15 Apr.

MDT Updates for Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041

Over on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog they have posted some information about some issues wit h Windows 10 Technical Preview builds having some issues with the MDT 2013 Update 1 Preview. Check out the article to see the full workaround, which includes the following steps.
Download the MDT1503.zip file which includes updated scripts and xml files
Grabbing the latest version of the Windows ADK for the Windows 10 Technical Preview
Using the correct version of Windows PE
Fixing HTA by adding the MSHTML.DLL
Check out Aaron’s post to see all of the steps, if I get a chance in the next few weeks I’ll post the required screenshots as a tutorial.
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 27 Mar.

Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO March Update

If you have signed up for the Windows Insider program for Windows 10, you can now grab the ISOs so that you can more easily deploy across multiple machines and not have to go through several installs to get the latest build running. There isn’t an updated ISO for the Enterprise edition at this stage, just the 32 bit and 64 bit ISOs from the Insiders program.

Editions Link to download SHA-1 hash value

Windows 10 Technical Preview (x64) – Build 10041

Link to download

 Download (3.4 GB)

SHA-1 hash value



Windows 10 Technical Preview (x86) – Build 10041

Link to download

 Download (2.53 GB)

SHA-1 hash value


If you haven’t used the Windows 10 Technical Preview yet, you should take note of the Before You Install details from Microsoft’s preview website…

A preview for PC experts

Windows 10 Technical Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. We’re going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties…you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Technical Preview could be just your thing.

Download and install the preview only if you

  • Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.

  • Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.

  • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.

  • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.

  • Aren’t installing it on your everyday computer.

We’re not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.

Things to keep in mind

Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks.

Some installed apps might not yet work as expected or might not be available in your country or region. For example, Cortana is currently only available in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Chinese (Simplified), German (Germany), French (France), Italian, and Spanish (Spain). To be able to use Cortana, the country or region for your system must be set to one of the available languages, and you also need to have installed that language’s version of Technical Preview. In addition, the Cortana features that are available in one language might be different from those that are available in another.

Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read our privacy statement.

What does it work with?

Technical Preview should work with the same devices and programs that work with Windows 8.1, but you might need to update or reinstall some of them.

Drivers for basic functions like storage, networking, input, and display come with Windows. These drivers allow you to complete the Windows installation and connect to the Internet. You might be able to get more drivers from Windows Update.

For compatibility info, see the Windows 8.1 Compatibility Center.

If you use a mouse and keyboard

Your apps and devices should work as expected, though of course there will be exceptions. We’d love to know what you think about how the new Windows works with mouse and keyboard and whether it provides the best of new and familiar functionality for Windows and apps.

If you have a touch PC

Technical Preview works with touch, but some things will be rough and unfinished. More touch-friendly improvements are on the way. In the meantime, let us know what it’s like to interact with Windows and apps in the preview.

If you want to go back to your previous operating system

You’ll need to reinstall your version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don’t have recovery media:

  • For Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more info.

  • For Windows 8.1 or Windows 8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive. If you didn’t create a USB recovery drive before you installed the preview, you can create installation media for Windows 8.1.

System requirements

Basically, if your PC can run Windows 8.1, you’re good to go. If you’re not sure, don’t worry—Windows will check your system to make sure it can install the preview.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

Important notes

  • Some PC processors and hardware configurations aren’t supported by Technical Preview, including a small number of older, 64-bit CPUs, and some 32 GB and all 16 GB devices running a compressed operating system.

  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.

  • The Windows Store in Technical Preview will have many (but not all) Windows 8.1 apps available. (Apps for Windows 10 Technical Preview will not be available for PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.) Keep in mind that if you install the preview but then decide to go back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you might have to reinstall your apps from Windows Store.

  • Cortana is currently only available in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Chinese (Simplified), German (Germany), French (France), Italian, and Spanish (Spain). To be able to use Cortana, the country or region for your system must be set to one of the available languages, and you also need to have installed that language’s version of Technical Preview.

  • After you install the preview, you won’t be able to play DVDs using Windows Media Player.

