Changed answer file settings for previous Windows 10 builds

This topic shows the historic list of changes to answer file settings for each build of Windows 10.

Changed answer file settings for Windows 10 for desktop editions, build 1703

This topic describes Windows 10, version 1703 answer-file settings that changed since Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education), Build 1607.

New Windows Settings

New setting Description

Microsoft-Windows-TPM-Tasks-ClearTpm

New. Specifies whether to clear the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) during Windows setup. Clearing the TPM prevents an issue in earlier versions that kept some Windows features from working if the TPM was incorrectly set.

Microsoft-Windows-TwinUI-Hide

New. Specifies whether to hide the link to an advanced settings app in the Pen and Windows Ink Settings page.

Changed answer file settings for Windows 10 for desktop editions, build 1607

The tables below describe Windows 10, version 1607 answer-file settings that changed since Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education), Build 1511.

New Windows Settings

New setting Description

Microsoft-Windows-RemoteAssistance-Exe-fEnableChatControl

New.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-EnableStartMenu

New. Specifies whether the Start menu is enabled and users can click on it.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-DesktopOptimization-GoToDesktopOnSignIn

New. Specifies to go to the desktop instead of Start Screen when signing in or when all the apps on a screen are closed.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-DesktopOptimization-ShowWindowsStoreAppsOnTaskbar

New. Shows Window Store apps on taskbar.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile7 thru Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile12

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start menu, in the given position 7-12.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareTiles-SquareorDesktopTile7-AppIdOrPath thru Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareTiles-SquareorDestopTile12-AppIdOrPath

Specifies the AppID of the Microsoft Store apps, or the path to the desktop apps that appear as square tiles on the Start screen.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile7-FirstRunTask through Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile12-FirstRunTask

Specifies the background task that is active, or live, by default for a tile when a user signs in to Windows for the first time.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareorDesktopTile7 thru Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareorDesktopTile12

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start menu, in the given position 7-12

If the region of the current user account is among those in the Start Tile regional overrides, you can use this setting. For more information, see RegionalOverrides.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareorDesktopTile7-AppIdOrPath thru Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareorDesktopTile12-AppIdOrPath

Specifies the AppID of the Microsoft Store apps, or the path to the desktop apps that appear as square tiles on the Start screen.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareTile7-FirstRunTask thru Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOveride-SquareTiles-SquareTiles-SquareTile12-FirstRunTask

Specifies the background task that is active, or live, by default for a tile when a user signs in to Windows for the first time.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-Themes-UWPAppsUseLightTheme

Specifies whether the dark mode is applied.

Microsoft-Windows-TwinUI-CustomProtocol

Specifies advanced pen settings.

Deprecated Windows Settings

Deprecated setting Status or recomendation for Windows 10, version 1607
Microsoft-Windows-WiFiNetworkManager The Wi-Fi Sense credential sharing feature has been removed. This setting no longer does anything.

Removed Windows Settings

The following settings are no longer available in Windows 10, version 1607:

Removed setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Recommendation for Windows 10, version 1607

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Enable

The setting and its ancestor elements have been removed.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUID

The setting and its ancestor elements have been removed.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUIDClassification

The setting and its ancestor elements have been removed.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Order

The setting and its ancestor elements have been removed.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver-\InPlaceCrypto

The setting has been removed.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver-\ModifiedWriteMaximum

The setting has been removed.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver- \ReadDoubleBuffering

The setting has been removed.

TextInput\AllowKoreanExtendedHanja

The setting has been removed.

Removed Internet Explorer Settings

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are removed:

Removed setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Recommendation for Windows 10, version 1607

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\AllSitesCompatibilityMode

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\DisableWelcomePage

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\NoDial

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\ShowCompatibilityViewButton

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\SmallCommandBarIcons

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\Scope\DisplayQuickPick

The setting has been removed.

Changed answer file settings for Windows 10 for desktop editions, build 1511

The tables below describe Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) and Windows Server 2016 answer file settings that changed since Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

New Windows settings

These Unattend settings are new in Windows 10:

New setting Description

Microsoft-Windows-Setup-ImageInstall-OSImage-Compact

Specifies whether the Windows image should be applied with compression enabled during installation. If set to true, files written to the disk during installation are compressed individually, which allows Windows to take up less disk space.

