#WaasInANutshell

Our goal overall with the changes that we made to the Windows as a service terminology was simple:  Make it easier to understand.  As for the old “Current Branch” and “Current Branch for Business” terms, just forget them and focus on these simple ideas: Windows 10 will have new features updates released to the Semi-Annual…

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Quick workaround for ADK 1703 issue

If you read about the issue with the ADK 1703 release that Aaron blogged about here, you know that there’s an issue installing the new ADK on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 if you are running Secure Boot (which you should be running and shouldn’t turn off).  This is due to an improperly signed…

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Windows Updates: What’s in a name?

If you looked in WSUS or ConfigMgr recently, you may have noticed that the naming pattern for some of the most recent new updates has changed – there is now a definite, consistent pattern that looks like this: [Release] [Update description] for [OS] [Version] for [Arch]-based Systems [KB] So what are each of those components? …

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Finding Windows 10 Language Packs

2017-05-05: Updated to include Windows 10 1703 language pack details. We’ve had a few Windows 10 releases now, and each release has its own set of language packs.  For organizations with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscriptions (formerly called Software Assurance) we recommend that you get your media from the Volume Licensing Service Center…

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Moving from BIOS to UEFI with MDT 8443

If you watched the Microsoft Mechanics video on MBR2GPT, the new tool for converting disks from MBR layout to GPT layout as part of the BIOS to UEFI conversion process, you may have spied an MDT task sequence being used.  I thought it would be useful to provide those as samples that you could use…

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Hiding pages in Settings with Windows 10 1703

A common request from organizations is to have a way to hide some of the pages inside the Windows 10 “Settings” app, like you could do before with the Control Panel applets.  There is a new policy available in Windows 10 1703 that now enables this.  It’s available in Group Policy at “Computer Configuration –>…

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Removing “Contact Support” app

It seems a lot of blogs start off as either e-mail or IM conversations – this one is included in that category (thanks to Justin Chalfant).  The question is fairly simple:  How do you remove the “Contact Support” app from Windows 10 1607?  If you remember back to the original Windows 10 releases, this wasn’t…

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Deploying Nano Server using MDT

As you may be aware, the Nano Server installation option for Windows Server 2016 is unique – you don’t deploy it like you do with any other Windows OS.  (See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/getting-started-with-nano-server for more details.)  But that doesn’t mean you can’t use MDT to simplify some of the steps that are described at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/deploy-nano-server. So where…

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Windows 10 1607: Keeping apps from coming back when deploying the feature update

For those of you that have deployed Windows 10 1511, you’re probably already starting to work with Windows 10 1607, getting ready for initial pilot deployments so that you’re ready for broad deploying of Windows 10 1607 in the coming months.  As part of that work, you would notice that apps you had removed from…

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Windows 10, Delivery Optimization, and WSUS: Take #2

01/31/2017:  Edited to reflect a change in the minimum disk size. I had posted an article about Windows 10 1607, Delivery Optimization, and WSUS last week at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2016/08/08/using-wsus-with-windows-10-1607/, but based on conversations with the engineering team and more testing of my own using virtual machines, I thought it would be good to make a second…

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