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Updating volume license copy of Windows 8 Pro

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    Updating volume license copy of Windows 8 Pro


    Hi guys,


    I am looking for some answers on how I may update my Windows 8 Pro computer to 8.1 and then to the 8.1 update, if possible.


    It's a volume licensed copy of Windows and I have no access to these updates. From what I've read, I need an MSN (what ever it's called) subscription to have access to these updates. I've seen articles around the web with ways to update, such as this one William's Blog: How to upgrade Windows 8 volume license to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store but I do not want to do anything illegal or mess up my computer, so I want to be safe and ask you knowledgeable guys first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Well you could get an MSDN subscription but at $699 (How to buy) for the year it isn't a cheap way to do what you want.

    Unfortunately you can't legitimately upgrade from Enterprise to Pro - you'll need to buy the normal version and do a clean install. 8.1 costs $120 from Microsoft. 8.1 Pro is $200 (Buy Windows 8.1 Pro - Microsoft Store). You might find it cheaper elsewhere but personally I would not risk it - you'll end up buying a non-legitimate key. If it was my money I'd buy the standard Windows rather than the Pro version - the only thing you would need Pro for is joining a domain and in that case your company would pay for it. All the other "advantages" have free alternatives but see here Compare Windows 8.1 Editions in case any of them are worth $80 to you.

    On the bright side it is far cheaper than in the past. I paid $190 to upgrade from 7 Pro to Ultimate just to get the language packs which are now free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Well you could get an MSDN subscription but at $699 (How to buy) for the year it isn't a cheap way to do what you want.

    Unfortunately you can't legitimately upgrade from Enterprise to Pro - you'll need to buy the normal version and do a clean install. 8.1 costs $120 from Microsoft. 8.1 Pro is $200 (Buy Windows 8.1 Pro - Microsoft Store). You might find it cheaper elsewhere but personally I would not risk it - you'll end up buying a non-legitimate key. If it was my money I'd buy the standard Windows rather than the Pro version - the only thing you would need Pro for is joining a domain and in that case your company would pay for it. All the other "advantages" have free alternatives but see here Compare Windows 8.1 Editions in case any of them are worth $80 to you.

    On the bright side it is far cheaper than in the past. I paid $190 to upgrade from 7 Pro to Ultimate just to get the language packs which are now free.
    I already have Windows 8 Pro, not enterprise. I am wanting to update Pro to 8.1 Pro.

    Doesn't look like I can update without spending more money, so I guess I'll just have to stick with what I have. Thank you very much for your help. I really appreciate it.
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    Lisa you say you have Win8 pro...if so the update/upgrade to Win8.1 is freely available at the Windows Store. The upgrade at the store now includes the Apr8 update which will make your installation Win8.1.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by owenspal View Post
    Lisa you say you have Win8 pro...if so the update/upgrade to Win8.1 is freely available at the Windows Store. The upgrade at the store now includes the Apr8 update which will make your installation Win8.1.1.
    Hi,

    I do not see these updates because I have a volume license copy of Windows and apparently you can only update these versions of Windows through Microsoft's volume licensing center, which I do not have an account for. Had I known all this I could've just stuck with my copy of Windows 7.

    I am not having any issues with my computer, just was thinking I need to update to keep my pc better protected. I dunno.
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    You can update these copies just like anything else, you don't update them through the volume license service center. You did say you had 8 PRO.

    Now 8 enterprise on the other hand is different. It was never meant for individuals to use, but rather corporate IT environments. As such, they disable the update via the store to prevent employees from upgrading their work computers. These types of upgrades can cause problems in corporate environments with compatibility with monitoring and management systems. Here is a link describing what has to be done with enterprise.
    http://m.winsupersite.com/windows-8/...s-8-enterprise.

    If you have 8 pro, you update via the store and Windows update just like everyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    You can update these copies just like anything else, you don't update them through the volume license service center. You did say you had 8 PRO.

    Now 8 enterprise on the other hand is different. It was never meant for individuals to use, but rather corporate IT environments. As such, they disable the update via the store to prevent employees from upgrading their work computers. These types of upgrades can cause problems in corporate environments with compatibility with monitoring and management systems. Here is a link describing what has to be done with enterprise.
    http://m.winsupersite.com/windows-8/...s-8-enterprise.

    If you have 8 pro, you update via the store and Windows update just like everyone else.
    Hi pparks1,

    You would certainly think it would be that simple. I never had to go through any silliness when updating my Windows 7.

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    My little brother was over the other day and found this info.
    Why can't I find the update in the Store? - Microsoft Windows Help

    NOT SURE WHY THE FORMATTING IS MESSED UP IN MY POST.
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    Are you sure that you aren't running Windows 8 Enterprise, rather than Windows 8 Pro. I'd just about guarantee that is the case.
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    You guys keep mentioning enterprise and I am not very knowledgeable about all this stuff and have no clue what that is. Sorry.

    Not sure if this will help, but my little brother told me to take this screen shot to show what I have or don't have.

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    Well, that is the Pro version and not the enterprise. I guess you learn something new everyday. It seems that you cannot update the "pro" volume licensing version either. I honestly thought that ONLY pertained to the enterprise version.

    I guess my suggestion at this point would be to get a legal copy of Windows on your computer and you will be able to upgrade that.
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