Disabling the First Logon Animation in Windows 8
Deploying Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is pretty simple, gone of the days when we needed mass storage drivers all the time and we needed a copy of sysprep to capture our image. It’s not much simpler but we still want to do customisations to our images. In this post I will show you how to disable the first logon animation.
If you are not sure of what I am talking about, you will have seen the above screen or something similar to it the very first time you logon to a Windows 8+ device. This will happen for every new user the first time. We can disable this using a registry hack. You can either put this in your unattend file, the capture task sequence or the deployment task sequence along with your application installs and other customisations. I like to do this in the deployment task sequence so I keep everything as default as possible in the capture task sequence, I like the idea of doing it in the unattend file as well, this is just my personal preference and it’s easier to take out, replace or disable/enable as required.
Simply place the following command in a Run Command Line task sequence step, with the start in property set to %WinDir%\System32:
reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f