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MDT 2013 Custom Registry Hacks for Windows 8.1

Disable Windows 8.1 Lock Screen with MDT 2013

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ; Disable the Lock Screen [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization] "NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001

Disable Windows 8.1 Store Feature with MDT 2013



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Disable Windows 8.1 Apps Store Feature
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore]
"RemoveWindowsStore"=dword:00000001

Disable Windows 8.1 SkyDrive Integration with MDT 2013



Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;disable skydrive
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive]
"DisableFileSync"=dword:00000001

The above registry adjustments will affect the HKEY Current Users (HKCU) portion of the registry on the machine. This adds a level of complexity as you will need to mount the Default NT user .dat file to enact these changes. Making these changes in this manner ensures that all new logged in users will receive the registry adjustments in their HKCU hive. Again, how you incorporate these registry change into your image process is entirely up to you.
During my deployment sequence I like to copy over my pre-configured user-specifc .reg file Win8BasicConfig.reg and then mount Default NT user .dat file, execute the reg changes during the deployment process, and then unmount the .dat file all via batch file command.

HKCU bat file code [the path below will point to your deployment script path]:

REM mount the default NT user .dat file for the purpose of adding HKCU registry changes
REG LOAD "HKU\CUSTOM" "C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.DAT"
REM make the desired registry changes
regedit /s C:\Users\bjtechnews\Desktop\Win8BasicConfig.reg
REM unload the .dat file - very important
REG UNLOAD "HKU\CUSTOM"

Win8BasicConfig.reg file code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Disable the Lock Screen
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
"NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001
; Disable Windows 8.1 Apps Store Feature
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore]
"RemoveWindowsStore"=dword:00000001
;disable skydrive
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive]
"DisableFileSync"=dword:00000001

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1 Comment on MDT 2013 Custom Registry Hacks for Windows 8.1

  1. Thanks, this was very helpful.

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