Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 Consumer Preview

The Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess, and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers.
Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows, such as 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).
Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, 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 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.
Tools available in the Windows ADK include:

• Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
• Deployment Tools
• Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
• User State Migration Tool (USMT)
• Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
• Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT)
• Windows Assessment Toolkit
• Windows Assessment Services

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Undefined, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

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

Windows® 8 Consumer Preview
Windows® 7
Windows Vista®
Windows Server® 8 Beta
Windows Server® 2008 R2
Windows Server® 2008
.NET Framework 4 is required and Windows ADK installs it automatically.

You can install the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) on any of these operating systems and also on Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2),Windows® XP SP3, or Windows Server 2003. Tools such as the User State Migration Tool (USMT) can be copied to other versions of Windows. For more information, see the Supported Platforms topic for each tool that you intend to use.
To use the PowerShell cmdlets for Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) or Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), PowerShell 3.0 must be installed. Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 include PowerShell 3.0 by default. For earlier versions of Windows, install PowerShell 3.0 from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=218356.

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