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Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Installation

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) is available for download if you have an msdn subscription, look for Windows 8 Consumer Preview Assessment and Deployment Kit (x86 and x64) in the Subscriber Downloads section.

To install the Windows ADK, your machine should be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows® Developer Preview
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows® Server Developer Preview
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Windows Server® 2008

.NET Framework 4 is required and Windows ADK installs it automatically.

Powershell 3.0 must be installed in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows to use the Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) or Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) Powershell cmdlets.

Below are the installation screen caps of ADK.

After extracting the installation binaries for ADK into its setup folder, the first thing you’ll need to look for is the setup file “adksetup.exe (don’t use any of the MSI files for installation, but you’re curious enough, try it :-P) … moving on….. Double click on adksetup.exe to launch the ADK installation wizard.

A banner will flash before the ADK installation wizard shows up…

In the Specify Location window, just leave the default selection and click Next to continue.

In the next window, you have the option to join the CEIP or not. Click Next to continue.

Accept the License Agreement to proceed.

In the Select the features you want to install window, by default, USMT, Assessment Services, ACT and VAMT are not selected.

Remember that sequel service is required if you add one of the following features; Assessment Services, ACT or VAMT. The setup will install SQL Server 2008 R2 Express 32bit (SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe) automatically for you.

If you’re using a x64 host machine and would like to use the x64 version of SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, you have to have an instance named ADK else the setup will still install the 32 bit of Sequel Express.

Above is a screen shot of Instance Configuration for SQL Server  2008 R2 Express x64 installation.

Once you’re done selecting which features to be included, click the Install button to begin the installation.

It will take a few minuted to complete the installation.

Click the Close button to compete the installation.

Here are the lists of the new or enhanced tools included in Windows ADK:

Application Compatibility Toolkit
ACT enables IT professionals to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying a new version of Windows or a new version of Internet Explorer.

Deployment and Imaging
You can use the following tools to customize Windows images and to automate installation and image management.

User State Migration Tool
USMT allows IT professionals to migrate user data from a previous installation of Windows to a new installation.

Volume Activation Management Tool
VAMT enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the activation of Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Windows Server®, and Microsoft® Office 2010

Windows Assessments
This help you assess the performance, reliability, or functionality of a running operating system, an offline Windows image, or a set of components, so that you can diagnose problems and make improvements.

Windows Performance Analysis Tools
These tools provide in-depth information enabling you to analyze and trace system and application performance.

Windows Preinstallation Environment
Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows.

Related References

For more information Windows Assessment Deployment Kit release notes & Windows Assessment Services User’s Guide is available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27409

Here’s a great reference video of  Inside Windows 8 – The new Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) from Johan Arwidmark.


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