How to detect if Windows Touch is enabled

While I was actually looking for something totally different, I stumbled over the IsTouchEnabled.exe that is stored within the MDT 2012 \Tools\OSDResults folder. The name says it all, it detects whether the device supports Touch or not. So I copied the utility and ran it on a Samsung Tablet with Windows 7 installed, a HP Workstation with Windows 7 installed, on a HP Mobile workstation with Windows 8 installed and on the HP ElitePad with Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 3: Creating and using Templates

As explained in Part 2 Setting up UE-V out of the box UE-V has build-in support for various Windows Settings and the Office 2010 suite. But to take full advantage of UE-V you will most likely want to have you other applications roam their settings as well. For that you will have to create so called UE-V Templates. Once you have created an application template you store it into the settings template catalogue, in the Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 2: Setting up UE-V

As a follow up on my earlier post Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V in todays’ post I am going to describe how to get UE-V up and running in just a few steps. To conduct this mini proof of concept, you need the following: Access to Active Directory (Group Policy Management and the Users and Computers Console) Access to a File Server to create 2 shares 2 Windows Clients Read More …

Microsoft User Experience Virtualization – Part 1: The Road to UE-V

Many IT Administrators will agree that managing Windows user profiles can be somewhat of a challenge especially when using roaming user profiles where data and settings can follow the user across multiple Windows Clients. The term roaming profiles was introduced in Windows NT 4.0 but my experience is that roaming profiles weren’t used much then because in these days most users just had their own dedicated desktop anyway and if roaming profiles were used then Read More …

How to remove the system reserved partition

Today I worked on something where I needed a Windows 8 client that does not have a system reserved partition. To avoid a fresh installation of Windows I decided to re-use one of my Virtual Machine templates and apply the process described below. I’m sure I’m not the first one that blogs about this but I’ve seen so many lengthy  and over-complicating descriptions (including instructions of loading the registry, use of 3rd party tools and Read More …

How to register a custom Assessment Job within the Windows Assessment Console

In the Scaling And Extending Windows Assessments To Improve System Quality (Part I & II) presentation shown at the //BUILD conference in September Jason Cohen a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft demonstrated how to create a custom Assessment job using a Ping test as example. Excited about the idea of extending the Windows Assessment Console with self-defined tests, I have since spend quite some time reading the related documentation on MSDN. I can imagine Read More …

How to avoid KMS becoming a challenge in your Windows 7 deployment project

I’ve been involved in Windows 7 deployments since the Beta came out in 2009 and before Windows 7 there was Vista, XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and even Windows 3.11 and although over time the technology has changed the basic challenges of every migration remained the same. If today someone asks me what I consider as being one of the top 10 challenges I’ve seen in Windows 7 deployment projects I must mention KMS. Yes Read More …

ToolTip: Move Mouse

Here’s a tool that has came in handy for me during the past 3 days, so let me share this one with you. Move Mouse is a simple application that generates mouse activity. You can either move the mouse pointer, click the left mouse button, send a keystroke, or any combination of the three. For more details and download  go to the Codeplex project page here.

Reducing Energy Costs and Carbon Footprint with SCCM 2007 R3

Almost all companies I know do have some sort of a Green-IT policy in place but in my view this should go beyond just putting an e-mail footnote like “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail”. Many companies use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, but don’t bail out its Power Management capabilities whereas it could help save energy costs and carbon footprint with just a few clicks. So what about a new Read More …

The Windows SKU’s with a 7

I was listening to a podcast from RunAs Radio today and someone mentioned wondering about how many Windows SKU’s with a “7” there are. Well here we go. Windows 7 Starter Windows 7 Home Basic Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Enterprise Windows 7 Ultimate Windows Thin PC (is based on Embedded Standard 7) Windows Embedded Standard 7 Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Windows 7 Professional SP1 for Embedded Read More …