Using Microsoft WDS & MDT 2013 to deploy Windows 8.1 Part 9

Windows Deployment, Part 9: Deploying a vanilla build of Windows 8.1


We are now going to complete our WDS setup by deploying a vanilla build of Windows 8.1.

I’ll cover capturing and deploying your Gold Master Image in a later post.

First, boot a computer with PXE. In this example, we are using a VM.


Boot the VM.

Press ENTER for network service boot (This would be F12 on a legacy machine).

pxe 1

If you’ve chosen the .ini option to allow you to enter a computer name, here’s what you would see:

pxe 2

Review and select begin

pxe 3

Wait for 15 – 20 minutes (depending on your hardware spec) …

pxe 4

This will eventually appear, and stay on screen for quite a while. Don’t panic.

pxe 5

Once the install has completed, you’ll be given a summary of how the installation went.

We’re not using USMT or anything fancy here so the feedback will be minimal.

pxe 6

There you have it, as you can see from this demo, we have, in as little as two button presses:

  • Installed Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
  • Activated Windows 8.1
  • Selected UK region for all language options
  • Joined the domain (thus applying all relevant group policies)
  • All completed with a fancy corporate installer!

in a future article i will show you how to capture your gold master image!

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