MDT 2013: Installing ADK for 8.1

Once you have all of the necessary files downloaded and saved on your Windows Server 2012 R2 box, then begin by installing the “adksetup.exe”.

The first screen that should pop-up is this one:


The Following Screenshots are all based on your own needs but these are the options that I have chosen for this setup:

I choose to download the ADK instead of installing it.  The reason I do this is because I like to keep a backup of the original file, just in case the server crashes or something else happens.

Click Next


I typically choose to not accept the CEIP, mostly because it adds a little database file in AppData that i’ve seen become corrupt and cause log in issues. If you choose to, it should be fine.

Click Next


Wait until the adksetup has been downloaded then proceed to the location that you save it to.


Click Close and then run the downloaded ADK


Specify the location that you want to install the ADK files.  I personally like to store them on a separate drive than the OS but it’s up to you.

Click Next


Click Accept


Again, it’s up to you but I always select No.

Click Next


Below are the features that I install but you could install all of them.  Here is why I choose why I install the following.

Deployment Tools:  You need to install Deployment Tools as this holds DISM and other tools that are needed by MDT

Windows PE: You need to install this for MDT to work

USMT: This is User State Migration Toolkit.  Think of this as a tool to migrate user data (Migwiz)

SQL Server: I mostly install this because you can use it to setup a backed database for MDT, it’s not necessary unless you plan on using it.

Click Install


Once the installation is complete, click Close


Congratulations, you’ve installed ADK on your Windows Server 2012 R2 box.  Next we will install MDT 2013.


One thought on “MDT 2013: Installing ADK for 8.1

  1. Hello there,

    I just started using MDT and WDS. So I am testing windows 7 now.
    I have issues joining the domain.
    It was joining before I made some changes to group policies in image. Could you help me out?

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