SmartDeploy vs. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Unlike Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, SmartDeploy can get you set up and imaging computers in less than a day. Deploy your Windows golden image, apps, and prebuilt driver packages seamlessly to any on-prem or remote PC from one platform.

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See how SmartDeploy and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit compare

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Available for free, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit can be used to create Windows operating system images. But deployments require pairing with WDS (Windows Deployment Services). And configuring MDT is a manual and technically demanding process — especially if you support diverse hardware or remote users.

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SmartDeploy simplifies computer imaging from end to end. Easily create and deploy your Windows 10 or 11 golden image. Select from 1,500+ prebuilt driver packs you can easily integrate into your deployment media. And deploy seamlessly via offline media, local networks, or the cloud (even without VPN). 

Deploy an image with SmartDeploy in minutes


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Wizard-guided workflows



Hardware independent



Native deployment capabilities



Prebuilt driver package library



Prebuilt script packages



Native cloud integration



Native support for Windows 11



User data migration



Technical support



No license fees



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How it works

Set up, update, and manage endpoints with greater flexibility and ease. Flexible layers enable you to manage the OS, applications, drivers, and user data independently from each other rather than baking everything into a locked image.

  • Step one

Build your golden image containing the Windows operating system, apps, and settings that you need.

  • Step two

Download any of our prebuilt device driver packages for all the hardware models you support.

  • Step three

Pick the software and scripts you need from our library — or build a custom installer to fit your specific needs.

  • Step four

Save and deploy with ultimate flexibility using any combination of USB, network server, or cloud storage.

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Meet some of our customers

Learn how businesses from startups to global leaders use SmartDeploy to streamline their endpoint management.

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“Super easy company to work with overall. All in all, this software is for an admin that can’t get SCCM or doesn’t have the time to set up WDS/MDT.”


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“Don’t have to learn SCCM or MDT. You’re up and running deploying images in an afternoon. Guides and wizards walk you through the entire process. Driver packs make adding drivers to your golden image a breeze.”

Senior Systems Engineer

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“SmartDeploy has an easy-to-use interface that guides you from the first step through the last. Being able to upload to the cloud and deploying from there is very convenient. Spent a lot of time trying to learn and set up MDT and had problems. Switched to SmartDeploy and was able to get this up and running within the day.”


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The new industry standard

SmartDeploy is an award-winning solution with a proven track record helping IT teams become more effective and efficient. We think the results speak for themselves.

3 million+

machines deployed

13 years

in business


global customers

4.8 stars

on G2 and Capterra

One platform, endless use cases

SmartDeploy is your one-stop shop for PC provisioning and lifecycle management.

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Computer imaging

Build and maintain a single Windows golden image, regardless of PC make or model

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PC refreshes

Keep all your users' files and settings consistent while rolling out new hardware

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Application management

Deploy, update, and patch applications zero-touch to any endpoint

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Windows updates

Push periodic updates or centrally manage entire migrations for local and remote PCs

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Device setup

Seamlessly roll out images, drivers, and applications to entirely new devices

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PC break-fixes

Reimage the operating system layer without affecting applications or user data


Ready to make the switch?

SmartDeploy is not affiliated with or endorsed by Microsoft Corporation. The use of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit on this page is for comparison purposes only. Information last updated: 11/29/2023