How to Update Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise – Business Users

Update: If you are using Windows 8 Enterprise version at home, you would be in slight trouble, because you can’t upgrade it to Windows 8.1 from Windows store or control panel. Even by the Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO file which is available from Microsoft site.  Windows 8 Enterprise can be upgraded only by the medium you download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Mostly the EA and SA business customers of Microsoft have access for VLSC.

Anyhow, it’s a very rare and special case that someone will have Windows 8 Enterprise version on the home computers. For you, the only solution is to take a full backup of your data, format and install Windows 10 as a new installation.

Note: If you think you are smart enough ( like me) to upgrade existing Win 8 enterprise with 8.1 ISO which is available as 90 days trials, sorry that will not work. I tried this method on a virtual machine, it got installed as a new Operating System. Even I could not use the old OS, because it moved all of my files and system files to Windows.old  folder.

Windows 8 version

Microsoft clearly says the reason as below why the normal update is not possible by the Windows store.

Why no windows 8.1 update


How to Update Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise

1) Download the ISO from Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Make sure to download correct 32 bit or 64 bit matching your existing OS version.

2) Create a DVD or USB (bootable).

3) Once you execute the installation, it will start preparing the files.extracing installation

4) Next screen is to download the latest updates from Microsoft site while installing.

5) This step is very important. Obviously we do not need to lose any existing data, programs and Windows settings. So, select the first option.

select option to keep existing data in windows 8.1

As mentioned earlier, if you try this update with normal Windows 8.1 enterprise ISO which is available for the public, you will get only ‘Nothing’ option, which will be considered as a fresh installation.

6) The installation will start smoothly.

starting installation

7) Once the installation has completed, you will go through the steps to customize Windows (I like to use express settings option).

8) The good thing is it did not ask to login or create an online Microsoft account. It picked up my old Windows 8 local user account.

old user account in windows 8.1

9) For some strange reasons, even after I entered my local user account credential, it showed below error related to setting up an online Microsoft account. I did not bother since I do not want to login with an online user account which will create another new user profile.

failed online account

10) After settings up and configuring apps and other settings, you will get the upgraded Windows 8.1 enterprise desktop. It will keep your files, settings and same profile.

upgraded windows 8.1 from windows 8 enterprise

Final Words

So, updating Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise is easy and straight forward. But, this can be done only by the medium you download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

If you are using Windows 8 enterprise in the business organization, then your IT department may deploy the updates across the organization by using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 or System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

If you like to try some latest or old Windows Operating Systems in a virtual environment, try our download page which has pre-installed Windows OS images.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

22 thoughts on “How to Update Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise – Business Users”

      • @Otávio & @gianni,
        I have update this post. Unfortunately, this upgrade is possible by the ISO you download from Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
        Try to get the ISO from the people where you got Win 8 enterprise.
        Or wait for sometime, till some one finds workaround for this.

  1. So, it cannot be upgraded from 8.1 Ent. ISO file? It is only for clean install?
    OK, waiting for solution also 🙂

    • @Wrda,
      No, you can’t update with normal Win 8.1 enterprise ISO. It moves all of your old OS files and keeps in windows.old folder.
      The solution as of now is to get ISO from Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) if you can 🙂

  2. is this the iso:

    RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2013
    RTM BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623
    ROLLUP UPDATE BUILD: 9600.16404.WINBLUE_GDR.130913-2141
    FILE: en_windows_8_1_enterprise_x64_dvd_2971902.iso
    SIZE: 3,853,993,984 byte
    SHA-1: AE792B2EF982DAC7391224B624EAB8D6340D78AB
    MD5: 8E194185FCCE4EA737F274EE9005DDF0
    CRC: 8C56C9E2

  3. Hey, I found an ISO which gives me the option:
    “Keep windows settings, personal files, and apps”

    Dinesh, this option doesn’t create windows.old, does it?
    Is that the right update ISO?
    The iso file is: pt_windows_8_1_enterprise_x64_dvd_2972038.iso

    Thank you.

  4. @Otávio, if you get the option, mostly you got the correct ISO. I’m sure it will not create windows.old.
    Good luck and update here your result.

  5. i got this in portuguese language , is it the right option or no ? ” manter somente meus arquivos pessoais “

  6. Hey
    How do I can find the iso file ?
    I have Winows 8 Enterprise 64 bit (original CD KEY)
    please help me how do i can find those update?

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