Windows 8 OEM Preinstallation Kit and Automated Installation Kit Are Under Development

Microsoft has yet to offer the public details on Windows 8, however some bits and pieces of the information keeps coming down. This it appears that two elements of the software giant's strategy to streamline the deployment of Windows vNext in certain scenarios, have been confirmed, somewhat."Windows 8 will be accompanied to the market by […]

Microsoft has yet to offer the public details on Windows 8, however some bits and pieces of the information keeps coming down. This it appears that two elements of the software giant's strategy to streamline the deployment of Windows vNext in certain scenarios, have been confirmed, somewhat.

"Windows 8 will be accompanied to the market by OEM Preinstallation Kit and the Windows Automated Installation Kit," reports Mike Wolinski, working in Program and Software Development Management for Microsoft.

Wolinski notes that he helped develop "the functional specifications for the FQTSV3 version of the tool suite using customer requirements and feedback that'll be available as part of the Windows 8 OPK/WAIK kits."

As the name implies, the Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (Windows OPK) is designed for original equipment manufacturers.

OEMs use the Preinstallation Kit in order to streamline the pre-installation of Windows on new computers.

It appears that IT pros will also get this kit with Windows 8, simplifying the way they'll deploy the successor of Windows 7 across the organization they're administering.

"The Windows AIK is ideal for highly customized environments. The tools in the AIK enable you to configure many deployment options, and they provide a high degree of flexibility. The corporate deployment environment varies from one company to another," Microsoft reveals.

"Depending on your business needs and resources, you may choose to use all or parts of the resources available in the AIK."

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