Understanding enrollment time grouping

This week is all about one of the key features of Windows Autopilot device preparation. That feature is enrollment time grouping. Windows Autopilot device preparation itself is a new iteration of Windows Autopilot and is used to quickly set up and configure new Windows devices. So far, nothing new. The focus, however, of Windows Autopilot device preparation is to further simplify the deployment of Windows devices, by delivering consistent configurations, enhancing the overall setup speed, and improving the troubleshooting capabilities. Besides that, it also takes away the requirement of first registering Windows devices with the Windows Autopilot service. Instead the Windows Autopilot device preparation profile is assigned to users and applied after user authentication during the out-of-box experience (OOBE). That provides a much more flexible …

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Managing Windows AI features

This week is all about managing the different Windows AI features that are becoming available on Window 11. Main reason to look at those configurations is triggered by the recent introduction of Windows Recall. Recall is a feature that makes snapshots of the screen and puts that in a timeline. Those snapshots are locally stored on the device. The analyses provided by Recall enables the user to search through those snapshots by using natural language. A potentially really strong feature, but also feature that an organization might want to investigate before using. Something similar is also applicable to another Windows AI feature that was introduced a bit earlier, being Windows Copilot. Besides that, another interesting Windows AI feature is Image Creator in Windows Paint. That’s …

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Getting started with the Remote Help web app

This week is all about the Remote Help web app. Remote Help on itself is nothing new, but it does have an often overlooked feature that can be useful in multiple occasions. That feature is the Remote Help web app. The Remote Help web app can be used to help users on managed and unmanaged devices, without installing the Remote Help app, and in some scenarios even on Linux devices. The former might sound a little bit weird, but due to the nature of the web app, it does technically work in some scenarios to provide support on Linux. Together that makes the Remote Help web app an interesting feature to be familiar with. It is good to know that the web app only supports …

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Smoothly introducing new feature updates for Windows 11 as optional updates

This week is all about a new method to smoothly introduce a new feature update within the organization. That new method is the ability to create a feature update deployment policy with the option to make the new feature update available as an optional update. By making the latest feature update, or any other feature update that eventually must be deployed, available as an optional update, the user is still in control of actually installing the update. That leaves the IT administrator in control of making the feature update available and the user in control of the installation. Doing that, adds an easy step to smoothly introducing a new feature update in the organization. Besides a smooth process, this also provides an easy start when …

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