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc-CoexistenceSupport

Specifies the type of co-existence that's supported on the device:

  • Both - Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work at the same performance level during co-existence.
  • Wi-Fi reduced - On a 2X2 system, Wi-Fi performance is reduced to 1X1 level.
  • Bluetooth centered - When co-existing, Bluetooth has priority and restricts Wi-Fi performance.
  • One - Either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will stop working.

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc-NumAntennaConnected

Specifies the number of antennas that are connected to the WLAN radio.

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc-SimultaneousMultiChannelSupported

Specifies the maximum number of channels that the Wi-Fi device can simultaneously operate on. For example, you can use this to specify support for Station mode and Wi-Fi Direct GO on separate channels simultaneously.

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc-WLANFunctionLevelDeviceResetSupported

Specifies whether the device supports functional level device reset. The functional level device reset feature in the OS checks this system capability exclusively to determine if it can run.

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc-WLANPlatformLevelDeviceResetSupported

Specifies whether the device supports platform level device reset. The platform level device reset feature in the OS checks this system capability exclusively to determine if it can run.

Microsoft-Windows-DeviceAccess-SetRegionSpecificPrivacyAccessPolicy

The Microsoft-Windows-DeviceAccess component specifies settings for enabling device policy, which includes enabling the China CTA policy through the SetRegionSpecificPrivacyAccessPolicy setting.

Microsoft-Windows-Printing-Spooler-Core-Start

Indicates whether the spooler autologger will start by default when the system boots.

Microsoft-Windows-Printing-Spooler-Core-RemoveMPDW

Specifies whether to remove the Microsoft Print to PDF print queue and driver package from a Windows installation.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OEMInformation-SupportAppURL

Specifies the OEM-built support app that will be launched instead of the web URL.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OfflineUserAccounts

Specifies the account information used to join a domain during Windows Setup.

Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin-OfflineIdentification

Specifies credentials for provisioning the account data during the offlineServicing configuration pass.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OOBE-UnattendEnableRetailDemo

Enables retail demo mode on the device. Retail demo mode is a special retail mode that can be activated in retail stores to run a demo on the device. The demo highlights key features of the OS and shows off the device user experience.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OOBE-VMModeOptimizations

Specifies settings you can use to customize the user experience when in VM mode.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-SignInMode

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-ConvertibleSlateModePromptPreference

OEMs can configure these settings to support Continuum, which is a new, adaptive user experience in Windows 10 that optimizes the look and behavior of apps and the Windows UI for a given physical form factor and the customer's usage preferences.

  • To configure devices to boot straight into tablet mode, use SignInMode.

  • To support prompts triggered by changes to ConvertibleSlateMode, configure ConvertibleSlateModePromptPreference. OEMs must make sure that ConvertibleSlateMode is always accurate for their devices.

OEMs may also specify the device form factor using DeviceForm.

Microsoft-Windows-Deployment-DeviceForm

Use to specify the device form factor running Windows 10.

OEMs must set DeviceForm correctly to support the following features or components:

  • Retail demo mode - Relies on the setting value to dictate the demo content that will be shown on the device. For example, if an OEM wants to highlight Continuum, the OEM must accurately configure the value for DeviceForm.
  • Cortana and Bing - Use the DeviceForm value to determine the accuracy of specific signals, such as location (GPS versus Wi-Fi versus reverse IP address lookup).
  • Windows 10 features - Some OS functionality, such as Bluetooth and camera, may require DeviceForm to be accurately configured for full functionality.

Microsoft-Windows-TabletPC-Platform-Input-Core-HandwritingPanelDockedModeSet

Use to specify whether the handwriting panel is initially docked by default.

Microsoft-Windows-TabletPC-Platform-Input-Core-TouchKeyboardAutoInvokeEnabled

Use to specify whether the touch keyboard is automatically invoked by default when there is no hardware keyboard connected and the device is in non-tablet mode.

Microsoft-Windows-MapControl-Desktop-ChinaVariantWin10

Use to specify that the Windows device is intended to ship in China. When enabled, maps approved by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping in China are used, which are obtained from a server located in China.

Microsoft-Windows-DeviceGuard-Unattend

Specifies settings for initializing and enforcing virtualization-based security, which helps protect system memory and kernel mode apps and drivers from possible tampering.

Microsoft-Windows-Embedded-BootExp

Specifies settings you can use to suppress OS elements that appear when the device starts or resumes, or you can suppress the crash screen when the OS encounters an error that it cannot recover from.

