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Software Author(s):

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Boxstarter WinConfig Module

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2.4.159 | Updated: 18 Jan 2015



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To install Boxstarter WinConfig Module, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Boxstarter WinConfig Module, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Boxstarter WinConfig Module, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade boxstarter.winconfig -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade boxstarter.winconfig -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure boxstarter.winconfig installed
    name: boxstarter.winconfig
    state: present
    version: 2.4.159
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'boxstarter.winconfig' do
  action    :install
  version  '2.4.159'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: boxstarter.winconfig,
    Version: 2.4.159,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller boxstarter.winconfig
   Name     = 'boxstarter.winconfig'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '2.4.159'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'boxstarter.winconfig':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '2.4.159',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install boxstarter.winconfig version="2.4.159" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved as a trusted package on 18 Jan 2015.


Functions that Boxstarter uses to customize the windows environment.

Resolve-Path $PSScriptRoot\*.ps1 | 
    % { . $_.ProviderPath }

Export-ModuleMember Disable-UAC, Enable-UAC, Get-UAC, Disable-InternetExplorerESC, Get-ExplorerOptions, Set-TaskbarSmall, Install-WindowsUpdate, Move-LibraryDirectory, Enable-RemoteDesktop, Set-ExplorerOptions, Get-LibraryNames, Update-ExecutionPolicy, Enable-MicrosoftUpdate, Disable-MicrosoftUpdate, Set-StartScreenOptions, Set-CornerNavigationOptions, Set-WindowsExplorerOptions, Set-TaskbarOptions
function Disable-InternetExplorerESC {
Turns off IE Enhanced Security Configuration that is on by default on Server OS versions


    $AdminKey = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A7-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}"
    $UserKey = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A8-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}"
    if(Test-Path $AdminKey){
        Set-ItemProperty -Path $AdminKey -Name "IsInstalled" -Value 0
        $disabled = $true
    if(Test-Path $UserKey) {
        Set-ItemProperty -Path $UserKey -Name "IsInstalled" -Value 0
        $disabled = $true
    if($disabled) {
        Write-Output "IE Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC) has been disabled."
function Disable-MicrosoftUpdate {
Turns off Microsoft Update, so additional updates for other Microsoft products, installed on the system, will not be included when running Windows Update.


	if(Get-IsMicrosoftUpdateEnabled) {
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Microsoft Update is currently enabled."
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Disabling Microsoft Update..."
		# Making modifications to removed an established Service, when being executed from a remote session, needs elevated permissions.
		# As a result, a call to invoke a scheduled task to execute the work will be used, otherwise execute normally.
			Invoke-FromTask @"
				`$serviceManager = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager -Strict
				`$serviceManager.ClientApplicationID = "Boxstarter"
			$serviceManager = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager -Strict
			$serviceManager.ClientApplicationID = "Boxstarter"
	else {
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Microsoft Update is already disabled, no action will be taken."
function Disable-UAC {
Turns off Windows User Access Control


    Write-BoxstarterMessage "Disabling UAC"
    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System -Name EnableLUA  -Value 0
function Enable-MicrosoftUpdate {
Turns on Microsoft Update, so additional updates for other Microsoft products, installed on the system, will be included when running Windows Update.


	if(!(Get-IsMicrosoftUpdateEnabled)) {
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Microsoft Update is currently disabled."
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Enabling Microsoft Update..."
		$serviceManager = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager -Strict
		$serviceManager.ClientApplicationID = "Boxstarter"
	else {
		Write-BoxstarterMessage "Microsoft Update is already enabled, no action will be taken."
function Enable-RemoteDesktop {
Allows Remote Desktop access to machine and enables Remote Desktop firewall rule


    Write-BoxstarterMessage "Enabling Remote Desktop..."
    $obj = Get-WmiObject -Class "Win32_TerminalServiceSetting" -Namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices
    if($obj -eq $null) {
        Write-BoxstarterMessage "Unable to locate terminalservices namespace. Remote Desktop is not enabled"
    $obj.SetAllowTsConnections(1,1) | out-null
function Enable-UAC {
Turns on Windows User Access Control


    Write-BoxstarterMessage "Enabling UAC"
    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System -Name EnableLUA  -Value 1
function Get-LibraryNames {
Lists all Windows Library folders (My Pictures, personal, downloads, etc)

Libraries are special folders that map to a specific location on disk. These are usually found somewhere under $env:userprofile. This function can be used to discover the existing libraries and then use Move-LibraryDirectory to move the path of a library if desired.


