Initial Windows Machine Setup

Before beginning, write down the PO number and the serial number for this new machine. You will need to enter this information into our inventory later.

  1. Connect the power adapter, an ethernet cord, and the Windows installer to the machine.
  2. Power on the machine and open the boot sequence menu
  3. Ensure the drive is set to AHCI/NVME (not RAID) in the Storage section of the boot menuNOTE: The deployment will fail and you will receive this error message at the end of the process if the drive is not set to AHCI/NVMe
  4. Navigate back to the main page of the boot sequence menu and choose to boot from the Windows installer that you connected
  5. Click ‘Run the Deployment Wizard to install a new Operating System’
  6. Select the Windows Deployment that you are running & Click ‘Next’
  7. Delete the current computer name and enter the appropriate abbreviated department name and tag number (i.e. ECON-12345). Click ‘Next’
  8. Leave ‘Do not move user data and settings’ checked and click ‘Next’
  9. Leave ‘Do not restore user data & settings’ checked and click ‘Next’
  10. Click the Time zone dropdown in the Time Settings section and change it to ‘(UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)’, then click ‘Next’
  11. Check the common & any additional requested programs to be installed and click ‘Next’
  12. Generate a password in LastPass
  13. Enter the LastPass password, then confirm it. Click ‘Next’
  14. Leave ‘Do not enable BitLocker for this computer’ checked and click ‘Next’
  15. Click ‘Begin’
  16. The operating system should begin to install
  17. Once the OS is installed, you will be brought to the desktop and the applications will be installed. The popup window will disappear once the apps have been installed.
  18. After the apps have been installed, run Dell Command | Update to check for updates
  19. Click ‘OK’ on the popup, leaving Automatic updates selected
  20. Click ‘CHECK’ to begin checking for updates
  21. Once those updates have completed, check for Windows Updates. If necessary, restart the computer to install them
  22. Check the installed applications for updates (Zoom, TeamViewer, Chrome, Acrobat, etc)
  23. Once complete, click the Start button and type ‘local’ to locate and open the local users and groups panel
  24. Click the ‘Users’ folder
  25. Locate and right click the ‘Administrator’ account
  26. Select ‘Rename’ from the menu, then rename the Administrator account to SSCS & save
  27. Sign out, then back into the newly renamed SSCS account
  28. Double click and run ‘DDSSetup’ on the Desktop to install Dell Data Security and enable drive encryption
  29. Click ‘Next’ on the installer that pops up
  30. Accept the terms of the license agreement and click ‘Next’
  31. Leave ‘On-Prem Dell Server’ selected & click ‘Next’
  32. Enter sscsdppe.uchicago.edu as the On-Prem Dell Server Name, leaving everything else as is, and click ‘Next’
  33. Leave the default installation location as is and click ‘Next’
  34. Leave ‘Bitlocker Manager’ checked and click ‘Next’
  35. Click ‘Install’
  36. The Dell Data Security icon will appear on the desktop once it has been installed
  37. Leave ‘Yes, I want to restart my computer now.’ selected & click ‘Finish’ to reboot and begin the hard drive encryption
  38. *****IMPORTANT***** – Check DDPE for the encryption key and paste it into the notes of the LastPass entry you created for the machine

Determine the end user’s affiliation and continue with the appropriate setup:
Windows Machine Setup – For Faculty
Windows Machine Setup – For Staff