1809 October 2018 Update
Remove Win10 Apps Utility - Update 20.03.13
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Customisable Windows 10 app removal utility I’ve refactored my old Remove UWP script and renamed it to bring it in line with my recent utility updates. Version 20.03.13 โ€˜Coolโ€™ Refactored code. Backwards compatible. Added logging. Added config report when ran. Added ASCII banner art when run in the console. Added option to disable the ASCII banner art. Remove Win10 Apps Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub See the full documentation available here.

Remove MS Store Apps Utility
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Customisable Windows 10/11 Microsoft Store App removal utility, previously known as Remove-Win10-Apps Remove MS Store Apps Utility can also be downloaded from: The Microsoft PowerShell Gallery GitHub Please consider supporting my work: Sign up using Patreon. Support with a one-time donation using PayPal. If youโ€™d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server.

Resurrecting the Windows Photo Viewer
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I’ve avoided posting about this for a while mostly because I thought Windows Photo Viewer would get removed. But it’s still there in Windows 10 1909 and it’s still good - even though it doesn’t play animated GIFs and hasn’t been updated since the time of Windows 7. Here’s how to enable it in Windows 10. Enable Windows Photo Viewer To enable Windows Photo Viewer so it shows up as an option to open image file types with, copy and paste the text below as is into a new text file and save it with a .

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Updated
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has been updated to build 8456 and includes support for: Windows 10, version 1809 Windows Server 2019 Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1809 Configuration Manager, version 1810 The full release notes are available from Microsoft here. If youโ€™d like to contact me, please leave a comment, send me a tweet or DM, or you can join my Discord server. -Mike

Windows 10 1809/Windows Server 2019 availability has been restored by Microsoft
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Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. The ISO’s are now available to download from the Volume Licensing Service Center once again. Microsoft have posted about resuming the rollout and how they test and validate updates over on the Windows blog. There’s also a good post on the Windows IT Pro blog regarding the volume license availability of the new update.

Deployment of Windows 10 1809/Windows Server 2019 Paused by Microsoft
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Update 2018-11-13: Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. The ISO’s are now available to download from the Volume Licensing Service Center once again. Hi all, Given I’ve posted my usual guides on how to deploy Windows 10 1809 with MDT, I thought it important to also post that Microsoft has chosen to delay the rollout of Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019 for the time being due to some users reporting that files are missing after an upgrade.

Deploying A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
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Update 2018-11-13: Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. The ISO’s are now available to download from the Volume Licensing Service Center once again. Continuing from a previous post: Building A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT, this post will walk through creating a Deployment Share to deploy the Windows 10 reference image.ย It is assumed that you have a Server or PC with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and it’s dependencies installed and have been through the post previously mentioned.

Building A Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) Reference Image with MDT
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Update 2018-11-13: Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. The ISO’s are now available to download from the Volume Licensing Service Center once again. This post will walk through installing and configuringย Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to build a reference image of Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) using a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It is assumed that you have a Server or PC ready to install MDT onto and create an file share for MDT to build the image with.

Removing Included Microsoft Store Apps from Windows 10 & Windows 11
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Page History Update 2021-09-03: Added information relating to Windows 11 21H2. Update 2021-05-12: Added information relating to Windows 10 21H1 May 2021 Update. Update 2020-11-02: Added information relating to Windows 10 20H2 October 2020 Update. Update 2020-06-12: Added information relating to Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update (20H1). Update 2020-01-27: Removed information for old unsupported versions of Win 10 and added a table to show which app maps to the display names in PowerShell.

Customising the Start Menu and Taskbar with Windows 10 all versions incl. 1903/1909
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This week I’ve gone pretty deep down the rabbit hole of automating the Start Menu and Taskbar layouts during an MDT Task Sequence. Update 2017-05-02:ย This also works with Windows 10 1703 (Creators Update) As every device I’m deploying will have the same customisation I wanted to automate it during the build or deploy Task Sequence, rather than applying it via domain Group Policy to reduce limited network bandwidth, keep Group Policy as light as possible and reduce login times as much as possible.

Windows 10 Names, Builds and Versions
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Update 2017-05-02: I’ll attempt to keep this up to date as new versions of Windows come out. This might seem like an odd topic to cover, but I’ve receive quite a few questions about this in recent months. Due to Windows 10 being developed constantly and on a rapid release schedule, it’s important to differentiate between the various major updates. Even though Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) seems very similar to what would have been called Windows 10 RTM in the past, there are some big changes, and keeping track of each major update can be tricky when traditionally IT Pro’s are used to a new version of Windows every few years rather than every few months.