How to make a custom WinPE
Quoting from the Microsoft Docs, the Windows Preinstallatation Environment, aka WinPE for short, is “a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education), Windows Server, and other Windows operating systems.” Yesterday (September 29, 2020), I wrote about a WinPE based Windows installation / deployment…
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WinPE – Simple Windows deployment
I have written quite a lot about customizing Windows and automating its deployment. This time something different: A customized WinPE ISO for you to download, for all those users who just want to automatize installing plain vanilla, default Windows 10 or Insider Preview. Copy the ISO to a USB Flash Drive, boot from it, get a soda, come back to see Windows sign-in screen.
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Big Ventoy Drive Makes Its Debut
With my Sabrent USB-C NVMe drive enclosure now housing an ADATA XPG 256 GiB SSD, I put my big Ventoy USB drive strategy to work. In moving about 95 GB of ISO files to “Big Ventoy” I also recover around 250 GB of disk space on other drives. Woo hoo!
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Scripting Windows installation
On my physical devices, I only use Windows 10 Pro edition as the primary, physical OS. All other secondary operating systems will then be installed on a native boot VHD instead, for that I have nice PowerShell scripts. I needed USB install media to first wipe and then partition a physical GPT disk, either the…
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Defender Gets a Big New Charter
At Ignite 2020, Microsoft expands the Microsoft Defender charter as it organizes products/brands into Microsoft 365 Defender, Azure Defender, and Azure Sentinel portfolios. This is going to take a while to sink completely in . . .
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MS Presents Build 19042.508 as Final 20H2 Build
Allrighty, then. As per Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Blog on September 18, Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) likely represents the Version 20H2 final build. He puts it this way “We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs…
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SpiceWorld 2020 Ventoy Presentation
OK, then. Today’s the day my pre-recorded presentation about Ventoy — the GitHub project that creates bootable Windows 10 media that can boot into any bootable ISO file in one of its partitions — at the virtual version of this year’s annual SpiceWorld gathering. As promised, I’m providing links to the underlying PowerPoint file and…
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No Write Caching for (Some) Ventoy UFDs
In checking performance options for Ventoy UFDs, I learn that my current choice doesn’t support write caching. This leads me to investigate best options for Ventoy media. I settle on a Sabrent NVMe USB-C/3.1 enclosure with a cheap-o 256 GB NVMe M.2. Deets supplied!
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MS Merges SSU into CU for WSUS
For companies and organizations that manage their own Windows Updates, getting the right Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is crucial before or alongside installing the Latest Cumulative Update (LCU). At a single stroke, MS does away with this requirement.
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Admin Toolkit: Ventoy V1.0.20 Download Available
One week ago, the latest version of the terrific bootable USB installer tool Ventoy became available for download. I’m talking about V1.0.20 taking up position as the Ventoy “Latest Release” on GitHub. To update an already-installed copy, unZip the download into some target directory and plug in your Ventory USB device. Then, run the Ventoy2Disk.exe…
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