Deploying legacy Windows with Configuration Manager 1702 and Windows ADK 1703

I built some machines to test upgrading from legacy Windows (7 & 8.1) to Windows 10 CB 1073.  I created a standard UDI task sequence that could install Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 and built my first Windows 8.1 system.  Instead of the normal windows setup screen after reboot, this occurred: The disk appeared to…


Enterprise Management of ActiveX Controls using ActiveX Installer Service

The ActiveX Installer Service (AXIS) is a Windows technology that enables the installation of ActiveX controls to a standard user in the enterprise. It consists of a Windows service, a Group Policy administrative template, and a few changes in Internet Explorer behavior. Many organizations must install ActiveX controls on their desktops in order to ensure…

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Signing Windows 8 applications using an Internal PKI

So – your development cycles have been completed and now you are ready to deploy the much anticipated Windows 8 based application that you have developed to your clients. You will quickly realize that the deployment of your newly created Windows 8 application cannot happen until the appx assembly has been signed. All methods of…

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PXE Deployment with Surface Pro

PXE support has been added to Surface Pro as part of the May firmware update.  This means that as long as you have the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter and installed the firmware update you can now perform PXE based deployments to Surface Pro. For detailed guidance on updating firmware on Surface pro please refer to…

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Deploying Drivers and Firmware to Surface Pro

Important Update – December 9th 2014 – Please do not use the methods outlined in this post to update touch firmware drivers. To exclude the Touch drivers simply remove them from the package of drivers/firmware. In the last month the Surface Pro team have started releasing driver and firmware packs that include all on the…

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Supporting Windows 8 Mail App in the Enterprise

In a recent project we faced an interesting problems using the Windows 8 Mail App. Windows 8 include a built-in email app named Mail (also referred to as Windows 8 Mail or the Windows 8 Mail app). We used a Standard User Account without any local Admin privileges, logged on to the Domain and tried…

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Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT

If you are creating a Windows 8 image then you most likely want to customize the Start Screen layout that users see when they logon for the first time. However the question is “how should I customize the Start Screen?” There are three approaches that you can use: Use the Unattend.xml file to define which…

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