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IS&T offers full support for the business-class versions of Windows 8 including:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise: available via free download through MIT's Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA). Obtain via the Download Software button on this page.

Note: Windows RT that is pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors is not supported at this time.

Support details:

  • Migrating to Windows 8 is a very involved process that requires a lot of preparation and planning
  • IS&T recommends a clean install versus an upgrade and will continue to support Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows RT that is pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors is not supported at this time.

Known issues:

  • MIT certificates for Internet Explorer 10 (default browser) can be obtained using CertAid tool only in traditional desktop version and not in Windows Store version
  • Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 for systems with ARM processors, only supports applications included with the system or obtained via Windows Store
  • PGP Desktop is not supported on Windows 8

How to obtain

This software is made available free of charge to authorized members of the MIT community.

Obtain via the Download Software button on this page.

IS&T recommends Windows 8 Enterprise users to subscribe to MIT's Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS) to ensure that machines get IS&T-approved security updates and patches.
Note: Windows domain users are automatically subscribed to MIT WAUS by default.

System requirements

If you decide to buy a Windows 8 machine, IS&T recommends that you select a system bundled with Windows 8 Pro edition. This version will provide you with more functionality and options.

Note: The Windows 8 edition and Windows RT can't be members of the Windows domain.

Minimum requirements needed to run Windows 8:

  • Computer/processor: 1.0 GHz or above
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Memory: 1GB (for 32-bit) and 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit)
  • Disk space: 20 GB or greater
  • Additional requirements:
    • Graphics card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • DVD-ROM
    • To run Windows Store apps, a screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher is required

Installing

If you install Windows 8 Enterprise, be sure to activate your machine. If you are using WIN.MIT.EDU, Windows 8 will automatically activate, and you will not need a special installer to get certificates.

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