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Windows ADK Quickstart

Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

This document helps you understand the high-level scenarios that the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) supports. For in-depth reference documentation, see Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

Assess Quality on One or More Computers

Deploy Windows to Many Computers

Review Application Compatibility

Migrate User Data

Manage Licenses

The Windows Assessments tools measure the performance, reliability, and functionality of one or more computers.

Assess the system quality of a computer

You can evaluate performance of a single computer, or multiple computers in a lab environment. The Windows® Assessment Services tools are designed to assess a model of computers before the line goes into large-scale production. For more information, see Windows Assessment Toolkit Technical Reference, Windows Assessment Services Technical Reference, and Windows Performance Toolkit Technical Reference.

The Windows Deployment tools help you customize and deploy Windows in the following process.

Plan your deployment and customize Windows

First, install and customize a Windows image. Then add branding, drivers, and other customizations to Windows. This step produces a reference image that represents all of the basic customizations that are used on the computers you create.

Deploy Windows to new computers

Deploy the reference image to a computer. This step produces destination computers.

Keep your Windows images up-to-date

Update the reference image by adding new or updated drivers, language packs, or other updates. For more information, see Deployment and Imaging Tools Technical Reference and Windows PE Technical Reference.

The following scenarios are intended for IT professionals.

Review application compatibility issues

Use the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) to inventory the PCs and applications in your organization and evaluate whether the applications you have already deployed are compatible with the new version of Windows and Internet Explorer. For more information, see Application Compatibility Toolkit.

Migrate user data from another computer

Use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to migrate user or application data from another version of Windows, to make the user data available on the destination computer. For more information, see USMT Technical Reference.

Use volume activation to activate Windows

Use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) to review and manage the Windows licenses in your organization. For more information, see Volume Activation Management Tool.

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