Interesting workflow: Optimizing your W10 base image

Note – If you are viewing this page on a mobile device some embedded code may not display, switch your mobile browser to desktop mode. Since the release of the cumulative update model, managing Windows updates has become a much simpler process. Updates are typically released broadly to enterprise devices monthly after they have gone […]

via Windows 10 Image Maintenance & Cleanup — Exec|Mgr

Great little write-up regarding the process by which Win10 is updated completely offline and injected with updates, optimized and exported. Some people do this with MDT Task Sequences, to get monthly roll-ups, and Cumulative updates. But this is all commandline, with DISM and it’s multitude of switches and features. Is there anything DISM.exe cannot do? I wonder.


PowerShell: Removing UWP apps from Windows 10 1607/1703/1709

Some great technical writing here, just the facts from Mike Galvin on the necessity of helping manage UWP apps and Pre-provisioning of them on Win10-1709 (Creator Update). Looking forward to the finalizing of the RTM version soon, and pulling down the .iso files to start my own test .wim for use at work.

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Update 30/03/2018: Minor maintenance update. Reworked some sections to be more clear and instructive. Added some new information from my own testing and fact checking.

Update 17/10/2017: Updated post with the list of apps included in Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators Update) by default.

Update 03/08/2017: I’ve re-written much of this post to answer some questions that have come up and to help clarify the process. Thanks to Jörgen Nilsson over at, with his original post that inspired me to write this one.

When deploying Windows 10 1607/1703/1709 you might want to remove some of the included UWP apps to help speed up the log in process, save storage space, bandwidth etc.

Remove All UWP Apps

Note: This process is destructive and non-reversible. Please ensure you have appropriate backups before proceeding.

To simply remove all the apps possible for the current user…

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Heads Up from Mike Caulfield (due diligence)

Today in the New York Times, a Bari Weiss column links to an OFFICIAL ANTIFA ACCOUNT that calls gay man Dave Rubin an anti-LGBT fascist. This is supposed to prove, according to Weiss, that the Left is out of control: Dave Rubin, a liberal commentator who favors abortion rights, opposes the death penalty and is […]

via How To Read Laterally: A Lesson for New York Times Columnists Including But Not Limited to Bari Weiss — Hapgood

Full credit to Mike Caulfield (@holden on Twitter). This is the quickest most succinct takedown of a NYTimes columnist I’ve ever seen. Hands down he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the lack of effort and due diligence put into what he and everyone else believes is the “national source of record” for news. NYTimes is not helping solve the Digital Polarization problem by having someone spend put so little effort into repeating the mistakes of Digital Polarization. That’s a fact Jack!

There are funnels, oh yes.

Every time I hear something about limiting screen time I cannot help but think about how poorly the concept has been thought out. If we talked about “food time” instead maybe that would help us think that while time matters (eating for hours each day is probably a bad idea), how long you eat probably…

via Screen Time — Bionic Teaching

Content, and context is everything when it comes to consumption. Not all consumption is bad. But know what it is you’re stuffing into you at all times. Mindfulness will out no what the activity may be.

Adding Windows 10 Version, BIOS Mode and Secure Boot State to BGInfo

Mike Terrill’s got some very useful tweaks to the SysInternals BGInfo desktop app. Will be adapting this for work real soon now.

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Recently, my team has been doing a lot of testing for our next big Windows 10 In-place Upgrade. We are designing and developing a new process that I call Windows as a Service in the Enterprise (and we plan on sharing this at MMSMOA in May). As part of our testing, we need to test both physical systems and virtual, both legacy BIOS and UEFI. Since the days seem to run together, often times I find myself wondering not only what system I am looking at, but what OS it is currently running and how it is configured. Sure this is easy to find from System Information, but typing msinfo32 gets old. Having used BGInfo in the past, I thought this would be a perfect solution to just display this information on the desktop.

I took the time one weekend to figure out how I could use BGInfo to display…

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ConfigMgr Lab – Adding Ninite Apps — from: GARYTOWN ConfigMgr Blog

So you have a Personal ConfigMgr lab, but you want to add some app deployments to better simulate your actual environment. So you add Chrome, Reader, and a couple others (NOT JAVA). Next Month, they are out of date. You probably don’t have time to keep your personal lab app deployments updated, so you keep…

via ConfigMgr Lab – Adding Ninite Apps — GARYTOWN ConfigMgr Blog

Looking into doing this for the MDT Production Share I have at home. I’ve got Ninite installers I use manually to build and rebuild Win7 and Win10 PCs. But having this built-in as a task sequence on MDT would be fantastic. It would help immeasurably in automating the build process and get the final deployment much closer to being ready to deploy.

Whither NMC? So long, it’s been good to know yuh. 1993-2017

It was kind of like two blog posts unexpectedly colliding or passing in the night past a burning barge. On Sunday, Bryan Alexander asked some large questions about How would you design a professional association for the future?. I also wrote about the impending death of Storify and in their dying process leaving no plan…

via Fixing or Fading An Organization’s Web Legacy — CogDogBlog

I think I vaguely knew that Alan Levine had worked for NMC in an official capacity. In fact I probably attended more than one of his presentations over the years (I’m guessing). The University where I work had been interested in joining NMC back when membership was still small and very closed (you had to apply and meet all the minimum requiremements to be a member institution). We tried a couple times and failed, but got it on the 3rd attempt. I think it was right around 2000 or so. That’s why I say I might have attended an event during Alan’s time working for NMC. Of the Summer Conferences, I’m trying to recall one was in Charlottesville, VA (at UVa), another was in Blacksburg (at Va.Tech). I attended one at Princeton which was cool, that was their 15th anniversary year (2008). I remember it most because I drove all the way from Western NY and needed to buy a GPS to get me through the twists, turns, roundabouts and jug-handles of old New Jersey, the Garden State. That was also the Summer my wife’s old 25″ TV bit the dust forcing me to buy my first flat panel TV (which I still am using).

So many changes not just in technology, but in the people, the groups, the staffing. I note some were just as unexpected as NMC’s announcement. I saw Gardner Campbell’s group at VCU get re-distrbuted. Not long before that the group I worked for at my University also got torn apart and redistributed. That’s one theme I see running throughout the old Ed Tech groups that took years to build up, with space, funds, staff all got to be really a seeming burden for some higher-ups who ultimately decided to ruin, destroy teardown the whole thing. Somehow through all of that I timed things well and was able to stay gainfully employed within the same Unviersity more or less doing the same work, but alone, not in a team. I still have contact with those separated group members. They still do the same work, but report up through business I.T. outfits now. That’s made the whole set of services lose much of the academic and home spun flavor the earlier group had. But I still have hope. Ambitious career types want to form up a centralized group that might one day act as consultants or help guide folks through the myriad choices, services we have (that never went away, it just fractures and spreads out to more diverse tools over time). We’ll see what comes of that effort, but I do know whatever the outcome of NMC’s dissolution, people will still be doing the work they did prior. Just won’t be called NMC, or organized the same way.