TechEd 2014: Deploying Windows 8.1

Session: WIN-B323 Deploying Windows 8.1 in the Enterprise

This was a high level session by two Dell employees covering some tips about deploying Windows 8.1 in the enterprise.

OSD Planning and Reference Build

  • Application compatibility: Antivirus, third party encryption, Office (32-bit or 64-bit), IE enterprise mode

Enterprise Mode in IE 11

  • EMIE is a bridge between modern browsing and investments in older applications
  • Locally – User can specify sites to be rendered in IE8 compatibility mode
  • Managed – Crowd sourcing centralizes compatibility lists
  • Can turn on via group policy¬†or the registry

Group Policy Considerations

  • OneDrive options need to be reviewed to avoid overlap between home and work environments. Sync options are managed by group policy.
  • Personal account Sync items: Start screen, appearance, lots of other options with

Customizing Start

  • Why customize? Better OOBE, train by example, fit and finish
  • Options: Copy profile, appsFolderLayout, StartTiles, Group Policy. Dell uses AppsFolderLayout for customization.

UEFI Secure Boot

  • Enhances security in pre-boot environment
  • Windows 8 logo certification support for secure boot
  • UEFI: replacement for BIOS, secure, faster boot/resume times
  • Requires UEFI native (no legacy boot option ROMs)
  • OSD challenges with secure boot: x64 HW requires x64 OS boot disk and OS, manual touch to enable and configure


  • Use your corporate image to refresh the PC
  • Can reduce time to repair for a corrupted machine down to 30 minutes
  • “Push button” reset capability for the enterprise
  • Great TechNet articles on how to do this
  • Adds about 20 minutes to the end of the build process
  • Great for remote employees
  • Tip: Shift-restart brings you into the recovery environment

Deploying Modern Applications

  • Deploy vs. Provision
  • Provision installs the app upon next login


  • Install all monthly updates (including security and platform/office updates)
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