Windows Questions – SevenForums, EightForums & TenForums got a new sister
November 12, 2020, Comments Off
I have been a proud and satisfied member of Windows forums owned and maintained by Designer Media Ltd from Manchester, UK. The company’s Windows forums, (Vista Forums, Seven Forums, Eight Forums, Ten Forums) have been my virtual home since June, 2009. I have enjoyed my time on these forums, participating on them has been my…
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PS Scripting – USB install media: Add or Remove Windows Features
October 28, 2020, Comments Off
This sample PowerShell script will show how to use menus, and how to make selections using an Out-GridView table. In addition, we will mount a WIM image for offline servicing, and save changes made to it. Please notice that this script is quite simple, intended as an example to show how to get started with…
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How to make a custom WinPE
September 30, 2020, Comments Off
Quoting from the Microsoft Docs, the Windows Preinstallatation Environment, aka WinPE for short, is “a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education), Windows Server, and other Windows operating systems.” Yesterday (September 29, 2020), I wrote about a WinPE based Windows installation / deployment…
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Scripting Windows installation
September 25, 2020, Comments Off
On my physical devices, I only use Windows 10 Pro edition as the primary, physical OS. All other secondary operating systems will then be installed on a native boot VHD instead, for that I have nice PowerShell scripts. I needed USB install media to first wipe and then partition a physical GPT disk, either the…
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Microsoft – Why did you enable Store and apps for built-in admin?
September 24, 2020, Comments Off
I have written earlier about this topic, but as I feel it is absolutely the worst decision Windows 10 developers have made, I need to write about it again: Microsoft, why did you enable Store and Store apps for built-in administrator account in version 1709? A bad decision, still causing major issues, especially when trying to generalize an image with Sysprep in Audit Mode.
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Windows.old folder – Essential or unnecessary?
September 23, 2020, 4 Comments
The one and only purpose for the Windows.old folder is to allow users to revert to the previous Windows version. This folder will be automatically deleted if the user does not revert within 10-day period following either a public release version upgrade, or an Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its raison d’etre,…
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PowerShell – Create a simple menu
September 7, 2020, Comments Off
You can create menus for your PowerShell scripts in various ways. In this story, I will demonstrate one of the easiest methods. First, we create a menu as a variable, then, within a Do – While loop, we call the menu, let the user select an option, then perform whatever task(s) the user selected. Finally,…
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Out-Gridview – Most versatile PowerShell cmdlet?
August 31, 2020, Comments Off
According to Microsoft Docs, “the Out-GridView cmdlet sends the output from a command to a grid view window where the output is displayed in an interactive table“. In my opinion, it is the most versatile and practical of all PowerShell cmdlets. As all cmdlets do, it tells PowerShell to “do this with that” (cmdlet syntax…
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Selling a Windows PC – How to prepare
August 26, 2020, Comments Off
If you want to sell or give away a Windows computer, be it a desktop, a laptop or a tablet, there are a few things to consider. Will you sell it with Windows licensed and activated, will you just delete your user account but let all software and apps remain intact? Or, would you prefer to wipe the disks clean and erase all traces of you?
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Windows Insider Dev Channel – Constant GSODs making upgrade impossible
August 16, 2020, 3 Comments
First, some background: upgrading Windows 10 Insider Preview Dev Channel from build 20185 to build 20190 on an HP ProBook 470 G5 laptop, the machine got GSOD within a minute after finally booting to desktop. The GSOD screen was only shown a second or two, too fast to read it (title image is a stock…
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