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 Windows deployment

The materials on this page provide everything you need to complete deployment for the Windows 8 and Windows 7 operating systems.

Windows 8

OEM tool/software Description
Windows 8 ADK Use the downloads, tools and supporting documentation from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) to pre-install Windows 8.
Language Interface Packs Download the software that enables computers to display parts of the Windows 8 user interface in a selected language.
Windows ADK demos Watch these video demos to learn how to use the Windows ADK tools to customise and deploy Windows 8 to new computers.
Windows 8 support videos Learn how to answer customer questions about error messages, installation and Windows 8 device compatibility.

Windows 7

For most preinstallation scenarios for Windows 7, the Express Deployment Tool is the right choice. It helps you to quickly, easily and correctly preinstall PCs with genuine Windows 7. However if you want to customise more variables in your operating system than the EDT allows, use the OPK tools and the deployment guides below.

OEM tool/software Description
Windows OPK Use these OPK downloads, tools and supporting documentation to preinstall Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista SP1.
Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC OPK and Software Access localised versions of the OPK for preinstalling Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC on the Windows 7 operating system.
Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC OPK Software Update
.zip 8.4 MB
Install this update in addition to the Windows XP Mode OPK and Windows Virtual PC software.
Windows 7 Language Interface Packs Download the software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Download updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 products.
Creating a Hard Disk Recovery Solution for Windows 7
.pdf 1.8 MB
Learn how to create a hard-disk-based recovery solution for Windows 7 using Windows Recovery Environment.

Additional resources

Topic Description
Windows OPK Training Watch this video training to learn about the Windows 7 OPK user interface and providing guidance for preinstalling Windows 7 using the OPK.
System Builder Basics Watch this video series that offers a practical introduction to using the Windows 7 OPK, along with tips and tricks. Hosted by OPK expert James Kahle.
32-Bit and 64-Bit Windows FAQ Get answers to common questions about the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
Windows Server 2012 Deployment Review information about preinstalling Windows Server 2012 with the ADK.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Review information about preinstalling Windows Server 2008 R2 with either the EDT or the same Windows OPK used for Windows 7.
Office 2010 Installation Use these tools, documents and product files to assist in preloading Microsoft Office 2010—with either the EDT or Office 2010 OPK—on new PCs for distribution to end users.
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