Windows 8.1 Update now available for Volume License customers

After releasing Windows 8.1 Update to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 2nd, and via Windows Update for the vast majority of Windows 8.1 PCs on April 8th, Microsoft has now released Windows 8.1 Update from its Volume License Service Center.

In a blog post today, Microsoft said that VLSC customers can download Windows Server 2012 R2 Update and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update as well. The blog also says that the version of Windows 8.1 Update from VLSC and MSDN does not have all of the fixes that are available in the version accessible via Windows Update. It states, "Therefore, Windows Update and WSUS will offer the Update again to devices that are deployed by using this media."

There's no word on when this will happen, but when it does, the download will be a small one and won't require the full reinstallation of Windows 8.1 Update.

The blog also mentioned the previous issue that the update currently has with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) servers; the bug causes the servers to stop scanning against WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2 servers which are configured to use SSL and have not enabled TLS 1.2. While Microsoft has a couple of workarounds for this problem, there's no word yet on when it will release a patch that fixes the issue.

Source: Microsoft

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Lately I feel they're rushing things... How come they provided MSDN and VLSC customers with install media that has the update but not all the fixes?

Wouldn't it be better to finish the things they wanted to include in the update first, release through Windows Update even and then provide updated images with it integrated?

Totally agree, as an sysadmin I want an complete iso as much as possible. Seems very vague why further updates are needed, why weren't they included?

Anyone knows when the WIndows 8 store will offer the 8.1.1 update so there is less to install? Or even the product key only install offering the 8.1.1 update ISO?

It's a little tricky to download 8.1 if your license is 8.0. There doesn't seem to be a general public version of 8.1.1 yet. But if you need to download Windows 8.1 when you only have a Windows 8.0 key you will need to do as follows:
1: go here: http://windows.microsoft.com/e...-8/upgrade-product-key-only
2: choose the 2nd option (Install Windows 8) and run the download
3: Input your product key and click next
4: wait for it to start downloading.
5: Cancel and close out of everything when download is at 1%
6: Go back to: http://windows.microsoft.com/e...-8/upgrade-product-key-only
7: now choose the 1st option (Install Windows 8.1) and run the download file.
8: It will immediately start downloading Windows 8.1

If you need an ISO or make a bootable USB then after the download you will be asked what you want to do.
Choose to install from media and then you will be given a choice to make an ISO or USB bootable media.

Now there is 2 generic keys that will allow you to install Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8.0 key. Once Windows 8.1 is installed you will have to change the product key to your Windows 8.0 purchased key. It will auto activate successfully.

The above steps is only for the retail users. It doesn't apply to the VLSC Customers. Windows 8 MAK Key can't be used to upgrade to 8.1. Windows 8.1 requires it's own unique 8.1 MAK key which is available in the VLSC Portal.

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prathaprabhu

Do you mean using a Win8.1 KMS key GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 - then swap to your own 8.0 key post install, and then activate

You can't use the 8.1 KMS Client Key to activate your Windows 8.1. Windows 8 Key won't work with 8.1 Enterprise/Pro VL Edition. 8.1 requires it's own KMS (Host) CSVL / MAK Key

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prathaprabhu

I notice after applying the update from, MSDN I notice there were a bunch of patches the next day from Windows Update, about 1 GB worth inclusive of Office updates.

I have Win 8 Pro and have a similar question to este. I can't update to 8.1 or at least couldn't get the update from the Windows Store before. Does this mean I'll be able to update the Pro version to 8.1? If yes, where would I go to get the update?

I hope this is what I think it is.......
So when I open the cmd prompt and type slmgr.vbs -dli I get:
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_MAK Channel.
Previously I was unable to update to 8.1 because "Volume MAK & Enterprise Edition are not eligible for upgrade to 8.1." Does this update now apply in this case?!

Hmm. Ok. Then I guess; Does the title of the article (Windows 8.1 Update now available for Volume License customers) mean that the 8.1 update will now apply to those who have Windows 8 with VOLUME_MAK Channel signature? (since the 8.1 update was not previously available for anyone running said version)

Windows 8.1 Update is an update for the users running Windows 8.1 RTM version which was released on September 2013. Windows 8 Volume: MAK Key won't work with Windows 8.1 Enterprise / VL Update. You should have a genuine 8.1 MAK Key from your VLSC Portal

Thanks

este said,
I hope this is what I think it is.......
So when I open the cmd prompt and type slmgr.vbs -dli I get:
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_MAK Channel.
Previously I was unable to update to 8.1 because "Volume MAK & Enterprise Edition are not eligible for upgrade to 8.1." Does this update now apply in this case?!

Hey este, 8.1 has been available for enterprise users for a long time. Although you couldnt get the update via the store. You needed to download the full Windows 8.1 install media and upgrade from that. It worked fine doing it that way.

joemailey said,

Hey este, 8.1 has been available for enterprise users for a long time. Although you couldnt get the update via the store. You needed to download the full Windows 8.1 install media and upgrade from that. It worked fine doing it that way.


I could never find a version that would install. I would always get 'this update is not compatible with the version of Windows you are running."
Any thoughts?

btw - I installed the update and it worked flawlessly. To those who use "Volume MAK & Enterprise Edition" Windows 8, there should be no issue applying this new update (it includes the 'spring update' as well)