Windows Autopilot Deployment

Overview of Windows Autopilot 

  • Windows Autopilot is a collection of technologies used to set up and pre-configure new devices, getting them ready for productive use.
  • This solution enables an IT department to achieve the above with little to no infrastructure to manage, with a process that’s easy and simple.
  • Windows Autopilot can be used to deploy Windows PCs or HoloLens 2 devices.
  • You can also use Windows Autopilot to reset, repurpose, and recover devices.
  • Windows Autopilot simplifies the Windows device lifecycle, for both IT and end users, from initial deployment to end of life.
Traditional Windows deployment // The old way

Modern Windows deployment // The new way


Device lifecycle management with Windows Autopilot and Intune
  • No more maintenance of images and drivers
  • No need for IT to touch the devices
  • Simple process for users and IT
  • Integration in the device supply chain
  • Reset device back to a business ready state


Process overview

  • Windows Autopilot uses the OEM-optimized version of Windows 10 in initially deploying new Windows devices.
  • This version is preinstalled on the device, so you don’t have to maintain custom images and drivers for every device model.
  • Instead of re-imaging the device, your existing Windows 10 installation can be transformed into a “business-ready” state that can:
  • Apply settings and policies
  • Install apps
  • Change the edition of Windows 10 being used (for example, from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise) to support advanced features.


Tasks preparation

Azure Active Directory


  • Enable the enrollment status page.
  • Ensure users can enroll devices in Intune.
  • Assign licenses to users


Licensing requirement

One of the following, to provide needed Azure Active Directory (automatic MDM enrollment and company branding features) and MDM functionality:

  • Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions
  • Microsoft 365 F1 subscriptions
  • Microsoft 365 Academic subscriptions
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscriptions
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security E3 or E5 subscriptions, which include all needed Azure AD and Intune features
  • Azure Active Directory Premium P1 or P2 and Intune subscriptions (or an alternative MDM service)

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Steps for Autopilot

Commonly-available OEM services

Commonly-available OEM services

  • Device registration
  • Clean images
  • Choice of versions
  • Options for customization (e.g. adding apps)
  • Pre-provisioned deployment offerings

Autopilot Deployment Methods

  1. User-driven mode
  2. Self-deploying mode

Steps to deploy