Updated Remove Apps Script, and a Workaround

I’ve updated the script attached to http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2015/11/11/removing-windows-10-in-box-apps-during-a-task-sequence.aspx to address a couple of issues: Fixed a bug that prevented the script from working properly offline when no RemoveApp.xml file was present (requiring the script to dynamically generate the list offline).  Thanks to Osama Altawil for reporting that issue a few weeks ago. Modified the logic that…

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Seeing extra apps? Turn them off.

A few weeks ago, I published a script to help remove the in-box apps from a Windows 10 image.  Some people have reported after running this script they are still seeing apps on the machine, things like Candy Crush, Twitter, and similar apps (which can vary based on your location).  So why is this happening? …

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Removing Windows 10 in-box apps during a task sequence

A couple of years ago, Ben Hunter posted a script on the Deployment Guys blog that showed how to remove the in-box modern apps from a Windows 8.1 installation.  That exact same approach works with Windows 10 as well.  But there’s more that can be done, especially since the list of apps is different for…

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Windows 10: Reducing the disk footprint

  An Overview A while back, a blog post at http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/16/how-windows-10-achieves-its-compact-footprint/ talked about the things that Windows 10 does differently in order to reduce the total disk footprint.  Part of these savings come from the fact that Windows 10 systems no longer need or use recovery images, so you can get back 4GB from that. …

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Adding .NET Framework to Windows 10 using MDT 2013 Update 1

If you didn’t read through my last post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2015/09/01/adding-features-including-net-3-5-to-windows-10.aspx, read through that for some background.  At the bottom of that post is a discussion about adding these “Features on Demand v2” packages to Windows using the DISM /Add-Package command.  But if you are using MDT 2013 Update 1, there is an even easier approach: …

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Adding features (including .NET 3.5) to Windows 10

Windows 10 has created a new way of installing features that aren’t included in the operating system image, kind of like the situation with .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  Similar, but different.  This enables us to keep the operating system smaller for those that don’t need these features. To read more…

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Windows 10, MDT 2013 Update 1, and HideShell

Four blogs in a week.  In case you haven’t noticed yet, my team has started blogging to http://blogs.technet.com/WindowsITPro, so be sure to check that location too.  (We announced the release of MDOP and MDT last week.)  For those using HideShell with Windows 8.1, you can continue to use it with MDT 2013 Update 1 and…

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Windows 10 Pre-Upgrade Validation using SETUP.EXE

For those looking planning to do in-place upgrades to migrate from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using System Center Configuration Manager task sequences (described here), you might be interested in doing a “trial run” with existing systems to identify machines that may have issues.  To support this, SETUP.EXE includes a…

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MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview: What’s Changed

In case you missed it at http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/03/02/microsoft-deployment-toolkit-2013-update-1-preview-now-available.aspx, the new preview of MDT 2013 Update 1 is now available for download from the Connect website.  This new release works with the new ADK preview for Windows 10, which is available on the download center at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45522. While this new release adds support for Windows 10 deployment,…

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