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How to Install & Use Dell Client Configuration Toolkit

Summary: Guide on How to Install & Use Dell Client Configuration Toolkit

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Table of Contents:

  1. Dell Client Configuration Toolkit
  2. Install CCTK
  3. BIOS Command line Configuration
  4. Using the Graphical User Interface
  5. Error Messages

Dell Client Configuration Toolkit

Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK) is a packaged software that provides BIOS configuration capability to Dell Optiplex, Latitude, and Precision systems. You can configure the systems in two ways: using Graphical User Interface (GUI) or using Command Line Interface (CLI).
The tool allows a user to make BIOS configuration changes from within the operating system and does not require a reboot.
Please refer to the
Dell Support Site to download CCTK. This can be found under the Systems Management section of the Drivers & Downloads site.
The filename will be Sys-Man_Application <version number>.exe

NOTE: Dell Client Configuration Toolkit is not available for Windows 10, however it can work on Windows 10. CCTK is not available under Windows 10 drivers on our drivers page

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Install CCTK

There are a number of ways to install CCTK on a Windows system.

Install using the (DUP)
  • Double click on the downloaded DUP and click Install to directly install CCTK.
  • Run the Install shield Wizard and follow the onscreen prompts.
Install using the extracted installation files
  • Double-click the downloaded DUP.
  • Specify a folder location where you want to extract the installer.
  • Click OK and the files are extracted to the location you specify.
  • Click View Folder to view the extracted files. The folder should contain the following installation files:
    • cctk.msi
  • Double click cctk.msi to launch and run the CCTK Install shield Wizard.
Silent Installation

During silent installation, the CCTK components are installed silently in the default folder location C:\Program Files\Dell\CCTK for 32-bit systems or C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\CCTK for 64-bit systems.

To perform a silent installation of CCTK using the DUP:

  • Launch the command prompt. Select Start and enter CMD into the search box. Press < Ctrl > < Shift > & < Enter > to load the Command Window.
  • Navigate to the folder where you have downloaded the DUP, i.e. >CD\Program Files\Dell\CCTK
  • Run the following command:
    • APP_WIN_.exe /s

To perform a silent installation of CCTK using the extracted installation files:

  • Launch the Command Prompt. Navigate to the folder where you have extracted the CCTK installer from DUP.
  • Run the following command:
    • msiexec.exe /i cctk.msi /qn

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BIOS Command line Configuration

CCTK uses BIOS interfaces to manipulate boot order and BIOS settings. It configures all options available on the BIOS setup screen, including boot order, embedded device configuration, and asset tag management.
The following table documents some of the valid options and arguments along with a description of their expected behaviour. Options and arguments are case sensitive. All options and pre-defined arguments are lowercase unless stated otherwise.


Option Valid Arguments Description
-acpower Off, Last, On Sets the behaviour of the system after AC power is lost.

off: After an AC power loss, when AC power is restored, the system will stay off.
on: After an AC power loss, when AC power is restored, the system will power on.
last: After an AC power loss, when AC power is restored, the system will return to the state as in when power was lost.


A:>cctk --acpower=off

--adddevice USB Adds the specified device to the boot device list. At present, only USB storage device is supported. This option is not valid in all the systems. If the USB device is already added in the boot order list, executing the option does not change anything.


A:>cctk --adddevice=usb

--amblightsen enable, disable Enables or disables the ambient light sensor.

A:>cctk --amblightsen=enable

--asset string Reports or sets the customer-programmable asset tag number for a system. The maximum length of an asset tag is 10 characters. Asset tag values should not contain any spaces.


A:>cctk --asset=ASSETTAG asset=ASSETTAG


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Using the Graphical User Interface

CCTK can be used within a GUI if preferred.  A user can customise & build a BIOS package which can be exported for later distribution.

When CCTK first loads, you are presented with the main screen.


Once you select Create Package, you are presented with options for a single system package or a multi-platform package.

SLN143145_en_US__21369389033873.CCTK Create

Select Next to continue to the Configuration stage where each BIOS value can be set per your requirements

SLN143145_en_US__31369389079121.CCTK config

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Error Messages

The CCTK utility checks your commands for correct syntax and valid input. When you enter a command, a message is displayed stating the results of the command.
In Windows, the error code file (cctkerrorcodes.txt) is provided in the installation directory.
The CCTK utility failure messages provide error codes to help diagnose why some commands do not succeed.

The following table lists some of the CCTK error codes and messages


Error Code Message
0 Success.
1 Attempt to read write-only parameter.
2 Password cannot exceed 16 characters.
3 A BMC was either not detected or is not supported.
4 This username is already in use. Enter a unique username.
5 Access mode not supported.

Click here To view the full list of Error Messages

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Article Properties

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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops

Last Published Date

02 Jul 2021



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