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About DaRT 8.1

Updated: December 2, 2013

Applies To: Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 8.1

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.1 provides the following enhancements, which are described in this topic.

What’s new

  • Support for WIMBoot

    Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 8.1 supports the Windows image file boot (WIMBoot) environment if these conditions are met:

    • WIMBoot is based on Windows 8.1 Update 1 or later.

    • The DaRT 8.1 image is built on Windows 8.1 Update 1 or later.

    For more information about WIMBoot, see Windows Image File Boot (WIMBoot) Overview.

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

    You can create DaRT images by using Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1.

    For earlier versions of the Windows Server and Windows operating systems, continue to use the earlier versions of DaRT.

  • Customer feedback

    DaRT 8.1 includes updates that address issues found since the DaRT 8.0 SP1 release.

  • Windows Defender

    Windows Defender in Windows 8.1 includes improved protection. The changes do not impact how you use DaRT with Windows Defender.


  • Windows Assessment and Development Kit 8.1

    Windows Assessment and Development Kit (ADK) 8.1 is a required prerequisite for the DaRT Recovery Image Wizard. Windows ADK 8.1 contains deployment tools that are used to customize, deploy, and service Windows images. It also contains the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).

    Windows ADK 8.1 is not required if you are installing only Remote Connection Viewer or Crash Analyzer.

    To download Windows ADK 8.1, see Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 in the Microsoft Download Center.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1

    DaRT 8.1 requires that .NET Framework 4.5.1 is installed. To download, see Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5.1 in the Microsoft Download Center.

  • Windows 8.1 Debugging Tools

    To use the Crash Analyzer tool in DaRT 8.1, you need the required debugging tools, which are available in the Software Development Kit for Windows 8.1.

    To download, see Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8.1 in the Microsoft Download Center.

Language availability

DaRT 8.1 is available in the following languages:

  • English (United States) en-US

  • French (France) fr-FR

  • Italian (Italy) it-IT

  • German (Germany) de-DE

  • Spanish, International Sort (Spain) es-ES

  • Korean (Korea) ko-KR

  • Japanese (Japan) ja-JP

  • Portuguese (Brazil) pt-BR

  • Russian (Russia) ru-RU

  • Chinese Traditional zh-TW

  • Chinese Simplified zh-CN

How to Get MDOP Technologies

DaRT 8.1 is a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). MDOP is part of Microsoft Software Assurance. For more information about Microsoft Software Assurance and acquiring MDOP, see How Do I Get MDOP (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=322049).

See Also

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