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Windows is the operating system designed and produced by Microsoft Corporation.

How to Obtain


Windows 8.1 Enterprise is available for use by MIT faculty, staff, and students.

Download (MIT certificate required)

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


  • IS&T recommends a clean install vs. an upgrade and will continue to support Windows 7 and 8.1 Enterprise. Migrating is a very involved process that requires a lot of preparation and planning.
  • Be sure to activate your machine. MIT's license for Microsoft Windows is automatically activated by way of a KMS server on the MIT Network.
    Note: If you are using win.mit.edu, it will automatically activate.


About this Version 

System requirements


IS&T offers limited support for the business class versions of Windows 8.1 including:

  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Note: The Windows 8.1 (Core) edition cannot join the Windows domain and cannot use the MIT KMS server that is needed for IS&T Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 activation.