Scenarios to deploy enterprise operating systems with Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

The following OS deployment scenarios are available in Configuration Manager:

Upgrade Windows to the latest version

This scenario upgrades the OS on computers that currently run Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. The upgrade process keeps the applications, settings, and user data on the computer. There are no external dependencies, such as the Windows ADK. This process can be faster and more resilient than traditional OS deployments.

For more information, see Upgrade Windows to the latest version.

Windows Autopilot for existing devices

Starting in version 1810, Windows Autopilot for existing devices is available with Windows 10 version 1809 or later. This feature allows you to reimage and provision a Windows 7 device for Windows Autopilot user-driven mode using a single Configuration Manager task sequence.

For more information, see Windows Autopilot for existing devices.

Refresh an existing computer with a new version of Windows

This scenario partitions and formats (wipes) an existing computer and installs a new OS on the computer. You can migrate settings and user data after the OS is installed.

For more information, see Refresh an existing computer with a new version of Windows.

Install a new version of Windows on a new computer (bare metal)

This scenario installs an OS on a new computer. It's a fresh installation of the OS and doesn't include any settings or user data migration.

For more information, see Install a new version of Windows on a new computer (bare metal).

Replace an existing computer and transfer settings

This scenario installs an OS on a new computer. Optionally, you can migrate settings and user data from the old computer to the new computer.

For more information, see Replace an existing computer and transfer settings.