Just a quick update. I have no idea what happened to my product key for my original windows 8 install and the refresh now shows the newly installed enterprise edition as "not activated" where my key should have been. Fortunately I was preparing this computer for a secondary life so none of this was too crucial to me. However, I am not willing to spend additional money for an operating system I'd already paid for and finally just decided to use the manufacturer's restore disk to take the OS all the way back to Windows 7.
To others that happen upon this topic and the enterprise edition solution that is outlined below the second post, please know that this will not reset or refresh your computer, but install what is essentially a new trial edition windows OS.
Thanks for those who followed up and gave me advice after the install. It is very much appreciated!