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Windows AIK or ADK for Windows 8/8.1?

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 from Windows 8

    Windows AIK or ADK for Windows 8/8.1?


    It seems as though the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit is a bit of overkill for just an individual like myself, but is this my only option? I figured that I could use the Windows Automated Installation Kit instead to create a WinPe, Sysprep an Image, and then copy that image to a VHD or to VMware. Or am I way off base?
    Thanks for any input!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1


    Maybe this is the info you need.

    You don't need imagex any longer - you can use dism.exe - discussed here - DISM Improvements in Windows 8 - MSFN Forum and Goodbye imageX, hello DISM for Windows 8 Imaging and Deployment — Justworks | Exchange. SharePoint. SQL. Cloud. Virtualization. and Use the PowerShell DISM Cmdlets to Manage Windows 8 - Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    Installation's just the same as applying a Windows to go image manually and you can script it with powershell cmdlets if wished Windows To Go Step by Step - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki apply the image and set up the BCD.

    This means you don't need to use the ADK - you already have all the tools you need and they all can be run within Windows 8 if you wish

    Model system -> Sysprep (generalize)->(DISM) capture image -> (DISM) apply image -> Bcdboot -> (boot new system) -> OOBE (specialize) -> new system
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    If you are installing to only one PC, why not use the Windows 8/8.1 DVD.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 from Windows 8


    Thanks for the response, I had created recovery disks of this laptop when purchased as I did not receive any OS disks.
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