Build Windows 7 images faster by patching them faster

I’m sure you’ve noticed that when building a new Windows 7 SP1 image that there are a lot of updates that need to be installed.  And these installations can take a while, whether pulling those updates from Windows Update directly or from WSUS.  But the performance can be improved. First, see Justin Chalfant’s blog post…

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What’s Changed in MDT 2013 Update 2

Looking at a comparison of the files in MDT 2013 Update 2, here’s a quick overview of the changes in the scripts when compared with those in MDT 2013 Update 1: DeployWiz_Initialization.vbs.  Change the task sequence filtering logic to only display upgrade task sequences from a running OS (not bare metal). DeployWiz_UserData.vbs.  Fixed a bug…

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Using the Windows Store for Business with MDT 2013

The Windows Store for Business was made available to everyone back in November, corresponding to the Windows 10 version 1511 feature upgrade that was released at the same time.  For those that aren't familiar with the Windows Store for Business capabilities, it provides organizations the ability to acquire apps for use throughout their organizations, and…

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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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