How to remove Built-In Apps in Windows 10

Here is a tutorial on using PowerShell to remove the WIndows 10 Built-In apps. This is useful for providing a standardized PC environment to users in a work environment.

Basically, several PowerShell commands are used. The following commands show and remove apps from the user account.

  1. Show a listing of all the installed apps on the computer – Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
  2. Remove the app – Get-AppxPackage [PackageFullName] | Remove-AppxPackage (you can put this into a script for multiple apps, or use wildcards)

Variations include uninstalling the app from all user accounts by adding -allusers –  Get-AppxPackage -allusers [PackageFullName] | Remove-AppxPackage

If you need to re-install a particular app, you can use the following command – Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\[PackageFullName]\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode

Thanks to the folk at A?KVG for these articles.

Partitions may be missing after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The main thing to glean from this issue is “not try to recover or otherwise write data to the affected partition, nor should you format the partition”

From Microsoft – http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/partitions-may-be-missing-after-installing-the/ffafb34b-df6e-4c61-927d-babf29b46b87

Microsoft has received a small number of reports of partitions not appearing in File Explorer after installing the Anniversary Update. When viewing the partition in Disk Management, it appears as RAW, unallocated space.
Microsoft is aware of this issue and is working on a solution to be released through Windows Update. Any data you have stored on the affected partition is still there. We recommend that you not try to recover or otherwise write data to the affected partition, nor should you format the partition. We will update this thread when a patch is released. If you would like to be notified when this thread is updated, click the Subscribe button at the end of this post.
For up to days 10 days after installing the Anniversary Update, Windows includes the ability to “go back” or return to the previous build if you are experiencing this issue and do not want to wait for the patch to be released.

To uninstall the Anniversary Update:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & security and then the Recovery tab.
  3. Under “Go back to an earlier build”, click the Get started button and follow the instructions.

(Note: If more than 10 days have elapsed since installing the Anniversary Update or the “Go back” option is otherwise not available; we ask for your patience until a patch can be released. Please check back on this thread for an update.)

Windows 10 may freeze after installing the Anniversary Update

More problems are brewing with reports that Windows 10 may lock up or experience unusual networking issues after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update.

One of the first troubleshooting steps to take is to uninstall and re-install the networking drivers.

If this does not work, follow the steps noted here to rollback the update until a fix is released – http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/windows-10-may-freeze-after-installing-the/5a60d75d-120a-4502-873c-8bfec65c82d0?page=1&auth=1

Method 1: Using the Recovery Console

  1. Restart your PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down while you select Power > Restart.
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Go back to the previous build. If you don’t see this option, try Method 2.

Method 2: Using the Settings app from Safe Mode

  1. Restart your PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down while you select Power > Restart.
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode.
  4. Open the Settings app.
  5. Select Update & security and then the Recovery tab.
  6. Under “Go back to an earlier build”, click the Get started button and follow the instructions.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

If you are running Windows Server 2012 R2, and have Windows 10 Clients that will soon update to the Windows 10 Anniversary update, you should review the following links.

Susan Bradley’s blog on the manual steps required – http://blogs.msmvps.com/bradley/2016/08/11/windows-10-anniversary-update-and-essentials-r2/

Robert Pearman’s blog with some Powershell fixes – https://windowsserveressentials.com/2016/08/05/july-update-rollup-kb3172614-and-windows-10/

Reinstalling he Essentials Client Connector – Cannot download the package. Check these out – https://windowsserveressentials.com/2016/08/08/cannot-download-the-package-essentials-2012-r2/ and https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40285

Azure RemoteApp will be deprecated in August 2017

The Remote Desktop Team have just put out a blog announcing a partnership with Citrix in providing XenApp “express”. In the process, Azure RemoteApp will be deprecated. Final purchased will be available up to 1 October 2016, while support will be available until 31 August 2017.

See the announcement here – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/08/12/application-remoting-and-the-cloud/

Windows 10 free upgrade is still available if you use Assistive Technologies

If you missed out on the closing date for the Windows 10 free upgrade offer on 29 July 2016, ghacks.net reports that Microsoft have a pathway for customers who use assistive technologies to be able to access the free upgrade. That website can be found here – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

What are Assistive Technologies, you ask? According to Microsoft (https://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/), “Assistive technology products are specialty hardware and software products (such as screen readers and voice recognition products) that provide essential accessibility to computers for those with significant vision, hearing, dexterity and mobility, language and communication, or learning needs.”

So how do you qualify for the free upgrade?

  1. Go to the link above, and click Upgrade Now.

That’s it. There have not been any restrictions put on the site, and there are no specific Assistive Technologies required to qualify.

