Scripting HP Wireless Device State

An old colleague called me up this week (well in fact it was my old boss who has left our company), and told me about an issue they had when deploying an ISP specific Software Package that interacts with the Wireless Devices on their HP notebooks. The problem was that if the WWAN device has been turned of via the quick launch button by the end user, the software would not install. What many don’t Read More …

Leftover files after .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 installation

Some of you might have noticed that after installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, there can be a leftover folder in the root of the system as shown in the picture below. We identified this issue right after .NET 3.5 SP1 was installed,  and found out soon that we were not the only ones having this issue. Microsoft describes this behavior in KB951847 and confirms the folder can be deleted. After you install Read More …

Windows7 – Application Compatibility – ACT 5.5

Microsoft has released ACT 5.5 (Application Compatibility Toolkit). ACT 5.5 provides support for pre-RTM version of Windows7. To learn more about ACT 5.5 I recommend reading  “Windows 7 Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5: Interview with Jeremy Chapman”. ACT 5.5. can be downloaded here Another great information source is the Application Compatibility and User Account Control site on Microsoft TechNet. And finally I came across the blog from Chris Jackson -the App Compat Guy” that is worth Read More …

Updated Group Policy Online University

In January 2009 Jeremy Moskovitz launched the Online University for Group Policy Management. I wrote about that earlier in my blog post “Online Group Policy University”. In the past weeks Jeremy has put an additional great amount of effort in reworking the offerings, so that now you have the possibility of selecting and ordering individual Modules and and options. Additionally there are some very attractive payment options as well that might be interesting for those 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 …

Fix it automates steps described in Microsoft KB articles

Usually when you read a Microsoft Knowledge Base article you find a detailed description on how to solve a particular problem. In some KB articles you will find the following picture This indicates that the “Fix it Team” has provided a script / package to automate the system modifications required to fix the problem or change the system behavior. The fix it team has their own “fix it for me blog” where they list the Read More …

IE8 Group Policy Settings and more

Yesterday Microsoft released the Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 8 that of course contains a lot of new features that I am not going to rewrite here again, as others did so already. Reading the IE8 product group blog 100 additional group policy settings are being introduced to extend manageability of IE8 through Group Policy Management. The updated Group Policy Reference including the new IE8 settings can be downloaded here and updated Group Policy Settings Read More …

Reducing size of WinPE

Today I have been looking into the new “Profiling” options for Windows PE 3.0. Using the profiling options allow you to reduce the content of Windows PE to an absolute minimum without removing any boot critical content. I am not going to re-write a step by step process here, as it is all described within the Windows PE User Guide for Windows 7 but here are the basic things First build your PE boot.wim the Read More …

MDT 2010 and AIK 2.0 Beta released

Just found out that Microsoft has released MDT 2010 AND AIK 2.0 BETA on Microsoft Connect. So now we cannot only test Windows 7 BETA but we can also start looking at it’s deployment.

Scripting Windows Explorer Details View

Those of you who are familiar with desktop engineering know the pain of scripting Windows configuration settings. While in general many settings can be configured by adding or changing a specific registry key value, there are still many things within the OS where Microsoft did not make our life as easy and provides a single registry key that can be tweaked. Yesterday I worked on setting the Windows XP Windows Explorer View to “Details” by default for all Read More …