How to Reset Windows 8 without external media

Yesterday I’ve talked about the Windows 8 Refresh Your PC feature, today I’d like to show how you can reset Windows 8 without using external media. When performing a Reset on a Windows 8 client, you are going to run a complete fresh installation of Windows 8 without preserving any user data or settings. You would use this option before you give back your system to anyone else and want to make sure that there Read More …

The Windows 8 Refresh Your PC Feature

As recently illustrated on the Windows 8 Build blog Windows 8 comes with new features to Reset or Refresh your PC. The Reset Feature basically triggers a complete new installation of Windows 8 without taking care of any personal data hence this option should only be used when you have your data backed up already or when you intend to hand-out the system to someone else and you want to ensure that the system doesn’t Read More …

ReadTip: XenDesktop 5 MCS or PVS

If you’re planning to implement a XenDesktop 5 solution, you will have to think about using MCS (Machine Creation Services) or PVS (Provisioning Services). The XenDesktop Planning Guide for Image Delivery provides some guidance on this subject. The paper can be found here

ASCII Stuff

I recently got some scripts that were nicely written, meaning well formatted, documented and structured. What I liked most was the clearly visible separation of the main code and the subroutines. The code blocks were separated by ASCII Code based letters as shown on the picture below. If you go to http://www.network-science.de/ascii/ you can create your own text using the ASCII Generator. Now that we speak about ASCII, during my little search on the web Read More …

Boot from VHD in Windows 7 video

In this video Jeremy Chapman senior product manager from the Microsoft enterprise product management team talks about booting from VHD as well as some of the new imaging features. By the way, note that when booting Windows 7 from a VHD file you cannot use Windows Bitlocker or the Advanced Power Management features. Hibernation mode is also not supported. The Boot from VHD in Win7 video is published here. Additional information around native VHD support Read More …

Windows 7 – Driverstore size

When it comes to OS deployment the size of the image to some extend does matter. Windows by default comes with a large set of plug and play device drivers that are included within the operating system installation sources. Prestaged drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7 are located under C:\Windows\system32\Driverstore. If you run the following command against your mounted Windows 7 image file, you get a list of all PnPdrivers included within the Driverstore. Read More …

ToolTip – Another Picture Resizer

I blogged earlier about Image resizer utilities, but just found another one worth mentioning. Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows is as its name says a clone of the Windows XP Image Resizer Powertoy that runs on Windows Vista as well, in both 32 and 64 bit version. Once installed the utility adds an entry into the file context menu “Resize Pictures”. Enjoy