1-GHz (or higher) 32-bit (x86) processor
1 GB or more RAM
16 GB available hard-disk space
DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 or later driver
Additional requirements to use certain features:
For touch — touch screen
For accessing the Windows Store and downloading and running apps — Internet connection and Microsoft account (formerly Live ID)
For sound — audio output
For Windows To Go — a USB flash drive certified for Windows To Go
For DirectAccess and BranchCache — Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012
For BitLocker data protection — Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or 2.0
For BitLocker To Go data protection — USB flash drive
Product functionality and appearance might vary with system configuration.
Windows 8 Enterprise is the enterprise-level version of the latest Microsoft operating system. It works best when used in an enterprise environment along with Windows Server 2012. Its enterprise-specific enhancements include simplified remote network access and management, enhanced virtualization, mobile productivity capabilities, and improved security. This 32-bit version operates on a computer with a 32-bit processor and 32-bit drivers.
This donation provides one upgrade license. Request one license for this product for each computer on which you will install it.
Editions You Can Upgrade From
Only certain editions of the Windows operating system qualify for upgrades under TechSoup Nederland's Volume Licensing agreements with Microsoft. To install this operating system, you must have a licensed installation of one of the following operating systems on the device where you are installing the upgrade:
- Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate
- Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate
- Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC
- Windows 2000 Professional
- Windows NT Workstation 4.0
- Windows 98 SE You cannot upgrade from any Home edition of Windows. If your device doesn't meet the requirements for an upgrade product, you might be eligible for a full operating system license through Microsoft's Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organizations program.
Benefits for Organizations
If you have system administration experience, you can use Windows 8 Enterprise with Windows Server 2012 to:
- Provide mobile workers with access to your organizational network without the need for VPN
- Allow employees to securely take a bootable version of their Windows 8 Enterprise desktop on a USB drive to other computers
- Enhance network performance and minimize bandwidth usage
- All Windows 8 Pro capabilities: Windows 8 Enterprise provides all the capabilities of Windows 8 Pro, including a modern interface, apps, cloud integration, enhanced security, and built-in virtualization.
- DirectAccess: Mobile workers can connect securely to your organizational network anytime they have Internet access — without the need for VPN. IT administrators using Windows Server can manage mobile computers by updating Group Policy settings and distributing software updates anytime the mobile computer has Internet connectivity.
- Windows To Go: You can create a copy of an employee's Windows 8 workspace on a USB drive. This allows employees to access a secure, bootable version of their Windows 8 Enterprise desktop on another PC regardless of that PC's operating system. The device must meet Windows 7 or Windows 8 hardware certification requirements.
- BranchCache: Your organization's PCs can cache files, websites, and other content from central servers running Windows Server 2012 so that content is not repeatedly downloaded across your network. This can minimize network traffic between branch offices and the main office.
BitLocker drive encryption: BitLocker encrypts hard drives more quickly to protect sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorized users who come into possession of any of your organization's computers.
Installing Windows 8
Unless you are upgrading from Windows 7, this installation requires a "clean install." This means that if the computer has an existing operating system, you must remove all operating system files and applications, install the system, and reinstall the applications. For complete information, see TechSoup Nederland’s How to Upgrade to Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise requires significant system resources, as detailed below. It is likely that PCs currently running an operating system older than Windows Vista might not be able to run Windows 8. For a good start on evaluating whether to upgrade, see TechSoup Nederland's Upgrading to Windows 8: Four Questions to Consider.
Important Volume Licensing Information
With Windows 8, your organization can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). A Key Management Service (KMS) key for Windows 8 is available by default on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website; that is, this is the only type of key you will see unless you request a MAK. A KMS key requires at least 25 computers on a network for activation. If your organization has fewer than 25 computers, you should request a MAK from the Volume Licensing website after receiving this product.
Obtaining This Product
Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. The license key allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for.
Expect three emails:
1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup Nederland will send a message to your organization email address confirming the number of licenses you have requested.
2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
3. TechSoup Nederland will send an email with information about managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.
Software Assurance Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.