Why am I being reoffered updates on the latest VL media?

Update: The blog for this is now public: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3037986 Update #2: The new supersedence is set for the November Update release so you should no longer be seeing previous roll-ups offering as they were in the past.  I've struck through that text below. Update #3: We recently made a publishing change that resolves Scenario #1…


What to do if you experience a rollback when installing KB3000061

We've seen reports of some systems rolling back their serivicing operations when attempting to install KB3000061.  This only appears to be happening on systems which were upgrades from Win7->Win8 and Win2008R2->Win2012.  The reason this is happening is because the win32k.sys provider registry entry isnt getting properly updated during the upgrade process.  The resolution to this…


RSAT tools for Windows 8.1

With the rollout of Windows 8.1 now underway, many of you may be looking for the RSAT tools for 8.1 installs.  They’re located here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39296 –Joseph  


Servicing changes in Windows 8.1/Server 2012R2

I’ve received a couple of emails asking when I would be writing about the changes in servicing in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  The quick answer, when the product releases.  However, to tide you over with some material on some of the changes, I wanted to make you aware of some of the…


A couple of Surface Pro related items you might not be aware of

I wanted to draw awareness to a couple of recent Surface Pro releases that folks might not be aware of.  One is the new Surface Pro Driver Pack, the other is the updated Wacom driver for the Surface Pro pen.  The Surface Pro Driver package was released recently to enable enterprises and power users the…


Features on Demand (Part 2)

In part 1, I talked about how to remove a Role/Feature using Features on Demand. In this blog, I will be talking about how to add a feature back after it has been removed. Adding previously removed Features back to a computer using Features on Demand As I mentioned in part 1 there are three…


How to troubleshoot error 0x800F081F when installing roles and features

I’ve seen a couple of issues now where customers are having issues installing roles and features, particularly the .Net Framework 3.5, in Windows 8 and Server 2012.  The general process is that you’ll have an application that needs the older .Net Framework and run through the UI wizard in an attempt to download the files…


Features on Demand in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

This was written by a co-worker of mine, Jim Collins. Features on Demand is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that will allow you to remove files associated with specific roles and features, typically referred to as payload files. The major benefit of this feature is to conserve disk space. Once…


How to update local source media to add roles and features

I’ve talked in the past about the new Features on Demand option in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  However, let’s say you build out an image, remove some roles and features and then patch the overall install.  If you attempt to add back in roles and features previously removed, the operation will fail because…


More on Minimal Server Interface

Quick post today following up on my prior post about Features on Demand and role persistence:http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/archive/2012/08/20/understanding-features-on-demand-and-role-persistence-in-windows-server-2012.aspx I’ve noticed people on the forums and other places have clicked through the setup process on Windows Server 2012 and ended up in Server Core (as expected btw).  I’ve seen several people mention they’d need to rebuild their machines to get…