Post by Mike Easter Post by Mike Easter Post by Michael F. Stemper
Somebody loaned me a computer. Unfortunately, it has Windows, with
no applications other than a browser.
You didn't give us enough info for guidance; for example, we don't
know what kind (brand, model no) of computer it is nor what v. of
Windows. Those matter because it helps to guide how to get it to boot
I will assume Win10 for starters.
Start/ type dxdiag/ click dxdiag.exe
On the page of the system tab, there are lines for system manufacturer
and for system model.
The info you get this way isn't 'perfect'.
For examples: on my Win10 Thinkpad x131e, I get Lenovo 3374A14 and on a
system I built starting from a MSI mobo I get MSI MS-7891.
I like the info I get from inxi under linux better, but that will have
to wait until you get the Ub booted :-)
If you're held hostage, according to description,
that's all we need to know.
Winver can give some release info (similar to /etc/lsb-release in a way).
Win7 doesn't have Fast Startup (Windows kernel hibernation).
Win8 and Win10 could do it.
The problem with the "Settings Panel" GUI approach
to doing the necessary change, is at least on Windows 10,
it's a rolling release, and the panel may no longer
look like the pictures.
powercfg /? # See the available powercfg options
powercfg /h off # disable hibernation, remove hiberfil.sys
that ensures there is no place to put a hibernated kernel,
and the "No choice for you at BIOS level" behavior will stop.
You can check the root of C: and see that the hiberfil.sys is gone.
This sort of thing. The reason for command line again, is the
stupid default settings are not conducive to forensic purpose.
dir c: # list regular items
dir /ah c: # list hidden items
dir /? # more info
Interacting at the registry level with the ACPI system
can be pretty daunting, as there are a couple hundred registry
entries that use GUIDs for identification, and it's not
a good place to learn registry stuff particularly. Even if an
alternate method isn't as good, I'd sooner do it that alternate
way, then mess with that particular section of registry.
But there is detailed control, if you have the time and
energy to look up that topic.
And as far as Microsoft goes, in design, powercfg is
an unusually useful utility for them.