Windows Autopilot scenarios and capabilities

Applies to

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Holographic, version 2004 or later


Windows Autopilot supports a growing list of scenarios that organizations commonly need. These needs vary based on:

The following Windows Autopilot scenarios are described in this guide:

Scenario More information
Deploy and configure devices so that an end user can set it up for themselves Windows Autopilot user-driven mode
Deploy devices to be automatically configured for shared use, as a kiosk, or as a digital signage device. Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode
Redeploy a device in a business-ready state. Windows Autopilot Reset
Pre-provision a device with up-to-date applications, policies, and settings. Pre-provisioning
Deploy Windows 10/11 on an existing Windows 7 or 8.1 device Windows Autopilot for existing devices

These scenarios are summarized in the following video.


Windows Autopilot capabilities

Windows Autopilot is self-updating during OOBE

For Windows 10, version 1903 and later devices, Autopilot functional and critical updates automatically download during OOBE after:

You can't opt out of these Autopilot updates because they're required for Windows Autopilot deployment. Windows alerts the user that the device is checking for, downloading, and installing the updates.

Cortana voiceover and speech recognition during OOBE

In Windows 10, version 1903 and later, Cortana voiceover and speech recognition during OOBE is DISABLED by default. This default applies to all Windows Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions.

You can also enable Cortana voiceover and speech recognition during OOBE by creating the following registry key. This key doesn't exist by default:


The key value is a DWORD with 0 = disabled and 1 = enabled.

Value Description
0 Cortana voiceover is disabled
1 Cortana voiceover is enabled
No value Device will fall back to default behavior of the edition

To change this key value, use WCD tool to create as PPKG as documented here.

BitLocker encryption

With Windows Autopilot, you can configure the BitLocker encryption settings to be applied before automatic encryption is started. For more information, see Setting the BitLocker encryption algorithm for Autopilot devices

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