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Working with Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

There’s another version of Windows 10 that’s always around, different from the base version you boot when you fire up the normal operating system. It’s somewhat misleadingly called the Windows Preinstallation Environment. And indeed, it does provide a basic runtime environment during Windows installation that takes over from the primary OS when a new OS

Windows Deployment with MDT – Part 3: Customize Deployment

Edit Answer File To customize a deployment task and the related image, we can edit its answer file Unattend.xml. Right-click the deployment task sequence, select Properties, select the OS Info tab, and then click Edit Unattend.xml to open it in the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM), part of Windows ADK you installed in Part 1:

Windows Deployment with MDT – Part 1: Setup

Microsoft 365, InTune and Windows AutoPilot have made Windows deployment at the enterprise level easy. Although that scenario is an easy solution for smaller businesses, too, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) still remains a viable and practical alternative for smaller networks or domains. It is also a good solution for home networks with multiple Windows

Create a custom Windows 10 “factory recovery” partition

Most new computers with pre-installed operating system today are shipped with a so called factory recovery option which allows user to completely reset the computer by restoring an image stored in specific factory recovery partition. The problem with factory recovery is that it restores everything as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) wants. This might include a bunch of “bloatware”, useless software like “30-day trial of XYZ” or “Tweak your PC with this fabulous tweaker” and so on. One of the first things any user wants to do when setting up a pre-installed Windows on a new computer is to get rid of all this bloatware.

Windows 10 Unattended install media – Part 5: Sysprep & Capture Image

Final phase of this project is to sysprep customized Windows image, capture it to a WIM file, and create an ISO for completely automated installation. Create a Checkpoint On your reference Hyper-V VM, create a checkpoint before proceeding. Select Action > Checkpoint in Virtual Machine Connection window, name the checkpoint as you wish, click YES to

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