Let’s face it, guys. There are times that you JUST don’t have access to SCCM, MDT or Kace, and need to deploy a completely automated and silent Windows install without our normal build tools. If this is you, and you deploy systems frequently, you’ve probably spent way too much time looking at screens like this one
Not only does it stink to have to type a user name and password every time, it also slows you down. Admit it, whenever you start a Windows install, you start doing something else, and then an hour later check back and have to reload the whole task in your memory again. It’s a giant waste of time and makes you less productive.
To top it off, there are probably things you always do, like setup user accounts, join a machine to a domain, and set the time zones (we can’t all live in the chosen timezone of Pacific Standard Time).
Previously, making these changes and baking them in to an unattended install meant using the terrible Windows SIM tool, which was horrible. Seriously, no offense meant, but if you had a hand in designing the System Image Manager tool, I’m sure you’re already ashamed. Good, you should be.
Thankfully we now have the Windows Image Configuration Designer (Wicd) which makes this all super easy!
In this post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to do to make a fully silent, unattended Windows Install, along with some useful settings too. We will be installing WICD, which is part of the ADK, and then walk through configuring the following settings:
‘Enable Remote Desktop out of the box’
Set Default Time zone (no west coast time!)
Set Default First User
Silent Install (depends on setting a user account)
Make the computer do a quick virus scan on first boot
Optional – Domain Join
Optional – Add files to the image
Optional – Make Registry Changes on the Image
Setting up WICD
To get access to the awesome WICD tool, you’ll need to have the Windows 10 ADK. I recommend using version 1607, at a minimum (Download Link). When installing the ADK make sure to check the two red boxes shown below, for full features.