Features | Install the Windows ADK | Deployment training | Default product keys | LIPs and LPs | Touch capability
The Windows ADK includes the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK). It features two key scenarios: Windows deployment and Windows assessment.
Depending on your business needs, you can use all or part of the tools and resources available in the Windows ADK. Review the following table for details.
|Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
||Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows. |
||Deployment tools enable you to customise, manage and deploy Windows images. They can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Deployment tools include: |
- Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool
- Windows System Image Manager (SIM)
- OSCDIMG, BCDBoot, DISMAPI, WIMGAPI and other tools and interfaces
|Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
||The WPT records system events by using Event Tracing for Windows, and analyses performance data in a graphical user interface. The WPT includes: |
- Windows Performance Recorder
- Windows Performance Analyser
|Windows Assessment Toolkit
||The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes tools to discover and run assessments on a single computer. Assessments are tasks that simulate user activity and examine the state of the computer. Assessments produce metrics for various aspects of the system, and provide recommendations for making improvements. The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes: |
- Windows Assessment Console
|Windows Assessment Services
||Windows Assessment Services contains an application to remotely manage settings, computers, images and assessments in a lab environment where it is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services. |
Find additional information on ADK tools.
You can install the Windows ADK directly from the Internet. You can also download the installer and copy it to an offline computer (any computer that does not have Internet access). The offline computer can be on a private network or can be a non-networked computer.
Install the Windows ADK.
If you experience issues with installing the Windows ADK, review the known issues for a workaround.
Use the following technical documentation to help you deploy a licence-compliant version of Windows to new computers and servers.
- Basic Windows Deployment .pdf 396 KB
Refer to the Basic Windows Deployment guide for step-by-step installation instructions on using the Windows 8 product DVD. To add your company information you can use the autounattend.xml files below.
If you plan on making additional changes to the Windows image, or if you have high-volume deployments, refer to the Advanced Windows Deployment guide for instructions on maintaining and updating Windows images through the Windows ADK.
- Advanced Windows Deployment .pdf 911 KB
Use the Advanced Windows Deployment guide for instructions on deploying, customising and updating Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to multiple computers and servers using tools in the Windows ADK, such as the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), Windows System Image Manager (SIM) and the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool.
- Windows Policy for System Builders .pdf 1.64 MB
Review the Windows Policy for System Builders guide for a set of requirements for all system builders who install, configure and distribute Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. These requirements focus on manufacturing instructions to set up Windows for customer use, customise the user experience and provide help and support information for customers.
- Autounattend.xml files .zip 3.16 KB
Use the sample autounattend.xml files to add your company and support information, along with a valid product key. Files include 32- and 64-bit BIOS and 64-bit UEFI firmware-based machines. For step-by-step instructions, see page 2 of the Basic Windows Deployment guide.
- Find Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 deployment training in your language .img 108 MB
Watch the Windows 8 video demos
Demonstration videos and video transcripts provide information about how to deploy Windows 8 using the Windows ADK tools. Topics include:
- Automating Windows 8 Installation
- Installing Windows PE on a USB Drive
- Making Your Own Answer Files
- Preparing and Capturing Images
- Applying Images
- Adding Recovery Tools
- Maintaining Your Images
Windows 8 support videos
Learn how to answer customer questions about error messages, installation and Windows 8 device compatibility.
Use the following default product keys to quickly and easily preinstall computers with Windows 8 software.
||Default product key|
|Windows 8 Professional
|Windows 8 N
|Windows 8 Professional N
|Windows 8 Single Language (Emerging Markets)
Simply type the default product key into the answer file used to preinstall the version of Windows that your customer requested.
Note These product keys cannot be used for activation. You will need to type a software product key during the installation process. These keys will be removed when sysprep generalise is run. The end user will be required to type the unique product key from the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label when first booting Windows 8.
Download and install additional languages to allow end users to view menus, dialogue boxes and user interface items in their preferred language.
In order to promote the best “touch” experience on PCs, OEM System Builder software for Windows 8 will support touch functionality only on hardware that has been certified for touch in Windows 8. When buying Windows 8 System Builder software, look for hardware that carries the “Windows 8 Compatible” logo and that has passed certification for touch capability. Touch hardware that is not certified for Windows 8 and does not include a special code provided to OEMs during the certification process and injected into the touchscreen’s firmware will not work once the System Builder product is installed meaning that the computer will not be touch-enabled after Windows 8 is installed.
Whenever customers are looking to upgrade a touch computer with a previous version of Windows, they should be directed to purchase the retail Windows 8 Upgrade SKUs. In addition, we recommend that customers who are considering the Windows 8 System Builder product be advised about the touch limitation to avoid any potential dissatisfaction.
Remember that if you purchase Windows 8 System Builder software for personal use, you are not entitled to support from Microsoft for that software.
If you have any questions about these restrictions, visit the Personal Use Licence website or the Reseller Support System OEM forums.