  • If you’re running Windows 8.1 but haven’t installed Windows 8.1 Update yet, you won’t be able to install Technical Preview. Try running Windows Update to get Windows 8.1 Update before you install Technical Preview, or you can download an ISO file instead.

  • If you have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center and you install the preview, Windows Media Center will be removed.

  • The preview won’t work on Windows RT 8.1 editions.

  • There is no N edition of Technical Preview, so if you upgrade to Technical Preview from an N edition of Windows, you will no longer be running an N edition.

  • If you’re running Windows 7 without SP1, you can only upgrade to the preview by downloading an ISO file. If you install Windows 7 SP1, you can upgrade to the preview by using Windows Update or by downloading an ISO file.


Technical Preview is available in the following languages: English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese, Russian, German, French, French (Canada), Korean, Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Swedish, Finnish, Turkish, Arabic, Dutch, Czech, Polish, and Thai.


    • If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 and your system language isn’t one of the available languages listed previously, you can only keep your personal files when you upgrade. You won’t be able to keep your apps or Windows settings.

    • If you installed the preview when it was first avaialble in English, Chinese (Simplified), or Portuguese (Brazilian), and you now want to switch to one of the additional available languages, you’ll need to download an ISO file to reinstall the preview in one of those languages.

    • Some text in the preview will not yet have been translated into all available languages and will only appear in English. This text will be translated into all available languages by the time the final product is available for purchase.

    • If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 and have installed a language pack or a language interface pack (LIP), they’ll be removed when you install Technical Preview.

Technical Preview expires on October 1, 2015

If you’re running Technical Preview, we’ll send you notifications beginning on September 15, 2015 to remind you that it’s time to upgrade your PC to a newer version.

What you keep when you upgrade

This table shows what you can keep when you upgrade from your current version of Windows. Keep in mind that no matter which operating system you’re upgrading from, you should play it safe and back up everything.

To check your version, see Which Windows operating system am I running?

If you’re upgrading from You can keep
If you’re upgrading from

Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

You can keep

Windows settings, personal files, and most apps

If you’re upgrading from

Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT

You can keep

Technical Preview doesn’t run on Windows RT systems

If you’re upgrading from

Windows 7

You can keep

Windows settings, personal files, and most apps

If you’re upgrading from

Windows Vista

You can keep

Nothing—you must boot from media and perform a clean install


  • If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 and your system language isn’t one of the available languages listed on the System requirements tab, you can only keep your personal files when you upgrade. You won’t be able to keep your apps or Windows settings.

You’ll get updates automatically

Lots more new features are coming, and you’ll get them automatically. Join the Windows Insider Program to make sure you get all the latest preview builds so you can see all the latest stuff.

Talk to us

We’re opening the doors early so we can find out what you think now, while there’s still time to make changes. So talk to us, we want to know what you think. We’ll use it all to build a better Windows.

As a Windows Insider, you get the Windows Feedback app, which makes it easy to send your thoughts straight to us. We know you early adopters aren’t shy, so bring it on. We want to hear the good, the bad, and the kludgy.

And you can always jump into the discussion on the Windows Insider Program forum.


    • Windows Update will be set to automatically install important updates as they become available. You won’t be able to turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 Technical Preview.

    • To change when and how often preview builds are installed, open Settings, click Update & recovery, and then click Preview builds. Click the top list, and then select Fast or Slow to choose how often builds are installed. Then, click Change the time my PC installs preview builds and select what time you want builds to be installed.

The way we gather information has changed

Privacy notices for Windows 10 Technical Preview are new because we’ve changed the way we gather information. To learn more, read our privacy statement.

Help and support

Be sure to check out How to use Windows 10 Technical Preview for helpful info highlighting the new things you can do with the preview on your PC.

We’ve also created some online forums where you can ask questions and get answers from other preview users and Microsoft support professionals. (We don’t offer technical support for Windows 10 Technical Preview or any other prerelease software.)

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 27 Mar.

Windows ADK for Windows 10 Technical Preview updated

Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 to install tools and documentation for OEMs and ODMs to customize Windows 10 images, assess the quality and performance of systems or components, and to deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. The Windows ADK includes Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD), the Windows Assessment Toolkit, the Windows Performance Toolkit, and several new and improved deployment tools that can help you automate a large-scale deployment of Windows 10.

