Task Sequence Deployment – Popups

So you’re using at Task Sequence to deploy something other than an Operating System, but it’s really important, and you want the popups for “High Risk” like you do with in place upgrades. NOTE: Setting “High Risk” on your TS Properties will move the Deployment in the software center from the Applications Tab, to the Operating Systems Tab”
You create your Task Sequence, deploy it out, but when the machine gets the policy, guess what, no “In your face popup”, no “Are you sure?” Confirmation Dialog when you click the notification in the task bar. You check Software Center, and you see what you expect there.. so what’s going on? You want it to look like your IPU TS popup notifications, like so:

Upgrade Task Sequence Popup – You see the Name of the TS & when it will be deployed.. Note the word “Critical”

Important “Installation” Task Sequence:

As you can see, it does nothing, just gather variables and dumps to a file, but this is just for example, so bare with me people.

Lets deploy this important high risk Task Sequence to the masses..

Nothing Special Here
Needs to be “Required”
Nothing Special Here
Allow Users & Show Task Sequence Progress are Checked

Properties of the Task Sequence:

Nothing Interesting Here.
Make sure you don’t check “Suppress task sequence notifications”, or you’ll never get those popups you want.
Enable the “high-impact” check box, then add your text.

Now we have the Task Sequence & Deployment setup IDENTICALLY to how we deploy the Windows 10 Upgrades..

Lets see how this looks on the client.. pretty uninformative. Not like our IPU TS Popup at all, in fact, it didn’t even popup, I had to launch it from the system tray. It doesn’t show “Critical”, it shows “Required”. I ASSUMED when I checked the box for “High Risk”, it made it a Critical Deployment.

System Tray shows “View Required Software”, when you click on that you get the popup, which gives ZERO information about the deployment.

As you can see, it doesn’t show any of the information about the Required Deployment, doesn’t say the name of the TS or anything of any use, just the deadline date, which is why I know it’s the test deployment. If I choose “Right now” and click “OK”, I’d EXPECT the confirmation dialog box .. however it doesn’t, it actually starts the install.

In the software Center, and I click install, I get the “High Risk” Confirmation Prompt:

So why is their a difference in how the popup notifications work with a Upgrade Task Sequence, and a non-Upgrade Task Sequence… I guess because it’s not an Upgrade Task Sequence. I don’t know the the exact reason, I haven’t bothered to dig into WMI to figure out the difference, but I do know how you can “fool” your normal Task Sequence into becoming “Critical”.. add an upgrade Step:

Adding the “Upgrade Operating System” Step, but disabled.

Now, lets see what happens on the client after a quick log off and logon: POPUP!

Notice that it’s now “Critical”, and now when I choose “right now” and click OK, I get the confirmation dialog:

I hope that clears up why you might not be seeing the notifications on your Task Sequence that you were expecting.


2 thoughts on “Task Sequence Deployment – Popups”

  1. You are a saint! Thank you very much for posting this. I was stuck on this all day Friday and came across your article right before I left for the day. Came in this morning and it worked a treat – It’s going to be a good week!

    Thanks again,


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