Windows 8 Enterprise is a business-minded version of the Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 Enterprise features all the things you’ve come to love in Windows 8, plus several additional features that help IT administrators help employees in an office environment.

We’ve put together some tips for upgrading from Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

Upgrading from Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise

The first thing you’ll notice is that you cannot manually update to Windows 8.1 on an Enterprise version of Windows 8. The update does not exist in your Windows Store, the tricks, and tips we’ve provided for getting it to show up will not work as it’s been blocked from updating this way.

Generally, your IT administrators or tech department will determine when and if you upgrade to Windows 8.1. In a corporate environment, it’s not as easy as you may think, and it’s definitely not as easy to update like you normally would on a personal computer or laptop.

If you can’t wait, and you’ve convinced your IT admin to let you update, they’ll be able to get the update from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) from Microsoft. From there, your IT admin can burn it to a DVD or USB drive, and you can install the upgrade from there. Usually, your IT admin or tech department will install it on your behalf, and you’ll have little to do with the process.

This is to make sure that nothing in the corporate environment gets compromised or otherwise disturbed by the upgrade, especially if only a handful of computers are being upgraded at a particular time.

When Windows 8.1 Enterprise is rolled out to an entire company, chances are other upgrades will need to be performed depending on how old the hardware is and how old the company is. This is why it’s best to let professionals take care of a corporate office upgrade such as Windows 8.1 Enterprise instead of trying to do it yourself.

Some users have experienced issues upgrading from Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise because of license key issues. This is another reason to let the IT admins do this job. You may be prompted to provide a Windows 8.1 Enterprise licensing key, not your Windows 8.1 Enterprise key, which may only be accessible by your IT or system admins.


Never attempt to try to initiate a Windows 8.1 upgrade on Windows 8 Enterprise without the help of your IT administrator or system technician. Most large companies will have a plan of action ready to tackle the upgrade or they may delay the upgrade.

If you’re worried about what you’re missing out on with Windows 8.1 Enterprise, contact your IT admin to check up on your company policy for upgrading to new OS version.