In this blog I will be showing you how to update Windows ADK 2004 on SCCM Server. Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit (Windows ADK) version 2004 (10.1.19041) is the latest one which consists of 2 separate downloads, one for Windows 10 ADK and another one Windows PE add-on.

Release of these 2 separate packages started with Windows 10, version 1809 onwards. Windows ADK consists of deployment tools we need deploy and customize for windows images such Windows PE, Deployment Tools, Imaging and Configuration Designer etc.

Uninstall old ADK and Download latest Windows ADK

Before installing latest version, make sure to uninstall previous version of Windows ADK and Windows PE add-on, or else you will get following error message “You must uninstall the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit”

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Launch Programs and Features and uninstall the following old versions:

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit – Windows 10
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Windows Preinstallation Environment Add-ons- Windows 10

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Download latest versions through following link:

Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 2004 – will download adksetup.exe
Download the Windows PE add-on for the ADK, version 2004 – will download adkwinpesetup.exe

Installation should be done in a specific order, install Windows ADK first and then Windows PE add-on.

Once downloaded, execute adksetup.exe, it will give option to directly install or provide download path for offline installer. I will be going with offline installer as its always convenient to download the binaries first before executing it.

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Under Windows Kits Privacy page, click Next.

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Under License Agreement page, click Accept.

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This will proceed with downloading the binaries.

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Once downloaded, you will get notification of Download is complete.

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Execute adkwinpesetup.exe and once again we are downloading the WinPE Add-ons under a specific directory, click Next.

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Once downloaded, click on Close to exit.

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Install Windows ADK

Navigate to d:\ADK 2004 and execute adksetup.exe, and this time we will proceed with installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit – Windows 10, click Next.

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Under Select the features you want to install page, you will get list of all components with few components selected by default:

  • Application Compatibility Tools
  • Deployment Tools
  • Imaging And Configuration Designer (ICD)
  • Configuration Designer
  • User State Migration Tool (USMT)
  • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
  • Windows Performance Toolkit
  • Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) Template
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Auto Sequer
  • Media eXperience Analyzer
  • Windows IP Over USB

Though Deployment Tools is the most important tool, but I will be going with other selected default option.

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Once installation is done, click Close to exit.

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Execute adkwinpesetup.exe to initiate installation, click Next.

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This will come up with a feature Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), click Install.

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This will go through installing features.

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Once completed, click on Close.

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Update Boot Image (though it is not recommended)

At this instance, it is necessary to update the boot image with new version to utilize new features. Launch SCCM console and navigate to Software Library > Overview > Operating Systems > Boot Images, right click the boot image and Update Distribution Points. This will launch Update Distribution Points Wizard which will give option Reload this boot image with the current Windows PE version from the Windows ADK.

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Note: Beware of updating the boot image as you will loose all customization made in the boot image such as DaRT Integration, ADSI Connector or any other customization you might have done. I would highly recommend creating new boot image rather than updating the existing one. If you haven’t done any customization, you can proceed with reloading the boot image with latest WinPE binaries.

Once done, you will see the Boot Image version changed to 10.0.19041.1

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Useful Links:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-installhttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/plan-design/configs/support-for-windows-10