Windows 10: Install For New User

  1.    27 Mar 2018 #1

    Install For New User

    I wanted to know if there was a way to install Windows 10 to the point where the user can finish the setup when they receive a laptop? I have never done that before personally.

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  2.    27 Mar 2018 #2

    If you sysprep an image, and use DISM to apply that image to a new machine, you can create a setup that will put the new user into the OOBE (Out of box experience, or what a users who starts up a new OEM machine with Win10 pre-installed experiences during first start up) at first boot. Here's @Kari's excellent tutorial on this subject: Customize Windows 10 Image in Audit Mode with Sysprep Windows 10 Tutorials . You want to set up windows to boot in what he calls "Welcome Mode" though you will use Audit Mode to make that possible.
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  3.    27 Mar 2018 #3

    I like to use audit mode to set the computer up, then use the sysprep menu to set it to boot back into OOBE on shutdown. When you do that, the next boot will start the computer back to the OOBE (create first account) screen without any trace of you previously being logged on as administrator. Even if you connect to WiFi as administrator in audit mode - the WiFi settings will also be deleted when you shutdown using sysprep set to restart to OOBE.

    To get into audit mode, when the system reboots during install and is asking you to create the first user account, press CTRL + SHIFT + F3. When you log into audit mode, the sysprep shutdown options window will automatically open. Just minimize it, install the device drivers, do the updates, then set the sysprep shutdown options to boot into OOBE at next startup and shutdown. There is no need to actually create/save and redeploy an image.

    If you didn't know, OOBE stands for Out Of Box Experience - which means the computer starts up just as if it was removed from the factory box.
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  4.    28 Mar 2018 #4

    You can also just pull the plug (or hard power off if laptop) when it gets to the first reboot of your install.

    Not as elegant a solution as the above I'll grant.
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