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 Understanding ADKs and OPKs

System builders who distribute the latest versions of Windows software on a fully assembled PC should preinstall the software on the PC's hard drive using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). If you are preinstalling earlier versions of Windows, you should use the Express Deployment Tool.

Windows ADK | Express Deployment Tool | Popular ADKs and OPKs | Related Resources | Licensing Topics

Windows ADK overview

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools and documentation that you can use to customise and deploy Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 operating systems to new computers and servers. It includes the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and has two key scenarios:

  • Windows deployment
  • Windows assessment

Express Deployment Tool overview

The Express Deployment Tool (EDT) makes it easier to install software quickly, and create a consistent and customised end-user experience for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and other earlier versions of operating systems, server software and applications. It simplifies preinstallation by streamlining deployments of typical PC configurations.

For most preinstallation scenarios for Windows 7, the Express Deployment Tool is the right choice. However if you want to customise more variables in your operating system than the EDT allows, use the OPK tools below.

Windows ADK Use these tools and documentation to customise and deploy Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Windows OPK Use the Windows OPK to help you preinstall Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
Microsoft Office 2010 Transition OPK Use this set of tools, product files and documentation for preloading Office 2010 on new PCs distributed to end users.
Windows SBS 2011 Standard OPK Use these tools and documents to preinstall the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard operating system.
Windows Server Solutions OPK Tools and supporting documentation to preinstall SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Internet Explorer 9 OPK Use these tools and documents to preinstall Windows Internet Explorer 9 in 38 languages.
Microsoft Security Essentials OPK Use the OPK to support the configuration and deployment of Microsoft Security Essentials as a free preinstalled security solution for Windows 7.
Windows Essentials OPK Use the installer application and instructions to silently install and configure Windows Essentials.
Skype OPK Use the installer application and instructions to silently install Skype for customers.
  • Windows 7 Value Pack
    The Windows 7 Value Pack DVD provides free, valuable Microsoft solutions that complement your customers’ Windows 7 experience. It can be preinstalled with the Express Deployment Tool.
  • Localised OEM System Builder Licences
    Download or view a copy of the OEM System Builder Licence terms and conditions.
  • OEM Part Numbers
    See a list of active part numbers for your country or region.

Licensing Topics

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