PowerShell Script – List Scheduled Tasks

Here’s a simple script I put together to list the scheduled tasks including the description, status and whether the task is set to hidden or not. When deploying a new operating system I find it important to understand what scheduled tasks are enabled to run, as sometimes there might be some potential to improvie the systems performance by disabling those you feel are not needed in your environment.

Within the Scheduled Tasks UI, by Read More …

ConfigMgr OSD – Enable .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has the .NET Framework 4.5.1 enabled by default. If you need .NET Framework 3.5 which also includes support for .NET 3.0, and 2.0, then you must enable the feature as it is not enabled by default.However to enable it you need access to the content of the Sources\SXS folder that resides on the Windows 8.1 installation media. More details are described in the MSDN article Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 Read More …

Windows 8.1 – Shutdown and Shutdown

Hey there, when i watched the last edition of “The Defrag Show” this week-end Gov Maharaj gave an interesting explanation about the difference in behaviour when using the Shutdown option within the charms bar or the Widnows X-menu. To keep a long story short. When you have fast boot enabled, the shutdown option in thr charms bar will perform a so-called hybrid shutdown, but when using the shutdown option in the x-menu a full shutdown Read More …

PowerShell Script – Get-ComputerGeolocation

28-OCT-2013 Update: I have updated the script to retry when the status of the location provider is in initializing mode. The below script uses the Windows Location provider and the Google Geocoding API to retrieve the geographical location of the computer. The accuracy of the information retrieved depends on the source used to determine the location which are: Wi-Fi triangulation IP address resolution Cell phone tower triangulation Global Position System (GPS) Windows automatically uses the Read More …

How to build a site Windows 8.1 tile for your blog

With just a few clicks and pasting 3 lines of code you can create a Windows 8.1 live tile for your blog. Here’s what you need to do. Navigate to http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en and fill in the requested information. Copy the code. Next copy the code into your website. I added the code to the header.php of my WordPress site. If you use another blogging platform, just add to the other meta tags of your website. Now Read More …

Windows 8.1 Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you have used the Windows 8.1 preview build, you will have noticed that the X-Menu by default had PowerShell enabled instead of the Command Prompt.. However within the RTM release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft changed this, so now the command prompt is the default again as it was in Windows 8. To change the default back to PowerShell open the Taskbar and Navigation Properties and enable “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the Read More …

MBSA 2.3 Preview Release Available

Based on a statement made by Microsoft in the August 2012 security bulletin, I wrote a short blog post back in November 2012 that there would be no MBSA version available for Windows 8. But it looks like plans have changed as Microsoft has now released a preview version of MBSA 2.3 that does provide support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 as well as the new server editions. MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows Read More …

New Integration Service “Guest Service” in Windows 8.1 Hyper-V

When opening the Virtual Machine Settings Integration Services node in Hyper-V running on Windows 8.1 Preview, you will notice that there is now an additional Integration Service listed called Guest Services. By default the service is not enabled, With this integration service enabled, you can now directly copy a file from a remote system into the VM without utilizing a network connection. A new PowerShell cmdlet Copy-VMFile has been added for this new feature. The Read More …