Microsoft-Windows-Embedded-EmbeddedLogon

Specifies settings that you can use to suppress UI elements that relate to the Welcome screen and shutdown screen.

Microsoft-Windows-Embedded-ShellLauncher

Specifies settings you can use to replace the default OS shell with a custom shell.

Microsoft-Windows-Embedded-UnifiedWriteFilter

Use unified write filter (UWF) settings in your enterprise device to help protect your physical storage media.

Microsoft-Windows-WiFiNetworkManager

Specifies settings that you can configure for Wi-Fi Sense.

Changed Windows settings

These Windows 10 for desktop editions and Windows Server 2016 settings have changed from Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2:

Changed setting Description of setting Description of change

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-ComputerName

Specifies the computer name used to access the computer from the network.

Added offlineServicing to the list of valid configuration passes.

In Windows 10, users can no longer enter a computer name during OOBE as the name is auto-generated. To set a default computer name pre-OOBE, OEMs can configure ComputerName in the unattend file and specify a name for the computer.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OOBE-ProtectYourPC

Specifies whether Express settings are used.

Updated the description for the setting as well as the list of valid values and their descriptions for the values.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-AutoLogon

Specifies the account to use to log on to a computer automatically.

Added an important note that in Windows 10, if you configure AutoLogon the OS will skip the user account creation phase during OOBE and the account creation phase during OOBE is skipped in all versions of Windows when at least one user account is created through the UserAccounts section of the same unattend file.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-FirstLogonCommands

Starts a command or script after the user completes OOBE.

This command now works like LogonCommands\AsynchronousCommand: all commands using these unattend settings are now started at the same time, and no longer wait for the previous command to finish.

Microsoft-Windows-Deployment-Reseal

Indicates whether the computer runs in audit mode or Windows OOBE when the computer is next started.

Prior to Windows 10, Reseal was a special-case setting which caused all other settings in the same configuration pass to be skipped when specified in the auditSystem or oobeSystem configuration passes. In Windows 10, Reseal is always processed after all other settings in the same configuration pass.

For the "auditSystem Audit true" row, this scenario is now supported and the Result column has been updated.

For the "oobeSystem OOBE true" row, this scenario is now supported and the Result column has been updated.

Deprecated Windows settings

The following Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 settings are not supported in Windows 10 for desktop editions or Windows Server 2016 , and may be removed in a future release. The following table includes status of the setting, and recommendations for new settings to use when applicable:

Deprecated setting from Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Status or recommendation for Windows 10 for desktop editions or Windows Server 2016

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-OOBE-NetworkLocation

This is not applicable for Windows 10.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-VisualEffects-SystemDefaultBackgroundColor

This setting is deprecated in Windows 10 and should not be used. The default background color during OOBE is always dark. To align with this change, partners can no longer change the default screen background color during OOBE.

Microsoft-Windows-HelpAndSupport-HelpAndSupport

In Windows 10, the HelpAndSupport settings are deprecated because the Help component that they impact is being retired. Existing information about the HelpAndSupport settings are provided for reference only.

In Windows 10, the OS disables the help components that shipped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 including the Help and Support Windows desktop application (HelpPane.exe). HelpPane.exe will continue to exist in the box, but calls to its interfaces will result in one of two outcomes:

  • If the user is offline, the OS launches the Getting Started app.
  • If the user is online, the OS opens a browser instance and redirects the browser to an online topic.

For more information on how OEMs can include their customer support contact information in the Contact Support App or Support Web page, see OEMInformation.

Removed Windows settings

The following components and/or settings are no longer available in Windows 10:

Removed setting from Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Recommendation for Windows 10 for desktop editions

Microsoft-Windows-Store-Client-UI\StoreContentModifier

The component and setting have been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-MigrationWizardApplication\HideDiscontinuedComponents

The component and setting have been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-ehome-reg-inf component and settings

Windows Media Center is no longer supported as of Windows 10. The component and settings have been removed.

Removed Internet Explorer settings

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are removed:

Deprecated setting name Status or recommendation

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\SearchScopes\Scope\ShowTopResult

The setting has been removed.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\SearchScopes\Scope\TopResultURL

The setting has been removed.

