Upgrading MDT 2012 Update 1 to MDT 2013

Update December 2015: The method below also works for updating MDT to MDT 2013 Update 1 (needed for Windows 10 deployment). Just install ADK 10 instead of ADK 8.1.

Now that Windows 8.1 is out it’s time to upgrade the MDT and ADK versions on the deployment server. My Windows 8.1 image is also ready for deployment and I need these new versions to deploy it. I started out by testing in my virtual environment. My steps:

  • Uninstalled old ADK version 8.0
  • Installed newest ADK version 8.1
  • Installed MDT 2013 on top of MDT 2012 Update 1 (“upgrade”)
  • Started Deployment Workbench after the upgrade and was greeted by the following:


Fig 1. Unable to restore deployment share

  • No problem, upgrading the deployment share (right click, upgrade) fixed that problem (Fig 2).


Fig 2. Upgrading deployment share

  • After upgrading the deployment share I regenerated a new boot image (Fig 3)


Fig 3. Regenerating the boot image

  • Added the new boot image into wds (Fig 4). This new boot image (v. 6.3.9600) uses WinPE 5.0.


Fig 4. Updating boot image in wds


That’s it! I did the same upgrade on the production server without problems. Old task sequences work fine, and my new Windows 8.1 deployment/task sequence also works like a charm.

(For a more detailed description of the whole deployment process, read my earlier post Deploying Windows 7/8 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 and Windows Deployment Services (WDS)).

2 thoughts on “Upgrading MDT 2012 Update 1 to MDT 2013

  1. Thanks for sharing this – I followed your advice and successfully updated my MDT 2012 Update 1 installation to MDT 2013.

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