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I just created new answer files for Windows 7 and Windows 10. I compared them with the older ones I had been using and noticed the ENABLE_ADMINISTRATOR_ACCOUNT setting was 0 in the new files. Thinking I'd missed something I recreated the files making sure to check in the Advanced Options, but the option to enable the administrator account was missing. The version_debug setting in the new file is 2.0.3020.9142, and the old one is 2.0.3010.8834.

Has anyone else had the same experience?



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Hi Tom,

Thanks for reaching out, happy to explain.

This setting has been deprecated as of a few SmartDeploy versions ago. Microsoft changed the default behavior with regard to the local admin account in Windows 10, so a checkbox no longer made sense, as it would not behave in a consistent manner across different OS versions. We removed the checkbox, and now we simply check your image to see whether the VM had the local Administrator account enabled, and then we duplicate that result on the target device. If it was enabled, it will be enabled - if it was not, it will be left disabled. No action required on your part.

There is still an item for this setting in our answer files to maintain backward compatibility, but it is no longer used at deployment time. Our expectation is that this setting should not cause any problems at deployment time for you (it's been this way for a while now), but please feel free to reach out (support@smartdeploy.com) if you have any questions or issues. 


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