How to deploy Windows 8.1 (and Windows 7) with MDT 2013 – The Resources

9 september, 2014

Earlier this morning I got an email with some questions on how to deploy Windows using MDT 2013 Lite Touch. The questions were the basic deployment questions I hear over and over again so I thought it was about time to write a list of valuable deployment resources.

The questions

  1. How do I capture a Windows setup to a WIM Image, and do I need to sysprep the image?
  2. Once captured, How can I import the WIM image back into MDT again?
  3. How do I create and edit production task sequences?
  4. What about multiple partitions?
  5. How about creating an offline media?

The Resources

The following resources provide you with answers to the preceding questions, and much, much more. The resources are for Windows 8.1 but are valid for Windows 7 as well. I’ve organized the resources into the following sections:

  • Step-by-Step guides (free)
  • Virtual Labs (free)
  • Videos (free)
  • Commercial Videos (e.g. not free)
  • Books (not free either, but available on Kindle if your budget is limited).

Step-by-Step guides

On TechNet you find well-proven step-by-step guides.

TechNet Docs – Create a Windows 8.1 Reference Image

TechNet Docs – Deploy a Windows 8.1 Image Using MDT 2013

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Virtual Hands-On-Labs

On TechNet Virtual Labs you can walk through each scenario, over and over again. Ready-made labs just waiting for you to connect. Yes, they are free :)

Creating a Windows 8.1 reference image

Deploying Windows 8.1 with MDT 2013 (Lite Touch)

Free Videos

The jumpstart videos is a collection of four videos, covering the basics of Windows deployment using MDT 2013 (and ConfigMgr/SCCM 2012 as well)

Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start


Commercial Videos

On the following link you find links to commercial videos sold by Pluralsight, Windows IT Pro, and TrueSec, The videos are developed by Deployment Artist.




On the following link you find links to deployment books available on Amazon, and most other book shops. The books are published by Deployment Artist.


Happy Deployment,

/ Johan Arwidmark