The download starts off with a small exe that allows you to choose between two options.
The time this will take is determined by your internet connection and proximity to the download source, so it could be pretty quick, or it could be time to grab a coffee and make a sandwich.
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 18 Mar.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 available for installation

Gabe Aul just posted that build 10041 is now available to fast ring users. As much as I’d love to install it now, I’m connected via 4G, and this would eat my data allowance for the month. I’ll be sitting in an airline lounge in a few hours, fingers crossed their connectivity allows for a successful download so I can check out a few of the changes on my flight.

I’ve been avoiding making too many posts on the Windows 10 Tech Preview so far because of the changes that are still being implemented, but as it gets closer it will get much more attention from me. The changes that are being discussed for this new build include the following…

Improved Start Menu
Virtual Desktop Enhancements
Mortana aka more Cortana
Network fly out from task bar
Photos app improvements
New Text Input Canvas
Lock Screen updates

Here are the top issues addressed and known issues, straight from Gabe’s post.

Some top issues fixed in this build

  • In 9926 there were several issues which prevented Start from launching, these should all be fixed.
  • Search box now works if you have taskbar on the top/side of your screen.
  • After installing the last build (9926), you saw a boot selection menu when you rebooted your PC. We’ve fixed this and you should no longer see the boot selection menu – unless you’re intentionally dual-booting.
  • We received feedback that people were seeing persistent grey thumbnails in the Collection view in the Photos app on Build 9926. We think we’ve worked through all these issues, so definitely let us know if you find a case where one still crops up.

Here are some known issues for this build

  • Some people might hit an issue where the username and password boxes do not appear or don’t accept input when logging in, which will prevent them from logging in. Possible workarounds include clicking the “Switch User” button, using Ctrl+Alt+Del, or pressing the power button on your PC to sleep/resume and try again.
  • It is possible to manually lock your PC during the initial out-of-box experience. If you do this, you will have to hard reboot your PC and restart the OOBE experience. (So don’t lock your PC during OOBE :-)
  • There are several accessibility issues in this build, which may make it difficult to use with Narrator or 3rd party screen readers. Additionally there is an issue where using a Lens after enabling Magnifier may cause the screen to be unusable.
  • Some apps in the Store Beta will fail to install or update due to a licensing issue.
  • In this build, the Mail, Calendar, and People apps may be broken due to a licensing issue with the Store Beta. To get these apps working again, you need to follow these steps:
    • Open powershell as administrator
    • Run the command Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
    • Re-install Mail, People and Calendar from the Store (green tile)
  • You might notice a chess knight icon on your Lock screen to the right of the screen. This was added by the Lock screen team so they could tell via screenshots if someone was using the new Lock screen or the old one, and will eventually be removed in a future build.
  • Font sizes on the Lock screen on devices with high DPI can be really large.
  • We currently have the Tablet Mode notification turned off by default to address some of the issues we’ve been seeing. The notifications can be turned back on via Settings.
  • The touch keyboard doesn’t show up on login screen which prevents you from unlocking your PC when Narrator is on.
  • Some people might see frequent prompts to restart to install updates, even though no updates need a restart. This prompt can be ignored safely.

Full post is here http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/18/windows-10-technical-preview-build-10041-now-available/


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 17 Mar.

More details emerging of the Office 365 and CRM Online migration to Australian Datacenters

Phil Goldie from Microsoft sent the following information through to partners in Australia… I don’t see anything listed around Intune being migrated to Australian datacenters, maybe I need to poke around a bit and find out what is happening.

