Windows 8.1 ADK leaks, details Bing edition & MORE!!

By | March 6, 2014

A couple of hours ago, WZOR leaked the Windows 8.1 Spring Update ADK. The ADK only got some minor updates, but the help files have some interesting info on Windows 8.1 Update 1!

Download: ADK_Documentation.zip

Official name?

Throughout the documentation the update is simply called “Windows 8.1 Update“, not “Update 1″, “Spring Update” or “Feature Pack”. Other, unleaked documents apparently still use other names, so nobody can say for sure what the official name will be.

MSUs included?

It sounds like all the official RTM MSUs are included with this download, I can’t confirm this yet… Nope, I checked, no MSUs included, we’ll just have to wait for another leak.

Windows 8.1 with Bing

The documentation reads:

Windows 8.1 with Bing

Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive. Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition.

And also a more detailed explanation:

Windows 8.1 with Bing helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive.

This edition of Windows sets Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. Users will be able to manually change default search settings and install additional browsers of their choice.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is based on the feature set available in Windows 8.1 Core and incudes all of the latest updates, including Windows 8.1 Update. Windows 8.1 with Bing is available for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

What’s new for OEMs?

Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition. However, OEMs will not be able to change the default search engine with the SearchScopes unattend setting, Registry key, or 3rd party installation tools. When a user starts Internet Explorer, Bing is automatically set to the default Search Engine and will override any OEM-configured search provider. No other Internet Explorer defaults are changed.

Imaging & deployment testing

Customize and deploy Windows 8.1 with Bing just as you would any other Windows image. Add your unattend settings, apps, drives, and other items to your image. Deploy the image to a reference PC and validate that your apps and services function as expected.

Create Windows 8.1 with Bing Baseline images

To reduce the number of Windows images you maintain, you can create a single Windows 8.1 with Bing image and then use DISM /set-edition to change to a different edition of Windows when you are ready to manufacture.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is available as three different images for OEMs. You can use these as baseline images, depending on the region in which you are selling systems:

  • Windows 8.1 with Bing Single Language
  • Use this image as a baseline for creating standard Windows images.
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing China
  • Use this image as a baseline to create Windows 8.1 images for China.
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing N
  • Use this image to create any N (or KN) edition for markets in the European Union.

Edition upgrade matrix

The following table shows the different editions of Windows 8.1 that you can upgrade from and to.

Matrix

The different updates that make up the Spring Update

Thanks to the ADK documentation we now know that the Spring Update consists of 4 updates, these will be distributed through Windows Update like regular updates.

Windows 8.1 Update is available as three update files:

  • Windows 8.1 Update prerequisite (KB2919442)
  • Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355)
  • Windows 8.1 Update Supplement package (KB2932046)
  • Windows 8.1 Update Supplement 2 package (KB2937592)

These three update files include a rollup of all of the updates released between Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows 8.1 Update.

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Update your Windows images with the Windows 8.1 Update .MSU files, in this order:

  1. Windows8.1-KB2919442-<arch>.msu
  2. Windows8.1-KB2919355-<arch>.msu
  3. Windows8.1-KB2932046-<arch>.msu
  4. Windows8.1-KB2937592-<arch>.msu

Where <arch> is x86, x64, or arm.

BIG thanks to abbodi1406 from MDL forums for pointing me to the help file!!