All posts filed under: Windows 7

Accessing Windows Imaging Application Platform Interface (WIMGAPI) in PowerShell

If you have used the Deployment Imaging Servicing Management (DISM) cmdlets in Windows 8 (Server or Client), you would have quickly realized that the functionality is limited only to certain basic tasks around image servicing and tasks such as capturing a WIM image and applying WIM image are still with dism.exe. So, we still need to use dism.exe when we need to perform some of the advanced tasks as I mentioned here. Now, it may not a very suitable solution when you want to do everything using PowerShell. Of course, you can wrap dism.exe in PowerShell but in my opinion, that is not the best way! I prefer everything PowerShell as long as possible.

Microsoft Virtual Tech Days: Monitoring & Managing remote Windows 7 desktops with PowerShell – Slides & Scripts

Early this month, I did an online webcast session for MS Virtual Tech Days. This session was around how administrators can manage remote Windows 7 desktops with Windows PowerShell. Here are the slides from that session …. ..and the scripts I used for the demos. DemoScripts.zip The session recording will be available soon. I share it here as soon as it becomes available.

Programming Windows 7 taskbar using Windows API code pack and PowerShell

Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some features of Windows 7 and Windows Vista from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework. Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars Windows Shell Windows 7 Libraries Windows Shell Search API support Explorer Browser Control A hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities Windows Shell property system Drag and Drop for Shell Objects Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls Known Folders and non-file system containers DirectX Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs Sensor Platform APIs Extended Linguistic Services APIs Power Management APIs Application Restart and Recovery APIs Network List Manager APIs Command Link control and System defined Shell icons That is quite a bit. Being able to access these features from .NET makes it the best candidate for PowerShell too. When I …