Changes to Windows 10 Task Sequences 01/12/17 – Complete

This work is now complete.

Further to the advertised changes, the other alterations were made:

Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection installer updated to version 14 RU1.

Imaging Task Sequence

  • Fixed a problem in the model identification script that caused Task Sequence failures in some situations.

Please report any issues to the Service Desk via


The Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade, Provisioning and Imaging Task Sequences will be updated on Friday 1st December during the Task Sequence at risk period. It is therefore recommended that you do not attempt to carry out any Windows 10 installations or upgrades at this time.

We will inform you when the work has been completed.

The changes are:

Imaging Task Sequence

  • Changes to the disk format and partition steps to make them more robust, particularly on encrypted disks.
  • Upgrade Intel Bluetooth drivers and utility for HP EliteBook 8×0 G1 to a version compatible with 1703.
  • Upgrade HP 3D Drive Guard utility on HP EliteBook 2170p to a version compatible with 1703.

Provisioning Task Sequence

  • Add a check for BitLocker encryption to the beginning of the Task Sequence. If BitLocker is detected, the Task Sequence will exit and advise that the device must be decrypted before continuing.

In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence

  • Upgrades EFI Print Messenger (for the Online Printing service) to the latest version on PCs that already had it installed.

All Windows 10 Task Sequences

  • Microsoft Weather app configured to use the current location by default for all users (user can change this if they wish).


01/12/17 – 08:00am-09:00am


Please contact our Service Desk at for more information.

Update to Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence

Given the current situation regard with to XMA/Toshiba  sending a newer version of Windows than we are ready to adopt, we have decided to bring this change forward to tomorrow morning (16th November 2017)


On the morning of Wednesday 22rd November 2017, the Windows 10 Imaging Task Sequence will be updated to v1.2.

There are changes to the disk partition layout to conform to Microsoft recommendations and Manufacturer’s practice.

The version of Windows 10 installed will be 1703 instead of 1607.

There is also be a minor change to the way application defaults are set.

The task sequence will be unavailable between 8:00am and 9:30am while this change is made.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or

Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade early adoption

We are looking to begin the migration of staff users to Windows 10 later this calendar year. For existing Windows 7 Service PCs, we will be using an ‘In-Place Upgrade’ Task Sequence to upgrade the PC to Windows 10. Assuming the PC’s Windows 7 installation is in a healthy condition, this avoids the need to re-image and therefore having to backup and restore the user’s applications and files.

 We’d like to invite School IT, PC Tech Support and Service Desk staff to trial the latest Windows 10 build and upgrade process. This is still very much under development with new features being added all the time. As these features are added we will deploy them to any PCs that have already migrated, so you will not have to re-image your PC again later to get the final build.

 If you would like to try out the process and build, please submit a case to the EUC team with the same subject line as this e-mail and provide the PC name(s) you wish to migrate. These can be your main PC or a development/test PC, and it must be running the Windows 7 Staff service. Please do not provide PC names for machines used by non-IT staff end users.

Once we have the name of your PC we will check for any compatibility warnings returned by your PC(s) and advise you on any action required. We will also advertise the Task Sequence to you at that point.

The process can take up to a couple of hours during which you won’t be able to use the PC. For the full rollout we are therefore proposing that end users trigger the update at the end of the day and leave it running overnight. However, if you’d rather run it during the day (for example if you need to take your laptop home with you each night) then that is not a problem.  

If you have any questions regarding this or encounter any issues, please let us know via the Service Desk.