…Because French Fries go with almost anything.


This is NOT going to be an in-depth deep-dive excursion.  This is “step 1” stuff.

I’m preparing for a few customer projects that involve deploying the in-place Windows 10 upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (SCCM 2012 R2 for short).  Just two things to offer as a suggestion for you in case you’re heading in that same direction:

  1. Create a query-based Collection to identify all the target devices which have less than 30 GB of free disk space on the system drive (actually 16 GB for 32-bit devices, and 20 GB for 64-bit devices, but I like a little extra room for safety)
  2. Create another query-based Collection (or join this on the first if you prefer) to identify those target devices with 2 GB of memory (again: 1 GB for 32-bit, 2 GB for 64-bit)

This will help you avoid a bunch of smsts.log errors like this sample below…


For detailed Windows 10 system requirements, go to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications#sysreqs


5 thoughts on “Deploying Windows 10 with SCCM 2012 R2 and French Fries

  1. Hi, is there anyway I could get a copy of your “smsts.log” please as I’d like to see the errors in depth? Many thanks, Cliff

    1. There really isn’t anything unusual or useful in my smsts.log actually. The errors all stem from the task sequence exiting on failed validation criteria (insufficient memory in this case). You can easily create this scenario using a VM (VMware or Hyper-V, etc. will do), and define a guest VM with 1 GB of memory and try to deploy Windows 10 to it.

      1. Thanks – curious to see the error and just thought if you had a log to hand you could email me I’d have really appreciated it to save me setting all of this up (never enough hours in the day 😉 I’ll add it to my never ending To Do List.

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