    $shells = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders'
    $retVal = @()
    (Get-Item $shells).Property | % {
        $property = ( Get-ItemProperty -Path $shells -Name $_ )
        $retVal += @{ "$_"=$property."$_" }
    return $retVal
<#A Build step copies this function to bootstrapper Directory. Only edit script in Helpers#>
function Get-UAC {
Checks if User Access Control is turned on


    $uac=Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System -Name EnableLUA
    return $uac.EnableLUA -eq 1
function Install-WindowsUpdate {
Downloads and installs updates via Windows Update

This uses the windows update service to search, download and install updates. By default, only critical updates are included and a reboot will be induced if required.

If this switch is set, the default windows update server, if any, is bypassed and windows update requests go to the public Microsoft Windows update service.

If any update requires a Eula acceptance, setting this switch will accept the Eula and allow the update to be installed.

.PARAMETER SuppressReboots
Setting this switch will suppress a reboot in the event that any update requires one.

The criteria used for searching updates. The default criteria is "IsHidden=0 and IsInstalled=0 and Type='Software'" which is effectively just critical updates.


        [string]$criteria="IsHidden=0 and IsInstalled=0 and Type='Software'"

        Invoke-FromTask @"
Import-Module $($boxstarter.BaseDir)\boxstarter.WinConfig\Boxstarter.Winconfig.psd1
Install-WindowsUpdate -GetUpdatesFromMS:`$$GetUpdatesFromMS -AcceptEula:`$$AcceptEula -SuppressReboots -Criteria "$Criteria"
"@ -IdleTimeout 0 -TotalTimeout 0

        $searchSession=Start-TimedSection "Checking for updates..."        
        $updateSession =new-object -comobject "Microsoft.Update.Session"
        $Downloader =$updateSession.CreateUpdateDownloader()
        $Installer =$updateSession.CreateUpdateInstaller()
        $Searcher =$updatesession.CreateUpdateSearcher()
        if($getUpdatesFromMS) {
            $Searcher.ServerSelection = 2 #2 is the Const for the Windows Update server
        $wus=Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -Filter "Name='wuauserv'"
        Write-BoxstarterMessage "Update service is in the $origStatus state and its startup type is $origStartupType" -verbose
        if($origStartupType -eq "Auto"){
            $origStartupType = "Automatic"
        if($origStatus -eq "Stopped"){
            if($origStartupType -eq "Disabled"){
                Set-Service wuauserv -StartupType Automatic
            Start-Service wuauserv

        $Result = $Searcher.Search($criteria)
        Stop-TimedSection $searchSession
        $totalUpdates = $Result.updates.count

        If ($totalUpdates -ne 0)
            Out-BoxstarterLog "$($Result.updates.count) Updates found"
            $currentCount = 0
            foreach($update in $result.updates) {
                    if($acceptEula) {
                    else {
                        Out-BoxstarterLog " * $($update.title) has a user agreement that must be accepted. Call Install-WindowsUpdate with the -AcceptEula parameter to accept all user agreements. This update will be ignored."

                $Result= $null
                if ($update.isDownloaded -eq "true" -and ($update.InstallationBehavior.CanRequestUserInput -eq $false )) {
                    Out-BoxstarterLog " * $($update.title) already downloaded"
                    $result = install-Update $update $currentCount $totalUpdates
                elseif($update.InstallationBehavior.CanRequestUserInput -eq $true) {
                    Out-BoxstarterLog " * $($update.title) Requires user input and will not be downloaded"
                else {
                    Download-Update $update
                    $result = Install-Update $update $currentCount $totalUpdates

