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NEW Dual Booting Win8.1PE x86 & x64

Written by gandalf50 on 2014/01/20. Posted in Windows 8.1, WinPE

My all new Win8.1PE available as a dual booting x86 or x64 versions.  This version includes the apps listed below as well as some new ones, like Internet Explorer 11 and ClamWin Antivirus. Updated 01-23-14 to include TeamViewer and D7 Technician Tools. D7 only for x86 version. It doesn’t seem to want to load on the x64 version

Google Chrome 32 Internet Explorer 11
7Zip MBR Fix
ServiWin Regshot
Clamwin Antivirus ANote
Eraser Filezilla FTP
Foxit PDF Reader Irfan View
Multi Res CC Cleaner
Process Explorer Process Hacker
Tree Size Process Monitor
IMDisk Virtual Disk Defraggler
DriveImage XML Drive Snapshot Disk Imager (use desktop icon if trial times out)
VLC Virtual Keyboard
MS Wordpad StartisBack (ctrl & win key for start screen)
Media Player Classic MS Paint
D7 Technician Tools (only x86) TeamViewer
PicPick Screen Capture Virtual Magnifying Glass

All portable apps are listed in the Windows Start Menu under Portable Apps. If you prefer to use the Portable Apps menu instead then run the Portable Apps Menu shortcut on the taskbar.  The portable apps menu also allows you to download more apps by selecting the Apps>Get more apps. These freshly downloaded apps will only be available during the current session

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desktop

all programs menu (2)

system info

Pressing the Ctrl plus the Windows key will bring up the Start Screen if you prefer using that instead of  StartisBack

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It’s a large download (1.33gb) so be patient it can take 15-30 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download.  After downloading burn the bootable ISO file to DVD, USB or mount  the iso.

A BIG THANKS to everyone over at theOven.org and the Win8.1PE SE Project for the great work they have done in helping me create this WIN8.1PE disk.

Adobe Reader 11.06 Silent Installer

Written by gandalf50 on 2014/01/16. Posted in Silent Installer

Acrobat Reader is the de facto standard for viewing pdf documents. It is basically a requirement on all computers these days.

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This is a silent installer of Adobe Reader 11.06  Use if for when you may need to push out the latest version of Adobe Reader to users silently.

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Updated Win8PE includes x86 & x64 versions

Written by gandalf50 on 2014/01/03. Posted in Windows 8, WinPE

This is an updated version of my original x86 winpe8 found here plus a new x64 version.  This updated version includes the apps listed below as well as some new ones, like Internet Explorer 10 and ClamWin Antivirus.  I have also applied any new updates to all the portable apps. I am no longer including the ‘press any key’ version, since most users seemed to prefer the version that does not prompt to press a key

Google Chrome 31 Internet Explorer 10
7Zip MBR Fix
ServiWin Regshot
Clamwin Antivirus ANote
Eraser Filezilla FTP
Foxit PDF Reader Irfan View
Multi Res CC Cleaner
Process Explorer Process Hacker
Tree Size Process Monitor
IMDisk Virtual Disk Defraggler
DriveImage XML Drive Snapshot
VLC Virtual Keyboard

All portable apps are listed in the Windows Start Menu under Portable Apps. If you prefer to use the Portable Apps menu instead then run the Portable Apps Menu shortcut on the taskbar.  The portable apps menu also allows you to download more apps by selecting the Apps>Get more apps. These freshly downloaded apps will only be available during the current session

portable apps menu

Screenshots

desktop

all programs menu

system info x86

system info x64

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It’s a large download (550 – 750mb) so be patient it can take 10-20 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download. After downloading burn the boot-able ISO file to CD, USB or mount  the iso

Also be sure to check out my all new Dual Booting Win8.1PE with option to boot into either x86 or x64 versions

A BIG THANKS to everyone over at theOven.org and the Win8PE SE Project for the great work they have done in helping me create this win8pe disk.

CutePDF Writer Silent Installer

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/10/01. Posted in Silent Installer

CutePDF Writer Silent Installer

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world.  CutePDF Writer is the free version of commercial PDF converter software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to convert to professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!
If users in your environment need to create simple PDF files from their documents then installing this can solve the problem and save big dollars over installing Adobe Acrobat and users do not usually require if all they need is a converter.

