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Get the current patch level for Windows 10 with PowerShell

I was working on some updates to our unified reporting solution for Windows Updates (ie WUfB + MEMCM) and I wanted to figure out simply from the OS build number whether a Windows 10 workstation has the latest cumulative update installed. The only reliable and useable static list I could find for Windows 10 build … Continue reading Get the current patch level for Windows 10 with PowerShell

Deploying HP BIOS Updates – a real world example

Not so long ago HP published a customer advisory listing a number of their models that need to be on the latest BIOS release to be upgraded to Windows 10 2004. Since we were getting ready to rollout 20H2 we encountered some affected models in piloting, which prompted me to find that advisory and then … Continue reading Deploying HP BIOS Updates – a real world example

Calculating the Offline Time for a Windows 10 Upgrade

For my Windows 10 feature update installation process, I like to gather lots of statistics around the upgrade itself as well as the devices they are running on so we can later report on these. These stats can be useful for identifying areas of potential improvement in the upgrade process. One stat I gather is … Continue reading Calculating the Offline Time for a Windows 10 Upgrade

Windows 10 Upgrades – Dealing with Safeguard ID 25178825 (Conexant ISST Driver)

I saw a tweet recently from Madhu Sanke where he had deployed updated Conexant ISST drivers to his environment to release devices from the Safeguard ID 25178825 which at the time of writing still prevents devices trying to upgrade to 2004 or 20H2. You can read more about the issue here, but around September/October 2020 … Continue reading Windows 10 Upgrades – Dealing with Safeguard ID 25178825 (Conexant ISST Driver)

Getting Creative: a Bespoke Solution for Feature Update Deployments

This is the first blog post in what I hope will be a series of posts demonstrating several custom solutions I created for things such as feature update deployments, managing local admin password rotation, provisioning Windows 10 devices, managing drive mappings and more. My reasons for creating these solutions was to overcome some of the … Continue reading Getting Creative: a Bespoke Solution for Feature Update Deployments

Windows 10 Feature Update Readiness PowerBI Report (MEMCM version)

Following on from my previous post where I shared a PowerBI report that provides information on Windows 10 feature update blocks using Update Compliance and Desktop Analytics, in this post I will share another report that exposes similar data, but this time built from custom hardware inventory data in MEMCM. Outside of the Windows setup … Continue reading Windows 10 Feature Update Readiness PowerBI Report (MEMCM version)

PowerBI Reports for Windows 10 Feature Update Compliance

This morning I saw an interesting tweet from Sandy Zeng with a Log Analytics workbook she'd created for W10 feature updates based on Update Compliance data. I'd been meaning to create a similar report for that myself in PowerBI for some time, so I took inspiration from her tweet and got to work on something! … Continue reading PowerBI Reports for Windows 10 Feature Update Compliance

Using a LiteDB portable database with your PowerShell project

I was working on a PowerShell project recently where I needed to reference a large number of items - more than I wanted to add as an array or hash table in script, or even an external file like an XML document. So I searched for a portable, standalone database that I could distribute with … Continue reading Using a LiteDB portable database with your PowerShell project

Prevent Users from Disabling Toast Notifications – Can it be Done?

Another toast notifications post - this time to deal with an issue where users have turned off toast notifications. In my deployment of Windows 10 feature updates for example, I use toast notifications to inform users an update is available. Once we hit the installation deadline, the notifications become more aggressive and display more frequently … Continue reading Prevent Users from Disabling Toast Notifications – Can it be Done?

Adding Your Own Caller App for Custom Windows 10 Toast Notifications

I've seen a lot of blog posts recently with people making good use of custom toast notifications for various purposes, as I have done many times myself. One bugbear for me was that you must call the toast notification using an existing application installed on your system. For example, if you are creating the toast … Continue reading Adding Your Own Caller App for Custom Windows 10 Toast Notifications