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      Michael Pietroforte
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      When you try to upgrade Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Preview, the Windows Update Standalone Installer will throw this error message:

      The update is not applicable to your computer.

      This updatr is not applicable to your computer

      Like me, you probably missed the notice for Enterprise and volume license users on the Windows 8.1 Preview download page. You are supposed to download the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files.

      When I first read this instruction, I interpreted it in the wrong way. I thought this meant that Enterprise customers who would like to try Windows 8.1 should install it from scratch. However, this is not necessary.

      You can upgrade Windows 8 Enterprise by launching the setup.exe from the ISO file. I tested this on a virtual machine by adding the ISO file as a virtual CD. I guess it also works if you copy the ISO file to the PC where you want to upgrade Windows 8, and then launch setup.exe from Windows Explorer.

       

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    • #14464
      Michael Pietroforte
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      I just got a hint that Microsoft will release a special ISO file for Windows 8 Enterprise in the coming weeks. Read this blog post for more.

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      Chris Kasten
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      I thought I would give this a shot on my Win8 Enterprise machine but got nervous.

      The options I was presented with gave me the impression it wasn’t really an “upgrade” — I gather I would be reinstalling all applications but not losing personal data. Or am I interpreting the choice wrong?

    • #14675
      Michael Pietroforte
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      I think it won’t be necessary to reinstall your application if you update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview. However, if you want to update Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 RTM, you will have to reinstall all applications.

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