            if($result -ne $null -and $result.rebootRequired) {
                if($SuppressReboots) {
                    Out-BoxstarterLog "A Restart is Required."
                } else {
                    Write-BoxstarterMessage "Restart Required. Restarting now..."
                    Stop-TimedSection $installSession
                    if(test-path function:\Invoke-Reboot) {
                        return Invoke-Reboot
                    } else {
                        Restart-Computer -force
        else{Write-BoxstarterMessage "There is no update applicable to this machine"}    
    catch {
        Write-BoxstarterMessage "There were problems installing updates: $($_.ToString())"
    finally {
            Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU -Name UseWuServer -Value $origAUVal -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        if($origStatus -eq "Stopped")
            Write-BoxstarterMessage "Stopping win update service and setting its startup type to $origStartupType" -verbose
            Set-Service wuauserv -StartupType $origStartupType
            stop-service wuauserv -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

function Download-Update($update) {
    $downloadSession=Start-TimedSection "Download of $($update.Title)"
    $updates= new-Object -com "Microsoft.Update.UpdateColl"
    $updates.Add($update) | out-null
    $Downloader.Updates = $updates
    $Downloader.Download() | Out-Null
    Stop-TimedSection $downloadSession

function Install-Update($update, $currentCount, $totalUpdates) {
    $installSession=Start-TimedSection "Install $currentCount of $totalUpdates updates: $($update.Title)"
    $updates= new-Object -com "Microsoft.Update.UpdateColl"
    $updates.Add($update) | out-null
    $Installer.updates = $Updates
    try { $result = $Installer.Install() } catch {
        if(!($SuppressReboots) -and (test-path function:\Invoke-Reboot)){
        # Check for WU_E_INSTALL_NOT_ALLOWED  
        if($_.Exception.HResult -eq -2146233087) {
            Out-BoxstarterLog "There is either an update in progress or there is a pending reboot blocking the install."
            Out-BoxstarterLog "If you are using the Bootstrapper or Chocolatey module, try using:"
            Out-BoxstarterLog "if(Test-PendingReboot){Invoke-Reboot}"
            Out-BoxstarterLog "This will perform a reboot if reboots are pending."
    Stop-TimedSection $installSession
    return $result
function Move-LibraryDirectory {
Moves a Windows Library folder (My Pictures, personal, downloads, etc) to the given path

Libraries are special folders that map to a specific location on disk. These are usually found somewhere under $env:userprofile. This function can be used to redirect the library folder to a new location on disk. If the new location does not already exist, the directory will be created. Any content in the former library directory will be moved to the new location unless the DoNotMoveOldContent switch is used. Use Get-LibraryNames to discover the names of different libraries and their current physical directories.

.PARAMETER libraryName
The name of the library to move

The path to move the library to. If the path does not exist, it will be created.

.PARAMETER DoNotMoveOldContent
If this switch is used, any content in the current physical directory that the library points to will not be moved to the new path.

Move-LibraryDirectory "Personal" "$env:UserProfile\skydrive\documents"

This moves the Personal library (aka Documents) to the documents folder off of the default skydrive directory.


    #why name the key downloads when you can name it {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}? duh.
    if($libraryName.ToLower() -eq "downloads") {$libraryName="{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}"}
    $shells = (Get-Item 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders')
    if(-not ($shells.Property -Contains $libraryName)) {
        throw "$libraryName is not a valid Library"
    $oldPath =  (Get-ItemProperty 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders' -name "$libraryName")."$libraryName"
    if(-not (test-path "$newPath")){
        New-Item $newPath -type directory
    if((resolve-path $oldPath).Path -eq (resolve-path $newPath).Path) {return}
    Set-ItemProperty 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders' $libraryName $newPath
    Set-ItemProperty 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders' $libraryName $newPath
    if(!$DoNotMoveOldContent) { Move-Item -Force $oldPath/* $newPath }
function Restart-Explorer {

        Write-BoxstarterMessage "Restarting the Windows Explorer process..."
        $user = Get-CurrentUser
        try { $explorer = Get-Process -Name explorer -ErrorAction stop -IncludeUserName } 
        catch {$global:error.RemoveAt(0)}
        if($explorer -ne $null) { 
            $explorer | ? { $_.UserName -eq "$($user.Domain)\$($user.Name)"} | Stop-Process -Force -ErrorAction Stop | Out-Null

        Start-Sleep 1

        if(!(Get-Process -Name explorer -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) {
            start-Process -FilePath explorer
    } catch {$global:error.RemoveAt(0)}
function Set-CornerNavigationOptions {
Sets options for the Windows Corner Navigation