The silent installer also installs Ghostscript which is required by cutepdf writer to convert  PS2PDF

To convert your document to a pdf file simply print it to the CutePDF Writer  and when prompted for a file name, choose the name for the pdf file.

Google Chrome 33. 154m Silent Install

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/09/22. Posted in Silent Installer

Google Chrome Web Browser is another good alternative to Internet Explorer. If you need to install it in your environment so users have a choice or to aid your helpdesk in troubleshooting browser issues.

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This is a silent installer for Google Chrome 33.0.1750.154 m Use if for when you may need to push out Chrome to users silently.

Firefox 27.0.1 Silent Installer

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/09/18. Posted in Silent Installer

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser is a good alternative to Internet Explorer. We install it in our environment so users have a choice and so support have a choice to troubleshoot browser issues.

This is a silent installer for Firefox Web Browser 27.0.1 Use if for when you may need to push out Firefox to users silently.

browser

Outlook Folder Pane displays as empty

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/09/11. Posted in Outlook

After applying the Outlook 2013 Widows Update  (KB2817630) released on Sept. 10, 2013 your Outlook Folder Pane displays as empty.

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To resolve the issue close out of Outlook and go to Control Panel > Programs and Features >View installed Updates and remove all instances of KB2817630 I had two versions installed and removed both.  After re-launching Outlook the folder pane was back to normal.

Gen 2 vm’s allow PXE booting from std nic

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/08/04. Posted in Server 2012 R2

A great new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2  is the ability to create Generation 2 vm’s.

Generation 2 vm’s support PXE booting using the standard nic.  Unfortunately it only applies to Server 2012 and 64bit Windows 8 or higher systems only

For anyone who has ever pxe booted into a mounted capture boot iso using the legacy pxe nic the image creation would take an extremely long time since copying the image to your network share would be limited to the legacy adapter 100 Mbps speed. So a copy process which might normally take 30 minutes on a 1Gbps network would end up taking 300 minutes. Ouch!!

Thankfully, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Generation 2 vm’s image creation at least of Server 2012 and 64bit Windows 8 or higher will be at the speeds of your standard nic up to 10 Gbps. This will greatly reduce the creation time.

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Prevent Server Manager from auto starting

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/07/13. Posted in Server 2012, Video Tutorials

Click Manage > Server Manager Properties and checkmark “Do not start server manager automatically at logon

MDT 2012 using Driver Groups

Written by gandalf50 on 2013/06/20. Posted in MDT 2010, MDT 2012

Managing drivers in MDT 2012 using Driver Groups

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 has some nice improvements to its successors in the driver handling department. You can use Driver Groups or Selection Profiles. In this tutorial I will describe using Driver Groups to manage drivers in MDT 2012. Firstly we will build the ‘Out-of-Box Drivers’ folder structure and import drivers. I have subdirectories for each architecture, brand and model

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To build up the folder structure you have to know the model name of your hardware. To retrieve the proper computer name execute at command prompt: ‘wmic csproduct get name’, to get the exact name WMI queries to determine the computer model. In my case the computer name is “Latitude E4600”. Now that we have drivers imported in our Deployment Share, it’s time to move on At deployment phase MDT uses WMI to query the proper computer model and only the current model drivers will be injected. In order to get this working properly, you have to use the EXACT model name in your Out-of-Box Driver tree. You don’t want to query dead horses.

Inject the correct drivers in your Task Sequence

Add a new step in your Task Sequence to inject the correct driversSelect Add > General > Set Task Sequence Variable

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I usually place this new variable in the node just above the Inject Drivers Node.

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MDT will query the computer name and inject the drivers which corresponds with the computer name from the Out-of-Box folder structure, right before applying the image at deploymnt.

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I use ‘DriverGroup001’ as Task Sequence Variable, and windows 8 x64\%Make%\%Model% as value for my Windows 8 x64 Task Sequence . You have to adapt this to your Out-of-Box tree.

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Finally, you want to go into you’re Inject Drivers node and make sure you’re not using profiles Selecting Nothing in the Choose a selection profile and choosing the install all drivers from the selection profile. Which in reality is turning off plug and play.  Note that if you leave  the Choose a selection profile set to all drivers,  the task sequence is going to inject the drivers in your matching  folder and all the other folders.

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If you don’t like to use a new Task in your TS, you can add DriverGroup variables in customsettings.ini like this: DriverGroup001=%Make%\%Model%