So here's many of the scripts and links I've accumulated and used to “de-consumerize” Windows 10 at the office: Removing the unwanted apps in Windows 10 Step one: Download this zip file taken from this blog site. Extract the file, launch PowerShell. ...

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  1. De-consumerizing Windows 10 Pro
  2. Windows 10 roll out tips
  3. So what’s the most annoying thing about Windows 10?
  4. So what happens when SHA1 falls out of support?
  5. Essentials server impacted by DST
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De-consumerizing Windows 10 Pro

So here’s many of the scripts and links I’ve accumulated and used to “de-consumerize” Windows 10 at the office:

Removing the unwanted apps in Windows 10

Step one:

Download this zip file taken from this blog site.

Extract the file, launch PowerShell.

Enter the following command:

PowerShell.exe –ExecutionPolicy Bypass –File .\removeapps.ps1

 While I can’t turn off the consumer experience via group policy in windows 10 — what I can do is shoot out this same info to the local group policy or registry and doing so removes the other remaining inbox apps and stops the “Microsoft recommends” consumer apps  – http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/02/turn-off-microsoft-consumer-experience/

More ideas here:  Windows 10 Decrapifier – Script Center – Spiceworks:

https://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/3298-windows-10-decrapifier

 

I then uninstall one drive

Disable or Uninstall OneDrive Completely in Windows 10 – Tech Journey:

https://techjourney.net/disable-or-uninstall-onedrive-completely-in-windows-10/

 Once I do all of this, the system should retain these settings when the next Creator’s update gets released.

 

    

Windows 10 roll out tips

So to remind myself of the next time I’m rolling out Windows 10… here are some tips to fix annoyances:

Can’t enable numlock?

Win10:

  • Change the value of …ControlPanel/Keyboard/InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2147483650 for ALL USERS not only for .Default (my current user was 2).
  • Then SHUTDOWN computer.
  • Turn on computer and wait for login screen (NumLock is still off).
  • Enable NUMLOCK
  • SHUTDOWN computer.
  • Turn on computer.

NumLock disabled after booting up Windows 10? from Windows10

Merely enabling it in the bios did NOTHING.  I had to do this funky trick of shutting down and registry edits to get it to ‘take’.

Windows 10 1607 [Anniversary release]

    

So what’s the most annoying thing about Windows 10?

Not the patching, not the dealing with customizing the menu system (more on that later) but printers.

Flat out I have had more issues with personal laserjet printers than anything else.  Network based printers, my Ricohs have been relatively easy to set up.  Two of them were picked up just fine, one – a slightly older one – I set it up as a tcp/ip printer and had the operating system pick up the generic Ricoh driver.

But on my workstation where I have a Lexmark printer, I have had to move it from a usb connection setup to a tcp/ip printer setup.  When it was a usb printer, it would go to sleep.  And once it went to sleep it would then not wake up to print… or if it did… it would error out and the only way I could get it to fully “wake up” and print properly was to unplug the usb cable and plug it back in.  Not the greatest experience.  I tried getting new printer drivers and that didn’t work.

So far whenever I’ve had really problematic printers, the workaround that works is to make them no longer be usb based printers and instead hang them off the network.

I’ve found at home that I’ve had to move my wireless printers to wired in order to get them settle down with Windows 10 as well.

Bottom line tcp/ip is working the best.  Other protocols… not so much.

    

So what happens when SHA1 falls out of support?

If you have your SBS (and Essentials) servers set up properly with a third party SSL cert and not a self signed cert, nothing should happen.

SBS can support higher SSL certs than SHA1.  If your SSL cert is soon to be out of date or blocked just go to CheapSSL certs or Godaddy or wherever you get cheap certs and buy a third party SSL certs.  No one should be using self signed certs anyway.

https://www.digicert.com/sha1-sunset/

SHA1 Deprecation: What You Need to Know

 

    

Essentials server impacted by DST

Essentials is impacted by the DST and is complaining about sending out the email after the daylight savings change.

Storage server Essentials is also impacted.
http://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2014/11/cant-email-essentials-health-report-since-daylight-savings-time/

Manually restart the service seems to work.

    

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