Hiding Get Online Message During OSD

I have been working with a few customers recently who have experienced a problem when doing OS deployment in ConfigMgr 2012 R2. This issue occurs when deploying Windows 8.1, during the setup the “Get online” screen appears and asks the operator to pick a network. You can skip it or run through the wizard and the task sequence will continue with no errors but this isn’t very useful in zero touch scenarios. How do we remove it?

If you are not familiar with the screen in question, here is a rather crude image of the screen I am talking about.

OOBE System Section

Removing this is pretty simple, just add the following to your unattend.xml file, or add it via Windows SIM. You need to add Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup to the oobeSystem phase. This example is for a x64 deployment.

<settings pass="oobeSystem">
    xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideLocalAccountScreen>true</HideLocalAccountScreen>
            </OOBE>
    </component>
</settings>
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About Martyn

Martyn is one of the Senior Cloud Architects and DevOps Team Leader at one of the worlds leading Cloud Transformation Specialists Inframon. Martyn is responsible for the architecture of some of the largest Azure deployments in EMEA and is a advisor to a many businesses on their strategies. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.

2 responses to “Hiding Get Online Message During OSD”

  1. renshollanders says :

    Hey Martyn,

    That’s great, was already wondering if it would have been possible to do this. Great stuff! Thanks!

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