Windows Setup Configuration Passes

Configuration passes are used to specify different phases of Windows Setup. Unattended installation settings can be applied in one or more configuration passes.

In This Section

The following topics describe the configuration passes used with Windows Setup.

How Configuration Passes Work

A description of the different phases of Windows Setup, and the different configuration passes used to install and configure a Windows installation.


The auditSystem configuration pass is one of the configuration passes used in audit mode.


The auditUser configuration pass is one of the configuration passes used in audit mode.


The generalize configuration pass prepares a Windows image to be deployed across many computers.


The offlineServicing configuration pass is used to install packages, drivers, and other updates to an offline Windows image.


The oobeSystem configuration pass, also known as Windows Welcome, can be used to preconfigure user interface pages for an end user.


The specialize configuration pass customizes a specific Windows installation to a specific computer.


The windowsPE configuration pass is used to configure Windows PE in addition to some aspects of Windows Setup.

Windows Setup Scenarios and Best Practices

Windows Setup Installation Process

Windows Setup Automation Overview

Audit Mode Overview

Windows Setup Supported Platforms and Cross-Platform Deployments