How can I update the Windows 10 ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit) to version 1809


Good news everyone! Windows 10 1809 was released today and among other awesome things, that also brings us an updated version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK).

As we all know, the Windows ADK is a requirement for doing OSD (Operating System Deployment) using SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager), so let’s walk through a step-by-step guide on how to install this latest and greatest version.

Sneak peek at the version of the boot images post upgrading to the new ADK

What to do

First things first. Before jumping into installing anything, you should be familiar with below table. The table illustrates which versions of SCCM (Configuration Manager) that supports the use of the new Windows ADK. In short, if you are not running Configuration Manager 1806 (at the time of writing) you should not be installing or updating the ADK.

  • Next, if you comply with the supported version of Configuration Manager, the first thing you should do is to uninstall the previous version of the Windows ADK.

  • Next! Install the new Windows ADK.

  • Select the features you want to install.

  • Now install the Windows PE add-on.

  • And make sure the one and only feature is selected.


  • Next! Reboot the server once again and confirm through Program and Features that both the Windows ADK and the Windows PE add-on has been installed.

  • Now it’s time to update the actual boot images. This is done in the Configuration Manager console. Click Update Distribution Points. See below illustration.
    • Also, notice the version of the boot image at this stage is 17134.1 which translates into Windows 10 1803.

  • Select to Reload this boot image with the current Windows PE version from the Windows ADK. Click Next and complete the wizard.

  • When the boot images has been updated, you will now notice that the OS version is 17763.1 which translates into Windows 10 1809

It goes without saying, but at this stage you would want to test all your OSD stuff. History tells us that installing a new ADK is definitely not always without obstacles.

Enjoy 🙂

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