Manually Removing Cached User Profiles

Problem In many scenarios where users commonly switch between computers — think schools, libraries, Internet cafes — there is a recurring problem of disk space being used up simply by user profiles that have been left behind and are no longer needed. In fact, the high school I attended had this problem so frequently that […]

Using the Office 2016 Deployment Tool

In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to use the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) to create an Office 2016 package that can be streamed to client computers using Microsoft’s Application Virtualisation. First, a word on Application Virtualisation — more commonly known as App-V. App-V is Microsoft’s solution to deploying and maintaining application packages for programs […]

Deploy an Image Using WDS

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is Microsoft’s operating system deployment tool that is free as part of Windows Server. Even though WDS is free it is very feature-rich when used with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit¬†and Windows ADK. In this tutorial, we will walk through the process of installing WDS, adding an install image, and deploying this image […]

Why You Need To Disable 16-Bit Applications

Today, the standard for Windows applications is 64-bit with 32-bit being supported for legacy backwards-compatibility. 64-bit applications will run on 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit-capable hardware supporting up to 16 exabytes of RAM. 32-bit applications will run on 32-bit operating systems with 32-bit-capable hardware supporting up to four gigabytes of RAM, as well as on […]

Capture Custom Windows Images (DISM)

The last post showed you how to capture a customized Windows installation to a WIM file using the ImageX tool that is part of the Windows ADK. Today we will use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool, which is natively part of Windows, to accomplish the same thing. The process to capture an […]

Capture Custom Windows Images (ImageX)

Many organizations want to automate as much of the imaging process for new computers as possible. Often this involves installing applications via System Center, Group Policy, MDT, or a third-party alternative. Unfortunately, there are instances in which this approach is not feasible. An example might be deploying workstations to a branch office where it is […]

Show Hidden Files for Domain Admins

A common practice is to allow administrators and perhaps even help desk staff the ability to see hidden files on the file system. Unlike standard users, these users probably have access to the Folder Options editor from Windows Explorer. It is also possible to automate these folder options using Group Policy or scripting. Begin by […]

Giving Users Administrative Rights

Many Windows administrators know that giving users administrative rights on their local workstation has long been a way to avoid issues from applications that need such rights — even if it does open the floodgates for other problems. Some administrators may also argue that with certain measures in place (DeepFreeze, etc.), it decreases the number […]

Shortcuts: The Illicit Command Prompt

Let me give you a scenario. Begin with net.exe, which is located in %windir%\System32. It’s a fairly powerful command-line utility that can be used to map network drives or shared printers, create fileshares, modify time settings, et cetera. Most notably for this post, however, net can also be used to create user accounts and user […]

The Drawbacks of Shortcuts

Nearly every Windows user is familiar with shortcuts, those .lnk¬†files that fill everyone’s desktops with links to their favourite applications. In enterprise environments, administrators often use shortcuts to give users quick access to shared company resources like departmental shared folders on a file server. Classically this would be done by right-clicking, choosing New > Shortcut […]