This guide should fix the issue with igdkmd64.sys and a BSOD

Update (11/27/2019)

This issue has yet to be resolved in Windows LTSC (Build 1809)

I’m a tech, and in this environment we use Apple’s excellent iMacs with Windows and macOS. The 2011 model is the last of the thick, optical drive-equipped and easily serviceable iMac series. They came in a 21.5″ and 27″ model. RAM, disks, and display are pretty easy to install.

Under Windows 10, booting from a USB stick into a UEFI mode, Bootcamp 5.1 drivers install and work correctly but sound from the onboard Cirrus Logic WILL NOT WORK.

The biggest issue, however, is that Windows immediately grabs an “updated” Intel Graphics driver, installs it, and then blue-screens. One or two reboots will happen, upon which Windows will start up the System Repair. This is where we can easily fix this particular issue.

Note that these iMacs have two video cards onboard. They’ll have the integrated Intel graphics and some version of an AMD Radeon. We’re disabling the Intel graphics, which won’t affect the use of the iMac, which primarily runs on the Radeon under normal circumstances.

Navigate through the options until you’re allowed to boot with options, at which point Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking is the choice needed. Boot into Windows 10, log in, and open the Device Manager.

You’ll see a line under Display Adapters called something like “Intel Display Graphics”. Right click on this, and select Properties, then click the Details tab. In the drop-down box select Hardware IDs. Open Notepad, or a text editor of choice, and copy the four lines of the long Device IDs shown.

Let’s delete the driver that’s causing us issues by going to the Driver tab, clicking Uninstall, checking the box to delete the driver, and clicking OK. Decline the offer to restart because we’re not done.

Run gpedit.msc, and dig down into the following stack:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Retrictions >  Prevent installation of devices that match any of these device IDs

Click “Enabled” then “Show” and here’s where you’d past the four lines copied from the Device Manager.

Click Apply, close the Group Policy Editor, and restart.

This should completely resolve any issues you’ve had on iMacs with Windows 8.1 or 10 that are having issues with downloaded Intel Graphics driver updates. You’re likely to see a failed update for the Intel Graphics driver in the future, but this is to be expected, and shouldn’t cause issues. In the event that a major system update breaks this, following these steps again should return your iMac to working order.

Most of these tips came courtesy of a long search day and this video, in Italian, which shows the process.

Long Live zZq Day! (otherwise known as Presidents’ Day in the United States)

May all of your brick walls be turned into doors safely.

Growing up is hard. It’s also inevitable. Friends who used to spend a lot of time per day, per week, per month at times only see each other a few times per year.

zZq is still a web of friendships, acquaintances, and bonds. Shared experiences are like glue that refuses to release, and in some cases, only gets stronger. I suppose it’s a bit like cement, which ingests Carbon Dioxide as it ages, increasing it’s strength in time.

Looking through old pictures from the early 200s I found some old Trasfires in which some 20 or more people had congregated in the backyard of a parent’s house, around a fire, chatting, making merry, and generally enjoying each other’s company.

It doesn’t happen like that anymore, and the cottonwood pile is nearly gone. Housewarming parties are more common. Wedding receptions too. Also, gatherings of friends in memory of another who has passed.

An on we go.

Our old friend, companion, antagonist, driver, and general ally veruus passed away. He fought against Leukemia, which had gone undiagnosed for a few years. Extensive treatment followed, and a bone marrow transplant was scheduled before he succumbed to the condition.

Ben attended many Black Hat and DEF CON conferences and lived between Utah and Florida.

Most of us can hope to be as memorable as he was, for better and worse.

Old School - Austin, TX

Old School – Austin, TX

Who knows what will happen…

A decade is a long time, let me tell you.  Five years is quite a while.

It’s take about that long places like this, with a dedicated, custom, bespoke CMS, phpBB, and Gallery installation, with a side of QDB and misc other projects like phonese to get all but abandoned for MySpace, then Facebook and Google+ and all manner of other atrocities like Instagram.

At least people still use our Jabber server.

I kinda miss those days.  We need another zZq BBQ.

Day 1

This is quite a day to be changing things, I agree, but on the contrary, it is a day for change.