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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Remove Windows Desktop Search from Lite Touch Installation

For some unknown reason the workstations here automatically get WDS (Windows Desktop Search) installed once lite touch starts grabbing updates from windows update. You would think it's a bloody optional update- apparently not!

In anycase, I've figured out two ways to remove this from the systems.

Method 1 - Create a vbscript to remove the bloody software after it gets installed.

Creating a task sequance inside your build - I called it "RemoveWDS" and selected it to be added as a run as command line sequance. This task sequance runs the following command:
cscript.exe "%SCRIPTROOT%\RemoveWindowsSearch.vbs"
Then create the actual vbs script inside %SCRIPTROOT% ( the script directory on your distribution point) containing the following code:
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.Run("%comspec% /k %systemroot%\$NtUninstallKB940157$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /q")
Method 2 - Exclude the update from lite touch.
In the MDT CustomSettings.ini (Rules) include the line "WUMU_ExcludeKB1=940157" (this would exclude the windows search update before even installing it).

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