It wasn’t just the new ADK that was published today. You can also find a bunch of new information on the What’s new in Windows 11 page. This will take some time […]
ADK for Windows 11 is available
As mentioned on Twitter, the Microsoft documentation page for the ADK has been updated with a link to the Windows 11 version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) and Windows PE […]
Windows as a Service cheat sheet, Windows 11 edition
Sometimes things change more quickly than you expect, and that’s certainly true with the announcements around Windows 11. You can read my summary here. The biggest surprise for me was the hardware […]
Windows 11 announcement summary
For those that managed to get through the live stream, there was at least one big surprise, but it’s the separate blog posts that provided more information. Here’s a summary, with links […]
Windows Autopilot + Windows 11
Unless you’re living under a rock (in which case, you wouldn’t be reading this either), I’m sure you’ve seen that there was a leaked build of Windows 11 last week. But you […]
Windows 11: More new SKUs?
There are more rumors flying around about new Windows 11 SKUs (editions), including one called Windows 11 SE. But interestingly that wasn’t in the Windows 11 ISO that leaked. It just had […]
More on Windows 11 widgets
It seems like only it was only a short time ago when the News and Interests feature was delivered through a monthly quality update to all Windows 10 devices. If you didn’t […]
Windows 11 Start menu observations
I initially installed the leaked Windows 11 build to see the changes for myself, as I mentioned in my previous post. After the installation, those changes were fairly obvious: But if you […]
Digging into Windows 11
If you missed the flurry of articles posted today, there was a leak of an ISO containing a fairly recent build (from May 30th) of Windows 11, build 21996. It’s a production-signed […]
Will there be a Windows 11?
That’s been the rumor circulating for the past few weeks, and it’s looking like the Windows event on June 24th will answer all the questions. Since I left Microsoft before conversations about […]
New ADK for Windows Server 2022 released
You can find the new download via the links on this page. Apart from supporting Windows Server 2022 (and only Windows Server 2022, as the page mentions), and fixing the .NET Framework […]
Windows PE: Why so big? Make it smaller.
I was working on some Windows PE images the other day and noticed something odd: The size of those images really didn’t make sense. I started off with just a few simple […]
What are Windows 10 Virtual SKUs?
This should really be “SKUs, Glorious (Windows) SKUs, part 3” after the previous part 1 and part 2 posts, but for whatever reason multi-part posts don’t get as many views. The joys […]
SKUs, Glorious (Windows) SKUs: part 2
First things first: As expected, the SKU vs. Edition distinction that I called out in part 1 was somewhat contentious with some people. I used the terms somewhat interchangeably through the article. […]
SKUs, Glorious (Windows) SKUs: part 1
Those who have used Windows for many years have seen different editions, also known as SKUs (a carry-over from the days of physical packaged products where “stock keeping units” were IDs assigned […]
Replacing the hard drive in a Tivo
It’s a little off topic, but it ties in some of the Secure Boot topics that I had discussed previously, and might be useful to anyone trying such a maneuver in the […]
Turn off News & Interests page via policy
Back in February when I wrote my previous blog on this topic, you could turn off News & Interests via a per-user registry edit. At that point, it was just in an […]
Creating the smallest Windows 10 image
In my previous post, I talked about the size of Windows 10. (And yes, it’s slowly getting bigger.) But if you wanted to make a smaller image, how much smaller is even […]
Defender definition updates fail from Windows Update on Windows 10 20H2?
I have been building Windows 10 images based on the Windows 10 20H2 media and seeing repeated failures on the “Security Intelligence Update for Microsoft Defender Antivirus – KB2267602” installation. When doing […]
Automating Disk Cleanup on Windows 10
I’ve seen a variety of blogs over the years that talk about how to do this, but I never took the time to actually try it myself. No time like the present. […]
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