Category Archives: Microsoft

Windows 8.1 Preview Released

By | March 30, 2023

Microsoft have today released the preview of Windows 8.1. This download is available from the link below: Windows 8.1 Preview Download As expected, Microsoft have reinstated the Start button which is probably the main reason that most people will install this update! I’ve got Enterprise so I’m waiting for the ISO’s to become available but… Read More »

SCCM capture of Windows 8 fails during Sysprep stage – Fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine

By | March 30, 2023

I’ve recently been trying to create a custom built Windows 8 image for future deployment using SCCM 2012 SP1. I built a clean Windows 8 base image and then installed all the programs that I wanted on the image and then run Windows Update. I made some changes to the Metro front screen and updated,… Read More »

Windows Language Pack Codes

By | March 30, 2023

I’ve been working for Windows language pack lately, particularly in the OSD part of SCCM. So part of that is knowing what the language pack codes are for various languages. The Windows language pack codes are very useful for dictating which language packs get installed during the deployment phase of your task sequence. Windows Language… Read More »

User State Migration Tool (USMT) during OSD Task Sequence SCCM 2012 SP1

By | April 16, 2023

I’ve been using ConfigMgr for many years now and I’ve used OSD in every version I’ve been involved with, however, for some reason, I’ve never used USMT before. In most cases this is simply because I didn’t need to use it as my only need was for bare metal deployments but, our environment is changing… Read More »

Renew a Self Signed Certificate on an Exchange Server 2007

By | April 16, 2023

If you are using an Exchange system and have self signed certificates, every year you will have to renew the certificate. An expired certificate may cause problems such as connectivity to web services, SMTP transport and Outlook prompting certificate security warnings which is extremely annoying for users and also can cause problems with Out of Office settings. To do this is very… Read More »

Restore Active Desktop Problems

By | April 16, 2023

A recurring issue that I have is the old Active Desktop in Windows XP. No matter how many times you click the Restore button, you still get the script error. To fix this, you can do the following: Click Start then click Run, type “regedit” and press enter Browse to “HCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components” Double click the value Desk\Html\Version… Read More »

How to deploy certificates for custom WSUS updates to client machines

By | April 16, 2023

As per previous posts on the blog for custom updates using WSUS, you have to make sure that your environment is set up correctly to allow these custom (local) updates to install on client machines. To make this work, you need to export your WSUS/SCUP self-signed certificate and make sure it is applied to all… Read More »