Lab 6: Add universal Windows apps and taskbar pins

Add apps to your images to support different customer needs. Some have different installation procedures:


  • Add languages before major updates. Major updates include hotfixes, general distribution releases, or service packs. If you add a language later, you'll need to reinstall the updates.

  • Add major updates before apps. These apps include universal Windows apps and desktop applications. If you add an update later, you'll need to reinstall the apps.

  • There's no longer monthly updates of the inbox apps. This process changed for Windows 10, version 1607. See the communication on the MyOEM Portal:

    • In the future, Microsoft will release updated versions of the apps only when Microsoft releases full updated versions of Windows.

    • OEMs will need to incorporate the updated apps at the same time they incorporate the broader Windows release.

  • When adding 3rd party apps, follow the Windows Store OEM Program Guide. You must comply with all Store Program terms and conditions, and related documents.

Mount the image

Step 1: Mount the image

Use the steps from Lab 3: Add device drivers (.inf-style) to mount the image. The short version:

  1. Open the command line as an administrator (Start > type deployment > right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment > Run as administrator.)

  2. Make a backup of the file (copy "C:\Images\Win10_x64\sources\install.wim" C:\Images\install-backup.wim)

  3. Mount the image (md C:\mount\windows, then Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\Images\install.wim" /Index:1 /MountDir:"C:\mount\windows" /Optimize)

Add/reinstall apps

Step 2: Add/reinstall inbox apps (required whenever adding languages)


In previous versions of Windows, it was required to first remove inbox apps. This is no longer required, and if you do, the commands may fail.

  1. Go to and get the App Update OPK. This package includes the Windows 10 inbox apps for the most current Windows release.

  2. Extract the package to a folder, for example, E:\apps\amd64.

  3. Add/reinstall the inbox apps. The following example shows you how to reinstall the 3D Builder inbox app. Repeat these steps for each of the inbox apps (with the exception of AppConnector) by substituting the appropriate package.

    Partial example:

    Dism /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage /Image:c:\mount\windows /PackagePath:e:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.3DBuilder_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle /LicensePath:e:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.3DBuilder_8wekyb3d8bbwe.xml /DependencyPackagePath:e:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.VCLibs.x64.14.00.appx /DependencyPackagePath:e:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.VCLibs.x86.14.00.appx

    For full examples, see sample scripts.

Step 3: Add the HEVC Codec

For Windows 10, version 1709 add the HEVC codec and it's dependencies from the App Update OPK. Note that the HEVC codec is not currently available as an .appxbundle package, so you'll have to use the .appx packages.

DISM /image:c:\mount\windows /add-ProvisionedAppxPackage /packagepath:"E:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.HEVCVideoExtension_8wekyb3d8bbwe.x64.appx" /licensepath:"E:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.HEVCVideoExtension_8wekyb3d8bbwe.x64.xml" /dependencypackagepath:"E:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.VCLibs.x64.14.00.appx" /DependencyPackagePath:"E:\apps\amd64\Microsoft.VCLibs.x86.14.00.appx"

Step 4: Add/reinstall other apps, example: Microsoft Universal Office Apps

Get the latest version of the app. In our example, we install Microsoft Universal Office Apps, though you can install any UWP app using this procedure.

  1. Go to and get the latest version of the Office Mobile supplemental OPK. This guide uses Office Mobile Multilang v1.3 OPK.

    Note: Install either Office Single Image (either with or with out perpetual or subscription license) or Office Mobile (not both). Office Mobile must be used on devices with screen size of 10.1” and below, and Office Single Image must be used on devices with screen sizes above 10.1”. For devices that have a single fixed storage drive with less than 32 GB, OEMs may preinstall Office Mobile, regardless of the screen size. To learn more, see Office Mobile Communication.

  2. Extract the package to a folder, for example, e:\Universal_Office.

  3. Add/reinstall Microsoft Universal Office Apps:

    Dism /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage /Image:"c:\mount\windows" /packagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Excelim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\1b0569bd5fbd41d6bf0669beb013073c.appxbundle" /dependencypackagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Excelim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.22929.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx" /licensepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Excelim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\1b0569bd5fbd41d6bf0669beb013073c_License1.xml"
    Dism /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage /Image:"c:\mount\windows"  /packagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Pptim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\7f255062294a415a974b4958961df056.appxbundle" /dependencypackagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Pptim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.22929.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx" /licensepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Pptim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\7f255062294a415a974b4958961df056_License1.xml"
    Dism /Add-ProvisionedAppxPackage /Image:"c:\mount\windows" /packagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Wordim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\532f710ca9d34f0aae6af4abe0af0592.appxbundle" /dependencypackagepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Wordim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.22929.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx" /licensepath:"e:\Universal_Office\PC_TH1_store.16.0.6228.1011.Wordim.appxbundle_Windows10_PreinstallKit\532f710ca9d34f0aae6af4abe0af0592_License1.xml"

    Where the PackagePath points to the app bundle package.

Step 5: Start Menu

Note the app IDs, you'll need these later in Lab 13: Add universal Windows apps and taskbar pins.

Step 6: Unmount the images

  1. Close all applications that might access files from the image.

  2. Commit the changes and unmount the Windows image:

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:"C:\mount\windows" /Commit

    where C is the drive letter of the drive that contains the image.

    This process may take several minutes.

Try it out

Step 7: Apply the image to a new PC

Use the steps from Lab 2: Deploy Windows using a script to copy the image to the storage USB drive, apply the Windows image and the recovery image, and boot it up. The short version:

  1. Copy the image file to the storage drive.
  2. Boot the reference device to Windows PE using the Windows PE USB key.
  3. Find the drive letter of the storage drive (diskpart, list volume, exit).
  4. Apply the image: D:\Deployment\ApplyImage.bat D:\Images\install.wim.
  5. Disconnect the drives, then reboot (exit).

Step 8: Verify apps

  1. After the PC boots, either create a new user account, or else press Ctrl+Shift+F3 to reboot into the built-in administrator account (This is also known as audit mode).

  2. Check the Start Menu to make sure the apps are available.