Microsoft releases DaRT 8 Beta

Microsoft has released a Beta for DaRT 8. You find more details in the articles listed below. I’ve only been looking at it shortly, but here’s what I liked most: DaRT 8 now comes with full PowerShell support and some of the cmdlets added can also be used beyond DaRT. A complete new version of the DaRT image build wizard. UEFI support MDOP: DaRTing to the Future http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2012/03/28/mdop-darting-to-the-future.aspx Microsoft DaRT 8 Beta Q&A http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2012/03/28/microsoft-dart-8-beta-q-amp-a.aspx

How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the shutdown.exe command-line tool that can be used for shutting down or rebooting a system within a script or just from the command prompt. WinPE however is only a minimal operating system primarily designed to act as a preinstallation or recovery environment. To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not Read More …

ToolTip: .NET Framework Setup Verification Tool

This .NET Framework setup verification tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to verify the installation state of one or more versions of the .NET Framework on a computer.  It will verify the presence of files, directories, registry keys and values for the .NET Framework.  It will also verify that simple applications that use the .NET Framework can be run correctly. More details and download links can be found on Aaron Stebner’s Read More …

Windows recommends PowerPoint Viewer 2007 though there is a 2010 version

While working on my Windows 8 test client, I downloaded a PowerPoint file and because I don’t have Office installed Windows prompts me how I would like to open this file. Knowing that it will point me to the PowerPoint Viewer I choose to look for an app on the web. But surprisingly the Windows File Association information site recommendation lists Microsoft Power Point 2007 and PowerPoint Viewer 2007. So I start to wonder whether Read More …

Windows Explorer context menu for managing WIM files

Mounting and un-mounting Windows Images (wim files) is a simple task using dism.exe or imagex.exe at the command prompt, but if you do this every day you might get annoyed by typing the same string of commands over and over again. A few years back my colleague Claude Henchoz shared a script to add some WIM management options to the Windows Explorer context menu. I have now taken these scripts and updated them so that Read More …

How to get the SQLCMD standalone for Microsoft SQL Server Management

In the days that I was an Oracle database admin (long long time ago) the two most important applications I used to manage a database were SQLNet and SQL Plus. SQL-Net for providing database connectivity and SQL Plus as the command line interface. For Microsoft SQL Server the kind of equivalent to Oracle’s SQL Plus is SQLCMD. But for a long time this utility was only available with a full SQL Server installation or as Read More …

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Support Bulletins Feb 29–March 13, 2012

Below are the Windows 8 Consumer Preview support bulletins I was able to capture since the release of the Consumer Preview build. The BITS service crashes during the installation of Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2680336 Windows 8 Consumer Preview language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607607 Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview is now available for Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2650043 An update for PlayReady PC Runtime for Read More …

Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1

Today I want to share with you a small script I’ve put together for customizing WinPE 4.0 that will ship with Windows 8. I’ve rewritten the script based on some existing script code we already use today, but wanted by purpose a small independent script that I can hook in between the standard scripts provided within the ADK sources, mainly for familiarizing myself with anything new within WinPE 4.0. When you install the Windows Assessment Read More …

ToolTip: Portable WinCDEmu

One of the first things I usually do when setting up a new system that I plan to use for longer is to install an ISO mount tool. My favorite FREE tool for that is still Virtual CloneDrive. Today I came across another utility that does the same thing, but is portable, meaning there is no need to really install the software, this might come in handy when you can’t or don’t feel like you Read More …

Windows 8 – Scheduled Maintenance Task won’t delete Desktop Shortcuts anymore

On Windows 7 many users suffer from disappearing shortcuts on their desktop. I wrote about this in Control Windows 7 Scheduled Maintenance Behavior Through Group Policy. On Windows 8 this shouldn’t happen anymore, since Microsoft has removed the related scripts and Tasks from the Diagnosis troubleshooting pack (DiagPackage.diagpkg) The following files have been removed from the C:\Windows\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance folder: RS_RemoveShortcuts.ps1 RS_RemoveUnusedDesktopIcons.ps1 TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1 TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1