Removing the Windows Domain login EULA for automated deployments

Pre-login EULA’s are a common sight within organisation’s forcing a user to “read” something then click OK allowing the system to continue to login. Automated build tools such as Ivanti, or MDT however are not keen on these things and often as part of a new environment it is recommended that a new Active Directory Organisational Unit is created and blocking inheritance of group policies applied so that the EULA can be filtered out. New systems built with automation tools are joined to the domain added to these OU’s to ensure that when systems reboot the automation is not interrupted by waiting for a manual EULA acceptance. But what happens in cases where you cannot create a staging OU and stop the EULA from applying either by design or by organisational requirements. Read More…

Windows 11 Start Menu Layout Group Policy

Windows 11 has launched today and it wasn’t long before I spotted some request for rearranging the start menu from the new centre layout to the traditional start menu on the left which can be pushed through a group policy or similar. Procmon to the rescue which found the following Reg location that handles this, so you can create a group policy preference etc configure you preference for new or traditional start button layout. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\TaskbarA1 Setting this dword code to “1” applies puts the start layout to the centre while applying “0” to this value moves the start menu back to the left hand side. Author: Dale Scriven
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