Manage devices running Windows 11 SE

Windows 11 SE is a cloud-first operating system that's optimized for use in classrooms, grades K-8. Much like Intune for Education, Windows SE 11 prioritizes productivity, student privacy, and learning, so it only supports features and apps that are essential for education. It offers the power and reliability of Windows 11, with a simplified design that's optimized for low-cost devices.

You can use Intune for Education to set up and remotely manage devices running Windows SE 11. Intune for Education provides nearly the same enrollment and configuration experience for Windows SE 11 as it does for Windows 10/11 devices. This article describes what to expect when managing Windows 11 SE devices and highlights some key differences from Windows 10/11 device management.

Enrollment

Intune for Education supports the same enrollment process for all Windows devices. The only difference is that when you create a provisioning package with the Set up School PCs app, you must select Windows 11 SE as the operating system.

Windows Autopilot

You can use Windows Autopilot to set up Windows 11 SE devices in your organization.

Manual Autopilot-registration is supported. However, you can't use Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager or Windows PowerShell to capture hardware hashes from devices running Windows 11 SE.

We recommend working with an OEM, partner, or device reseller to register devices. For more information about how to set up Autopilot and Autopilot deployment profiles on school devices, see Set up devices with Autopilot.

Device settings

Most Windows device settings in Intune for Education that are supported on Windows 10 and Windows 11 are also supported on Windows 11 SE. Support differs for the following settings:

Setting Windows 10/11 Windows SE Docs link
Windows Edition to upgrade to ✔️

Upgrade via product key is not supported.
For more information, see Intune for Education upgrade settings
Apply custom Start menu layout ✔️

The default layout is already optimized for school use. You can customize the layout using the ConfigureStartPins policy in Microsoft Intune.
For more information, see Intune for Education Start menu settings.
Silently move Windows Known Folders to OneDrive ✔️ ✔️

Intune for Education automatically enables this setting on Windows 11 SE devices.
For more information, see Intune for Education OneDrive and Storage settings.

App deployment

Use Intune for Education to assign and deploy apps to classroom devices. Windows 11 SE supports apps that are essential to education and fall into one of these categories:

  • Content filtering apps
  • Test-taking solutions
  • Accessibility tools
  • Classroom communication apps
  • Essential diagnostics, management, and supportability apps

To install this type of app on devices, prepare and add the app to Microsoft Intune as a Win32 app. You can then continue to manage and assign the app in Microsoft Intune, or return to Intune for Education to manage app assignments. For more information about how to prepare Win32 apps, see Prepare Win32 app content for upload. Once the app's installation package is in the .intunewin format, add the Win32 app in Microsoft Intune.

If there are specific apps you want to assign that aren't compatible or included with Windows 11 SE, you can submit an application request to have them added. For more information about available apps and adding your own apps, see available apps.

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