Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:04

Disabling Cortana Voice Support during OOBE

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Yesterday I came across a Twitter thread in which multiple users detailed their beef with the revamped setup experience of Windows 10 (aka the OOBE). The OOBE was introduced with Windows 10 "Creators Update" (1703): Cortana voice walks the user through the OOBE experience, enabling the user to complete parts of OOBE by responding to spoken prompts. Windows 10 installations using following languages are affected: en-US, es-MX, ja-JP, en-GB, fr-FR, it-IT, de-DE, es-ES, fr-CA, en-CA, en-AU, pt-BR, zh-CN. Exacerbating the issue, Cortana's voice prompts are loud and proud by default and can become quickly irritating when attempting to install multiple machines at the same time. There’s little clear help for fixing it, so in this post, I’ll give you easy steps you can follow to tape up Cortana's cake-hole.

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Automated OS deployment became common as IT professionals install systems using tools like Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager. In most cases, deploying Windows OS is fairly straightforward if you follow established best practices. However, there are still issues out there that may catch you off guard and you will suffer the consequences of task sequences misbehaving.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:46

Install Appx Files Using PowerShell Wrapper

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These days most of my blog posts start off with a question from a customer. At least, this time around the question was relatively simple: How do you sideload a modern application into Windows 10? If you have followed Windows 10 development closely, then you have probably heard that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has the ability to sideload apps, assuming you have the necessary source files handy. But what if you are using a third-party tool to deploy applications?

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Quite a few of my blog posts start off with a customer engagement - this one is no different. This week I am implementing a LoginVSI Automation Machine powered RDS infrastructure at a large automotive company. This process involves packaging quite a few applications including Dell Active Roles 7.1 MMC Interface, a single, intuitive tool designed for comprehensive privileged account management in Active Directory and Azure Active Directory. Packaging Dell Active Roles console is *SUPER* easy with Login VSI Automation Machine because it comes in an MSI package, so all you need to do is simply importing the MSI file into the media repository, creating the corresponding package and adding Install MSI action item. However, when opening the Dell Active Roles 7.1 console, the following error reared its ugly head: "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly.", followed by "CLSID: {D50F5BB7-337F-4A59-8797-BDA0B7DC1DF0}".

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