Operating System Version Support

OSD in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 supports deploying every version of Windows supported by ConfigMgr 2012 R2, which includes Windows XP SP 3, Windows Vista SP 2, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Technically speaking (although not from a formal support perspective), support for Windows XP SP 3 is maintained even after its April 2014 end of life because Microsoft has no intention of crippling or removing this capability. However, deploying Windows XP does require additional configuration; this is discussed in the “Down-level Boot Images” section of this chapter.

Each version of Windows includes a new version of the prerequisite tools discussed in the previous section. The tools generally don’t change much other than ...

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