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USB install media with WIM file larger than 4GB

There’s nothing in the UEFI specifications that prevents booting from an NTFS formatted USB flash drive. In fact, this so-called limitation is entirely artificial. Luckily, most modern computers can boot from a single-partition NTFS formatted USB flash drive. Thus, one can indeed install Windows 10 from a custom WIM image larger than 4 GB, which is

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A Question of Upgrade Cadence

I’ve been following the work of Susan Bradley, often known as “The Patch Lady,” for more than 10 years. I’ve been a subscriber to the Windows Secrets Newsletter for at least that long. And I believe she was already working with Brian Livingston back in the day when he still ran that particular show. Recently,

Automation Brings Scale to IT

One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!

New Microsoft Edge Group Policies and MDM settings

Windows Insider Build 17718, which will most probably be released later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) will add new Microsoft Edge group policies and MDM settings. These new policies allow IT admins to enable or disable full screen mode in Edge, its printing and favorites bars, just to mention a few new settings. All new

Impending Windows 7 EOL Boosts Windows 10

Given impending end of life for Windows 7 in 2020 and a still-large installed base of Windows 7 devices, that spells opportunity. Recent assessments of PC sales, slightly up for the first time since 2012, confirm this supposition.

War Stories: Sysprep and BitLocker

Yesterday, I decided to do a clean install of the latest Windows Insider build 17711 on my HP ProBook laptop. I do traditional installs quite seldom, usually creating deployment images in Hyper-V. This is practical because Hyper-V standard checkpoints offer an easy way to restore a VM to any point throughout the process whenever something

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.

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