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Updated: August 1, 2012

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

SkipMachineOOBE specifies whether to skip Windows® Welcome.

This setting has been deprecated in Windows® 8. The information about this deprecated setting is provided for reference only.

SkipMachineOOBE should be used only in a test environment, and you should never ship a computer with the SkipMachineOOBE setting configured to true.

If you use this setting in Windows® 7, Windows Welcome will be skipped, and any settings that a user selects during Windows Welcome will not be configured. For example, user-account creation, language, and time-zone settings will not be configured. Some Windows features may not function, as they depend on Windows Welcome values such as ProtectYourPC, which does not include a default value.

To skip Windows Welcome, we recommend that you:

  • Add values for Windows Welcome screens. For information, see Settings for Automating OOBE.


  • Boot to audit mode. For information, see Microsoft-Windows-Deployment\Reseal.



Specifies that Windows Welcome is skipped. This value should be used only for testing purposes.


Specifies that Windows Welcome is shown. This is the default value.

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

The following XML output shows how to set OOBE information for testing.


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