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Windows 8.1 Pro to Enterprise

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit

    Windows 8.1 Pro to Enterprise


    My friend workplace has 20+ computer which running Windows 8.1 Pro VL, now they want to upgrade to enterprise version and keep apps, personal files and settings. But they downloaded the .iso from technet and only clean installation can be used. How they keep personal files....?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Any method?
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    There are some other issues to overcome, first. Do they have licenses to use Enterprise? I'm not talking about the TechNet license...I mean one that is fit for 20+ computers and a production environment.

    What is their reasoning to ditch what I'll assume is a legitimate VL license of Pro for Enterprise?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Yes my friend workplace use VL license to buy windows 8.1 pro, now they want to upgrade to enterprise, so they try to download from technet and use their key but they say they cannot keep settings and apps.
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    Found this: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Upgrade Paths

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Volume License)

    You can upgrade to Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Volume License) from the following operating system editions:

    Windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

    Windows 8 Enterprise

    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Looks like it has to be Pro or maybe Pro VL to Enterprise VL, not the Technet version. Just a guess.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Hello,
    So where to download the setup?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    As far as I know there is nothing special about the TechNet/MSDN version of Pro VL or Enterprise ISO. Other than the TechNet keys that is. There is nothing stopping you from using your Company keys though. Many many IT Pro's etc use these ISO's to install Windows on their company PC's. As far as I know if you ordered disks from Microsoft they would be identical to the ISO's on TechNet and MSDN.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Are you switching languages or going from 32 bit to 64 bit? According to the table in the link that Ztrucker posted you should be able to "Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications". Are you booting from the Enterprise DVD or running setup from 8.1 Pro VL? It may make a difference?
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by windows8use View Post
    Yes my friend workplace use VL license to buy windows 8.1 pro, now they want to upgrade to enterprise, so they try to download from technet and use their key but they say they cannot keep settings and apps.
    I think you missed my point. You can't legally use the TechNet license for this purpose, and it likely won't activate on all the computers anyway. Your friend will need to purchase Enterprise licenses, and will get the software at that point.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by windows8use View Post
    Yes my friend workplace use VL license to buy windows 8.1 pro, now they want to upgrade to enterprise, so they try to download from technet and use their key but they say they cannot keep settings and apps.
    I think you missed my point. You can't legally use the TechNet license for this purpose, and it likely won't activate on all the computers anyway. Your friend will need to purchase Enterprise licenses, and will get the software at that point.
    Yes if you assume "their key" is a TechNet key. It may not be, it may be a legitimate corporate key. TechNet may just be where they are downloading their install media. Just saying.
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