Microsoft’s Latest Insider Build Enables New Setup Options

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Brad Sams in Windows, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

As Microsoft finalizes development of Redstone 4 which will be released next month, they are releasing more builds closer together that primarily focus on stabilization. But, with the new build released today, version 17110, they are adding a new feature that lets you run custom actions/scripts during setup.

The feature, which is for enterprise customers, will execute custom actions as part of two phases of the setup process. This functionality occurs by using preinstall.cmd or precommit.cmd with each cmd described below:

  • Pre-install: This would be just before all the system and device compatibility scans run.
    Pre-commit: This would be just before the system reboots into the offline phase.

For future updates, setup migrates the scripts. For times when a rollback or install failure occurs, failure.cmd script can be utilized to perform custom operations or remove actions from previous scripts.

For those that are deploying Windows 10 across a large environment, these types of commands will be useful for making the upgrade process significantly easier. Hopefully, this will be another step in the right direction for keeping the life-cycle support on track because as of right now, Microsoft has been forced to extended support for earlier versions of Windows 10.

Aside from this change, there is one minor update for Docker for Windows users with Microsoft releasing the matching Windows container images of Server Core and Nano Server to the Docker Hub; the company is continuing to test this process.

Everything else is related to fixing bugs and of course, make sure to check out the known issues as well before installing this release.

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft’s Latest Insider Build Enables New Setup Options”

  1. PeteB

    Did they add a telemetry off switch yet? No?

    Sticking with Windows 7 until they do.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to PeteB:

      Meh. Because all of the sinister things that can come from knowing your box crashed.

      • PeteB

        In reply to jimchamplin:

        Right, because "over 2000 data points" to Basic level telemetry - by Microsoft's own admission and disclosure on their website before they deleted it soon after - is really needed for a crash dump.

    • Rycott

      In reply to PeteB:

      I have a spare tin foil hat if you need one.

    • warren

      In reply to PeteB:

      They did something much more useful than that -- Redstone 4 includes the ability to show you precisely what is being sent to Microsoft, like, right to the level of the actual blocks of JSON.

      That way you could actually learn what is and isn't being sent, instead of yelling TELEMETRY like Pavlov's salivating fucking dog every time you hear the words "Windows 10".

    • fbman

      In reply to PeteB:

      You do realize that windows 7 as telemetry as well that is sent to MS

      • PeteB

        In reply to fbman:

        Not if you block the trojan KB update to Windows 7 that they tried to backport telemetry with. And the CEIP in 7 isn't a constant trickle of data to MS that can be seen on a Wireshark every time you type a key in Windows 10.

        2000 data points being collected by "Basic" level in 10 - gimme a fckin break.

  2. Winner

    Still waiting for some cleanup on the UI. Alas...

  3. Tony Barrett

    The enterprise are really, really going to struggle with this update cycle MS are pushing. Most can barely update every 3 years, some even longer. This is going to lead to huge fragmentation within organisations, and probably, no matter how much MS advise against it, push companies into using the LTSB version.

    I don't think MS really get's it. The enterprise doesn't want features, or Cortana, or Edge, or constant updates and they definitely don't want telemetry collection. They just want a stable platform to run their LoB programs on that get's security updates for at least 5 years. Not a lot to ask! If Windows can no longer do that, maybe they'll start looking elsewhere.

    • PeteB

      In reply to ghostrider:

      They won't necessarily look elsewhere, they'll just run Windows 7 until MS decides to build a proper successor to it. 10 sure isn't.

      "But in 2020 everyone will _have_ to stop running Windows 7 cuz the support endz" - no, actually, everyone will keep running it anyway and MS will have to keep supporting it past 2020, or it will only hurt MS not to. If you thought XP was around too long, you ain't seen nuthin yet if MS doesn't pull their heads out and provide a telemetry off switch in 10, and better control over updates.

  4. tonchek

    No slow ring release for a while now...