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…


Script to Make ServiceUI.exe Easier to Use for OSD Custom User Interfaces

Since Configuration Manager task sequences usually run as the System account, the task sequence cannot natively launch and display a user interface that will be visible on the screen.  So MDT ships with an utility called ServiceUI.exe that allows executable to display on a different desktop than the System desktop (which is not visible).  This…


Reducing Windows Deployment time using Power Management

The following post was contributed by Benjamin Rampe a Senior PFE working for Microsoft. While studying up on Windows 10, I came across a technique that has been shown to reduce the time it takes to apply an OS WIM to disk by 20 – 50%*.  That’s a fairly significant savings in time and the…

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