Use the following training resources to help you deploy a license-compliant version of Windows to new computers and servers.
|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
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|
Use the following default product keys to quickly and easily preinstall computers with Windows software.
||Default product key |
|Windows 8.1 Professional
|Windows 8.1 N
|Windows 8.1 Professional N
|Windows 8.1 Single Language (Emerging Markets)
|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 generalize 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, dialog 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 will support touch functionality only on hardware that has been certified for touch in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. When buying Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 System Builder software, look for hardware that has passed certification for touch capability. Touch hardware that is not certified for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 does not include a special code in the touchscreen’s firmware which enables the touch features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Whenever customers are looking to upgrade a touch PC with a previous version of Windows, they should be directed to purchase the retail SKUs for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. In addition, we recommend that customers who are considering the Windows 8.1 System Builder product be advised about the touch limitation to avoid any potential dissatisfaction.
If you have any questions about these restrictions, visit the Reseller Support System OEM forums.