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Deploy Windows 8.1 Ent. to Windows 8 Ent. Machines

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I really don't see much information on this yet around the web but can you deploy Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Windows 8 Enterprise machine so they are upgraded.

 

Right now my thinking is to create a package that contains the source files from the Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO. Then for the program use setup.exe /auto:upgrade as the command. Its just that this would be a 4GB deploy. Is there a update going around that would just contain the update bits not the whole OS?

 

 

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I'll go ahead here and answer my own question. I deployed this like a normal application and it worked pretty smoothly. On our oldest machine (AMD 350 with 4GB RAM) it took around a hour. On our fastest machine around 20 minutes.

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woops just read your post properly hah. so you just deployed this to a collection and the setup took care of the rest? that seems too easy huhu

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Yup all I did was run setup.exe /auto:upgrade and it ran silently in the background. Restarted the computer a few times and loaded 8.1. As for the start screen you can do that after the fact with group policy. I did run a PowerShell script that unprovisions certain apps. So if you have never logged on before your start screen basically has the store, desktop, IE, and file explorer titles. Everything else is under the all apps view. I don't mind the start screen getting personalized by users, not too much craziness can happen there right now.

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Yeah cool. I'm just trying it out now. Had some issues deploying a captured 8.1 image where all the store apps were not launchable. Anyway, if this works, then it might be a fairly easy solution.

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