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Tag Archives: Windows 8

Windows 8.1: Disable first logon animation

Raphael Perez published a reg key to disable the animation. It can be distributed as an SCCM package during OSD:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


The command line that Raphael used was a follows …

regedit.exe /S Disable_First_Run_Animation.reg

Full article

SCCM 2012: OSD Windows 8 : First logon fails with "The universal unique identifier (UUID) type is not supported"

When you deploy Windows 8/8.1 using SCCM 2012/2012 R2 the first logon fails with abovementioned error.

Microsoft has a KB about that: describing two workarounds. The easier way is to force a reboot at the end of TS using SMSTSPostAction variable in the TS set to “shutdown /r /t 0”


Windows To Go: Notes from MMS 2013

I attended a session related to Windows To Go at MMS 2013.


Important points:

1. Use either KMS or AD-based volume activation for WTG, MAK can be set, but does not have any sense since machine will be reactivated every time when a new hardware is used and it can exhaust your MAKs Smile

2. Add network (and if necessary USB)  drivers for all models WTG will be used on to be sure WTG will be able to get network.

3. Use AD offline domain join AND ask your users to use WTG on corpnet at least once (to be sure they have cached credentials).

4. Never use roaming profiles or folder redirections (with offline folders) for users who will use WTG – that may fill your USB stick very quickly. Workaround – configure a Primary Device for user in AD (A Windows 12 schema extension is necessary) and use GPO to use Roaming profiles and folder redirection on Primary Devices only.

SCCM 2007: Support for Windows 8 and Server 2012

Server 2012: Hyper-V on Gigabyte P67X-3DR

I am updating my home Lab to Server 2012. As a part of upgrade one of my Hyper-V hosts got the new OS. As soon as I enabled Hyper-V role it rebooted and sit forever showing me nice new windows logo (no logon screen).


I found resolution here. USB3 controller should be disabled in BIOS. Hopefully Gigabyte will fix it in later BIOS updates.

From this forum it looks like Windows 8 with Hyper-V role is affected too!

PowerShell 3: Install PowerShell Web Access

1. Install feature (here and after all commands in PowerShell console started “As Administrator”!):

Install-WindowsFeature –Name WindowsPowerShellWebAccess –ComputerName <computer_name> IncludeManagementTools –Restart


2. Enable PS remoting (if it is not enabled)

Enable-PSRemoting –force


3. Configure PSWA using:

Install-PswaWebApplication –UseTestCertificate.


4. Add Authorization rule:


5. Verify PSWA using access to /pswa">/pswa">https://<server_name>/pswa from Internet Explorer.


6. Use PSWA


detailed instruction: at Technet site

Tip: Server 2012/Windows 8–How to logoff

In Server 2012/Windows 8 Microsoft changed “traditional” logoff way… Now, to logoff go to the Start page, click on your user account picture and select "Sign out".

Server 2012: Remote Server Administration Tool for Windows 8 is available now