Dear Mark, In December 2014, we announced plans to start delivering Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacentres by the end of March 2015. As these plans come to fruition, I wanted to give you an early sense of what these changes may mean for your business and help prepare you for customer enquiries. What do these changes mean for you? They represent a key opportunity to drive a new wave of innovation and expand your existing portfolio of offerings to customers in Australia. These services will be generally available (GA) by the end of March and we are dedicated to ensuring your business remains connected and up-to-date with the latest developments. What do these changes mean to your customers? From a ‘run-of-business’ perspective, the fundamentals won’t change. We’ll continue to deliver best-in-class solutions on world-class infrastructure, now housed here in Australia. In the meantime, we’ve outlined the processes we’ll be applying to Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online customers upon GA. Office 365

Existing customers are to be automatically moved to local datacentres from September 2015
We will work closely with existing customers as we move their data and will contact them with additional information on processes and timings closer to the transfer
From the date of GA, all new Office 365 customers will be automatically tenanted in Australian datacentres
Customers can opt out of the move by contacting Office 365 support
Read more about the move here
Dynamics CRM Online

Existing customers will need to proactively opt-in to be moved into the Australian datacentre. We strongly recommend you encourage customers to opt-in.
From the date of GA, all new Dynamics CRM Online customers will be automatically tenanted in Australian datacentres
Read more about the move here
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 17 Mar.

Technical preview for Skype for Business client is now available

More good news on the preview front, Skype for Business Client is now available. It’s going to take a while for me to stop saying Lync, but here’s the announcement from the Office team.

Technical preview for Skype for Business client is available today!
We are excited to announce that the technical preview of the Skype for Business client is available today. Skype for Business combines a familiar Skype-inspired experience, an expanded Lync feature set, and the ability to search for and connect with any of the hundreds of million people who use Skype. The technical preview gives current Lync customers the opportunity to trial the Skype for Business client before the client, server and online service become generally available starting in April.


What this means for you?

Availability of the Skype for Business technical preview provides the opportunity for you to start working with your customers in finalizing Lync deployments and to begin planning Skype for Business implementations.


What is the message to customers?

With Skype for Business becoming generally available in April, now is the time to start planning deployment. Most of the existing software and hardware solutions that are qualified for Lync 2013 will also be compatible with Skype for Business. As a result, current Lync customers can get quickly up and running with Skype for Business, leveraging their existing investments.


Call to Action:

Now that the technical preview of Skype for Business is available, we recommend that you:

  1. Join the technical preview today.
  2. Download all the great Skype for Business partner resources available to support your customers’ Skype for Business implementations.
  3. Work with your customer on using the Skype for Business client trial and developing the Skype for Business deployment plan.


Also, available is a full set of Skype for Business partner resources

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 17 Mar.

IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 now available

For those eagerly awaiting a new version of Office for the Windows world, and weren’t satisfied with just the touch version for Windows 10, here is some good news. The following is from the Office team at Microsoft…

Today we announced the IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 for the Windows desktop. This is the first step in our journey towards general availability later this year. Note: end-user enhancements will be shared at a later date.


The preview is available to commercial Office 365 customers, and includes significant technical improvements to Data Loss Protection, Outlook, and Click-to-Run Deployment, as well as improved Accessibility across the suite, and Information Rights Management Protection extended to Visio files. 

On-premises customers who are interested in the Office 2016 Preview must go through a nomination process.


To learn more and download the preview, IT Pros and Developers should visit the Office 2016 Preview Program on the Microsoft Connect site.


The Office 2016 on-premises Preview program has very limited availability and is still under NDA, so should be offered to customers on a reactive basis only. Visit http://aka.ms/Office Blog

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 5 Mar.

Windows 10 Projection Improvements

Now that I’ve been using the different Windows 10 previews for a while I thought it was time I started highlighting some of the changes that I like. Some of these might seem minor, but with constant use they certainly add up. Considering the amount of time my laptop spends connected to projectors and hotel room televisions, any improvement in this area is definitely appreciated, so on to the changes in projection.

Windows+P launches still launches projection options, but the big difference now is that you can project in whatever mode you want to be in, rather than having to adjust it afterwards. Take a look at the image below. Windows 10 External Graphics


Unfortunately I still travel with more display connection options than I really should, I’d rather have options available to me. You can see in the image above that there are two Miracast adapters, one of them is the Actiontec, and the other is from Belkin. The other connection shown is from the HDMI to VGA/Audio adapter I have, for some reason my laptop isn’t happy pushing audio over HDMI right now. Fingers crossed it’s just a tech preview issue, it’s not a showstopper, but I’d rather use HDMI where possible.


