Category Archives: drivers

Make an MDT task sequence resolution independent.

You will often find yourself with a deployed computer that doesn’t match the resolution it’s supposed to use. It’s quite annoying, especially on laptops (have you seen how ugly Windows is when displayed at 1024×768 on a 1920×1200 screen?).

There is a very easy way around that:
  • Go to your task sequence properties.
  • Go to the OS info tab then click on “Edit Unattend.xml”
  • WSIM will launch, navigate to: Unattend\Components\1 windowsPE\x86_Microsoft-Windows-Setup_neutral (replace x86 with x64 if using a 64-bit OS, of course)
  • Delete the Display component.
  • Navigate to Unattend\Components\7 oobeSystem\x86_Microsoft-Windows-Setup_neutral (replace x86 with x64 if using a 64-bit OS, of course)
  • Delete the Display component.
  • Save and exit WSIM.
Congrats, you now have a resolution independent task sequence. It is highly recommended to have up to date drivers available in your deployment process.

Repair the TCP/IP stack in Windows.

Sometimes, the networking layer in Windows gets corrupted. Of course you don’t necessarily know why…
There are a few easy steps to fix it. The best one, in my opinion is a good old driver update which will not only reset the stack but will also bring you more stability. Check with your computer manufacturer/chipset vendor for that.

Alternatively or if you already have the best available driver (big up for staying up to date, here), you can issue a command to reset the TCP/IP stack:

  • In XP, from a command prompt, type the following: netsh int ip reset c:resetlog.txt
  • In Vista/7, from a command prompt with elevated privileges: netsh int ip reset
    (logging the results of the command is optional in Vista/7)

A reboot is recommended after as a few registry keys need to be regenerated.