.PARAMETER EnableUpperRightCornerShowCharms
When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms

.PARAMETER DisableUpperRightCornerShowCharms
Disables the showing of charms when pointing to the upper right corner, see EnableUpperRightCornerShowCharms

.PARAMETER EnableUpperLeftCornerSwitchApps
When I click the upper-left corner, switch between my recent apps

.PARAMETER DisableUpperLeftCornerSwitchApps
Disables the switching between recent apps, when clicking in the upper-left corner, see EnableUpperLeftCornerSwitchApps

.PARAMETER EnableUsePowerShellOnWinX
Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X

.PARAMETER DisableUsePowerShellOnWinX
Disables the showing of Windows PowerShell in the lower-left corner, see EnableUsePowerShellOnWinX

	$PSBoundParameters.Keys | % {
        if($_-like "En*"){ $other="Dis" + $_.Substring(2)}
        if($_-like "Dis*"){ $other="En" + $_.Substring(3)}
        if($PSBoundParameters[$_] -and $PSBoundParameters[$other]) {
            throw new-Object -TypeName ArgumentException "You may not set both $_ and $other. You can only set one."

	$edgeUIKey = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUi'
	$advancedKey = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced'

	if(Test-Path -Path $edgeUIKey) {
		if($EnableUpperRightCornerShowCharms) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $edgeUIKey -Name 'DisableTRCorner' -Value 0 }
		if($DisableUpperRightCornerShowCharms) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $edgeUIKey -Name 'DisableTRCorner' -Value 1 }

		if($EnableUpperLeftCornerSwitchApps) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $edgeUIKey -Name 'DisableTLCorner' -Value 0 }
		if($DisableUpperLeftCornerSwitchApps) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $edgeUIKey -Name 'DisableTLCorner' -Value 1 }

	if(Test-Path -Path $advancedKey) {
		if($EnableUsePowerShellOnWinX) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $advancedKey -Name 'DontUsePowerShellOnWinX' -Value 0 }
		if($DisableUsePowerShellOnWinX) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $advancedKey -Name 'DontUsePowerShellOnWinX' -Value 1 }
function Set-ExplorerOptions {
Sets options on the windows Explorer shell

.PARAMETER showHidenFilesFoldersDrives
If this switch is set, hidden files will be shown in windows explorer

.PARAMETER showProtectedOSFiles
If this flag is set, hidden Operating System files will be shown in windows explorer

.PARAMETER showFileExtensions
Setting this switch will cause windows explorer to include the file extension in file names



	Write-Warning "This command is deprecated, use Set-WindowsExplorerOptions instead."
	Write-Warning "Your call to this function will now be routed to the Set-WindowsExplorerOptions function."

	if($showHidenFilesFoldersDrives) { Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives }
    if($showFileExtensions) { Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowProtectedOSFiles }
    if($showProtectedOSFiles) { Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowFileExtensions }
function Set-StartScreenOptions {
Sets options for the Windows Start Screen.

.PARAMETER EnableBootToDesktop
When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start

.PARAMETER DisableBootToDesktop
Disables the Boot to Desktop Option, see enableBootToDesktop

.PARAMETER EnableDesktopBackgroundOnStart
Show Desktop background on Start

.PARAMETER DisableDesktopBackgroundOnStart
Do not show Desktop background on Start

.PARAMETER EnableShowStartOnActiveScreen
Show Start on the display I'm using when I press the Windows logo key

.PARAMETER DisableShowStartOnActiveScreen
Disables the displaying of the Start screen on active screen, see enableShowStartOnActiveScreen

.PARAMETER EnableShowAppsViewOnStartScreen
Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start

PARAMETER DisableShowAppsViewOnStartScreen
Disables the showing of Apps View when Start is activated, see enableShowAppsViewOnStartScreen

.PARAMETER EnableSearchEverywhereInAppsView
Search everywhere instead of just my apps when I search from the Apps View

.PARAMETER DisableSearchEverywhereInAppsView
Disables the searching of everywhere instead of just apps, see enableSearchEverywhereInAppsView

.PARAMETER EnableListDesktopAppsFirst
List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it's sorted by category

.PARAMETER DisableListDesktopAppsFirst
Disables the ability to list desktop apps first when sorted by category, see enableListDesktopAppsFirst



    $PSBoundParameters.Keys | %{
        if($_-like "En*"){ $other="Dis" + $_.Substring(2)}
        if($_-like "Dis*"){ $other="En" + $_.Substring(3)}
        if($PSBoundParameters[$_] -and $PSBoundParameters[$other]){
            throw new-Object -TypeName ArgumentException "You may not set both $_ and $other. You can only set one."

