Microsoft has recently released Windows ADK for the new version of Windows 11. Let’s see how to download Windows 11 ADK and install it.
Windows 10 ADK versions and supported scenarios with SCCM are also available for your reference. Windows 10 ADK Versions SCCM Support Scenarios.
The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) and WinPE add-on have the tools you need to customize Windows images. The Windows ADK includes:
- The Windows Assessment Toolkit and the Windows Performance Toolkit assess the quality and performance of systems or components.
- Deployment tools such as WinPE, Sysprep, and other tools that you can use to customize.
- The Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) is a separate download from the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). Add Windows PE to your ADK installation, download and install the Windows PE add-on after installing the ADK.
Does this Windows ADK version support Windows 10 or earlier versions? – At the time of writing this post, there’s no official confirmation on this.
The previous blog posts explain the end-to-end installation guide for Windows 10 ADK and WinPE. The Windows 10 ADK upgrade process won’t impact your custom boot images and OSD process.
Another ADK installation process guide that you can refer to is SCCM Step by Step Guide to Update Windows ADK and WinPE Versions.
Download Windows 11 ADK
Starting from Windows ADK 1809, Microsoft has changed Windows Preinstallation Environment(WinPE) tool is released separately from the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).
Once you click on the above links to download the ADK version, WinPE add-on, the setup files adksetup.exe, adkwinpesetup.exe automatically downloaded to the download directory on your computer.
How to Install Windows ADK for Windows 11
Important – To continue with the up-to-date version of Windows ADK and WinPE, you need to uninstall the existing or older version of Windows ADK.
Run ADKSetup.exe as administrator. After a few seconds, the Specify Location screen appears.
- In the Specify Location screen, Select “Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to this computer“
Note – If you want to download and Install Windows ADK Offline on a PC that does not have Internet access, choose the second option, “Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for installation on a separate computer.” Download the installer files on a PC that has internet access. Copy the downloaded files to a location and run the installation in the same.
Select the required features. I recommend selecting the least minimum required components.
If you are preparing an Operating System Deployment (OSD) environment, You need to select Deployment Tools, User State Migration Tool (USMT), and Click Install.
Started Installing selected features. Once Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 11 installation are completed, it may take time to complete the installation. Click Close.
How to Install WinPE Add-ons for Windows 11
Run adkwinpesetup.exe as administrator. After a few seconds, the Specify Location screen appears.
In the Specify Location screen, Select “Install the Windows Assortment and Deployment Kit Windows Preinstallation Environment Add-ons to this computer.”
Note – If you want to download and Install Windows ADK Offline, choose the second option, “Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment kit Windows Preinstallation Environment Add-ons for installation on a separate computer.” Download the installer files on a PC that has internet access. Copy the downloaded files to a location and run the installation in the same.
- Select Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and Click Next.
The minimum estimated disk space required is 6.0 GB for the WinPE add-on. It includes Windows PE(x86), Windows PE (AMD64), Windows PE (ARM), and Windows PE (ARM64).
Started Installing Windows Preinstallation Environment Add-ons (WinPE Add-ons); it may take time to complete the installation. Click Close.
Results – Download Windows 11 ADK Installation Guide Step by Step
To validate the Windows 11 ADK Installation, navigate to Control Panel > Program and Features in the target device. Here you can see the Windows ADK Windows Preinstallation Environment Add-ons successfully installed.
The version details of Windows 11 ADK and WinPE are given below:
- WinPE Windows 11 Version for 21H2 – 10.1.22000.1
- Windows 11 ADK version for 21H2 – 10.1.22000.1
About Author – Jitesh, Microsoft MVP, has over five years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.