Deploying Windows 8 Tablets via SCCM

Recently I need to deploy some HP ElitePad 900 tablets. These come partitioned and full of HP’s usual bloatware, so we wanted to start with a clean “slate” as it were.

I’ve always found the posts at www.windows-noob.com to be a bit of a godsend. This post by @ncbrady was particularly helpful. With a few minor adjustments, you can make this work for the ElitePad too, and presumably any other windows tablet.

Firstly, make sure you are deploying the correct architecture. The ElitePad is 32-bit, so make sure you are using the x86 Windows 8 image.

Secondly, you don’t need to add any of the HP WinPE drivers to the boot image. Honestly, they do more harm than good. Don’t do it. A clean boot image will happily do the job.

If you don’t have the attachable keyboard, make sure you do use a USB hub and attach a keyboard and mouse. The touch screen doesn’t work from the boot image, and so you need to find a way to click the all important “next” button and also set the variable.

Once the machine is built, the drive is bitlockered, but you still need to go in and actually turn it on.

Make some adjustments to your process according to your environment, but the above blog post has everything in it you need to get started.

 

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