	$key = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer'
    $startPageKey = "$key\StartPage"
    $accentKey = "$key\Accent"

	if(Test-Path -Path $startPageKey) {
		if($enableBootToDesktop) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'OpenAtLogon' -Value 0 }
		if($disableBootToDesktop) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'OpenAtLogon' -Value 1 }

		if($enableShowStartOnActiveScreen) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'MonitorOverride' -Value 1 }
		if($disableShowStartOnActiveScreen) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'MonitorOverride' -Value 0 }

		if($enableShowAppsViewOnStartScreen) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'MakeAllAppsDefault' -Value 1 }
		if($disableShowAppsViewOnStartScreen) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'MakeAllAppsDefault' -Value 0 }

		if($enableSearchEverywhereInAppsView) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'GlobalSearchInApps' -Value 1 }
		if($disableSearchEverywhereInAppsView) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'GlobalSearchInApps' -Value 0 }

		if($enableListDesktopAppsFirst) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'DesktopFirst' -Value 1 }
		if($disableListDesktopAppsFirst) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $startPageKey -Name 'DesktopFirst' -Value 0 }

	if(Test-Path -Path $accentKey) {
		if($EnableDesktopBackgroundOnStart) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $accentKey -Name 'MotionAccentId_v1.00' -Value 219 }
		if($DisableDesktopBackgroundOnStart) { Set-ItemProperty -Path $accentKey -Name 'MotionAccentId_v1.00' -Value 221 }
function Set-TaskbarOptions {
Sets options for the Windows Task Bar

Locks the taskbar

Unlocks the taskbar

Changes the size of the Taskbar Icons.  Valid inputs are Small and Large.

Changes the location in which the Taskbar is docked.  Valid inputs are Top, Left, Bottom and Right.


	$key = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced'
	$dockingKey = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2'

	if(Test-Path -Path $key) {
			Set-ItemProperty $key TaskbarSizeMove 0
			Set-ItemProperty $key TaskbarSizeMove 1 

		switch ($Size) {
			"Small" { Set-ItemProperty $key TaskbarSmallIcons 1 }
			"Large" { Set-ItemProperty $key TaskbarSmallIcons 0 }


	if(Test-Path -Path $dockingKey) {
		switch ($Dock) {
			"Top" { Set-ItemProperty -Path $dockingKey -Name Settings -Value ([byte[]] (0x28,0x00,0x00,0x00,0xff,0xff,0xff,0xff,0x02,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x01,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x3e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x2e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x80,0x07,0x00,0x00,0x2e,0x00,0x00,0x00)) }
			"Left" { Set-ItemProperty -Path $dockingKey -Name Settings -Value ([byte[]] (0x28,0x00,0x00,0x00,0xff,0xff,0xff,0xff,0x02,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x3e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x2e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x3e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0xb0,0x04,0x00,0x00)) }
			"Bottom" { Set-ItemProperty -Path $dockingKey -Name Settings -Value ([byte[]] (0x28,0x00,0x00,0x00,0xff,0xff,0xff,0xff,0x02,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x03,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x3e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x2e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x82,0x04,0x00,0x00,0x80,0x07,0x00,0x00,0xb0,0x04,0x00,0x00)) }
			"Right" { Set-ItemProperty -Path $dockingKey -Name Settings -Value ([byte[]] (0x28,0x00,0x00,0x00,0xff,0xff,0xff,0xff,0x02,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x02,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x3e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x2e,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x42,0x07,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x80,0x07,0x00,0x00,0xb0,0x04,0x00,0x00)) }

function Set-TaskbarSmall {
Makes the windows task bar skinny
	Write-Warning "This command is deprecated, use Set-TaskbarOptions instead."
	Write-Warning "Your call to this function will now be routed to the Set-TaskbarOptions function."

