Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 – Disable Wireless Setup

Wireless Setup

When you deploy Windows 8.1 on computers which have a Wifi adapter, there is a step in the Setup Wizard to choose the Wifi network, even if ethernet card is active.

Wireless Setup

Wireless Setup

This step can block a SCCM task sequence or a MDT deployment because the Wizard asks for an action.

Fortunately, this step can be bypass/disabled by using an unattend.xml file.

Windows System Image Manager

  • To do this, we will use the tool from Microsoft to edit an unattend.xml file : Windows System Image Manager.
Windows System Image Manager

Windows System Image Manager

  • Under the node Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup, select Add Setting to Pass 7 oobeSystem.
Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup

  • In the Answer file part, go to Components/7 oobeSystem/OOBE:
oobeSystem OOBE

oobeSystem OOBE

  • On the Properties part, select True on the HideWirelessSetupInOOBE option:
HideWirelessSetupInOOBE

HideWirelessSetupInOOBE

Unattend.xml

If you prefer to edit the xml file instead of the tool, you can add it to your custom file:

HideWirelessSetupInOOBE

HideWirelessSetupInOOBE

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You can get more information on this option here

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