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Upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 using ConfigMgr 2012 (SP1 CU3 or R2)

By Klaas Arendsen

When you have deployed Windows 8 Enterprise to your environment you might have noticed that you users are unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through the store like RT and Pro users are.

This is “as-designed” behavior as you might not want users to upgrade themselves without thorough testing before it’s being released to your environment.

Once your organization is ready to deploy Windows 8.1 to the environment it is no longer necessary to completely reinstall the Machine.

With the introduction of Windows 8.1 Microsoft has made some changes to the way the update process goes in comparison to previous versions of Windows.

In our organization we use ConfigMgr for all of our deployments, including the upgrade of Windows 8.1

Previously with any new release of Windows we would reinstall the end users machine using ConfigMgr and USMT. With the release of Windows 8.1 you now have the ability to add “/auto:upgrade” as a setup parameter, allowing for unattended upgrades of Windows.

Below are the steps to create an application and deploy it to your users.

First, you need to download the ISO, extract it and place it on your default application share.

Now, to create the application :

From the ConfigMgr console, navigate to Software LibraryOverviewApplication ManagementApplications

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