Six-step process for customizing your device and getting it ready for production
Review this six-step Build a Windows device process that shows you how to prepare your lab environment and customize and deploy your Windows operating system in preparation for supporting and selling a new device.
Windows 10 Deployment White Paper for System Builders
Express Deployment Tool (EDT) for Windows 10
The EDT makes it easier to install Windows 10 and additional software and to create a consistent branded and customized end-user experience.
This step-by-step guide includes online and offline customizations for both 32-bit and 64-bit configurations. This guide is specially targeted for system builders and applies to all versions of the Windows 10 client operating system.
Windows policy for system builders
Review the requirements for all system builders who install, configure, and distribute Windows 10.
Minimum hardware requirements
This specification defines the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 and all types of devices or computers designed for this release (Windows 10, version 1703). Microsoft will build and test the Windows 10 OS against the requirements described in this specification.
Installing the Windows ADK
You can install the Windows ADK directly from the Internet. You can also download the installer and copy it to an offline computer (any computer that does not have Internet access). The offline computer can be on a private network or can be a non-networked computer.
Important: You must use the matching Windows version and its associated ADK for images that you are customizing.
OEMs can use the file to capture an initial configuration blob (ICB) that contains all of their customizations. This updated file fixes previously reported intermittent failures in the capture process due to a crash in the tool, which can block them from shipping Windows 10 version 1511 systems.
The x86/x64 file version 10.0.10586.163 replaces the existing Scanstate.exe binary (file version 10.0.10586), which was originally provided in the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). The updated Scanstate.exe version applies to the Windows 10 November update (version 1511) and will be included in the next ADK release, scheduled along with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Windows 10 deployment training
Windows training for system builders - Anniversary Update
Did you miss the Windows 10 Deployment Training for System Builders webinar? If so, download the deck and Q&A from the audience or listen to the webinar recording. This deck and recording break down the deployment methods described in the Windows 10 deployment white paper into the easier-to-understand parts, illustrates the Standard and Compact OS deployments, and covers questions from the community. Using the explanations and tips in this material will help you deliver higher quality Windows 10 devices with an improved experience for your customers.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Deployment Training
Want to see what is new in the Windows 10 Anniversary update? How about a new solution for customizing a Windows 10 image taking away all the complexity that comes with deploying Windows 10?
In this video, you will get a comprehensive look into what is new for the Windows 10 Anniversary update along with policy changes and new hardware requirements. At the end, a demo of the Express Deployment tool is given. This UI-based tool will help you create a Windows 10 customized image from scratch without having to run any command lines and learn many steps.
Default product keys
Use the following default product keys to quickly and easily preinstall computers with Windows 10 software.
|Windows 10 version
||Default product key
|Windows 10 Home
|Windows 10 Home N
|Windows 10 Pro
|Windows 10 Pro N
|Windows 10 SL
|Windows 10 CHN SL
Windows 10 Updates
Windows 10 version 1703
Microsoft has improved and enhanced Windows 10 through an update released April 7, 2017. Available through Windows Update, it can be used on existing installations and images and as re-released full media incorporating the update through existing Windows 10 channels. It will be applied to existing System Builder Packs of Windows 10 product part numbers. Channel inventory will gradually transition to version 1703.
Windows 10 cumulative updates
Microsoft releases cumulative updates for Windows 10. Cumulative updates are a series of releases that offer a number of important Windows 10 reliability and performance enhancements. In order to provide the best possible out-of-box experience for end users, Microsoft encourages partners to pre-install the latest cumulative update available when finalizing an image for shipment. Each cumulative package contains all the fixes in the previous package; therefore, it is not necessary to install previous versions.
Cumulative updates are issued semi-monthly, generally on the second Tuesday of each month. An additional update may take place towards the end of the month. To find the latest cumulative update, follow these steps:
- Visit http://support.microsoft.com/search
- In the Search for Support box, type “Cumulative update for Windows 10” (without the quotation marks) plus month and year. For example, type:
- Cumulative update for Windows 10 September 2015
- Press Enter.
- You will be directed to the Knowledge Base article that contains a link to download the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Windows 10 language interface packs
Download and install additional languages to allow end users to view menus, dialog boxes, and user interface items in their preferred language.