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June 24, 2022

Kari’s Blog

Win10.guru – back in business

Greetings dear subscribers and visitors. It has been quite quiet here on WIn10.guru past few weeks, due various reasons. Starting today, December 1st, 2020, the things are back to normal. From now on, we will publish new content on every weekday.

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

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

Microsoft – Why did you enable Store and apps for built-in admin?

I have written earlier about this topic, but as I feel it is absolutely the worst decision Windows 10 developers have made, I need to write about it again: Microsoft, why did you enable Store and Store apps for built-in administrator account in version 1709? A bad decision, still causing major issues, especially when trying to generalize an image with Sysprep in Audit Mode.

Windows.old folder – Essential or unnecessary?

The one and only purpose for the Windows.old folder is to allow users to revert to the previous Windows version. This folder will be automatically deleted if the user does not revert within 10-day period following either a public release version upgrade, or an Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its raison d’etre,

PowerShell – Create a simple menu

You can create menus for your PowerShell scripts in various ways. In this story, I will demonstrate one of the easiest methods. First, we create a menu as a variable, then, within a Do – While loop, we call the menu, let the user select an option, then perform whatever task(s) the user selected. Finally,

Out-Gridview – Most versatile PowerShell cmdlet?

According to Microsoft Docs, “the Out-GridView cmdlet sends the output from a command to a grid view window where the output is displayed in an interactive table“. In my opinion, it is the most versatile and practical of all PowerShell cmdlets. As all cmdlets do, it tells PowerShell to “do this with that”  (cmdlet syntax

Selling a Windows PC – How to prepare

If you want to sell or give away a Windows computer, be it a desktop, a laptop or a tablet, there are a few things to consider. Will you sell it with Windows licensed and activated, will you just delete your user account but let all software and apps remain intact? Or, would you prefer to wipe the disks clean and erase all traces of you?  

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