Improved Windows Update Log Formatting with Windows 10 1709

With the release of Windows 10, the Windows Update log changed from a text file to a binary file.  A new PowerShell cmdlet, Get-WindowsUpdateLog, was added to format the binary file, generating the equivalent text file that many of you were used to.  But there was one challenge:  The formatting process required access to Windows…

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Changing between Windows SKUs

In one of the sessions that we did at Ignite around Windows 10 Subscription Activation, we included this slide that talked about the progression that has been made through the years in simplifying the process of changing the installed SKU of Windows, primarily between Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise: Judging from the reaction to my…

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Windows as a service: Connecting the dots

Since we’ve started talking about Windows as a service (almost three years ago now), we’ve published a lot of good information.  And while most people know about the main set of documentation (http://aka.ms/waas) and the Microsoft Mechanics video (http://aka.ms/waasvideo), there are some other sources of information that are also useful to help connect the dots…

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Easily switch from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Education

Some of you may have seen me do a demo at previous events showing how you could change from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise, just by changing the product key – the change is immediate, no reboot is required.  That capability was added in Windows 10 1607. Now in Windows 10 1709, we’ll…

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Using Dynamic Update with WSUS to install Windows 10 feature updates

When you install Windows 10 using SETUP.EXE, or any time you install a new feature update either using SETUP.EXE from media or installing via the Windows Update agent, the installation process will attempt to grab a set of additional “stuff” to make the installation process go as smoothly as possible. The simplest way to see…

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#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

2017-10-17: Updated to include Windows 10 1709 language pack details. 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…

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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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