Add drivers to a boot image in Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

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If you are using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and you need to add a boot image into the system, then you should view the below tutorial video demonstration on how to successfully carry this out.

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15GB of free OneDrive Cloud Space

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If you are looking for some free cloud space and want a very quick and easy web user interface and also a Windows Explorer based software installation then you should look at using OneDrive.

You can get 15GB free storage by clicking on the link below and signing up for an account. You can then also add much more data usage onto your account by using things like camera streaming to the cloud service and backups.

Get OneDrive Free Here

You can also share folders and files privately or publicly allowing you to create private family photo albums or share files on internet forums, all from your OneDrive.

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How to get Windows 10 Preview NOW – with download links.

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We have been mentioning Windows 10 a lot on this website recently and a few people have been asking us where they can get the preview version of Windows 10 to start getting used to it.

Well, you will need to go to this link below:

Windows 10 Insider Preview Program

Sign up for the Windows Insider Preview Program and download the Windows 10 ISO and then install it. You will also need the Windows 10 Preview Key which is:

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There are various versions available from the link below and in multiple languages so ensure that you get the correct download link.

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How to reserve your copy of Windows 10 for FREE!

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If you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user then you may have noticed recently that after a batch of Windows Updates, you now have a Windows 10 icon in your system tray (bottom right). Clicking this icon brings up a small utility that enables you to be able to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 upon its release date of 29th July.

If you are running RT versions of Windows on your tablet then we are afraid that these are not included as part of the free upgrade process.

Once Windows 10 drops, you should get an email notification telling you that your update is available, then is really is as simple as running Windows Updates and installing your completely new operating system!

Well done to Microsoft for finally catching up with the times and supplying their operating system update for free (well almost…) – lets just hope Windows 10 lives up to the hype!

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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Update allows Xbox 360 gameplay!

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Good news on the gaming front – Microsoft have finally started listening to their customer base (years after its release but never mind!) and have now applied an update to the Xbox One console allowing users to now play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One console.

This is good news for those that spent years collecting 360 games and then invested in the new Xbox One only to find out that none of the old games could be played on it!

So now you can get out the retro games or purchase some classics from eBay for a fiver and get them working on your next gen console!

Ultimate Settings Panel v2.8 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.8.

This release has some minor code updates and some very minor bug fixes. It still has 10 different configuration tabs including Windows 8.1 and a total of 224 configuration items available in the Pro version.

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

You can get new instructions, video demos, screenshots and much more from our new website for Ultimate Settings Panel by visiting the site at www.ultimatesettingspanel.co.uk

You can download the new version by clicking the download button below:

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Download Ultimate Settings Panel

VIDEO DEMO

UPDATE LOG

In this version we the following changes have been made:

  • Tab Index Fix
  • Tab Images Added
  • Renamed Tabs
  • Button Images Updated
  • Bug Fixes
  • Run as Admin set on launch
  • About Logo Updated

PRO VERSION

Is now FREE!
You can purchase the Pro version for just £3.99 (GBP – around $6.30 USD) buy following the instructions carefully on the purchase page below:

Ultimate Settings Panel Pro Purchase Page

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Skype 7.6 Released – MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

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Skype version 7.6 has now been released and if you would like to either add this to your Configuration Manager Software Catalog or even have it available through WDS or Group Policy, then you will want to download the MSI file for it.

Skype do provide a direct download link for its Skype software and the installer is packaged as an MSI file. This means that it can be easily used by IT and System Center Administrators for distribution.

The direct download link for Skype MSI 7.6 is below:

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Sometimes, if you click this link it will try and redirect you to download the standard EXE installer, so if you have this problem, copy the link below and paste it into your address bar – do not just click it:

https://blog.techygeekshome.info/wpdm-category/skype/

If you want to distribute Skype as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

WDS or Group Policy

SkypeSetup.msi /q /norestart

Configuration Manager

msiexec /i “SkypeSetup.msi” /q /norestart

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Xbox One Live Streaming to Windows 10

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So, something that we have been waiting for is finally here – Xbox One live streaming through to Windows 10!

You have to be in the Xbox Preview Program and obviously also have Windows 10 installed, but all you have to do to get this working is to fire up your Xbox One and enable the streaming in your settings.

To do this, go into your Xbox One Settings and go to Preferences, then ensure that you have enabled “Allow game streaming to other devices (beta)” like the image below:

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Then you need to go onto your Windows 10 machine and open up the Xbox One app. You should also connect your Xbox One control pad to your machine through the USB port.

Select “Connect” from the left side menu and then add your Xbox One console. You then need to ensure that you click the “Stream” option towards the top middle of the page displayed.

When you have done this, you should then see your Xbox One displayed on your Windows 10 machine and off you go – simple as that!

There are a few bugs in the system as you would expect and Microsoft have said that they are working on them, but we would like to hear from you about your experiences with this new technology.

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7-Zip 15.05 Beta Released

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Our favourite free zip utility 7-Zip is now being beta tested with a new version release.

The release is version 15.05 beta and you can download the MSI installer by clicking the download button below:

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You can also download previous and stable versions from this location as well as in different languages.

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Notepad++ v6.7.8.2 Released

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The best notepad utility available, Notepad++ has recently released a new update taking it up to version 6.7.8.2.

We have now created an MSI installer for this new version and you can now download it from our microsite by clicking the download button below:

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Silverlight Silent Installation and Uninstall

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If you have a requirement to have Silverlight installed as a silent install, like for deployment through System Center Configuration Manager, then you can use the following guide to allow you to do this.

First of all, you will need to download the full installer which you can get from the download link below:

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Download Silverlight

Silent Installation

To then install silently, you can use the below command:

Silverlight_x64.exe

Silent Uninstall

If you require a silent uninstall command, you can use the below command:

Silverlight_x64.exe /qu

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Adobe Flash Player 18.0.0.160 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 18.0.0.160.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

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