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Settings for Automating OOBE

Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

You can prevent some or all of the user interface (UI) pages from appearing in Windows® Out of Box Experience (OOBE).

To automate OOBE, add the following settings to your unattended Setup answer file:

 

Setting Configuration pass Description Applies to

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core settings: InputLocale, SystemLocale, UILanguage, and UserLocale.

oobeSystem

Specifies the region-specific defaults of the Windows installation.

Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | ComputerName

specialize

Specifies the computer's name to apply to the Windows installation.

If ComputerName is set to an asterisk (*) or is an empty string, a random computer name will be generated.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | UserAccounts: Add an account and a password.

oobeSystem

Specifies the user accounts to create on the Windows installation.

The account can be a user account, a domain account, or the default administrator account.

Though you must enter a password, the password may be blank. To enter a blank password, in Windows SIM, right-click Value, and select Write Empty String.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | OOBE | (HideEULAPage, HideOEMRegistrationScreen, HideOnlineAccountScreens, and HideWirelessSetupInOOBE)

oobeSystem

Specifies the behavior of some OOBE screens.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | OOBE | HideLocalAccountScreen

oobeSystem

Specifies whether end users must set the Administrator password screen that appears during OOBE.

Windows Server 2012 only

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | OOBE | ProtectYourPC

oobeSystem

Specifies whether Windows Update installs important and recommended updates automatically.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | OOBE | NetworkLocation

oobeSystem

Specifies the location of the network if the computer is connected to a network when a user first logs on.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

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