Windows 10 Device Settings

There have been some minor changes in the Devices section of Settings, where you can scan for things like new Miracast adapters, printers and other networked devices.


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 19 Feb.

March Training Events – Business Anywhere

Next month I’ll be delivering the following events in three locations around Australia. Good news for SMB partners is the Enterprise Mobility Suite has been added to the official content, so if you are looking for an introduction to that, this would be a place great to start.

Learn to build and deliver solutions that help small and midsize organizations enable the mobile workforce, while ensuring better-managed devices and access control. This course will cover a range of the latest Microsoft products and technologies, including Mobile Device Management with Intune, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Deploying Azure Virtual Networks and workloads, Azure Active Directory (AD) and DirSync, and Office 365 mail migrations.

Mobile Device Management with Microsoft Intune
Microsoft Intune has had major feature enhancements over the last year which target the growing Mobile Device Management capabilities that many organisations are investigating, and is a big step up from the Exchange Active Sync capabilities many are relying on today. With Windows 8.1 and the upcoming Windows 10 release including greater MDM capabilities, it’s not just for non-Windows devices, it’s happy working across Windows, iOS and Android devices. The capabilities delivered by the Enterprise Mobility Suite which includes Microsoft Intune and premium Azure Active Directory features will also be introduced.

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
In this module you will configure a secure remote experience for employees of Contoso, Inc. This experience begins by leveraging both RemoteApp and VDI to allow those users to work securely on remote applications from their devices. RDS/VDI architecture, deployment and storage will be discussed, including how requirements change when connecting to hosted email solutions such as Exchange Online.

Deploying Microsoft Azure virtual networks and workloads
In this module you will create and Azure Virtual Network, A point-to-site connection, and a DBaaS instance. This will expose new scenarios for existing customers looking at embracing hybrid models that embrace cloud technologies, while still maintaining the on-premises capabilities they may depend upon today

Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Directory Synchronisation
In this module you will configure directory synchronization to Azure AD from an on-premises domain controller. The various synchronisation and identity management solutions for SMB customers will be discussed, including how Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Essentials Experience Role can help to simplify the process for customers with limited infrastructure.

Office 365 mail migrations

This module will give an overview of some of the different Exchange migration approaches that are available for those planning on moving to Office 365, including Staged migration, Cutover migration, IMAP and Exchange hybrid.

  • Sydney: March 10
  • Brisbane: March 12
  • Melbourne: March 27


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 30 Jan.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Windows ADK available for download

And the Windows 10 related releases keep coming, this time it’s a new version of the ADK which includes the Image and Fingers crossed we will see a new version of the MDT soon, it will round out the deployment releases. Grab the download here.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 Technical Preview

The Windows ADK enables two key scenarios: Windows deployment and Windows assessment.
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) including Windows Preinstallation Environment, Deployment Imaging, Servicing and Management, and Windows System Image Manager.

IT Professionals can use the tools in the Windows ADK to facilitate deployment of a new version of Windows. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) inventories applications used in your organization and identifies potential applications compatibility issues. With the User State Migration Tool (USMT), IT Professionals can migrate user data from existing Windows installations. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to deploy Windows installations in their organization and manage the activation status of their PCs.

Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, enthusiasts, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality. Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce support costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences. By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality.

The tools available in the Windows ADK include:

• Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) helps IT Professionals understand potential application compatibility issues by identifying which applications are or are not compatible with the new versions of the Windows operating system. ACT helps to lower costs for application compatibility evaluation by providing an accurate inventory of the applications in your organization. ACT helps you to deploy Windows more quickly by helping to prioritize, test, and detect compatibility issues with your apps. By using ACT, you can become involved in the ACT Community and share your risk assessment with other ACT users. You can also test your web applications and web sites for compatibility with new releases of Internet Explorer. For more information, see Application Compatibility Toolkit.

• Deployment Tools
Deployment tools help you customize, manage, and deploy Windows images. Deployment tools can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Deployment tools include Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool, DISM PowerShell cmdlets, DISM API, Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), and OSCDIMG. For more information, see Deployment Tools.

• Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD) (New for Windows 10 Technical Preview) The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD) is an easy to use tool that lets you create a provisioning package that you can use to customize Windows devices without re-imaging, or build a customized Windows image for individual markets, regions, and mobile networks. Windows ICD is primarily designed for use by OEMs and ODMs, system integrators, and IT professionals.

• User State Migration Tool (USMT)
USMT is a scriptable command line tool that IT Professionals can use to migrate user data from a previous Windows installation to a new Windows installation. By using USMT, you can create a customized migration framework that copies the user data you select and excludes any data that does not need to be migrated. USMT includes ScanState, Loadstate, and USMTUtils command line tools. For more information, see User State Migration Tool.

• Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
VAMT helps IT professionals automate and centrally manage the activation of Windows, Windows Server, Windows ThinPC, Windows POSReady 7, select add-on product keys, and Office for computers in their organization. VAMT can manage volume activation using retail keys (or single activation keys), multiple activation keys (MAKs), or Windows Key Management Service (KMS) keys. For more information, see Volume Activation Management Tool.

• Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
Windows Performance Toolkit includes tools to record system events and analyze performance data in a graphical user interface. WPT includes Windows Performance Recorder, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Xperf. For more information, see Windows Performance Toolkit.

• Windows Assessment Toolkit
Windows Assessment Toolkit is used to 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. For more information, see Windows Assessment Toolkit.

• Windows Assessment Services
Windows Assessment Services is used to remotely manage settings, computers, images, and assessments in a lab environment where Windows Assessment Services is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services. For more information, see Windows Assessment Services.

• Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows. For more information, see Windows PE Technical Reference.

Supported Operating System

Windows 10 Tech Preview

To install the Windows ADK, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:

• Windows 10 Technical Preview

• Windows 8.1

• Windows 8

• Windows 7

• Windows Server 2012 R2

• Windows Server 2012

• Windows Server 2008 R2

• Windows Vista

• Windows Server 2008

The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is required and Windows ADK installs it automatically.

Be aware of the supported platforms and requirements for the following features in the Windows ADK.

Application Compatibility Toolkit:

You can install the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) on any of the supported Windows ADK operating systems and also on Windows Vista. Note that ACT supports inventory on Windows XP PCs.

Deployment Tools

To use the PowerShell cmdlets for Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) or Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), you must install PowerShell 4.0. For more information, see this Microsoft website

Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 include PowerShell 4.0 by default.

Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2012 include PowerShell 3.0 and will need to be upgraded to PowerShell 4.0.

Whenever an item in the Windows ADK is updated, the entire kit is rebuilt and version numbers for all features in the kit are updated. Even though the version number has been updated, there might not be any changes to a feature. For a complete list of changes, see the

Windows ADK Release Notes


Windows Assessment Toolkit

The Windows Assessment Console can be installed on the following operating systems: Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with SP1.

Windows Assessment Services

To install Windows Assessment Services, your server must be running one of these operating systems: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise, Standard, or Datacenter edition. Windows Assessment Services is not supported on Server Core or on Domain Controller Servers. By default, the Windows Assessment Services-Client is installed on the server where you installed Windows Assessment Services. You can also install it on a client computer. To install Windows Assessment Services -Client, your computer must be running one of these operating systems: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 with SP1.

Windows Performance Toolkit

The Windows Performance Toolkit can only be installed on the following operating systems: Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

User State Migration ToolThe User State Migration Tool (USMT) tools can be manually copied to other versions of Windows. For more information, see USMT Requirements

For complete installation options, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=234980.
To install the Windows ADK:

1. Run ADKSetup.exe.
2. Click Install, specify the location where you want to install the Windows ADK features, and then click Next.
3. Select the Windows ADK features that you want to install, and then click Install.

You only need to install the individual features for the scenario you want to accomplish:
• For deploying Windows to PCs, select the Deployment Tools, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), and Imaging and Configuration Designer
• For assessing the quality of individual Windows PCs, select the Windows Assessment Toolkit and Windows Performance Toolkit
• For assessing the quality of Windows PCs at scale, select Windows Assessment Services
• For enterprise user data migration, select User State Migration Tool
• For enterprise volume licensing tools, select Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
• For application compatibility, select Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)


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