During Windows 10 install, I'd like to join my company's Active Directory domain instead of adding a new local user. Or maybe just login with the (hidden?) local Administrator-account.

During the install, I am asked if this is a personal or organizational computer. I choose organizational, as it is my company's computer. It then wants to sign in with a Microsoft account, but we use "normal" local AD on our own Windows Server. I can then click "Domain join instead", but this leads to a user creation process. Why is this, when I want to join a domain, where presumably my user should be located?

Is there any way to not create a local user during the install?

Set up for organization Microsoft logon - nope, please User creation process

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    Are you an Administrator of the domain? Adding a machine to the Active Directory domain isn't something a normal user normally does. – Ramhound Mar 25 '19 at 13:33
  • @Ramhound: By default, AD allows a regular User to join up to 10 machines. It's quite possible that a company might have self-service setup. And vice versa, if an Administrator is setting up a new workstation, why wouldn't they want to do the join as soon as possible from the setup screen (just like it used to be possible in Win2000/XP era)? – user1686 Mar 25 '19 at 13:44
  • @grawity - Even if there is a self-service setup, the user should be asking help from an Administrator on the domain, the Administrator will be able to help them. – Ramhound Mar 25 '19 at 13:47
  • I have a domain admin login :-) – SvendK Mar 25 '19 at 15:26
  • Use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Task Sequences. I haven't done it for a few years, so I won't make a full Answer here. – Christopher Hostage May 24 '19 at 15:36

You can automate the whole process using unattend.xml which is can be placed in the c:\windows\system32\sysprep folder.

This is only part of the file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

There is no need to even see this screen if you complete the whole unattend.xml file.

Microsoft even provides a tool part of the MDT deployment toolkit to generate this file.

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  1. download and install MDT
  2. Copy windows DVD onto hard drive
  3. Launch Windows System Image manager
  4. Bottom left select the install.wim in folder in step 2

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  1. Yes
  2. Wait........

When done the Answer file area looks like this

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fully load

When done save your answer file.

Make a bootable USB drive and place it in the root folder of the USB drive.

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