Many users will want to upgrade their current operating system to Windows 10, retaining all their user data and applications. In order to upgrade to Windows 10, one must utilize the same edition of Windows 10 as the older version of Windows. For example, if running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows 10 Professional must be used. If running Windows 8 Enterprise then Windows 10 Enterprise must be used to upgrade the system.
An upgrade to Windows 10 must take place within the
operating system itself and cannot take place in KBE. There are two methods to upgrading to Windows
10 using KACE appliances. The first method would be to create a K1000 script as outlined on an ITNinja blog post. The second method, which
is detailed below, can be done from the K2000. We recommend that you now upgrade to 6.0 and use Custom Deployments for this process. The tasks for custom deployment can be downloaded from this page: https://www.itninja.com/blog/view/custom-deployments
First, use the current version of Media Manager to upload your Windows 10 source media. Once this is completed, the source media ID must be obtained from Library | Source Media.
Upload the .PKG files from the page linked above, this will import a Task Group. Go to custom deployment page and create a new one. Then select the Windows 10 upgrade task group from the installation plan menu and select apply and then save. Preinstall tasks such as partitioning and formatting should not be added to the image (or it will no longer be an upgrade). The image that is being applied to the machine has no files, so nothing is overwritten. The midlevel task is a template that should be duplicated and edited. This midlevel task copies down the Windows 10 source media, enables autologon to the workstation and writes a setupcomplete.cmd file that gets applied at the end of the upgrade process.
The first few lines of the midlevel task contain variables that need to be changed by the user.
strUser should be an admin username
strPassword is the password of the above user
strDomain is the name of the domain, or leave as localhost if leveraging a local user
win10_source_cd_id is the ID number of the uploaded Windows 10 source media
The post install task, “Upgrade Windows 10” does not have to be modified by default. However, the last command line switch is ‘/dynamicupdates disable’.
When Windows 10 setup begins, it will attempt to download available updates by default. The command line switch above disables this behavior. If you prefer for the updates to be downloaded immediately, just delete this switch from the command line. For more commandline switches see http://winaero.com/blog/windows-10-setup-exe-command-line-switches/