Set up School PCs app for Teachers and IT administrators helps them to it to quickly set up tailored computers for students with the tools they need for learning while removing apps and features that they don't need.
"The Set up School PCs app helps you set up new computers running Windows 10, version 1607. A computer set up this way is tailored to provide students with the tools they need for learning while removing apps and features that they don't need," Microsoft writes.
Some benefits of using this app to set up your students' PCs:
For instance, on the Start menu and taskbar, it places tiles for OneNote, Office 365 web apps, Sway, and Microsoft Classroom, installs OneDrive for easy cloud storage. In addition, the app also connects PCs to school's cloud. And, it uninstall apps that aren't necessarily aimed at schools, including Solitaire and Sports. And, sets Microsoft Edge as the default browser.
Furthermore, it removes the Offers and tips app, and prevents students from adding their own Microsoft accounts to school computers. Windows 10 automatically manages accounts no matter how many students use the PC.
Additionally, it also help lock down the computer to prevent students mischievous activity.
Lastly, the sign-in is now significantly faster, and now customized to support students with IDs and temporary users.
The app also configure computers to stay up-to-date without interfering with class time by using Windows Update and maintenance hours (by default, 12 AM).
The best way to use this app for IT admins is to install the app on a work device and then use it configure all school computers easily.
The Redmond company further explains, that the setup file generated by the Set up School PCs app (should be used on new computers that haven't been set up for accounts yet), else, existing accounts and data might be lost.
You can follow this step-by-step set up guide for School PCs app below:
- Open the Set up School PCs app and select Start.
- Choose No to require students to sign in only with an account, or choose Yes to allow students to use the PC without an account too, and then select Next.
- Select a Wi-Fi network from the list, or manually connect to a wireless network, and then select Next.
- Insert a USB drive, select it in the app, and then select Save.
- The setup file is named SetupSchoolPCs.ppkg (provisioning package)
"A provisioning package is a method for applying settings to Windows 10. When Windows 10 refers to package, it means your setup file, and when it refers to provisioning, it means applying the setup file to the computer."
- Start with a computer on the first-run setup screen. If the PC has gone past this screen, reset the PC to start over. To reset the PC, go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Reset this PC.
- Insert the USB drive, and then select Set up. From the next screen, select Removable Media and then SetupSchoolPCs.ppkg and tap Next. Select Yes, add it.
- Read and accept Microsoft Software License Terms.
- Select Use Express settings.
- If the PC doesn't use a volume license, then select My work or school owns it and tap Next.
- On the Choose how you'll connect screen, select Join Azure AD and tap Next.
- Finally, sign in using your Azure AD or Office 365 account and password.