Traditionally an in-place upgrade from one operating system to another is done via SCCM. With that being said, it can also be done via MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit). The caveat is that it’s not a zero-touch process via MDT, it requires manually intervention to kick of the upgrade.

The simplest path to upgrade PCs that are currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 2 task sequence to completely automate the process.

Set up the upgrade task sequence

Create the MDT production deployment share

MDT adds support for Windows 10 deployment, including a new in-place upgrade task sequence template that makes the process simple.

Create a task sequence to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise

  1. Using the Deployment Workbench, select Task Sequences in the MDT Production node, and create a folder named Windows 10.
  2. Right-click the new Windows 10 folder and select New Task Sequence. Use the following settings for the New Task Sequence Wizard:
    • Task sequence ID: 001
    • Task sequence name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
    • Template: Standard Client Upgrade Task Sequence
    • Select OS: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Default Image
    • Specify Product Key: Do not specify a product key at this time
    • Full Name:
    • Organization:
    • Internet Explorer home page:
    • Admin Password: Do not specify an Administrator Password at this time

windows 10 upgrade properties screenshot

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Perform the Windows 10 upgrade

To initiate the in-place upgrade, perform the following steps on a target device (currently running Windows 7 SP1).

  1. Start the MDT deployment wizard by running the following command: \\MDT01\MDTShare$\Scripts\LiteTouch.vbs
  2. Select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 RTM Upgrade task sequence, and then click Next.

    windows deployment wizard screenshot

  3. On the Ready tab, click Begin to start the task sequence. When the task sequence begins, it automatically initiates the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.

installation progress screenshot

After the task sequence completes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.

For more information on Windows 10

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