On September 15, 2014 – Microsoft made the fourth release of Windows ADK 8.1 available. As usual without any explanation on what's been changed 🙂
Windows ADK 8.1 history
First release, September 2013: 2.79 GB in size
Initial release, contained ACT 6.0, WinPE 5.0, and USMT 6.3
Second release, October 2013: 2.85 GB in size, subversion 8.100.26020 (Patches folder)
No new versions, just bug fixes.
Third release, April 2014: 2.97 GB in size, subversion 8.100.26629 (Patches folder)
In this release ACT was updated to 6.1, and a package to update WinPE to 5.1 was made available. The other updates was basically bug fixes.
Fourth release, September 2014: 2.97 GB in size, subversion 8.100.26866 (Patches folder)
Bug fix for dism and updates to the documentation (EULAs). Still ACT 6.1 and WinPE 5.0 with WinPE 5.1 update option.
In addition to dism to following deployment components had new versions, but I have not yet learned if its just artifacts of the build process, or if they contain any updates.
Imagex.exe: updated to 6.3.9600.17095
wdsmcast.exe: updated to 6.3.9600.17237
USMT: (all tools) are updated to 6.3.9600.17237
Download the fourth release
For an offline download, simply download the adksetup.exe file to a temporary location, and run adksetup.exe /layout C:tmpofflineADK81.
The Windows ADK 8.1 folder once all bits are downloaded.
Upgrading to the September 2014 release of Windows ADK 8.1
To upgrade to the latest version, run adksetup, and run through the setup wizard.
Upgrading to the latest version of Windows ADK 8.1.
Hi Johan, any idea where I can download the April or September Win 8.1 ADK release? Microsoft pulled it and I can't find what I did with my download. Any assistance would be appreciated!
No worries, thanks for coming back on this.
Sorry, don't know more than that.
Thanks would you know which issue it addresses on the splitted WIM files. To be honest, when creating an automated usb-deployment (static image) which supports UEFI I'm actually using splitted wim-files. As a UEFI boot sticks needs to be fat32, but wanted to be able to use just one USB key rather than two. It's for specific customer imaging requirements on i.e. tablets where there's just one USB slot.
It was a fix when using splitted WIM files, which almost nobody is 🙂
Thanks for pointing out the update points. You mention a bugfix to dism. What bugfix is this about, do you perhaps know?