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 Express Deployment Tool (EDT)

Microsoft has developed the Express Deployment Tool (EDT) to help our reseller and system builder partners quickly, easily and correctly deploy PCs with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 products. For help customising and deploying Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK).

How EDT Works | Download EDT | Deployment Guide | Training

Why use the EDT?

The EDT makes it easier to install software quickly, and to create a consistent and customised end-user experience.

The EDT also helps you:

  • Save time and money by greatly reducing the time required to install and deploy OEM software with the EDT’s intuitive, wizard-based interface.
  • Ensure a great user experience, reduce support issues with easy updates that maintain image quality and help provide a trouble-free out-of-box experience for your customers.
  • Promote your business and drive revenue from add-on products and services by adding your brand and website links to your customers’ system images.

How the EDT works

Download and Install EDT Create Custom System Image Finished Customer System
In less than 1 hour, use EDT's wizard-based interface to create a custom system image which can include any of the EDT-supported products. In less than 10 minutes, use your custom system image to easily install, manage and deploy software on customer systems with easy updates to your image whenever they become available.

Download the Express Deployment Tool

Download the EDT Deployment Guide Training    

To run the Express Deployment Tool (EDT), you will need the OPK tools and bits for the software that you want to install.

If you downloaded the EDT prior to July 2012, we recommend that you upgrade to version 1.2.5 now.

Note EDT is available for download in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish.

Download the Express Deployment Tool
Chinese (Simplified).zip 20.1 MB Japanese.zip 20.1 MB
Chinese (Traditional).zip 20.1 MB Korean.zip 20.1 MB
English.zip 20.1 MB Portuguese (Brazilian).zip 20.1 MB
French.zip 20.1 MB Russian.zip 20.1 MB
German.zip 20.1 MB Spanish.zip 20.1 MB

EDT supports reseller and system builder preinstallation of:

  • Windows 7, including Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Skype*
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Remote update and notification (automatic update of the EDT)
  • Third-party software, such as, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Mozilla Firefox

Note Skype may not be installed on PCs delivered to the People’s Republic of China.

This current version also includes the following improvements:

  • The ability to customise or update images offline or online
  • A wizard-based interface
  • Virtualised “reference” machine functionality
  • The ability to port existing command line interface to graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Additional image security features for end users
  • All server functionality (Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Home Server, Windows Small Business Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server)

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