Changed answer file settings for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

The table below describes Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 answer-file settings that have changed since Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

New Windows Settings

These settings are new in Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2:

New setting Description

Microsoft-Windows-CoreMmRes-CameraSoundLevel

Sets the volume of the sound played when a user starts a recording, stops a recording, takes a photo or starts a photo sequence. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-CoreMmRes-NoPhysicalCameraLED

Indicates that there is no physical LED for the device’s camera. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-GPIOButtons-ConvertibleSlateMode

Sets the touchscreen behavior for a laptop, a PC with permanently attached keyboard available at any time for typing comfortably

Microsoft-Windows-SecureStartup-FilterDriver-PreventDeviceEncryption

Prevents encrypting the operating system drive and any fixed data drive using Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-DesktopOptimization

Specifies display settings that affect the desktop. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen

Specifies that the Power Options button is displayed on the Start Screen. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile7

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile7. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile8

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile8. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile9

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile9. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile10

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile10. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile11

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile11. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-SquareTiles-SquareOrDesktopTile12

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile12. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings-DisplayNetworkSelection

Specifies whether to always show the Network Selection control in the Mobile Broadband Properties dialog.

Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings-WiFiToWlan

Replaces the. "Wi-Fi" heading in the Networks list with "WLAN".

Microsoft-Windows-WWANUI-NotInOOBE

Hides mobile broadband devices and networks in OOBE.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-DefinitionUpdateFileSharesSources

Configures UNC file share sources for downloading definition updates for Windows Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-EnableRemoteManagedDefaults

Specifies whether to configure Windows Defender to be remotely managed using recommended default settings.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-FallbackOrder

Specifies the order in which different definition update sources should be contacted by Windows Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-Scan

Specifies settings that configure the scheduled scan for Windows Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-SignatureUpdateInterval

Specifies the interval Windows Defender checks for definition updates.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender-ThreatSeverityDefaultAction

Specifies settings that define the default action to be taken for specific threat alert levels.

Changed Windows Settings

These Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 settings have changed from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:

Changed setting Description of setting Description of change

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-StartTiles-RegionalOverrides-RegionalOverride-Order

Specifies a unique id for a set of regions. In the specified set of regions, Windows displays a customized set of apps that appear on the Start and Lock screens.

Changed the maximum value of unique IDs for the regional override from 19 to 199.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup-VisualEffects-SystemDefaultBackgroundColor

Specifies the system default Windows background color scheme appearing on first boot, and on LogonUI if no user is selected.

Added new color scheme for Windows 8.1.

Networking-MPSSVC-Svc: DomainProfile_DisableNotifications, PrivateProfile_DisableNotifications, and PublicProfile_DisableNotifications.

Multiple settings

Changed default value for Windows RT 8.1.

Deprecated Windows Settings

The following Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 settings are not supported in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and may be removed in a future release. The following table includes status of the setting, and recommendations for new settings to use when applicable:

Deprecated setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Status or recommendation for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Enable

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUID

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUIDClassification

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-mobilepc-sensors-api-\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Order

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver-\InPlaceCrypto

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver-\ModifiedWriteMaximum

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

microsoft-windows-securestartup-filterdriver- \ReadDoubleBuffering

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Deprecated Internet Explorer Settings

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are deprecated:

Deprecated setting name Status or recommendation

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\AllSitesCompatibilityMode

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\DisableWelcomePage

This setting was deprecated in Windows 8 and is no longer supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\NoDial

Internet Explorer 9 through Internet Explorer 11 do not include an IEAK-based sign-up process.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer-PreApprovedAddons

Add-ons can still be installed but they will be disabled, by default. Users will be able to choose the add-ons to enable.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\ShowCompatibilityViewButton

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\SmallCommandBarIcons

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\Scope\DisplayQuickPick

This setting is not supported.

Removed Windows Settings

We recommend these replacements for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 settings that have been removed from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:

Removed setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Recommendation for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft-Windows-PerfCenterCPL\WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo\HardwareUpgradeURL

No recommendation.

Microsoft-Windows-PerfCenterCPL\WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo\Logo

No recommendation.

Microsoft-Windows-AllUserInstallAgent\LogonWaitForPackageRegistration

No recommendation.

Removed Internet Explorer Settings

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are removed:

Deprecated setting name Status or recommendation

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer: EnableLinksBar, ShowCommandBar, ShowMenuBar, and ShowStatusBar.

Users can still make these bars appear in Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\IEWelcomeMsg

To skip the First Run wizard and the welcome page when Internet Explorer starts for the first time, use the DisableFirstRunWizard settings.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\PrintBackground

This setting is not supported.