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OEMWelcomeCenter

Updated: August 1, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2

OEMWelcomeCenter specifies settings for the OEM First Run Application.

noteNote
This setting has been deprecated in Windows® 8. The information about this deprecated setting is provided for reference only. The OEM First Run application is not available in Windows 8.

You can create an OEM First Run application to introduce users to the computer, and to provide information about OEM-specific programs or offers. Use this setting with OEMWelcomeCenterLinks to specify shortcuts that appear as tasks in the OEM First Run application Jump List.

The link setting specifies the complete path and the file name of a shortcut file with a .lnk file-name extension. The path to the shortcut file must refer to a location on the destination computer.

noteNote
  • We recommend that you add the shortcut file to the All Users Start menu, for example: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Fabrikam\Welcome.lnk.

  • We recommend that you do not add the shortcut by using the environment variable: %USERPROFILE%. Shortcuts using %USERPROFILE% are applied only to the profile of the next user to log on to the computer. Also, if the setting is applied during the auditUser configuration pass, the shortcut is applied only to the temporary administrator account, which is removed after the computer exits audit mode.

  • We recommend that you add the OEM First Run application as the first shortcut in the Start menu list of most frequently used programs, so that users can access the application repeatedly until they have accomplished all of the OEM-provided First Run tasks. For information, see StartPanelLinks.

  • We recommend that you do not add this shortcut to the taskbar because the OEM First Run application is intended to introduce users to the computer. The taskbar is designed to provide end users with ready access to the applications they use every day. Also, any shortcut that is pinned to the taskbar will not appear in the Start menu list of most frequently used programs.

The shortcut file must include the complete path and file name of a corresponding program file with an .exe file-name extension. The path to the corresponding program file also must refer to a location on the destination computer.

 

link

Specifies the path to a shortcut to the OEM First Run application.

specialize

auditUser

oobeSystem

For a list of the Windows® editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

The following XML output specifies a shortcut to the OEM First Run application. The path to the link is also specified in the StartPanelLinks\ Link0 setting, so that the OEM First Run application appears in the Start Panel links list. Ten links appear in the OEM First Run application Jump List.

<OEMWelcomeCenter>
   <link>%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Fabrikam\Welcome.lnk</link>
</OEMWelcomeCenter>

<StartPanelLinks>
   <Link0>%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Fabrikam\Welcome.lnk</Link0>
</StartPanelLinks>

<OEMWelcomeCenterLinks>
   <Link0>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\View license agreement.lnk</Link0>
   <Link1>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Register your new Fabrikam computer.lnk</Link1>
   <Link2>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Set up an Internet connection.lnk</Link2>
   <Link3>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Install an Antivirus program.lnk</Link3>
   <Link4>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Back up your data.lnk</Link4>
   <Link5>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Get tools from the Fabrikam Download Center.lnk</Link5>
   <Link6>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Purchase accessories for your Fabrikam computer.lnk</Link6>
   <Link7>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Extend your warranty.lnk</Link7>
   <Link8>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Learn about other Fabrikam products.lnk</Link8>
   <Link9>%SystemDrive%\Fabrikam\Welcome\Send feedback to Fabrikam.lnk</Link9>
<\OEMWelcomeCenterLinks>

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