    Set-TaskbarOptions -Size Small
function Set-WindowsExplorerOptions {
Sets options on the Windows Explorer shell

.PARAMETER EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives
If this flag is set, hidden files will be shown in Windows Explorer

.PARAMETER DisableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives
Disables the showing on hidden files in Windows Explorer, see EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives

.PARAMETER EnableShowProtectedOSFiles
If this flag is set, hidden Operating System files will be shown in Windows Explorer

.PARAMETER DisableShowProtectedOSFiles
Disables the showing of hidden Operating System Files in Windows Explorer, see EnableShowProtectedOSFiles

.PARAMETER EnableShowFileExtensions
Setting this switch will cause Windows Explorer to include the file extension in file names

.PARAMETER DisableShowFileExtensions
Disables the showing of file extension in file names, see EnableShowFileExtensions

.PARAMETER EnableShowFullPathInTitleBar
Setting this switch will cause Windows Explorer to show the full folder path in the Title Bar

.PARAMETER DisableShowFullPathInTitleBar
Disables the showing of the full path in Windows Explorer Title Bar, see EnableShowFullPathInTitleBar




	$PSBoundParameters.Keys | % {
        if($_-like "En*"){ $other="Dis" + $_.Substring(2)}
        if($_-like "Dis*"){ $other="En" + $_.Substring(3)}
        if($PSBoundParameters[$_] -and $PSBoundParameters[$other]) {
            throw new-Object -TypeName ArgumentException "You may not set both $_ and $other. You can only set one."

	$key = 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer'
    $advancedKey = "$key\Advanced"
	$cabinetStateKey = "$key\CabinetState"

    Write-BoxstarterMessage "Setting Windows Explorer options..."

	if(Test-Path -Path $advancedKey) {
		if($EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey Hidden 1}
		if($DisableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey Hidden 0}
		if($EnableShowFileExtensions) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey HideFileExt 0}
		if($DisableShowFileExtensions) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey HideFileExt 1}
		if($EnableShowProtectedOSFiles) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey ShowSuperHidden 1}
		if($DisableShowProtectedOSFiles) {Set-ItemProperty $advancedKey ShowSuperHidden 0}

	if(Test-Path -Path $cabinetStateKey) {
		if($EnableShowFullPathInTitleBar) {Set-ItemProperty $cabinetStateKey FullPath  1}
		if($DisableShowFullPathInTitleBar) {Set-ItemProperty $cabinetStateKey FullPath  0}
function Update-ExecutionPolicy {
Sets the execution policy for the current account

The execution policy is set in a separate elevated 
PowerShell process. If running in the chocolatey runner, 
the current window cannot be used because its execution 
policy has been explicitly set.

If on a 64 bit machine, the policy will be set for both 
64 and 32 bit shells.

The execution policy to set

    write-BoxstarterMessage "Setting PowerShell execution context to $policy"
    if(Is64Bit) {
        Start-Process "$env:SystemRoot\SysWOW64\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -verb runas -wait -argumentList "-noprofile -WindowStyle hidden -noninteractive -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command `"Set-ExecutionPolicy $policy`""
    Start-Process "powershell.exe" -verb runas -wait -argumentList "-noprofile -noninteractive -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -WindowStyle hidden -Command `"Set-ExecutionPolicy $policy`""

function Is64Bit {  [IntPtr]::Size -eq 8  }
$tools = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
. (Join-Path $tools Setup.ps1)
try { 
    $ModuleName = (Get-ChildItem $tools | ?{ $_.PSIsContainer }).BaseName
    Install-Boxstarter "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)" $ModuleName
    Write-ChocolateySuccess $ModuleName
} catch {
    Write-ChocolateyFailure $ModuleName "$($_.Exception.Message)"
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function Install-Boxstarter($here, $ModuleName) {
    $boxstarterPath=Join-Path $env:AppData Boxstarter
    if(!(test-Path $boxstarterPath)){
        mkdir $boxstarterPath
    $packagePath=Join-Path $boxstarterPath BuildPackages
    if(!(test-Path $packagePath)){
        mkdir $packagePath
    foreach($ModulePath in (Get-ChildItem $here | ?{ $_.PSIsContainer })){
        $target=Join-Path $boxstarterPath $modulePath.BaseName
        if(test-Path $target){
            Remove-Item $target -Recurse -Force
    Copy-Item "$here\*" $boxstarterPath -Recurse -Force -Exclude ChocolateyInstall.ps1, Setup.*

