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Check TPM Status from the Command Line (Enabled | Activated | Owned)

Quick and simple way to see if the TPM on a computer is Enabled, Activated and Owned – all of which are required before using them for BitLocker: As long as they all return as “True” you’re good to go. … Continue reading

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Confirm Service Account Credentials The Easy Way with PowerShell (e.g. SCCM Network Access Account)

Sometimes you will have an AD Service Account configured and you might not be sure what the password is – a good example of this that sometimes catches me out is the SCCM Network Access Account. To safely test the … Continue reading

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Add CMTrace.exe to Computers Being Deployed via Task Sequence

To make sure you have CMTrace.exe available for use on machines that are deployed via SCCM Task Sequences you can add a “Run Command Line” task immediately after the “Apply Operating System Image” that copies the executable from the boot … Continue reading

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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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