When discussing the creation of Windows Image files (.wim), I am often asked if any files or folders are excluded by default. The answer is yes and no, depending on the tool(s) that you use. Read on for a deeper understanding. Windows 7 and Windows 8 each provide the option to create a full Windows … Continue reading Windows Image File Exclusions
A recent email from a former student asked, “ Is it possible to have you show me how to capture an image using Imagex?” My first thought was ‘Happy to aim you in the proper direction’. This is easy – wait – imageX is deprecated in Windows 8/8.1. DISM serves as the replacement tool in … Continue reading Capture a Windows Image with ImageX – Simplified
With the recent (May 2014) occurrence of a significant Windows Internet Explorer bug, we are reminded of the potential for Windows OS intrusion and damage. No matter how proactive we become, cyber criminals will continue to pursue efforts to intrude, destroy, or disrupt system performance. Vigilance is important. Both scheduled and random reviews of the … Continue reading Schedule SFC scan NOW!
The word is out, Windows XP support officially ends on April 8, 2014. What is Windows XP end of support? While teaching a recent Windows 8.1 course, one of my students asked if I would migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or to Windows 8.1? A legitimate question – and given certifications on both … Continue reading XP Support Ends – Go To Windows 7 – Flexibly
Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Office 2003 support ends on April 8, 2014. In order to assist companies with the transition, Microsoft answers the basic “Why?”, “What?”, and “How?” questions on their end-of-life website. The site also provides redirection to a couple of great starting points as you consider moving toward either Windows 7 … Continue reading Migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8
With the advent of customizable Microsoft .wim files, students often ask if there is a best file structure for gathering and maintaining drivers and images. The textbook answer is ‘develop a structure that supports your environment’, effectively another way to say ‘it depends’. After providing varied examples, I wondered if there might be a related … Continue reading Best Practice – Folder Structure for Building Windows Images and Maintaining Drivers in Win7 Server2008 & Server 8