David, I’m glad to hear that the procedure worked well. In your case, the vendor and hardware isn’t something we support, which is why I was suggesting to preserve the vendor-provided recovery options. In Larry’s case, the XPS 15 is a Dell model that we do support, so preserving such recovery mechanisms is somewhat less important.


If the system is already domain-joined, and the primary user(s) have all their applications set up, I suppose an in-place upgrade would be a way to preserve their investment in getting everything set up. Otherwise, I too suggest a re-image via LiteTouch.




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Subject: Re: Windows 8.1 ?


I had a similar situation recently and Geoff sent me the following directions for upgrading a Levono touch screen system. I t went very smoothly.

You could grab the Windows install media from 
and do an in-place upgrade to Enterprise. You could then run the LiteToch application-only installer from
(Run the "Start LiteTouch" script)
If you run LiteTouch itself, you'll blow away any system recovery partition that is on the system. Alternatively, maybe they provide a way to create recovery media (DVDs). If so, I'd [have the post-doc] do that before monkeying around with anything.


On 9/19/2014 8:58 AM, Matt Parisi wrote:

you can open up explorer, right click this pc, then properties.   It should be listed there.   I believe enterprise requires a clean install and windows is very good at getting drivers now.   

Matthew Parisi

IT Assistant, UVM School of Business Administration




On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM, Larry Kost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I have a new Dell touch screen XPS15 laptop with Windows 8.1 installed, but I can't seem to find if this Pro, Enterprise ... It seems to be missing some things like gpedit.msc.  A couple of questions:  How do I find out if it's Home, Pro ...?  Is it possible to upgrade to our Enterprise and if so, will all the drivers be maintained?  Is it worthwhile upgrading?  If not worth the trouble, is it okay to just download and install gpedit.msc?



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