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Announcements: Windows Search shows blank box

According to Microsoft Message Center:

We are aware of a temporary server-side issue causing Windows search to show a blank box. This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases, you might need to restart your device. We are working diligently to fully resolve the issue and will provide an update once resolved.

Announcement Date: February 05, 2020 – 09:32 AM PT


This issue was resolved at 12:00 PM PST. If you are still experiencing issues, please restart your device. In rare cases, you may need to manually end the SearchUI.exe or SearchApp.exe process via Task Manager. (To locate these processes, select CTRL + Shift + Esc then select the Details tab.)

Update Date: February 05, 2020 – 12:00 PM PT

Source: Windows message center

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NOW AVAILABLE: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (8443)

New version on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) has been released, build 8443, this version is available on the Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft will not tag this release with a year or update version, to align with System Center Configuration Manager and Windows 10 current branches, Microsoft will use the build number to distinguish each release.

Note: This update requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1607.

New Features:

  • Supported configuration updates
  1. Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1607.
  2. Windows 10, version 1607.
  3. Windows Server 2016.
  4. Configuration Manager, version 1606.
  • Quality updates
  1. Deployment Wizard scaling on high DPI devices
  2. Johan’s “uber bug” for computer replace scenario
  3. Multiple fixes for the Windows 10 in-place upgrade scenario
  4. Several fixes to Configure ADDS step
  5. Removed imagex/ocsetup dependencies, rely solely on DISM
  6. Includes the latest Configuration Manager task sequence binaries (version 1606)

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How to enable Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11


Enterprise mode is a compatibility mode feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 arrive as part of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows 7 devices, this feature will helps to improve compatibility of website, this feature is designed for users who still use applications written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer.

Enterprise Mode lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8, avoiding the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer. You can only add specific URLs, not Internet or Intranet Zones.

Enterprise Mode available as an update to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, Windows RT, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

This feature target users who stuck on older versions of Internet Explorer and can’t upgrade to latest version of Windows and Internet Explorer.

How to enable Enterprise Mode Feature?

You can enable this feature ether by local group policy, domain group policy or by registry.

The following screenshot will show you how to enable Enterprise Mode from Local Group Policy:

  1. Open Run and write gpedit.msc then press OK.

  1. Local Group Policy Editor Console will open.

  1. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Internet Explorer -> Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the tool menu

  1. Set it to Enable

  1. Optionally, specify location of your own list of websites that will be automatically loaded in Enterprise Mode.

    For more information about website lists check:
    Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

  1. Close Internet explorer 11 and open it again.
  2. Go to Tools menu and click on Enterprise Mode to enable

If you want to enable this feature from Domain Group Policy:

  1. Open Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Create a new group policy or use current one.
  3. Navigate to Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list setting, and then click Enabled from the following path:

    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Internet Explorer

If you want to enable this feature from Local Registry:

  1. Open Registry Editor such as Regedit.exe
  2. For all Users navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode

    For current use navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode

  3. Optionally, Type the location for where you plan to store your Enterprise Mode site list file. For example:


    HTTP location: “SiteList”=http://localhost:8080/sites.xml

    Local network: “SiteList”=file://network/shares/sites.xml

    Local file: “SiteList”=file:///c:\\Users\\<user>\\Documents\\testList.xml

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Hotfix: Deployment fails when deploy a task sequence to a Windows XP in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager


When you tried to deploy task sequence with captured image to a Windows XP machine using Operating System Deployment feature in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, the deployment fails and you may found the following error in smsts.log file:

CreateProcess failed. Code(0x800700C1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Command line execution failed (800700C1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Failed to install boot image.

is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Failed to install boot image CCR00004.

is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Failed to reboot the system. Error 0x(800700c1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Failed to initialize a system reboot.

is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)

Fatal error is returned in check for reboot request of the action (Restart in Windows PE).

is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)


To solve this issue install HOTFIX from KB2910552 on the following:

  1. Central Administration sites.
  2. Primary sites.
  3. Administrator consoles.
  4. Clients (Client update package will be created after installing hotfix on site system server).

Finally don’t forget to update Windows PE 3.1 boot images.

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Error message when you perform Windows 7 SP1 W/IE10 Deployment: “Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [Specialize]”



When you perform unattended installation of Windows 7 with SP1 and Internet Explorer 10 using MDT 2012 Update 1, you receive the following error message:

Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist.

