Windows Autopilot device registration just got EASIER! Customize a device’s out-of-box experience with Windows Autopilot Profiles

If you manage customer devices, you may need to customize the out-of-box experience (OOBE) for the customer’s users. You can pre-configure new devices with Windows Autopilot profiles before delivering the devices to customers and apply new profiles to devices customers have already purchased.

Note that OEMs have started including a shipping label on the outside of the Autopilot device box that shows the device’s Product Key ID (PKID). This 1-dimensional, readable barcode provides downstream partners with a way to register devices for Autopilot without having to unbox the device(s) and harvest the device ID by alternative means.

With the Windows Autopilot feature in Partner Center, you can create custom profiles to apply to customer devices. The following profile settings were available at the time this article was published:

  • Skip privacy settings. This optional Autopilot profile setting enables organizations to not ask about privacy settings during the OOBE process.
  • Disable local admin account creation on the device. Organizations can decide whether the user setting up the device should have administrator access once the process is complete.
  • Automatically set up device for work or school. All devices registered with Autopilot will automatically be considered work or school devices, so this question will not be asked during the OOBE process.
  • Skip Cortana, OneDrive, and OEM registration setup pages. All devices registered with Autopilot will automatically skip these pages during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) process.
  • Skip End User License Agreement (EULA). Starting in Windows 10 version 1709, organizations can decide to skip the EULA page presented during the OOBE process. See Windows Autopilot EULA dismissal below for important information to consider about skipping the EULA page during Windows setup.

The following profile and device management permissions and limitations apply:

  • CSP partners can continue to manage Autopilot profiles for existing customers with whom they have reseller relationships, even if the customers have removed the partner’s delegated administration privileges.
  • You can manage existing devices for your customers that you have added.
  • You can’t manage devices your customer has uploaded to Microsoft Store for Business or the Microsoft Intune Portal.

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