Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 | 7

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit or ADK is a collection of tools that you can use to customize, assess and deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. You can also measure Boot Performance with the Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit. This tool makes much easier to deploy Windows on a large-scale environment like a small or medium scale business offices. Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8 includes the following tools:

  • Application Compatibility Toolkit
  • Deployment Tools
  • Windows Preinstallation Environment
  • User State Migration Tool
  • Volume Activation Management Tool
  • Windows Performance Toolkit
  • Windows Assessment Toolkit
  • Windows Assessment Services

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit

Windows Deployment Kit helps you perform the following tasks:

  • Create a customized Windows PE environment that you can use to deploy Windows to computers.
  • Customize aspects of Windows and add your own branding, applications, and settings by using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM).
  • Keep Windows up to date with the latest updates, language packs, and drivers by using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management Tool (DISM).
  • Identify application compatibility issues by using the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT).
  • Migrate user data between Windows installations by using User State Migration Tool (USMT).
  • Manage volume activation of Windows by using Volume Activation Management Toolkit (VAMT).

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Windows Assessment Kit helps you perform the following tasks:

The Windows Assessment Toolkit helps you determine the quality of a running operating system or a set of components with regard to performance, reliability, and functionality. The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes the tools:

  • The Windows Assessment Console
  • Assessments
  • The Assessment Platform

This diagram shows the workflow for the first-time use of Windows Assessment Services and the client UI:

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For more details and a step by step guide can be found here.

Windows Assessment Kit helps you perform the following tasks:

  • Assess performance aspects of a single computer using the Windows® Assessment Console.
  • Assess performance aspects of multiple computers in a networked or lab environment using Windows® Assessment Services.

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The Windows Assessment Toolkit helps you determine the quality of a running operating system or a set of components with regard to performance, reliability, and functionality.

Installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit installation

There are a couple of ways in which you can install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit.

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  • To install the Windows ADK from the Internet by using the GUI
  • To install the Windows ADK from the Internet by using the command line
  • Installing the Windows ADK on an Offline Computer
  • To install the Windows ADK on an offline computer by using the GUI
  • To install the Windows ADK on an offline computer by using the command line

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit is available for download here. More details about the installation can be can be found here at TechNet.

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