Inside Windows ADK 10 v1607

It's early August, and a shiny August it is already: Both Windows 10 v1607 and Windows 10 ADK v1607 released within 24 hours 🙂

In this blog post I have summarized the changes in Windows 10 ADK v1607 compared with Windows 10 ADK v1511.

Update October 18, 2016: The ConfigMgr team has announced full support for Windows 10 ADK v1607 with ConfigMgr 1606, which is the version you need to be on to deploy Windows 10 v1607.

Note: I heard during Microsoft Ignite, that Microsoft is still tracking an offline servicing bug for Windows 7 deployments with Windows ADK v1607, but haven't run into that myself. Anyway, if you would have a problem with the v1607 boot images, you can simply add an older boot image version, like v1507, side-by-side, and use for your Windows 7 task sequences.

Installing Windows 10 ADK v1607

Windows 10 ADK v1607 Download link:

First, the setup of Windows 10 ADK v1607 is like any the previous ADK setups, forget about inplace upgrade from Windows ADK 10 v1507 or v1511, you have to uninstall earlier Windows ADK 10 versions first.

Tip: You can still use the adksetup.exe /layout switch to force the setup to download only, for later setup.

Note: You get different options when installing on Server vs. Client operating system. For example UE-V and App-V is not listed when installing on Windows Server 2012 R2, only on a client OS. And for both App-V and UE-V to be available you have to run the ADK 10 v1607 setup on Windows 10 v1607. When installing on older Windows 10 versions, only UE-V was listed.

Running the ADK 10 install on Windows 10 v1607, all options available.

Installing Windows 10 ADK v1607 on Windows Server 2012 R2, no UE-V or App-V components available.

Changes in Windows 10 ADK v1607

The Windows 10 ADK v1607 does have some interesting changes compared with v1511 (Windows ADK 10 v1511 details here: Inside Windows 10 ADK Build 10586). For now I divided them into the following groups:

  • Bug fixes
  • Application Compatibility Tools
  • Windows ICD – Siloed provisioning packages and school PC scenarios
  • Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) and Unattend.xml changes

Bug fixes

The primary bug fixes so far are for the User State Migration Tools, and for fixing an issue breaking ConfigMgr WinPE staging (details here:

Application Compatibility Tools

First, the Application Compatibility Manager, which has been used for migration application and hardware readiness, has been deprecated and removed in this release, leaving only the Compatibility Administrator (x86/x64), and Standard User Analyzer tools in the Windows ADK 10.

Note #1 : The Application Compatibility Manager functionality has moved to the Upgrade Analytics cloud service. Ami Casto (@MDPro) has written an excellent post on this here:

Note #2: For an on-premise version, Microsoft is working on integrating Upgrade Analytics with ConfigMgr. The 1609 TP of ConfigMgr Current Branch has that code in it. You can read more here:

The Application Compatibility Tools folder in Windows ADK 10 v1607, Application Compatibility Manager folder missing.

The Application Compatibility Tools folder from Windows ADK 10 v1511.

Windows ICD – Siloed provisioning packages and school PC scenarios

Windows ICD is changed quite a bit, added provisioning for school devices, and two provisioning modes (simple / advanced provisioning). The School certification / exam mode looks extra interesting. Also there is the new Windows 10 Team Edition settings, which are settings for the Microsoft Hub.

The new siloed provisioning package can capture individual drivers, applications, settings, or capture add-ons for provisioning packages that were captured previously.

Note: What has not changed though is the terrible, terrible performance when using Windows ICD in a virtual machine, no matter the host hardware. The Window ICD will go into "non-responsive" for almost every change you do in settings.

The updated main window.

School configurations.

Windows 10 Team Edition settings.

Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) and Unattend.xml changes

Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) looks about the same as in Windows 10 ADK v1511, but there are some changes for the Unattend.xml file for Windows 10 v1607. You have the complete listing on MSDN: Changed answer file settings for Windows 10 for desktop editions, build 1607

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