Skip OOBE and useless tutorial at first boot?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by gnugeek, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. gnugeek

    gnugeek MDL Member

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    Is there a way to bypass the annoying tutorial on First Boot or what we call OOBE (Out of box experience). It adds 4-5 minutes of setup time. I remember that the Release Preview could boot to desktop in 2-3 minutes once the setup started.
     
  2. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Is it really that much of an inconvenience? It is shown only once after all...
     
  3. franco54

    franco54 MDL Novice

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    Autounattend.xml
     
  4. pii

    pii MDL Junior Member

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    and according to the installer it is still "getting your PC ready" as its showing you the OOBE. So it may not be adding any time at all.
     
  5. HALIKUS

    HALIKUS MDL Addicted

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    #5 HALIKUS, Nov 18, 2012
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    use this in the autounattend

    Code:
                    <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <Order>5</Order>
                        <Path>reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f</Path>
                    </RunSynchronousCommand>
                    <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                        <Order>6</Order>
                        <Path>reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f</Path>
                    </RunSynchronousCommand>
    
     
  6. Atari800XL

    Atari800XL MDL Addicted

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    Thanks Halikus. I used this before in my autounattend.xml, but only the first part (not the policies\system part). Using only the first part made the animation disappear in the Enterprise version, but not the Pro version!
    Can you confirm that the second part is needed only for Pro? If you don't know what I'm talking about: no problem, I'll try it out. Thanks!!!!
     
  7. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

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    There is a systempolicy (not group) that only seems enabled in Enterprise (like Sideloading and others) which prevents the Pro Edition from using the registry keys. So maybe it's not 'easy' possible.
     
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  8. Niekess

    Niekess MDL Addicted

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    You can remove the tutorial away using ALT F4 but then you watch to a black screen for some time.
    This is happening because the tutorial is actually a webpage.. :p
     
  9. Shenj

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    Does the Tutorial even add any time to it? Im pretty sure "Getting your system ready" is still working in the background
     
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  10. Niekess

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    #10 Niekess, Nov 19, 2012
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    Not sure, I personally think that it is really doing something and is not just for show-off. The only way to figure it out is to look into the code of the whole process. The location of that is the following. Here is also the HTML page of the animation itself.
    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\oobe
     
  11. Windows Fan

    Windows Fan MDL Senior Member

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    yes. the filename is FirstLogonAnim.html in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\ folder. :)
     
  12. Shenj

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    #12 Shenj, Nov 19, 2012
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    I did a quick test, renaming it/whatever only kills the Animations, so you end up with.. Hi.. look at the new way to use windows...... BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK :p
     
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  13. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    You might as well just leave it. There's background tasks running during this that need to finish anyway. You can close it with alt+f4 but then you just have a black screen & have to wait anyway...
     
  14. gnugeek

    gnugeek MDL Member

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    But the same background processes at OOBE were not present in RP. Seems like unnecessary bloat was added last minute.
     
  15. TCM

    TCM MDL Addicted

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    Then use the RP? How can you determine it's unnecessary?
     
  16. Atari800XL

    Atari800XL MDL Addicted

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    Funny how this can whip up a whole discussion. If you like the animation: keep it. More power to you. (It actually looks like "attract mode" on the old Atari!)
    I like installs to be fully unattended, and my personal reasoning is: When there's nobody at the PC to watch the installation (unattended = no attendees), what's the point of displaying the animation. Like a performer without an audience. So to protect the feelings of my PC, I give the performer a day off and turn off the animation.
     
  17. HALIKUS

    HALIKUS MDL Addicted

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    The reason i have 2 is for Ent and Pro. I had posted one entry previously and someone said it didn't work and posted what worked for them. I realized he had installed Pro and i had installed Enterprise, so i use both. I do alot of VM testing and as far as i can remember, i haven't seen the animation for a few months, but i don't really watch the install closely. I'd say try them and im 99% sure they will work.
     
  18. TCM

    TCM MDL Addicted

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    An entirely human and unreasonable behaviour. The machine doesn't care.
     
  19. Atari800XL

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    Thanks for confirming!! Lately, I've using WinNTSetup (by JFX) for all OS installs, that tool has its own tweak to disable the animation (probably the same 2 entries), but now I know 100% that *both* entries are needed to cover Enterprise and Pro, if you use standard setup with autounattend.xml.