Deploy Windows 8.1
Find guidance and tools to help you deploy Windows 8.1 in your organization. For an overview of deployment options, and the tools commonly used, see
Windows Deployment Scenarios and Tools.
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Creating a Windows 8.1 Reference Image,
Deploying Windows 8.1 with MDT 2013, and
Deploying Windows 8.1 with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013.
Recommended: Create an Image with the MDT
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is the recommended process and toolset for automating Windows 8.1 deployment. It builds on top of the core deployment tools in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit with additional features designed to reduce the complexity and time required for deployment. In addition to facilitating standardized images, MDT enables you to more easily manage security and ongoing configurations.
Recommended: Deploy Windows 8.1 with the MDT
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Recommended: Deploy Windows 8.1 with the MDT and System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager can be used to deploy Windows 8.1 to computers that are managed by Configuration Manager, and to unmanaged computers using bootable media such as a CD set, DVD, or USB flash drives. We recommend that you utilize MDT when deploying Windows 8.1 with Configuration Manager as MDT 2013 adds approximately 280 enhancements to the Configuration Manager operating system deployment process.
Make Additional Customizations with the Windows ADK
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) can be used to deploy Windows 8.1 to new computers; deploying Windows 8.1 using only the Windows ADK can be complicated and time consuming. We recommend instead that you use the Windows ADK to assess the compatibility of your applications, customize components of your deployment, and optimize the performance of your Windows machines.
Deploy Windows To Go
Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows 8.1 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on many PCs, regardless of the operating system running on the PC.