Windows ADK

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools and documentation that you can use to customize and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers and servers.

Deployment training | Default product keys | LIPs and LPs | Touch capability

Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

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.

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. For installation instructions, see Installing the Windows ADK. If you experience issues with installing the Windows ADK, review the known issues for a workaround.

Features in the Windows ADK
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.

Tool Description
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 Deployment tools enable you to customize, 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 analyzes performance data in a graphical user interface. The WPT includes:
  • Windows Performance Recorder
  • Windows Performance Analyzer
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
  • Assessments
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.
Windows deployment training and related resources
Training Default product keys LIPs Touch capability

Use the following training resources to help you deploy a license-compliant version of Windows to new computers and servers.

Description Training
Installing from a DVD
Basic Windows deployment
Follow the step-by-step installation instructions on preinstalling Windows 8.1 using the product DVD.
Basic Windows Deployment Guide
High-volume deployments
Advanced Windows deployment
Find out how to deploy, customize, and update Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 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.
Advanced Windows Deployment Guide
Windows 8.1 deployment whitepaper for system builders
This step-by-step whitepaper provides a detailed guide that enables system builders to build and deploy Windows 8.1 images following OEM requirements. The guide also offers complete Office 2013 installation steps, as well as steps to deploy a robust recovery solution as part of the OS deployment. Besides many other options, this guide includes a rich series of optional OEM customizations that system builders can leverage to help differentiate their offerings and fit their deployment needs.
Windows 8.1 Deployment Whitepaper for System Builders .docx 1.23 MB
Windows 8.1 deployment webcast
This two hour, level-200 technical webcast session specifically tailored for Microsoft system builder partners follows the Windows 8.1 deployment methods described in the Windows 8.1 deployment whitepaper for system builders. The Windows 8.1 deployment training video and presentation cover Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013 deployment steps, as well as the steps to create sample deployment scripts and recovery solutions using the Push Button Reset (HDD Based Recovery) feature.

Windows 8.1 Deployment Training Video .wmv 145 MB

Windows 8.1 Deployment Training Presentation .pdf 2.58 MB

Autounattend.xml files
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.
Autounattend.xml files .zip 16.7 KB
Related resources
Windows policy for system builders
Review the requirements for all system builders who install, configure, and distribute Windows 8.1 Update.
Windows Policy for System Builders
Windows 8.1 Update Licensing Addendum (N and KN Editions)
The N and KN editions of Windows 8.1 Update include the same functionality as Windows 8.1 Update, except for media-related technologies (Windows Media Player),  and certain preinstalled media apps (Music, Video, SoundRecorder, and Skype).
Windows 8.1 Update Licensing Addendum (N and KN Editions) .pdf 206 KB
Windows guidelines for system builders
Review these guidelines that focus on manufacturing instructions to set up Windows for customer use, customize the user experience, and provide help and support information for customers.
Windows Guidelines for System Builders
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Windows licensing and packaging
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