Issuing “apt-get update” or “apt-get upgrade” commands resulted in the following error:

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

I couldn’t locate any running processes which would be locking these files so went ahead and removed the lock files via:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock
sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock

And then repeated the commands successfully.



Intel Network ProSet Fails to Uninstall

I recently struggled to upgrade my Intel(R) Network Connections driver installation from v22.4.10 (unsupported in Windows 10 1703) due to a corrupted uninstaller.


When attempting to install the latest supported driver (v22.6.6.0) the installer attempts to call any currently installed versions’ uninstaller and then fails with error 1703.


After much reading up I came across this post from days gone by referring the the last nuclear approach of MZIZAP .
That led me to search for modern alternatives which led me to the Windows 10 Helper utility

Launching that and first running it to repair the uninstaller and then again to forcibly remove it did the trick, I was then able to install the latest version.


I hope this helps someone else.


Linx Tablet Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Upgrade

Backup Process, pre-upgrade

Use a powered USB hub to connect the Linx OTG, USB (8GB) Pen drive, Large USB drive, keyboard and mouse

  1. Backup the images via “File History” > “System Image” to the large disk within Win8.1
  2. Install Macrium Reflect Free
  3. Create Macrium rescue USB drive and then boot into it (power off then hold power+vol up to get to boot mgr) to test it works
  4. Reboot to Win8.1
  5. Create backup images of the partitions using Macrium to the large USB drive


  1. Download all Windows updates to obtain the free upgrade to Windows 7 option
  2. Export all drivers to the large backup disk (in my case the e:\ drive) using PowerShell
    NOTE: I didn’t actually need these, it’s good to backup though!


    Export-WindowsDriver –Online -Destination e:\export-drivers
  3. Download the drivers from the linx site—drivers&sid=ad908ed3eafdbd149ed7c8018a56e3af  (you will need an account to do so, which is free)
    NOTE: I didn’t actually need these, it’s good to backup though!
  4. Run Windows Updates to get the upgrade (24 hours left at time of writing this oops!). I would guess it’s possible to create a bootable installation USB from licensed media in the future and will re-visit this guide when I do that.
  5. Let Windows manage the installation, I had to install an external Micro SD Card to house the downloaded data.

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