Windows AutoPilot Service Promises 'Zero-Touch' PC Provisioning

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Microsoft announced a new Windows AutoPilot service this week that promises to ease the provisioning of new PCs for end users.

The service lets end users receive new Windows 10 PCs directly from the computer manufacturer, or OEM. They turn it on and the provisioning is automatic, according to Microsoft's description. IT pros don't have to reimage machines and add drivers. The service enables so-called "zero-touch" provisioning of new PCs and will skip some of the traditional out-of-the-box setup steps to get machines ready for use.

The Windows AutoPilot service currently functions with Windows 10 version 1703, the "creators update," according to Microsoft. The service, though, apparently is not yet broadly available. For organizations using Microsoft Surface devices, the Windows AutoPilot service will be arriving "later this year."

"The Surface team is working with customers and partners to roll out the Windows AutoPilot Deployment program and expects to make it broadly available to customers later this year," Microsoft explained in a TechNet blog post.

If organizations buy their Windows 10 PCs from other vendors, then they'll have to find out if the distributor participates in the Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program. Exactly when OEMs might have such support wasn't described by Microsoft.