Have gotten the Task Sequence error code 0x80072F87 lately and you have no clue of what it means or why your task sequences won’t run even though everything looks OK?

Well this little bugger kept me and the whole team where I am assigned at confused for a day or two.

The solution was simple: The computer date and time was wrong.

So fix the date and time and you’re all set to go.

Good Luck! 🙂


Have you had an USMT job running and you want to exclude a specific file but it keeps on getting migrated? You check your xml file and see that everything is as it should but the file still keeps migrating? Well there is a reason for that. I’m going to try and give you a quick explanation.

Simply put if you have a include of any type somewhere in your xml file(s) then your targeted exclusion will still be migrated. So you can use as many Excludes or Unconditional Excludes as you like, but if you have another Rule section or Component section or etc. It will be included.

To read more on this topic in detail please visit: http://chentiangemalc.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/how-to-exclude-files-usmt-4-0/

Hope this helps you out with your next USMT job 😉

The ”Switch User” feature was something that came in Windows XP but is also implemented in Windows Vista and Windows 7. It enables one user to switch to another user without ending their session. It can be very useful feature but if you have a shared PC where there are applications that can’t and should not have simultanious sessions running of them on the same PC you’ll want to turn it off. This is also something that works on Windows Vista as well.

If you’re in an enterprise environment the easiest way is to use Group Policies. The other option is to disable it in the registry.

  1. Type GPedit.msc in RUN or Starmenu Searchbox and press Enter. It’ll open Group Policy Editor.
  2. Now go to: Local Computer Policy\Administrative Templates\System\Logon
  3. In the right-side pane, double-click on ”Hide entry points for Fast User Switching” option and set it to Enabled
  4. There you go, the Switch User option is now disabled in the Welcome Screen and the Shutdown menu

Now you can do the same thing in the registry

  1. Type regedit in RUN or Startmneu Searchbox and press Enter.
  2. When the Registry Editor opens go to:
  3. In the right-side pane, create a new DWORD value HideFastUserSwitching and set it’s value to 1
  4. Now you’ve done the same as in scenario one but with the difference of using the registry.

/Pouya S.