Windows 10 Deployment - How To

How to deploy Windows 10 using Desktop Central

Description

This document provides you the steps required to upgrade the Windows operating system to Windows 10 (Windows 10 version 1903 - May 2019 Update) using Desktop Central. Deploying Windows 10 will not impact any data on the target computers, only the operating system will get upgraded.


System Requirements

You can upgrade your Windows operating system to Windows 10, only if the following system requirements are met:

  • The computer should be running on Windows 7(service pack 1) or later versions
  • A minimum of 16GB (32 bit) / 20GB (64 bit) of free space is required on the hard disk
  • A minimum of 1GB (32 bit) / 2GB (64 bit) RAM memory is required
    You can refer to this link for more details: Windows 10 System Requirements

Steps

To deploy Windows 10, follow the steps given below:

Downloading and Extracting an ISO file

  1. Download Windows 10 ISO file from Volume Licensing Service Center or MSDN.

    Note: You can also download the ISO from Microsoft Software Download center provided that you have a license key to deploy the package.

  2. Extract the ISO file and store the extracted components in the network share. The network share should have read permissions for "Everyone" group and should be accessible from all the target computers.

    Note: Ensure that the editions, architecture and OS languages of your target computers are compatible with the downloaded ISO file.

You have successfully extracted the ISO file and it is ready to be deployed via the software deployment feature of Desktop Central.
 

Deploying Windows 10 using Desktop Central

  1. Click on Software Deployment tab
  2. Under Packages, click on Add Package
  3. Choose the application type as MSIEXEC/EXE/ISS/Command
  4. Specify the name of the package
  5. Choose Network Path and click Browse to locate the setup.exe
  6. Under "Installation command with Switches/Arguments" enter the following -

    For ISO file downloaded from Volume Licensing Service Center or MSDN -

    "\\<sharename>\<foldername>\setup.exe" /auto upgrade /quiet /compat IgnoreWarning
       Example: "\\DC-machine-1\c$\Desktopcentral\Software Reposity\win10_DVD\setup.exe" /auto upgrade /quiet /compat IgnoreWarning /norestart

    For ISO file downloaded from Microsoft Software Download center -

    "\\<sharename>\<foldername>\setup.exe" /auto upgrade /quiet /PKey "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX" /compat IgnoreWarning

    Note: If you are upgrading Windows 10 from build (1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809) to 1903(Windows 10 May 2019 Update), you need not provide any license key and the silent switch should be - "\\<sharename>\<foldername>\setup.exe" /auto upgrade /quiet /compat IgnoreWarning

  7. Specify the pre & post installation activities if required.
  8. Click Add Package to complete package creation.
  9. Navigate to "Packages" and select the package that you have added.
  10. Click Install/Uninstall Software.
  11. Enter a name and description for the configuration.
  12. Define the package settings.
  13. Configure the deployment settings.
  14. Choose the target computers.
  15. Specify the schedule options, if required.
  16. Click Deploy.

You have successfully deployed Windows 10 operating system to the target computers.