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DISM – add multiple images to a single WIM

On tech forums, it is quite normal that when an issue has been resolved, or a question answered, the thread goes off topic or fades into silence. There’s nothing wrong in that: quite often real pearls, new ideas and alternative out-of-box ideas are found in these off topic posts. Today, in one of those posts

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

DISM: Change UninstallOSWindow

Having just gone back to check the date, I’m amazed to be reminded the default change to the OS clean-up interval from 30 to 10 days goes back to Version 1607, aka the Anniversary Update. I first wrote about this in August 2016 for my Windows Enterprise Desktop blog at TechTarget. When this release emerged,

Win10 Troubleshooting Woes

The problem with shooting Windows 10 trouble, alas, is often in knowing where to aim. Case in point: my recent Reliability Monitor shows an error from the Windows Shell Experience. The specific error is labeled MoAppHang. As far as I can find out (and additional reporting data confirms this finding) this means some kind of

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

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!

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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