Tag: Windows 7

USMT 4.0 update now migrates Office 2010 settings

Right smack in the middle of the deployment roadshow talking about deploying Windows 7. Tomorrow it is time for the fourth city (Linköping) and it will be our pleasure to announce that USMT 4.0 now finally migrates Office 2010 settings, as of a few hours ago. Download and install from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2023591 and follow the instructions for updating the USMT components if you ar eusing LiteTouch or ZeroTouch deployments.

MAP 5.5 (beta) gives you total control over IE migration

This week has been really intensive with a 5 day course on depoying Windows 7, including the MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit). As always there were a lot of interesting discussions related to Internet Explorer, which many times casues problems when migrating to a later operating system. One of the major problems with IE migrations are that we have little control and historically had problems assessing the current IE, web apps or web browser status. The answer came a couple of nights ago, in the latest beta MAP.

MAP 5.5 beta brings the possibility to inventory for which IE and third party browsers that are used in your organization, which default browsers are set but you will also see all activex controls and browser helper objects are being used, including a count number ith how many times for instance a particular activex control has been used. This is some really great information that will for sure help us in the migrating process when deploying Windows 7.

Get your hands on the beta from Microsoft Connect.

Split services for troubleshooting purposes

In Windows you might know that a lot of services do not run as separate processes, instead many of them are actually run within the famous svchost.exe processes. To see this in action just go to a cmd.exe and type “tasklist /svc” and it will list all processes and subprocesses. It might look like:

svchost.exe    AeLookupSvc, Appinfo, AppMgmt, BITS,
               Browser, CertPropSvc, gpsvc, IKEEXT,
               iphlpsvc, LanmanServer, MMCSS, ProfSvc,
               Schedule, SENS, SessionEnv,
               ShellHWDetection, Themes, Winmgmt, wuauserv

If you need to do some troubleshooting or investigate something related to a certain process that is running with other services you can split this service to make in run in its own process. This is done by using the command:

sc.exe config servicename wuauserv type= own

Which in this case makes sure that the Windows Update service (wuauserv) will be run in its own process, for you to troubleshoot. Set it back to its original setting by changing “own” to “share” in the above command. You can find more information about this in KB934650.

Modify default profile in Windows 7 with the least amount of effort

I’ve received a question on why Microsoft stopped supporting the old way of making changes to the default user profile in Windows 7. As you might already know the only supported way to make changes to the default user profile is to make them with a local user account and then sysprep the image with an answer file containing CopyProfile=TRUE.

The question or should I say problem is that the user in question find it ineffective to make changes to the default user profile, by installing the image to a machine then make the changes and once again to sysprep and capture the image.

Fortunately there is a much more effective way to make changes (though unsupported). Just mount the image using imagex or dism, and then add or remove the files you want. If you want to change some settings they most likely stored in the registry so then you can just start the regedit.exe utility as usual and then mount the ntuser.dat file within the image to make the changes and when done just applying the changes and you are done!