Cannot bypass OOBE when deploying an image through WDS/MDT

Massey, Paul 1 Reputation point

Hello everyone. I am trying to deploy a custom image through WDS/MDT using PXE boot. I have the MDT task sequence setup and it skips all of the pre-install screens. However, after that task sequence is complete, the image is installed, and the system reboots, it boots into the OOBE. Here is the pertinent section of the unattend.xml file

<OOBE> <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage> <HideLocalAccountScreen>true</HideLocalAccountScreen> <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen> <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens> <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE> <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC> <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo> </OOBE>

I have tried this with and without the SkipUserOOBE and SkipMachineOOBE components and I still get those setup screens after reboot (Language, keyboard, Cortana etc). I've scoured Google and most of the solutions I've seen relate to SCCM, which we do not have, or the "solutions" are not spelled out very clearly. So I will ask, very plainly. Where am I going wrong and how do I set this up to skip OOBE? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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  1. XinGuo-MSFT 16,096 Reputation points


    There are some very good information and hints for your reference.

    Windows Deployment with MDT – Part 3: Customize Deployment/