Understanding Windows Autopilot and how to Modernize Windows 10 Deployments with No IT
Windows Autopilot is a zero-touch, self-service Windows deployment platform introduced with Windows 10, version 1703. The Windows Autopilot process runs immediately after powering on a new computer for the first time, enabling employees to configure new devices to be business-ready with just a few clicks.
This guide is intended for use by an IT-specialist, system architect, or business decision maker. The guide provides information about how Windows Autopilot deployment works, including detailed requirements, deployment scenarios, and platform capabilities. The document highlights options that are available to you when planning a modern, cloud-joined Windows 10 deployment strategy. Links are provided to detailed step by step configuration procedures.
|What's new||Windows Autopilot is always being updated with new features! Check this topic to read about the latests capabilities.|
|Overview of Windows Autopilot||A review of Windows Autopilot is provided with a video walkthrough. Benefits and general requirements are discussed.|
|Requirements||Detailed software, network, licensiing, and configuration requirments are provided.|
|Scenarios and Capabilities||A summary of Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios and capabilities.|
|Get started||Interested in trying out Autopilot? See this step-by-step walkthrough to test Windows Autopilot on a virtual machine or physical device with a free 30-day trial premium Intune account.|
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Windows Autopilot scenarios and capabilities
Windows Autopilot includes support for a growing list of scenarios, designed to support common organization needs which can vary based on the type of organization and their progress moving to Windows 10 and transitioning to modern management.
The following Windows Autopilot scenarios are described in this guide:
|Deploy devices that will be set up by a member of the organization and configured for that person||Windows Autopilot user-driven mode|
|Deploy devices that will be automatically configured for shared use, as a kiosk, or as a digital signage device.||Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode|
|Re-deploy a device in a business-ready state.||Windows Autopilot Reset|
|Pre-provision a device with up-to-date applications, policies and settings.||White glove|
|Deploy Windows 10 on an existing Windows 7 or 8.1 device||Windows Autopilot for existing devices|
Starting with the Windows 10, version 1903, Autopilot functional and critical updates will begin downloading automatically during OOBE after a device gets connected to a network and the critical driver and Windows zero-day patch (ZDP) updates have completed. The user or IT admin cannot opt-out of these Autopilot updates; they are required for Windows Autopilot deployment to operate properly. Windows will alert the user that the device is checking for, downloading and installing the updates.