    PersistBoxStarterPathToEnvironmentVariable "PSModulePath"
    PersistBoxStarterPathToEnvironmentVariable "Path"
    $binPath =  "$here\..\..\..\bin"
    $boxModule=Get-Module Boxstarter.Chocolatey
    if($boxModule) {
        if($boxModule.Path -like "$env:LOCALAPPDATA\Apps\*") {
        Import-Module "$boxstarterPath\$ModuleName" -DisableNameChecking -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $successMsg = @"
The $ModuleName Module has been copied to $boxstarterPath and added to your Module path. 
You will need to open a new console for the path to be visible.
Use 'Get-Module Boxstarter.* -ListAvailable' to list all Boxstarter Modules.
To list all available Boxstarter Commands, use:
PS:>Import-Module $ModuleName
PS:>Get-Command -Module Boxstarter.*

To find more info visit or use:
PS:>Import-Module $ModuleName
PS:>Get-Help Boxstarter
    Write-Host $successMsg

    if($ModuleName -eq "Boxstarter.Chocolatey" -and !$env:appdata.StartsWith($env:windir)) {
        $desktop = $([System.Environment]::GetFolderPath([System.Environment+SpecialFolder]::DesktopDirectory))
        $startMenu=$("$env:appdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Boxstarter")
        if(!(Test-Path $startMenu)){
            mkdir $startMenu
        $targetArgs="-ExecutionPolicy bypass -NoExit -Command `"&'$boxstarterPath\BoxstarterShell.ps1'`""

        $link = Join-Path $desktop "Boxstarter Shell.lnk"
        Create-Shortcut $link $target $targetArgs $boxstarterPath

        $link = Join-Path $startMenu "Boxstarter Shell.lnk"
        Create-Shortcut $link $target $targetArgs $boxstarterPath

        Set-Content -Path "$binPath\BoxstarterShell.bat" -Force -Value "$target $TargetArgs"

function Create-Shortcut($location, $target, $targetArgs, $boxstarterPath) {
    $wshshell = New-Object -ComObject WScript.Shell
    $lnk = $wshshell.CreateShortcut($location)
    $lnk.TargetPath = $target
    $lnk.Arguments = "$targetArgs"
    $lnk.WorkingDirectory = $boxstarterPath

	$tempFile = "$env:temp\TempShortcut.lnk"
	$writer = new-object System.IO.FileStream $tempFile, ([System.IO.FileMode]::Create)
	$reader = new-object System.IO.FileStream $location, ([System.IO.FileMode]::Open)
	while ($reader.Position -lt $reader.Length)
		$byte = $reader.ReadByte()
		if ($reader.Position -eq 22) {
			$byte = 34
	Move-Item -Path $tempFile $location -Force
function PersistBoxStarterPathToEnvironmentVariable($variableName){
    $value = [Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable($variableName, 'User')
        $values=($value -split ';' | ?{ !($_.ToLower() -match "\\boxstarter$")}) -join ';'
    elseif($variableName -eq "PSModulePath") {
        $values +="\WindowsPowerShell\Modules;$boxstarterPath"
    else {
        $values ="$boxstarterPath"
    if(!$value -or !($values -contains $boxstarterPath)){
        $values = $values.Replace(';;',';')
        [Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable($variableName, $values, 'User')
        $varValue = Get-Content env:\$variableName
        $varValue += ";$boxstarterPath"
        $varValue = $varValue.Replace(';;',';')
        Set-Content env:\$variableName -value $varValue

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.12.0 391642 Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.11.0 65596 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.10.3 53691 Thursday, July 27, 2017 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.9.27 2537 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.9.26 5360 Monday, June 19, 2017 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.9.24 660 Sunday, June 18, 2017 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.9.14 6863 Friday, May 5, 2017 Approved
Boxstarter WinConfig Module 2.9.5 4770 Thursday, March 30, 2017 Approved

