After the same user interface of Windows XP and Windows 7, Microsoft introduced revolutionary Windows 8. It got high fame among users because of innovative features and smart outlook. Microsoft released it in four editions: Pro, Core, Enterprise, and RT. The first three editions were for PCs and RT was for tablets. Windows 8 Enterprise was, particularly for entrepreneurs. Here, I am going to discuss Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Microsoft released Windows 8 Enterprise but users discovered some flaws in it. So, Windows 8.1 Enterprise came to the spotlight to cover the follies in Win 8 Enterprise.
Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise
- 1GB RAM for 32-bit, 2GB RAM for 64-bit
- 16GB Hard disk space for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit
- 1GHz or above processor
Methods to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive [Installation Guide]
Before the installation guide, let me explain how to create a bootable USB flash drive. You have an ISO image of Windows 8.1. First, convert the ISO image into an executable file. Then, you can install it on your PC. I have divided the downloading and installation into two phases. So, let’s start with the methods of creating a bootable Windows 8.1 USB flash drive.
Method 1: Create Bootable Windows 8.1 Enterprise Via Rufus
If you want to follow a shortcut, use a third-party tool known as Rufus. It quickly converts the ISO image into an executable file with a few clicks. The tool works automatically and you don’t need to follow a long process.
- Download Rufus from here.
- Now, double-click to “rufus.exe” and click “Install” to start the installation.
- When the installation is over, open the tool.
- Now, download Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO from the section above. (Before downloading, check your system’s version whether it’s 64-bit or 32-bit? Now, download the accurate version.
- Connect at least an 8GB USB flash drive to your PC.
- Open Rufus and click the option “Create a Bootable USB Drive.”
- Now, select “Browse” to locate Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO and click “Next.”
- Select “Start” and “Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO.”
- Now, Rufus will convert the ISO file into a bootable file.
- That’s it. Your Windows 8.1 Pro bootable USB flash drive is ready.
- Now, plug in USB flash drive with PC and reboot it to start the installation.
Method # 2: Create Bootable USB via CMD
If you are an expert in using Command Prompt, use this method to create a bootable USB flash drive. It’s a bit lengthy but doesn’t include the use of a third-party tool.
Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB flash drive.
Step 1: Download Windows 8.1 Pro ISO from the above section.
Step 2: Format the USB Flash drive by using the following instructions.
- Connect at least an 8GB USB flash drive with your PC.
- Click the “Start” button and search “Command Prompt.”
- Now, right-click to the Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator.”
- In Command Prompt, type the following commands and press “Enter” every time.
- “list disk”
- “select disc #” (Here, replace “#” with the number where you want to install Windows.)
- “Create partition primary”
- “select partition 1” (You can write here the drive name like D: or E: )
- “format fs=NTFS”
- Type “assign letter=X” (Use any available letter.)
- Now, type the “exit” command to close the Disk partition.
Step 3: Make the USB flash drive bootable
Now type the following command to convert the USB flash drive into a bootable one.
- Type “bootsect /nt60 X:” here. (Here, type a letter for a flash drive instead of X.
Step 4: Copy the Executable Files to USB Flash Drive
- Now give the last command to copy the executable file “xcopy G:\*.* X:\ /E /F /H.” The term “XCOPY” shows a copy of the ISO file.
That’s all. Now, your Windows 10 bootable USB drive is ready to use.
Close Command Prompt Admin.
Reboot your system.
- Now, start the installation process by using the following instructions.
- Attach the bootable USB flash drive to the PC and reboot it.
- When the Windows logo appears, press F2 + Esc keys to enter BIOS.
- Select the “Boot” option from here.
- Select “USB” because you will use a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 8.1.
- A few options appear here. Select the accurate one and select “Exit Saving Changes” to exit BIOS.
- The system will restart to install Windows 8.1.
- Select your desired language from the window that appears now.
- From the same page, select the keyboard input method and Time & Currency format.
- Here, select the “Install Now” option to start the installation.
- Insert the product key.
- Now, click the box “I Accept the Terms” to proceed.
- Here, you will see two types of installation: Upgrade and Custom. Select Upgrade if you don’t want to delete current settings, apps, and data. Select “Custom” if you want to install a fresh copy of Windows.
- Now, create multiple partitions in your Hard disk drive.
- Here, select the drive where you want to install Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
- That’s it. The installation process appears in percentage. Wait for a while until it sets up the Windows.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Features
The basic features in all editions of Windows 8/8.1 are the same. However, the Enterprise edition has some vital features for businessmen. Let’s have a bird’s eye view to know this edition in-depth.
Mainly, Microsoft has released it for larger organizations. That’s why; it contains all important apps for entrepreneurs.
Upgraded BranchCache ensures the access of branch office servers and local PCs cache files remotely. It allows you to access the subsequent files instantly.
DirectAccess brings the access to the corporate network in your access remotely. You don’t need to use a third-party VPN. DirectAccess brings the remote network in your access with an IPv4 infrastructure.
AppLocker allows you to lock your desired apps under a secure password. You can restrict your desired Windows 8/8.1 apps from standard desktop apps by using AppLocker. So, all your favorite apps are away from unauthorized access in Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
RemoteFX ensures support for remote USB and touch devices. You can run Windows 8 desktop in a VDI environment.
Secure Boot brings a secure operating system during the start-up process. When the Startup is taking place, it detects and prevents viruses, malware, adware and Trojans from loading.
Semantic Zoom brings the more comfortable reading of news and mails for users. You can pinch-to-zoom in and out to read the documents or news. You don’t need to scroll down the page.
Microsoft Office components allow you to create documents, sheets, presentations and meeting notes readily.
Windows To Go allows you to customize hibernate, TPM, Windows Recovery Environment and other features.
This version of Windows supports up to 512GB RAM on x64 version and 4GBRAM on x86 version. It supports two physical CPUs.
Upgraded Internet Explorer 10 brings a faster and secure browsing experience for users. Nobody can steal your personal data or information.
The live Tiles menu is fully customizable. It brings updates for you automatically without the refreshing time and again. For example, the Mail app shows the number of emails and keeps fetching updates. You don’t need to refresh it again and again to view the latest emails.
Lock Screen is a unique addition where you get the latest email alerts, weather, and news alerts without unlocking your PC. It brings meeting alerts, Camera and other features. The Lock Screen is fully customizable.
Powerful Windows Defender protects your system from harmful viruses, malware, and adware.
Refresh and reset your PC is very easy now. You can refresh it with one click now. So, when your PC is running slower due to bugs, just tap the refresh button to get a refreshed and faster PC.
Enhanced Task Manager brings easier operation for you now.
It comes with a complete language pack for users who prefer using other languages than English.
The apps list has a powerful search feature. You can access an app instantly by typing a few letters in the search bar.