Additionally, the following errors are logged in the %systemroot%\Panther\setupact.log

[setup.exe] SMI data results dump: Source = Name: Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer, Language: neutral, ProcessorArchitecture: x86, PublicKeyToken: 31bf3856ad364e35, VersionScope: nonSxS, /settings/IEWelcomeMsg

Error [setup.exe] SMI data results dump: Description = Setting is not defined in this component.

Error [0x060432] IBS The provided unattend file is not valid; hrResult = 0x80220001

Error [0x060565] IBS Callback_Unattend_InitEngine:The provided unattend file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] is not a valid unattended Setup answer file; hr = 0x1, hrSearched = 0x1, hrDeserialized = 0x0, hrImplicitCtx = 0x0, hrValidated = 0x1, hrResult = 0x80220001

Error [0x0600c2] IBS Callback_Unattend_InitEngine:An error occurred while finding/loading the unattend file; hr = 0x1, hrResult = 0x80220001[gle=0x00000490]

Info [0x0601d7] IBS InstallWindows:Error Type = 3211273


This issue occurs only in case you install Internet Explorer 10, IEWelcomeMsg settings is not defined.


To solve this problem, follow the below steps:

  1. Run Windows System Image Manager.
  2. Open Unattend.xml file from the following location:


  3. Right click on IEWelcomeMsg and delete this component:

  4. Save unattend file and Update deployment share.

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Cisco VPN client error: ‘Reason 442: Failed to enable virtual adapter’ on Windows 8


You successfully install Cisco VPN Client – Version on Microsoft Windows 8 but when you run the client, you received the following error:

Reason 442: Failed to enable virtual adapter


Wrong Display Name register for Cisco System VPN Adapter.


Follow the below steps:

  1. Open Device Manager and make sure the Cisco System VPN Adapter is Enabled

  2. Open Windows Registry and navigate to the following path:


  3. Double click on DisplayName key and change the Value Data by removing:

    @oem 13.ingf, %CvitA_Desc%

  4. After changing, the value should look like:

  5. Restart Windows 8 machine.
  6. Cisco client will be connected

Abduljalil Abolzahab


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Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 is now available to download.

Download Internet Explorer 10.  Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

  • Fast:  Internet Explorer 10 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
  • Easy:  Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spellcheck, and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
  • Safer:  Improved features like SmartScreen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Data Published: 12/11/2012

Abduljalil Abolzahab

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Windows 7 Deployment: Install Software Updates Action Hangs during operating system deployment


We are using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 – Operating System Deployment feature. We create task sequence to deploy Windows 7 and install software updates. In my scenario tasks sequence will install more than 60 software updates.

Deployment start and task sequence hang and stop responding when Downloading 1 of 75 Updates (0% Complete) in Install Software Updates action.


According to Microsoft Support KB2509007 This issue occurs because a deadlock occurs when the task sequence retrieves content locations for the updates.

In other scenario this issue may occur when large numbers of software updates are applied via Install Software Update action in task sequence.


To resolve this issue install hotfix from KB2509007 and follow instructions that explain how to install the KB2509007 hotfix during a ConfigMgr 2007 OSD task sequence.

In other scenario you can solve this issue by reduce number of software updates applied via Install Software Update action.

Abduljalil Abolzahab


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Failed to install .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012


When you try to install .NET Framework 3.5 on machines with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 you may receive the following error:


When you start installing .NET Framework 3.5 from Add features, Windows will tries to connect to Windows Update to download the required information for .NET Framework. And if your machine/server had no internet connection or unable to connect with Windows update service, this issue may occur.

According to Microsoft support, in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 .NET Framework is a Feature on Demand, the binaries and other files associated with the feature are not included.


Steps for Windows 8

  1. Insert the Windows 8 installation media
  2. Open Command Prompt as an administrator, run the following command:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Where D: is drive letter for the DVD drive or for the Windows 8 installation.

Steps for Windows 2012

  1. Insert the Windows Server 2012 installation media.
  2. Use Windows PowerShell and run the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature –name NET-Framework-Core –source D:\sources\sxs

Where D: is drive letter for the DVD drive or for the Windows 8 installation.

Abduljalil Abolzahab

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How to change volume license key for Windows 8

  1. Open the command prompt (CMD) with the Admin rights.
  2. Write “slui 3”

       3. The Windows Activation window will appear and you can key in the correct VL key.

Abduljalil Abolzahab


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