The ADK for Windows 8.1 has been updated

With the general availability of Windows 8.1, a new update to the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 has been posted to the Microsoft Download Center.  See for more information about the changes.  (Two of interest to most IT pros affect USMT and WIMGAPI.)

If you downloaded and installed the ADK for Windows 8.1 prior to 10/18, you will want to repeat the process to update to the most current version.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Download the ADKSETUP.EXE again from and execute it.  (This new version knows about the updated components.  If you get an error saying that an older version is installed, then you weren’t running the RTM version of the ADK for Windows 8.1; you would need to manually uninstall that version before continuing.)
  • Choose the option to “Install new or updated features”:
  • Accept the license agreement, then select from the list of updated components (changed ones are marked with red asterisks):
  • Click “Install” to install the updated components.

While there are updates shown to all the components listed above, the only ones that were actually changed are the Deployment Tools (containing WIMGAPI), User State Migration Tool (USMT), and Windows Assessment Services (not installed in this case, which is why it isn’t marked above).

Comments (12)
  1. Yes, the ADK for Windows 8.1, as well as the tools that build on top of it (WDS, MDT, ConfigMgr), fully support Windows 7 deployment using that kit.

  2. DCL80 says:

    Thanks Michael. I have a simple question, we’re upgrading from SCCM 2007 to 2014. Does ADK 8.1 still support win7 deployments?

  3. Ed (DareDevil57) says:


  4. Anonymous says:


    Does anyone know if the SCANSTATE.EXE – 6.3.9600.17237 (USMT), in this latest version, can be used to ‘capture’ user profiles on a Windows 8.1 Enterprise machine? Is this supported? So far, I could only capture user profiles up to Windows 8 Enterprise.

    In my lab, I was able to capture profiles locally (including Windows 8.1). But remotely, it fails on me. I am testing this process with the Dell KACE K1000, which is similar to Microsoft SCCM.

  5. MarcV says:


    How did you find it was updated ? (or is it a secret 🙂 )

    On the MS site it is still v1.0 with a date of 10/17/2013.

    Do you suggest to run the setup every week or month to check for updates ?

  6. I have inside connections 🙂

  7. hypothesis says:

    It is really updated.

    Old version:

    8.100.25984.0 shp  1,439,408 08-23-2013 adksetup.exe

    New version:

    8.100.26020.0 shp  1,434,912 10-05-2013 adksetup.exe

  8. Miroslaw Chorazy says:

    While this is not a MDT 2013 specific comment per se–I think the scripts have been like that for a while, but… Any reason why ZTIWinRE.wsf handles UEFI-based PCs the same as BIOS-based? This is despite the fact that ZTIDiskpart.wsf specifically creates a Recovery partition {de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac}. I didn't really want to modify your scripts to add this functionality. See line 101 in ZTIWinRe.wsf (6.2.5019.0 8/16/2013)

  9. JonathanV says:

    I have updated the ADK to 8.1 and MDT to 2013 and have added a Windows Server 2012 R2 vanilla OS image, DART is still 8 SP1 as the new version is not out yet AFAIK, is there a way to get all DART options enabled (using WinRE.wim if I understand correctly) ? I have never had all the options enabled by the way, would it work for older installed Windows version (Windows 7) ?

  10. Anonymous says:

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  11. ML49448 says:

    Does anyone create successfully a catalog file from Install.wim from a Win8.1 Image?

    I only get: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): Unknown error (0xc142011f)
    This application requires version 6.3.9600.16384 of Windows ADK.

  12. IT Architect says:

    It didn’t work for me. It says its already installed, which it isn’t. When I tried /uninstall, it said it wasn’t installed. It also is not in Programs and Features.

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