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“Finish Installing Device Software” in Windows 10 Action Center

If you get a message in the Windows 10 Action Center saying “Finish installing device software” with a red/white cross and a UAC symbol on then it’s likely that a driver is missing, a driver needs some software installed or … Continue reading

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Quickly Determine all Local Drive Letters on a Device From Command Line

To quickly see which drive letters/volumes are available from a command prompt you can use wmic to get a quick summary. The following command will give you the information you need: / JC

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Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft look to be moving to a cumulative approach to updates with Windows 7 and 8.1 which seems to be similar to what they have already done for Windows 10. Single Cumulative Updates instead of multiple individual patches moving forward. … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Language Packs are Release Specific

Just a heads up – after wasting the best part of a day trying to figure out what was wrong it turns out that Language Packs for Windows 10 are release specific and only seem to work with the corresponding … Continue reading

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RoboCopy a Single File to See Accurate Progress/Time Estimates

RoboCopy is used as a tool to copy folders but it can also be used to copy single files if required. This is handy if you’re copying a large file (such as an ISO or WIM image) and want some … Continue reading

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Creating Custom WinPE 3.1 Boot Image (For Deploying Windows XP from SCCM 2012 R2) Automated via Batch File

Recently a customer wanted the ability to be able to rebuild Windows XP machines (!) via SCCM 2012 R2 by just adding machines into a rebuild collection. This doesn’t work out of the box with the version of WinPE that … Continue reading

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Launch Command Prompt During OSD – Shift + F10

In can be useful to know that pressing Shift + F10 during a Windows OS deployment setup (i.e. after the WinPE phase has completed) opens up a command prompt to allow troubleshooting using tools like CMTrace.exe if they are available … Continue reading

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