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The following materials provide everything you need to preinstall Windows server operating systems and Microsoft server software on new computers.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012

OEM tool/software Description
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Use the downloads, tools and supporting documentation from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to preinstall Windows 8.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Update Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update to update existing installations of Windows Server 2012 R2, or get the re-released full media through your preferred Authorized Distributor.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Update language packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language. Install this software after the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update has been applied.
Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 language packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

For most preinstallation scenarios for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the Express Deployment Tool is the right choice. It helps you to quickly, easily, and correctly preinstall PCs with genuine server software.

Server OPKs

OEM tool/software Description
Windows 7 OPK Use these OPK downloads, tools, and supporting documentation to preinstall Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista SP1.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials OPK Use these tools and supporting documentation to preinstall SBS 2011 Essentials.

Additional resources

Topic Description
Windows Server 2012 language packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.
Windows 8.1 Language Interface Packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.
Windows 7 Language Interface Packs Download software that enables computers to display parts of the user interface in a selected language.
Localized Windows OPK Documentation Localized documentation about the tools included in the Windows OPK to install, customize, and deploy Windows 7.
Windows 7 OPK Training Videos Training documentation and accompanying demo videos show how to deploy Windows 7 using the OPK.
Express Deployment Tool Deploy Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013 SP1 quickly, easily, and correctly onto new PCs
Express Deployment Tool for Windows 7 Deploy Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, PC Essentials, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Internet Explorer 9 onto new PCs significantly faster than with traditional OPKs.
Creating a Hard Disk Recovery Solution for Windows 7
.pdf 1.8 MB
A hard-disk-based recovery solution enables Windows 7 to recover automatically from most known causes for unbootable systems. Using the Windows OPK you can create this solution with Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
Quick Start for System Builders
.pdf 116 KB
Step-by-step instructions for using the Windows OPK with a Windows 7 product DVD to create a Windows installation that meets the minimum legal requirements.
Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for OEMs
.pdf 195 KB
Shows how to create a basic automated Windows installation. For new users who want to learn the basics of Windows deployment.
Additional Allowances and Recommendations: An Addendum to the Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit
.pdf 357 KB
Summarizes the various allowances and recommendations that have been released by Microsoft up until now.
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