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

Downloads (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.