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Complete Guide to Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK) Installation and Usage

Summary: Learn how to install and use Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK) for seamless BIOS configuration on OptiPlex, Latitude, and Precision systems. Steps for installation and command-line configuration ...

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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 computers. You can configure the systems in two way, using Graphical User Interface 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.

See the Dell Support Site to download CCTK. This can be found under the Systems Management section of the Drivers & Downloads site.
The filename is as follows:

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 several ways to install CCTK on a Windows computer.

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 on-screen 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:
  • 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:

  • For 32-bit computers:
    C:\Program Files\Dell\CCTK
  • For 64-bit computers:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\CCTK

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 keys to load the Command Window.
  • Navigate to the folder where you have downloaded the DUP that is >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 behavior. 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 behavior 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 Now, 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, performing 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 user interface if preferred. A user can customize and build a BIOS package which can be exported for later distribution.

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

CCTK main screen

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

CCTK Select Package

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

CCTK Create Configuration

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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 The 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 is not supported.

See Dell client configuration toolkit (CCTK) error codes to view the full list of Error Messages.

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