Windows 10 Reference Image Tips and Tricks

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Windows 10

I’ve recently finished our companies Windows 10 reference image using MDT 2013 Update 1 to perform the build and capture. Then using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 SP1 CU1 + some hotfixes to deploy the reference image.

There have been a number of issues that I’ve had to find solutions for over the past 8 weeks not withstanding the numerous bugs in the RTM version of MDT 2013 Update 1.

These have included:

  • Setting default file type associations
  • Implementing custom branding such as lockscreen wallpaper and disabling the default hero wallpaper at login
  • Removing selected Windows 10 modern applications
  • Blocking Windows 10 modern applications that can’t be removed with App Locker
  • Creating a default custom start menu layout
  • Pinning default items to the taskbar
  • Group Policy settings, in particular for Edge and Internet Explorer 11 Co-Existence
  • USMT 10 implementation and data migration

Over the next week or two, I will be blogging on these topics and how I’ve implemented a solution to each.



  1. RP says:

    Looking forward to this series

  2. QuazL says:

    Looking forward to this.

  3. Zak says:

    Damon- Have you published any of those articles yet?

    • Damon Johns says:

      I’ve published quite a few blogs now relating to this – with one last week. If you have something specific that your interested in knowing more about let me know and I will post a blog on it – assuming I have done work in that area.

  4. Wes says:

    I would like to know more about how you went about “Blocking Windows 10 modern applications that can’t be removed with App Locker”.

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