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Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 delivers experiences users want, offers new possibilities for mobile productivity, and provides IT with a more secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure. Learn how to plan for, deploy, manage, and support Windows 8.1 in your organization.

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Create an image with MDT

The 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.

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Deploy Windows 8.1 with MDT

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Deploy Windows 8.1 with 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

While the 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.