Installing the LAN Driver on Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC 5i3RYH

I recently had to set up a Hyper-V server in a very small environment using an Intel NUC PC. The system installed well, but the LAN drivers would not install. Using information from the following two websites (https://jayrbarrios.com/2014/11/19/intel-nuc-d54250wykh-installing-lan-driver-on-windows-hyper-v-server-2012-r2/ and https://foxdeploy.com/2013/09/12/hacking-an-intel-network-card-to-work-on-server-2012-r2/), I was able to install the LAN driver properly.

  • Download the latest driver for the NUC for the Windows 8.1 operating system. The file should be called LAN_Win8.1_64_nn.exe
  • Extract the installer using WinRAR to the C:\TEMP folder.
  • Go to the following folder C:\TEMP\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64 and open e1d64x64.inf in Notepad
  • Remove the highlighted 3 lines.

  • Copy the following 3 lines

  • Scroll down to the next section and past them here

  • Save the inf file.
  • Run the following 3 commands from an Administrative command prompt.
    • bcdedit /set LOADOPTIONS DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON
    • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON
  • Reboot the server
  • Install the driver from an Administrative command prompt

    C:> pnputil -I -a C:\TEMP\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64\e1d64x64.inf

  • Click Install this driver anyway when prompted

  • The following messages should be shown.

    Processing inf : e1d64x64.inf

    Successfully installed the driver on a device on the system.

    Driver package added successfully…..

  • Run the following 3 commands from an Administrative command prompt.
    • bcdedit /set LOADOPTIONS ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF
    • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF
  • Reboot the server and check that the driver has install properly.

PowerBiz Solutions gains Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency

SilverSMSC

PowerBiz Solutions today announced that it has successfully achieved the Microsoft silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. Partners demonstrating professional and proficient capability in assisting small and medium sized businesses moving to the Cloud can attain this certification upon satisfying established performance criteria and providing customer references.

The competency demonstrations the continued dedication and commitment to excellence in enabling businesses to use technology as a business advantage to achieve their targets and objectives. PowerBiz Solutions continues to provide high quality technical expertise to enable small and medium business to be efficient and effective in the use of Microsoft on-premises and cloud technologies based on Windows Server, Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure.

 

 

Office 365 Service Comparison

Here is a great resource for evaluating and comparing the myriad of options available in Office 365. This site also provides you with a downloadable Excel workbook so that you can work on this offline.

The technet resource is available here – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn788955.aspx

How to Plan Your Office 365 Migration

This blog post comes courtesy of LepideMigrator for Exchange. These are excellent points to take note of.

The process of migrating to office 365 can be a daunting task. Like anything, you need to ensure you have a well thought out plan. The implications of a failed migration can be catastrophic. Here are a few things we found contribute towards ensuring your migration is successful.

1. Assess your existing IT Environment

The first thing you need to do is make sure you archive or delete any obsolete mailboxes and ensure that you get an understanding of the size and number of mailboxes that you wish to migrate. Ensure also that you understand which versions and configurations you have in the organization and know the network bandwidth required for connectivity.

2. Formulate Pre-Deployment Decisions

Next, you need to formulate pre-deployment decisions by finding answers to mission-critical questions like – what method you will follow to create new accounts, authenticate users, achieve synchronization with the old user accounts and how will you transition data and perform migration.

3. Put all your pre-deployment controls right

Before you move your critical business communication to the cloud, clean up all any dormant Active directory accounts that you have, set up the network, update the versions of client software and make all the content that you wish to migrate ready for transition.

To execute all the above pre-migration tasks, you can take help from 3rd party tools that possess a pre-migration analyzer to give you precise approximations.

4. Research Office 365 Subscription plans as per your requirements

Now, it’s time to do extensive research on which subscription plan suits your business requirements. After you figure out one, cross-check the domains that you need to make use of with your new subscription. In this step, you can also pre-plan for configuration of applications that you may require in future.

5. Pilot-Test the deployment and the whole migration process

For your upcoming migration, it is crucial to perform testing on the deployed configuration and check the whole migration process for loopholes.

6. Proceed with final rollout

Finally, it’s time to set up accounts and mailboxes on the new environment i.e. Office 365. Start adding your old users, new contacts and allocate suitable licenses with each of them. Also, move data (emails, mailboxes, calendar, files and other information) that you wish to migrate to your new system.

7. Transfer Domain Name System Settings to your new environment

After you’re done with complete configuration of Office 365, you need to validate the functionality by transferring your previous DNS setting and enabling them to point to Office 365.

8. Configure client systems and establish connections

Now, it’s time to configure client systems again as per the new environment and establish connections with Office 365 including applications like Outlook, Office, Outlook for MAC operating system and other mobile devices.

Conclusion

When you choose to migrate to the cloud, the biggest question is – are you doing it the right way? So, you can either pull off the above list as per your specific business needs or take help from our Office 365 solution – LepideMigrator for Exchange. Good day!

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