SOLVED: How To Cleanup C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS

If you have worked on Windows for more than a few years you will know that C:\Windows\WinSXS takes up an ever increasing amount of disk space and that you should not delete anything from it.   Microsoft says: One commonly asked question is, “Can I delete the WinSxS folder to regain some disk space?” The short answer is no. You can, however, reduce the size of the WinSxS folder using tools built into Windows. For more…

SOLVED: GUI To Add Files or Drivers To A .WIM Image File

Over the years we have produced many instructions on how to add files or add drivers to a .WIM image file, but they are all outdated because they are command line.  There is now a free GUI front end for DISM made by Mike Celone. To get DISM GUI to work you need two things: .NET 4.0 which can get from Microsoft HERE in unlikely event you don’t have it already Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that…

SOLVED: How to Edit The Registry in an Offline Windows 10 WIM File

If you have built a corporate image and found that you need to make a change to settings in the registry you can edit the registry off line.  In my case I use WSUS to deploy images so I had to find the image I needed to modify in WSUS, right click and select EXPORT IMAGE.  I named that export WIN10-PreRDPFix.WIM . You can load and modify HKLM registry using the following commands: Create a C:\TEMP and a…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Browser and Other File Associations In Window 10 Image or GPO

If you are responsible for your corporate image and you are deploying Windows 10 you are likely going to want to set the default browser to Internet Explorer rather than Edge.  The problem is there is no GPO or Answer File setting to make this change. After working with Microsoft Partner support for quite some time, they pointed me to a simply little blog that explains the way to set default file associations (like the…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject IE9 Internet Explorer 9 Into an Existing .WIM or RTM Version of Windows 7

Unlike SP1 for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 is relatively easy to add to an offline image through command line: Please ignor the line wrap on some of these commands.  It is is bold, it is all one statement. Download your version OS’s Version of IE 9 HERE. Create a folder named c:\temp\ie9 Create a folder named c:\temp\mount Extract the Internet Explorer cab files using the -X switch (like IE9-Windows7-xxx-xxx.exe -x:c:\temp\ie9) Delete IE9_SUPPORT.CAB Extract your WIM file…