Microsoft has developed the "Express Deployment Tool" to help its system builder partners quickly, easily, and correctly deploy PCs with Windows 7, Office 2010, PC Essentials, and Microsoft Security Essentials.
The traditional OEM Preinstallation Kits for Windows and Office contain a wealth of technical info to address numerous scenarios; they're designed to meet the needs of the wide range of OEMs who build PCs. The EDT works with OPK tools to provide streamlined deployments of typical PC configurations.
"With one click, the EDT enables PC Essentials configuration. With only a few clicks, many of the more technically difficult options such as Hard Drive Recovery and adding software to the image can be enabled. Previously, installation of these advanced features required time-intensive research," explained Microsoft to its PC partners.
With its wizard-based interface and simplified process of preinstallation, the EDT is designed to help system builders realize all the benefits of the traditional OPK in a fraction of the time.
Using EDT to set up the Reference PC takes approximately 1 - 2 hours. Once Reference PC has been created, centralized deployment of any image onto new PCs takes less than 10 minutes.
To run the Express Deployment Tool, you will need the OPK tools and the bits for the software that you want to install.
The EDT is now available for download in English. Additional languages are expected to be available by the end of the first quarter of 2011. Languages will include: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, and Spanish.
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