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Windows 8.1 RTM update download

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  • Is it me or is the Windows 8.1 update super hidden? Im trying to get an iso file so i can burn to disk and install it on 2 PCs which are 64bit.

    I noticed the Store prompting me to update but i didnt want to download it twice but cant find the iso at all for a 64 bit?

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:11 PM

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  • The Windows Store is the only way for consumers (non-enterprise, non-IT Pro) to download and install Windows 8.1 Update. No ISOs will be made available, so each device needs to be updated individually via the Windows Store.

    Carey Frisch

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:00 PM
  • So if we had TechNet and got Windows 8 Enterprise from TechNet, but now have an expired subscription, how do we get the update then?

    Thanks

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:06 PM
  • If your TechNet subscription expired, you no longer have the right to use any software downloaded from the TechNet Subscriber web site.

    May I continue to use the evaluation software after my subscription ends?            
    Per the TechNet Subscriptions Terms of Use, your subscription must be active in order to access program benefits.

    Ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ms772427.aspx


    Carey Frisch

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:21 PM
  • Honestly, I have paid for multiple years of TechNet and will continue to use my keys. They still activate so until Microsoft takes them away..My own licensing issue aside, So how do Windows 8 Enterprise users upgrade to Windows 8.1? I checked TechNet and I see no Windows 8.1 upgrade. Only Windows 8.1 full versions. Is a complete reinstall the only option for Windows 8 Enterprise users?

    I found this.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/17/windows_81_update_what_to_know/

    Enterprise customers have it a little easier. The installation media for Volume Licensing (VL) versions of Windows 8.1 can do in-place updates over existing Windows 8 installs, so admins won't need to download the update again for every PC that needs to be upgraded.

    Enterprise sysadmins can also choose to perform what Microsoft calls a "refresh" deployment, where "data and settings are captured, the current OS is removed, Windows 8.1 is installed on a clean drive, apps are reinstalled, and then the user data is restored."

    These methods are only available with the VL install media, the ISOs of which were released to MSDN and TechNet on Thursday. The earlier Windows 8.1 ISOs that shipped in September can only do clean installs with fresh product keys; they don't include the in-place update or refresh functionality.

    Thanks for all your help answering my question.

    • Edited by clang11 Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:52 PM
    Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:33 PM
  • Today (10-27-2013), Microsoft posted new ISO images of Windows 8.1 Enterprise (that will permit an in-place upgrade from Windows 8 Enterprise) on the TechNet and MSDN web sites.  Unfortunately, one must be a current subscriber to access them.

    I don't believe Microsoft has plans to release a standalone installer for Windows 8.1 Update bits for Windows 8 Enterprise edition.


    Carey Frisch

    Friday, October 18, 2013 1:40 AM
  • I know it's not your fault but this is a little silly from MS. What about those on a broadband limit with 3 pcs to update? Or slow connections.... Doesn't seem worth the hassle in one respect. Seems like for every one step forward by MS there's two steps back elsewhere

    that aside so does this mean installing Win 8.1 from the store would mean existing apps are removed I.e. SQL, Visual Studio 2012, IIS, office etc?

    • Proposed as answer by ACB Software Friday, December 13, 2013 2:30 AM
    Friday, October 18, 2013 6:39 AM
  • I know it's not your fault but this is a little silly from MS. What about those on a broadband limit with 3 pcs to update? Or slow connections.... Doesn't seem worth the hassle in one respect. Seems like for every one step forward by MS there's two steps back elsewhere


    Yeah, not a very well thought out idea by Microsoft, they seem to assume everyone is using a free corporate LAN like they are.  I won't be downloading the same 8.1 update (at nearly 4GB a pop each time) for every damn computer, they can just stay on 8 as far as I'm concerned.

    Who makes these ridiculous decisions at Microsoft?

     

    Friday, October 18, 2013 12:45 PM
  • Hi,

    If you are currently running Windows 8 Enterprise and would like to move to Windows 8.1 Enterprise:

    Download your Windows 8.1 Enterprise media from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Please note that Windows 8.1 Enterprise cannot be updated from the Windows Store; it can only updated using media obtained from the VLSC. More details:

    Windows 8.1 General Availability: The IT Pro Perspective

    http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/10/18/windows-8-1-general-availability-the-it-pro-perspective.aspx


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    Saturday, October 19, 2013 6:26 AM
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  • If you are currently running Windows 8 Enterprise and would like to move to Windows 8.1 Enterprise:

    What happens if you are not running the Enterprise version and have loads of Windows 8 machines to upgrade?

    Is there a reason Microsoft does not want small businesses to upgrade to Windows 8.1? 

    It is bad enough to have to go through patch Tuesday every month but at least there I can download the updates once.

    BTW, how does one update a machine that, for security reasons, cannot be connected to the internet?


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    Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:23 AM
  • Hi,

    If you are a consumer with a Windows 8 device, you can now download the free update to Windows 8.1 online through the Windows Store.

    if you cannot connect to internet, you may download the windows 8.1 media from the VLSC, use this media to perform an in-place update of existing Windows 8 Enterprise installations.


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    Sunday, October 20, 2013 7:55 AM
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  • If you are currently running Windows 8 Enterprise and would like to move to Windows 8.1 Enterprise:

    What happens if you are not running the Enterprise version and have loads of Windows 8 machines to upgrade?

    Is there a reason Microsoft does not want small businesses to upgrade to Windows 8.1? 

    It is bad enough to have to go through patch Tuesday every month but at least there I can download the updates once.

    BTW, how does one update a machine that, for security reasons, cannot be connected to the internet?


    http://www.saberman.com

    If your a business owner and need to install several machines, apply as a MS partner and buy volume license. Cheaper for your business.

    https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/ca/Pages/Membership/overview.aspx

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 9:53 AM
  • The links on that page

     https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/ca/Pages/Membership/overview.aspx

    dont't work.  I click on Learn More and nothing happerns.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 7:51 PM