Installing WinPE10 ADK for use in Deployment Solution 8.x
search cancel

Installing WinPE10 ADK for use in Deployment Solution 8.x


Article ID: 150348


Updated On:


Deployment Solution


Available versions of WinPE can be found under Microsoft page:
Download and install the Windows ADK


Deployment Solution 8.0, 8.1, 8.5 and 8.6.


  1. Remove older ADK's from the system by running the older ADK setup file(s) manually or through add/remove programs
  2. The following table shows the supported versions of WinPE for Deployment Solution (for more details on Deployment Solution Support Matrix, please check here):

    This section outlines the Windows 10 Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) versions supported in Deployment Solution 8.0, 8.1, 8.5 and 8.6.

    Windows 10 Pre-installation Environment (WinPE)

    WinPE 10 version

    Deployment Solution version

    WinPE 10 1803

    8.5, 8.1 RU7, 8.0 Post-HF6 

    WinPE 10 1809

    8.5 RU1

    WinPE 10 1903

    8.1 POST-RU7, 8.5 RU2, 8.5 RU3

    WinPE 10 2004

    8.5 RU4, 8.6, 8.6 RU1

    WinPE 10 2022

    8.5 RU4, 8.6, 8.6 RU1

  3. Download the appropriate ADK for the version of Deployment Solution being used:
    1. Available versions of WinPE can be found under Microsoft page:    Download and install the Windows ADK
    2. Downlaod the correct version of Windows ADK, and also download the Windows PE add-on for the same ADK version.
  4. Run the ADKsetup.exe file and install to the default location on your SMP (Default Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\), then click Next.
  5. Select  'Yes' or 'No' to the Windows Kits Privacy page and click Next.
  6. Accept the license agreement
  7. On the 'Select the features you want to install' page check only 'Deployment tools'
  8. Click 'Install'
  9. Install the Windows PE add-on using similar steps as the ADKsetup.exe above.
  10. Open the NS console and navigate to ‘Settings > Deployment > Manage Preboot Configurations
  11. Browse to the Windows Environment Settings, and Click on the WinPE drop down and select ‘WinPE 10.0
  12. The Win10 ADK import screen is shown.  If not, go to step #11 and modify the 'prebootos.ini' file.  The hyperlink under #1 will not be selectable because the WAIK has already been installed.
  13. Verify that the link 'Click here to import Windows ADK' is viewable and clickable. If it is not AND you have installed the appropriate ADK listed above, do the following:
    1. Navigate to “<drive>:\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\BDC\bootwiz” and open ‘prebootos.ini’.
    2. Modify the bolded lines to false.  Save the file.




  1. Click on 'Click here to import Windows ADK' to start the ADK import process.  
  2. Allow the ‘BDC’ package to update on all Package Servers
  3. Create/Recreate PXE preboots and/or automation folders with the new win10 ADK.

 To install newer versions of the ADK to versions of DS that do not support it in the UI (the 'Click here to import Windows ADK' is not available) do this:

  1. Install the ADK as noted in steps #1-7 above
  2. Go to '<drive>:\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\BDC\bootwiz'
  3. Click on 'Bootwiz.exe'
  4. Click on 'Cancel' on the welcome box
  5. Click on 'Tools > Import Preboot Operating System Files'
  6. Select 'WinPE 10 x86' and select the 'pre-installed WAIK' radio button
  7. Browse to 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\'
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for WinPE10

Note:  If there is a 'check mark' next to the preboot OS in bootwiz modify the 'prebootos.ini' as noted in Step #11 above.

Additional Information

"Can the latest WinPE 11 ADK be used with the latest version of DS and GSS" (KB 225580)

"Installing WinPE11 ADK for use in Deployment Solution 8.x" (KB 228797)