Windows 11 Setup Guide


The following guide is intended to set up a standard University laptop with the new Windows 11 Autopilot process. 

If any issues arise that cannot be solved using this guide or by following the instructions in the linked articles, please reach out to your TSP at

Before starting this guide it is important to fully unpack and plug in the device to power, it is also necessary to have the ability to connect it to the Internet.


Table of Contents

  1. Starting Up
  2. Connecting to the Internet
  3. Logging in
  4. Setting up Outlook
  5. Setting up Onedrive
  6. Setting up Zoom
  7. Software Center
  8. Connecting multiple monitors
  9. Finding device D-Tag
  10. Personalization of Taskbar
  11. Additional Resources

Starting Up

Upon a first-time start-up, your screen should look similar to this. Pick your region and proceed with continuing. 

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In the next screen, the machine will need to be connected to the Internet either via ethernet or wifi. The machine does not need to be connected to the UI network. You'll be prompted to pick a network connection. Pick your preferred connection, enter the login information, and then let it connect. After it connects, you'll proceed to the next screen. 

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Here, you'll need to log in with your University of Idaho credentials. Once you do, accept the duo notification. 

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After logging in the enrollment status page will be displayed and show progress. You should expect this to display for 5-10 minutes.

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After a few minutes, the machine will reboot to the login page. The end user should log in again; the enrollment status page will be displayed again for a few minutes and will eventually be replaced by the Windows 11 desktop. Once the machine reaches the Windows desktop, the installation is complete and the device can be used. Some additional software installation/configuration will continue to happen in the background, but that is normal. 

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Connecting to the Internet

To connect using WIFI click on the "Internet" menu in the bottom right corner.

This is an image of the internet menu.

You'll be prompted with a list of networks. Select your preferred network and log in. 

This image contains a list of wi-fi networks.

Once you've logged in, you'll be connected to the Internet. Your connection signal will look like the image below.

This picture demonstrates an adequate connection to the internet.


Logging in

When logging in, you may see that the user may be set to LocalVandal, it is important to switch over to "Other user" in the bottom left corner of the screen to perform a sign-in.

After selecting "Other user", your username will be your NetID (everything before the and your password is the U of I password.

This is an image of a main menu page.

After a successful log-in, you should see a Windows default background.

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Setting up Outlook

To get started in Outlook, we'll need to open up the app first. Once opened, you be prompted to log in. Click on the "Sign in or create account" button.

This image shows an office sign in message.


You'll get a screen asking for you to enter your University of Idaho account information. Once you've entered your email and password, you be prompted for a duo request. Accept the duo request.

This image shows an office activation window.This picture shows a duo push indication.


You'll be prompted to allow your organization to manage the device. Hit Ok.

This is an image of a request to stay signed in to your apps. This is a picture of a message indicating that the process occurred successfully..

You'll be prompted to enter your University of Idaho login information again. Once you do, you should see your email profile. Click OK, and Outlook will start the sign-in service. 

This is an image of an outlook login page.

Once Outlook finishes loading, you should see your emails shortly. 

For more of an in-depth view of Outlook's options, please visit Microsoft's guide on Outlook: Getting Started with the new Outlook for Windows.

By signing in to Outlook, you've also been logged into the rest of the Office 365 suite apps as well. 

Setting up Onedrive

Search for Onedrive on your computer and open the app.

This image shows how to find the one drive app.

You'll be prompted to enter your University of Idaho account credentials. After entering your username and password, you'll need to accept a Duo reqeust.

This is an image of a one drive set up window.

Once you've done that, you'll be asked to allow your organization to manage the computer. Select OK.

This is an image of a request to stay signed in to your apps.

Onedrive will select a default folder location. Hit Ok. It'll create the folder and guide you through a small tutorial. Keep hitting next till you get to "Open my OneDrive folder". Your OneDrive folder will then open.

Get to know your one drive Your one drive is ready for you This image demonstrates where one drive can be found.


It will take a while for your files to sync to your computer, but you should still be able to access your files at

Setting up Zoom

To get set up for Zoom, you can log in using the Zoom app or visit To log in with the app, you can search for it on your computer and open it from there.

This image demonstrates where you can find the zoom app.

As soon as you open the app, your browser will automatically open with a webpage saying "Sign in with SSO" and a dialog box. Go ahead and click on open. If you don't see this, then you'll be prompted to log in with your University of Idaho credentials and accept a Duo request. Then you'll be prompted with the "Sign in with SSO" screen. 

This image depicts a single sign on menu.

Zoom will automatically login you in with your saved credentials and start up normally.

This is an image of the main menu in the zoom app.

Software Center

Software Center is an application on university machines that handle updates and allows a user to download software and updates. You'll be able to download anything in Software Center without the need for admin credentials. If you have specific software that isn't in Software Center, please submit a ticket at If you need to purchase software, please submit a procurement ticket at the procurement request.

This image demonstrates where the software center app is located. This is an image of the software center app.


Connecting multiple monitors

To add and set up multiple monitors to your computer, you'll need to go to the display options in settings.

This image shows where to find the display settings.

Once you are in the display settings, you should see a display screen with the ability to rearrange your monitors. You'll also see a identify button. This will show the identification on each monitor (1, 2, 3, etc.). Using the identification monitors can be click-dragged to a position that is comfortable.

This image shows the display settings. 

Sometimes by default, your screens will be set as duplicate. You'll need to change it to "Extend these displays" to allow the other monitor(s) to be used independently.

Image of display settings. Image of display settings.


If you are having issues with the computer not detecting a monitor, make sure that all the inputs and cables are put in correctly. If you are still having issues, submit a ticket to

Finding device D-Tag

An important thing to remember is the location of the D-Tag of your device, this helps in troubleshooting your device should the need occur.

The device tag is a blue and silver tag located on the underside of your device. The 6-digit code preceded by "D-" is the D-Tag number.


Example of a D-Tag:

This is a photo of a D tag.

Personalization of Taskbar

You can personalize the Taskbar by clicking on the Windows icon, type in Taskbar, and selecting Taskbar Settings option under Best match.
This image shows how to locate the taskbar settings.

Under the Taskbar settings, most people will want to change the Taskbar alignment. To do this you can choose Taskbar behaviors and then choose which preferred alignment (Left or Center) you would like to have for your Taskbar.

Personalize Taskbar


Additional Resources

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