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Nice to Know: Remove the Windows 8 Animation during OS Deployment

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 2, 2013

Don’t get me wrong, I like to watch a god movie, it’s just that I don’t like to see the same movie twice. In Windows 8 there is a movie that is played for the first time logon and there is a Group Policy setting you can use to disable it. However, since I’m an OSD guy, I prefer to remove it long before that. So here you have a nice MDT Application you can download and install and put it into your task sequence for Windows 8 and you will never ever see it once more. Happy deployment!

(and thank you Jeremy Moskowitz for the idea on YouTube)

Download the zip file, extract it and create a new Application in MDT 2012 Update 1.

Select Application with Source Files


Give it a name


Select the location of your download


Give it a name


Type in the command

cscript Configure-Win8AnimAtFirst.wsf




Then you add it to your task sequence. Done


The script looks like this:

<job id="Configure-Win8AnimAtFirst">
<script language="VBScript" src="..\..\Scripts\ZTIUtility.vbs"/>
<script language="VBScript">

‘// Solution: Hydration
‘// Purpose: Used to turn off the animation in Windows at first logon
‘// Usage: cscript Configure-Win8AnimAtFirst.wsf [/debug:true]
‘// Version: 1.0 – Jan 02 2013 – Mikael Nystrom
‘// This script is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, confers no rights and
‘// is not supported by the authors or the Deployment Bunny.

‘// Global constant and variable declarations

Option Explicit

Dim iRetVal

‘// End declarations

‘// Main routine

On Error Resume Next
iRetVal = ZTIProcess
ProcessResults iRetVal
On Error Goto 0

‘// Function: ZTIProcess()
‘// Input: None
‘// Return: Success – 0
‘// Failure – non-zero
‘// Purpose: Perform main ZTI processing
Function ZTIProcess()

    oLogging.CreateEntry "Configure Animation in Windows 8: Starting", LogTypeInfo   

    oShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableFirstLogonAnimation", "0", "REG_DWORD"

    oLogging.CreateEntry "Configure Animation in Windows 8: Done", LogTypeInfo   

End Function




4 Responses to “Nice to Know: Remove the Windows 8 Animation during OS Deployment”

  1. Removing it might make you feel better, but it doesn’t speed up the first logon process any. Windows 8 still needs to install all the provisioned apps, so you’ll just see the “pulsing color” screen for a longer period of time.

    • That is correct, but now it is set for all users that logs on to that Machine. It is just way of doing the same thing without having the AD folks “investigating” for years… You would be suprised how many Admins that are not allowed to “Admin” any more. Also since this is a static configuration it might as well be in the image by default

  2. Mvd said

    I also think a removal is better. Now from the 2nd user will not get the “movie” ?

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