Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
Some of you probably noticed a new download showed up today:
The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0aee2b4b-494b-4adc-b174-33bc62f02c5d
Be sure to read the “readme” that goes along with this at:
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349350(WS.10).aspx
A quick Q&A that I assembled from information in this readme and our own MDT testing:
This supplement is optional. If you do not need to modify the SP1 boot.wim and winre.wim files, you can continue to use the Windows 7 RTM tools, including WinPE 3.0, without installing this supplement. (So MDT and ConfigMgr can deploy WIndows 7 SP1 just fine using Windows PE 3.0.)
There’s no installer provided with this. You need to extract the contents of the download and then XCOPY the files over the top of your existing Windows AIK installation. See the details in the readme.
Yes, this is fully supported. (There is one small issue involving Windows 7 SP1, Windows PE 3.1, and having Windows RE included in your MDT-generated Lite Touch boot images, but if you don’t mind Windows RE not being there, you don’t need to worry about this.)
The Configuration Manager team is still testing Windows 7 SP1 and Windows PE 3.1, so this is unsupported until that testing is completed.
No, you need to download and apply that one (http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2011/02/02/usmt-4-0-support-for-office-2010.aspx) separately.
xcopy are you serious??? epic fail.
True, it's less than optimal, but sometimes tradeoffs need to be made.
Sorry for asking but where to get the Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) RTM for Windows 7... since the new Download is on i can not find the Original Package.... :/
Any idea when we can get the OPK for SP1?
We are working on getting the original "Windows AIK for Windows 7" download back on the download center. (It was accidentally replaced by the new supplement package.)
The OPK supplement (which is pretty much the same as the WAIK supplement) should be available through the standard OEM channel outlets.
Wow. Well, good thing I finally found this page.
It would have been nice to see a notice on the updated page that a) mentioned that the original WAIK for Windows 7 was missing but will be back shortly, and b) that this update requires copying the contents of the ISO to "\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\".
Thank you Microsoft for helping me waste most of my day on this.
Thanks for the FAQ at least, regardless of any gripes :)
Getting the original Windows AIK for Windows 7 download back remains a high priority. Hopefully that will be fixed soon, along with some clarifications to the installation instructions too. (Sorry, still no installer.)
The original Windows AIK for Windows 7 download is available again at www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx. Thanks to the whole team who worked late into the evening to get this resolved.
Now the Windows AIK for Windows 7 SP1 supplement is unavailable while the documentation is fixed. Once that is done, it will be back with a new download link. Keep an eye out.
the "origional waik download" has a version of 3.0 and a published date of "2/18/2011"
I'm guessing the date stamp also needs to be reset as this makes it look like it's the new download?
I have just downloaded the 'new' version 3.0 (2/18/2011). it's the same old version 1 from 08/06/2009!
where do we find the new version?
Yes, the fact that the original Windows AIK for Windows 7 needed to be republished (after accidentally getting replaced by the new SP1 supplement) updated the date - nothing has changed on the original download.
The SP1 supplement still hasn't been republished at this point. I'll update the link above when it is.
will we have an waik iso image with the supplement integrated in it?
Sorry, there are no plans to release an updated Windows AIK ISO containing the "supplement" files.
Finally, I think everything is fixed - both downloads are available. A documentation update is still coming though.