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Should there be a Windows 8 benefit listed?
Last edited by Tricky; 9th October 2013 at 11:54 AM.
NB. I put Solved in the thread title to avoid confusion for people searching the forum. Clearly I was wrong about EES access to the Enterprise edition. That said, I've not managed to get it via SA or Technet still. I've raised it with the company that provides our MS licensing and will see what they can do.
I have started on a 8.1 Enterprise image now.
I downloaded 8 Enterprise out of my Licencing Service Center. I then upgraded that to 8.1 Enterprise Preview from Technet.
I can now build all my stuff i need to get a workable Image ready for WDS.
When 8.1 Enterprise (Release) comes out all i will have to do is install Windows 8 Enterprise / Upgrade KMS and will have all the manifests ready. I plan to roll out 8.1 site wide next term.
Currently, we are sitting on Windows 7 SP1 waiting for Windows 8 SP1 (8.1) since I like to wait for the first Service Pack or "CU" before rolling out a MS product in a alive environment.
Managed to figure this out in the end - was getting tunnel vision and missing the Software Assurance filter on the downloads, kept going straight for Windows.
@RobBaxter That sounds very exciting, may I ask your motivations for going to Windows 8? Also if you have any resources collected to help with customising W8 for your environment I'd very interesting to see them. Some of the Metro features require the user to have a Microsoft account, do you have a way around that or just not using those features?
Last edited by Tricky; 10th October 2013 at 11:22 AM.
customize your start screen
Customize Windows 8.1 Start Screens by Using Group Policy
basically set up a reference pc. set up your start screena s you want it(icons pinned etc though i did find if you are using redirected start menus you need to copy the "desktop" shortcut thre as well) run a command
use a windows 8.1/2012r2 pc with gpmc installed . edit a USER policy user config\admin templates\start menu and taskbar\start screen layout. then paste your \\server\share\start1.xml into thatCode:export-startlayout –path \\server\share\start1.xml -as xml
as to apps an ms accounts for the moment ive disabled the store. In theory you can sideload apps but ive not found any i want enough to look in to it
Thanks sted, yeah I'm not expecting the Store to be a great loss. I was aware of how to customise the Start screen as that's how this whole thread came about. My query to Rob was thinking he might have discovered other tips and tricks I'd not heard of.
Last edited by Tricky; 10th October 2013 at 11:40 AM.
For now if it requires a microsoft account its off.
As for resources. I tend to keep a "golden image" and back it up before i start messing with it again and again. Getting everything just right by a "Trial and Error Method".
Once i'm finished i will document it for you ( i need to document it for school anyway ) i will just publish a copy too.
I've been testing this for a few days. It seems to only work for 8.1 Enterprise and has no effect on Pro.
I can't seem to get it to show all of the tiles I've pinned if 'Remove common program groups from Start Menu' is enabled.
Hi Oh Dear.
Have you managed to find a solution to this. I'm also finding that when the group policy setting "Remove common program groups from Start Menu" is policy enabled, not all the customizations I make in the XML file are applied and there are missing tiles on the start screen.
Has anyone successfully customised the "All Apps" screen as well as the start menu tiles?
I've tried start menu folder redirection as well, but seem to be having no luck with customizing both the tiles and "apps" screen at the same time.
yes ive disable common stuff redirected to the same start menu as win7 and pinned the junk i want and its worked fine first time
Same here, we have the Start Screen XML now working, with All Apps pointed at the same redirected folder as Windows 7 - gives a nice mix of the two environments and seems to be working well.
I'm only just starting to look into this again. Just been playing again though and I still cant get all the pinned apps to show if I redirect to a local folder and remove common programs...
Any chance someone with it working can let me see their XML?
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