Various Options For Windows 8.1 Installation

According to Microsoft there are a few different ways you can install the Windows 8.1 Preview release to begin your evaluation:

If you have… Consider these options
Computers running Windows 8 , Windows 8 Pro (retail- or OEM-activated), or Windows RT Following the steps on the Windows 8.1 Preview website to install an update to enable the preview installation via the Windows Store, then install from the Windows Store.
Computers running earlier operating systems, or ones to be used for a clean (bare metal) installation Download the Windows 8.1 ISO file. Use this with MDT 2013 or System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 to refresh existing computers, or burn to a DVD or copy to a USB key for simple installation.
Computers running Windows 8 Pro, volume activated Download the Windows 8.1 ISO file. Use this media to either:

  • Perform an in-place update of existing Windows 8 Pro installations
  • Refresh existing computers using MDT 2013 or System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2
  • Burn to a DVD or copy to a USB key for simple installation
Computers running Windows 8 Enterprise Wait for the availability of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview ISO, which should be available in the coming weeks. Watch for an announcement on this blog when it is available.
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