway, I’ve found a few ways that seem to make the wifi slightly more consistent, so here they are.

We will need the short name of the wifi adapter and the easiest way is with **netsh*.

To list wlan settings run the following in a cmd or powershell (Win+X):

netsh wlan show settings

PS C:\Users\Dexter> netsh wlan show settings

Wireless LAN settings
Show blocked networks in visible network list: No

Only use GP profiles on GP-configured networks: No

Hosted network mode allowed in WLAN service: Yes

Allow shared user credentials for network authentication: Yes

Block period: Not Configured.

Auto configuration logic is disabled on interface “Wi-Fi”
MAC randomization not available on interface Wi-Fi
Look for the quoted part after interface, in this case my adapter name is Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can go to

Control Panel -> Network Connections

And that will have the same name. We’ll need it for the rest of the steps.

Save these two in batch files so you can easily run them as needed:

WIFI_AUTO_ON.bat netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=yes interface=”Wi-Fi”

WIFI_AUTO_OFF.bat netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=no interface=”Wi-Fi”

Replace “Wi-Fi” with the adapter name from the first step!

Now you can right click on WIFI_AUTO_OFF.BAT and run as admin before playing an online game. For me, this seems to help with the persistent, roughly 1 minute apart ping spikes.

This one is a bit harder to quantify but in my highly non-scientific testing, my ping appeared to be more stable overall after turning off auto tuning. Note this is machine wide and seems to be related to TCP window sizes. I’ve encounted no side effects but..

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
Disable dat heuristic tuning

Hopefully this helps others eek out a remotely usable wifi experience on windows.

April 12, 2018
NetBSD cross-compiling

via Dexter Haslem

Top 18 Most Stable Windows Software and Utilities of 2017

Here is the list of the software utilities on my computers that have withstood a whole year of tinkering with Windows 10, bad Windows updates, hard drive partitions getting swapped back and forth, crappy antivirus programs, and other scam software (Here’s looking at you Zemana!).

Other programs have had to uninstalled and then reinstalled because of bugs or updates. Or sometimes they just quit working.. MalwareBytes almost made it onto this list, but I’ve never seen an install of it lasting more than few months before it just disappears. As in, no clue why and no traces of it left on the computers.. /shrug !




Troy Hunt on “Don’t tell people to turn off Windows Update”

via Troy Hunt: Don’t tell people to turn off Windows Update, just don’t

I totally agree with his advice. Why? Because your machine remains open to attacks if it is not kept updated with the latest security measures. And it’s easy to forget to check!

So, don’t turn off Windows Updates!