Windows 10


Windows 10 Major and Minor build version, how to add those in the KACE System Management Appliance

For reporting purposes I wanted to export the Windows 10 Build versions. Not only the Major build version (1709/1803 etc) but also the minor (which patch level). This is how I did that :

Create a new Software title (Inventory/Software) and fill the custom Inventory Rule with the following code :

Make sure that you select all your Windows 10 devices. Be sure to save the software package. Now create another Software with the following custom Inventory code :

After a force inventory you notice the 2 custom Inventory rules when viewing the device info :

KACE Custom Inventory Rules Build

 

Windows 10 Build versions info here.


How to boot Windows 10 into Recovery Mode

It’s very easy to boot a Windows 10 machine into the Recovery Mode. Yust power on the Windows 10 machine and wait for the login screen. Hold down the Left Shift and choose the restart option (hit the Power icon at the bottom right)

Windows 10 Recovery Boot

So choose the restart option and after a couple of seconds you notice that you’re booted into the Recovery Mode :

Recovery Mode 1

Recovery Mode 2

Now you are ready to restore a system image (see previous post) or go to safe mode or command prompt.


How to quickly create a Windows 10 Image in VHD format

For testing purposes I quickly wanted to create a master image using a VHD file. The Master VM was running on VMware so I decided to use the Windows 10 built-in functionality. Just run the sdclt.exe command with administrator privileges.  (This was introduced some time ago with Windows Vista).

sdclt

Create System Image

Confirm your backup settings:

Confirm System Image

Sleect the Create System Image function and specify a location where you wish to store the VHD file. In this example I use a network location. Follow the default options and wait a couple of minutes. At the network location I just specified there is now the VHD file present.

Note : You can use this file also when you boot in the Windows Recovery Environment.

Windows System Recovery

(Choose System Image Recovery and point to your created VHD image)


How to export your Windows 10 product key

The product key for new computers that come preinstalled with Windows 10 has the product key stored within the motherboard firmware. Users can retrieve it by issuing a command from the command prompt.

  1. Press Windows key + X
  2. Click Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. At the command prompt, type wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

This will reveal the product key.

Windows 10 Key


Windows 10 : How to reset your Quick Access folders

Maybe you noticed that Windows 10 keeps track of your last opened folders in the left pane in file explorer. Here is how to reset those to default (and clear unnecessary or unwanted folders there). Open a cmd box using administrator credentials and enter the following command :

Hit y and everything is back to default.


After upgrading to Windows 10 now remove the previous Windows 8.1 installation 1

Follow these steps to remove the Windows 8.1 installation after upgrading to Windows 10.

Open the start menu and start the Disk Clean-up program:

 

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Select your Boot OS Drive:

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Tick the Clean up system files button:

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Again select your Boot OS :

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Notice the Previous Windows installation option.

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Ofcourse… select it to remove your previous installation.