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Plan for and deploy Windows 8

Find key resources to help you plan, deploy, secure, and manage Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.


Editor's note: Simplifying Windows 8 deployments

Windows 8 is all about making the computing experience easier and safer for your users. And Microsoft has the tools and guidance to make Windows 8 deployment less complex and more successful for you.


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Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is designed specifically to help IT professionals test their software and hardware on the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise.


TechNet Magazine: Identify your unique Windows 8 adoption path

Windows 8 can fit into your infrastructure regardless of which Windows OS you’re using now or where you are in your migration plans.


Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.


Plan and Prepare

Plan for Windows 8

Simplify your deployment by learning how to address potential adoption blockers like application compatibility, hardware compatibility, and volume activation.


Windows 8 Jump Start: Windows 8 Deployment

Learn how to simplify planning and deployment—and ease your migration from earlier versions of the Windows operating system.


Getting started with application compatibility in a Windows deployment

Learn how to begin the process of evaluating the impact of application compatibility in your deployment project. This article provides guidance on how to make an inventory, prioritize applications, and identify which applications are to be included in a specific role-based deployment image.


Deploy (Pilot or Full Rollout)

Deliver & deploy Windows 8

Find guidance and tools to help you prepare to deploy Windows 8 in your organization and implement security measures. The TechNet Library also contains the following deployment articles:


Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8

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.


Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. It reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images, along with offering improved security and ongoing configuration management.

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