At my I.T. job we regularly get new computers to burn-in. The computers come with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled and it is my job to go through the Windows 10 Pro setup that shows up when first starting up the computer.
This guide exists:
And there is an autounattend.xml file creator here:
However, the one bit that confuses me is in the instructions (from the first link above) it states:
"You can automate Windows installation by using an answer file:
1. Use a USB flash drive
2. Use an existing answer file or create your own with Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM).
3. Save the file as Autounattend.xml on the root of a USB flash drive.
4. On a new PC, insert a Windows installation USB flash drive, as well as the flash drive that contains Autounattend.xml and then boot the PC. When no other answer file is selected, Windows Setup searches for this file."
Please pay attention to #4: "insert a Windows installation USB flash drive".. I'm confused if this means these instructions can only be used on computers that do not have Windows 10 installed yet. So, can I follow this guide for my situation or do I need to figure out another way? If another way, could you please link me to a guide?
Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Edit: Please note I did try to plug in a USB drive to a laptop I had to setup Windows for. I just put the autounattend.xml file on the USB drive and plugged it in when it showed the Windows setup screen (without the Windows install ISO because it had already been installed). This did not work.