  • Suppress caught errors in Invoke-FromScheduledTask from bubbling up to final result
    • Work around nuget.exe limitations of handling files in system profile directory
    • Provide improved error logging of chocolatey errors.
    • Fixes issue where windows update reboots maching in the midst of a run.
    • Fixes failures from exceptions thrown from bitlocker module even when bitlocker is not in use.
    • Fixes Invoke-Reboot from a nested package and bubbles up the reboot signal
    • Update docs to reflect github as repo home and remove all codeplex links
    • Fix for all write-host calls being logged to Boxstarter log file even when there is no install session in progress
    • fixing issue where auto login is not disabled after boxstarter run
    • fixing wait for published version to retry for a minute if the new version is not yet marked published
    • Improve initial connectin performance by skipping remoting check if it has already been tested in enable-BoxstarterVM
    • provide messaging for some winconfig functions
    • fix the setting of azure storage account by looking for https endpoints
    • load storage module before azure to workaround bug with the storage module loading
    • copy the root path passed to New_BoxstarerPackage
    • add a DisableRestart parameter which will suppress the restart file and UAC enabling
    • Greatly improve progress messaging during windows updates runs
    • Fix hang scenarios when waiting for remote machine to reboot and landing in a pending reboot state shortly after reboot
    • Support for auto login and restart in winrm sessions
    • Fix issue with remote check causing an indefinite loop
    • Silencing some handled errors and keep them from leaking to the pipeline
    • Reduce WMI calls and Improve performance of testing if the current session is remote
    • When forcing the install of the outer boxstarter package, make sure to delete the last install from the right repo
    • Check scheduled task output for pending reboots after a remote windows update since 32 bit processes cant read the wsus registry keys
    • Fix Remote check when running as a servise
    • System user logs to programdata
    • when accessing a 64 bit machine from a 32bit process, the windowsupdate reg key is hidden so skip it
    • Bubble up errors from windows update
    • Provide the same scheduled task wrapping for winrm as we do for ps remoting
    • fix explorer restart when there is no explorer process
    • Correcting fallback Chocolatey install path to match release
    • Fixing typo param name in redirect call to set-WindowsExplorerOptions
    • Fix InvalidArgument from Set-TaskbarOptions when using lock or unlock params
    • Fix issues where explorer terminates and cannot restart after caling one of the winconfig functions
    • Import azure module from the pipeline to avoid errors when loading
    • Suppress errors when reenabling windows update in case they had alrady been reenabled
    • Fix mis encoded dash in Install-Boxstarterackage
    • Fix issues when Chocolatey packages create a new module and call chocolatey functions from that module
    • When building packages, skip folders without a nuspec instead of throwing an error
    • Only restart the explore process of the current user when calling windows config functions
    • Fixing .net 4.5 install for local installs
    • Fixing TestRunner module loading for PSv2 clients
    • Add the following windows config features:
    • Enable/Disable showing charms when mouse is in the upper right corner
    • Enable/Disable switching apps when pointing in the upper left corner
    • Enable/Disable the option to launch powershell from win-x
    • Enable/Disable boot to desktop
    • Enable/Disable desktop background on the start screen
    • Enable/Disable showing the start screen on the active display
    • Enable/Disable showing the Apps View by default on the start screen
    • Enable/Disable searching everywhere in apps view. Not just apps.
    • Enable/Disable showing desktop apps first in results
    • Lock/Unlock task bar
    • Change taskbar icon size
    • Change location of taskbar docking
    • Add test and publish automation that can point to remote deployment targets
    • Provide build scripts for integration of tests and publishing in CI servers
    • Include configured nuget sources and local repo to all chocolatey install calls and not just the initial package
    • Fix enabling powershell remoting via WMI when password has ampersands
    • Avoid explorer.exe crashes when configuring explorer options
    • Fix Hyper-V heartbeat check in non US locales
    • Fix Azure module loading in 32 bit consoles
    • Fix shell shortcuts when user name has a space
    • Fix Azure VM Checkpoint listing when there are more than one VM in a service
    • Install .net 4.5 ONLY without affecting IIS settings when .net 4 is not present
    • Fix Azure VM integration when multiple subscriptions are present
    • Allow remote installs to be run by a non amin user
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