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 …

Tip: PowerShell Script to create Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

A PowerShell script shows how to create a Shutdown, Restart or Logoff Windows 8 tile for the Start menu. Script source and documentation can be downloaded from here

How to check the status of BIOS – UEFI – Secure Boot with PowerShell

During the past weeks I spend a bit of time deploying Windows 8 to UEFI enabled clients. With PowerShell 3.0 on Windows 8 you will find some new cmdlets that provide information about the status of your system’s BIOS/UEFI/Secure boot configuration. The below table shows the return values depending on whether the system’s firmware is using BIOS, UEFI and if Secure boot is enabled or not.   BIOS / UEFI Setup BIOS UEFI with CSM Read More …

ToolTip: Windows 8 Update Notifier

With the introduction of Windows 7 Microsoft started to pay attention to remove unnecessary noise from the Windows Desktop meaning reducing the number of system notification balloons. For details read the Action Center blog post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. As you can see from the screenshot below, in Windows 7 the user can still receive notification messages about available Windows Updates. But in Windows 8 this option has disappeared, meaning that in Windows Read More …

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 …

How to access data from your Bitlocker enabled Windows To Go Workspace

Yesterday we looked at How to access data from the local disk when running a Windows To Go Workspace today we’re going to do the opposite. So let’s assume you’ve been working in your Windows To Go Workspace at home and saved a document locally. Now you are back in the office but didn’t start your Windows To Go Workspace but are working on a corporate Windows 7 client and require access to that file. Read More …

No MBSA for Windows 8 planned

Many companies and individuals use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) to assess the security state of their Windows Clients. But according to a statement from Microsoft in their August 2012 Security Bulletin, there are currently no plans to release an updated version for Windows 8. Q: Will the current version of MBSA support Windows 8? A: No, the current version of MBSA will not support Windows 8 and Microsoft currently has no plans to Read More …

Windows 8 – Script to automatically show the desktop

A few weeks ago I came across a blog post from Brandon where he provides a solution how to automatically show the Windows Desktop when logging on to Windows 8. The solution is actually quite straight forward, all you need to do is to add a shortcut that points to explorer.exe to the Start Menu startup folder. When a user logs on, Windows processes the items stored within the Startup folder and executing explorer.exe then Read More …

Windows To Go Startup Options

Windows To Go is another new feature introduced with Windows 8 but only available to users that run Windows 8 Enterprise. With Windows To Go users can create a Windows 8 workspace that can be booted from a USB drive. So simply said with Windows To Go, there’s no need to carry around a laptop if you’re going somewhere. If you have your Windows To Go workspace stored on a compatible USB drive, you can Read More …

Windows 8 – Where Mobile Broadband will just work

Windows 8 comes with a number of enhancement for mobile broadband functionality. If you’re interested in the details I recommend you read the content I have referenced at the end of this blog post. But in short if your mobile broadband device meets the Mobile Broadband Interface (MBIM( specification then Windows 8 will load the inbox class driver (MBCD) so there is no need to install 3rd party drivers. If then the operator in a Read More …