Windows 10 Creators Update ADK Ready for IT Pros

Another tool has been updated and released for full compatibility with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

April 6, 2017

1 Min Read
Windows 10 Creators Update ADK Ready for IT Pros

With the early access of the new Windows 10 Creators Update on MSDN, IT Pros can now expect a string of updated tools and information about the third major feature update to Windows 10.

We told you yesterday about the Windows IT Center's What's new in Windows 10 Version 1703 article and now today they have announced the release of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for the Creators Update.

The ADK is used to assess the quality and performance of systems or components plus it contains tools like WinPE, Sysprep, and DISM to help you customize and deploy Windows 10 images across your network.

The Creators Update ADK has the following new features/updates:

-- Windows Configuration Designer
-- New Answer File Settings for unattended installs
-- Enhanced Device and PC Management in MDM

This ADK update even has some new features for the previous feature update for Windows 10 - the Anniversary Update - or Windows 10 Version 1607:

-- Pick and Choose Desktop Applications for Images
-- Build IoT Core Images for Deployment
-- Chinese (Hong Kong SAR) Language Pack has been removed and replaced by Chinese (Taiwan)
-- Assigned Access for Windows Apps
-- New Answer Files Settings
-- New CSP settings for device and PC management with MDM

Finally, even Windows 10 Version 1511, aka the November Update, has some updated options:

-- Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD)
-- Push button reset includes system updates by default
-- New Capabilities Package
-- Run Windows from Compressed OS Files


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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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