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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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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Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer

With the release of Windows 8.1 Update, enterprises have a new tool at their disposal for addressing issues with older web sites.  This new feature, called Enterprise Mode IE, effectively enables IE 11 to run web pages that otherwise would only work in IE 8.  And this isn’t just for Windows 8.1 – you can…

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Experimenting with WIMBoot using MDT 2013

With the release of the Windows 8.1 Update, there is a new mechanism available for running Windows called Windows Image Boot, or WIMBoot for short.  For details about what this is and how it works, see the Springboard blog. Although MDT 2013 doesn’t include any specific support for WIMBoot (maybe something that could be considered…

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Another Windows 8.1 Update tip

With the Windows 8.1 Update’s release to MSDN yesterday, people are discovering the various improvements in the new release.  Here’s one that I noticed in PC Settings: See the new “Manage known connections” link?  Click it and now you can remove existing wireless connections (as long as they weren’t pushed out via Group Policy): Simple…

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Configuring file associations in Windows 8.1

When you are using Windows 8.1 (or Windows 8, which behaves the same way), you may notice that some file types (mapped by file extension) are opened by modern apps while others may be opened by desktop apps.  If you are a tablet user, you may not want the desktop apps; if you are a…

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