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oobeSystem Configuration Pass

Published: October 22, 2009

Updated: October 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7

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This content applies to Windows 7. For Windows 8 content, see Windows Deployment with the Windows ADK.

The oobeSystem configuration pass configures settings that are applied during the end-user first-boot experience, also called Windows Welcome. The oobeSystem configuration pass settings are processed before a user first logs on to Windows®.

Out-of-Box-Experience (OOBE) runs the first time the user starts a newly configured computer. OOBE runs before the Windows shell or any additional software runs, and it performs a small set of tasks necessary to configure and run Windows.

The following diagram illustrates the process that occurs when an end user first boots a newly configured computer. The result is Windows Welcome or an end user's first-boot experience.

Flowchart of oobeSystem configuration pass

You can configure Windows to boot to Windows Welcome by running the sysprep command with the /oobe option. By default, after running Windows Setup, Windows Welcome starts.

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