Can Windows 8.1 Pro VL be converted into Windows 8.1 Pro Retail?

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  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I am more than certain that this question was asked a gazillion times, but I wanted to be sure of the answer. I acquired a Windows 8.1 Pro Retail key and I wonder if I can use it to convert my Windows 8.1 Pro VL (KMSPico-activated) into Windows 8.1 Pro Retail...
     
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  2. s1ave77

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    Afaik that should work :cool2:.
     
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  3. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    #3 MonarchX, Aug 22, 2014
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    What is the best way to do it? MS Toolkit? Where are the options to do it in MS Toolkit?

    EDIT: OK, I added custom key in MS Toolkit, but how do I make 100% sure that this is now a Retail version?
     
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  4. s1ave77

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    #4 s1ave77, Aug 22, 2014
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    Did you activate after entering key?

    Code:
    cscript slmgr.vbs /ato
    Check status with:

    Code:
    cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv
     
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  5. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    It says Retail Channel! I guess it worked. I don't have the option that other Retail versions have, which was an option to add or remove features in Control Panel. So, now that I have a retail Pro key, can I somehow legit-ly get Windows 8.1 Pro Retail WITH WMC?

    I also wonder if Pro Retail has some benefits over VL edition...
     
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  6. s1ave77

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    #6 s1ave77, Aug 22, 2014
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    The only advantage of the Retail version actually is the WMC, which isn't available on the VL builds :cool2:. To upgrade to ProfessionalWMC you'll need the Retail multiple-edition ISO :g:.


    EDIT:==============

    Still needs a ProfessionalWMC key or KMS to activate, the latter offers a 45 days activation grace in opposite to Pro.
     
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  7. SpeedDream

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    you can slmgr.vbs -upk then slmgr.vbs -ipk (your key) then slmgr.vbs /ato
    i did that and switched from VL to retail directly
     
  8. EFA11

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    although switching from VL to retail via key, I don't think getting WMC will be that easy if at all. The VL install doesn't have the "stuff" needed to get WMC, just switching the key from VL to retail, I cannot imagine it working to get WMC.

    Im curious about this myself now.
     
  9. s1ave77

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    #9 s1ave77, Aug 22, 2014
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    Doesn't work :cool2:.

    Code:
    dism /online /get-targetedition
    will show nothing.
     
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  10. Carlos Detweiller

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    VL ISO is missing the feature formerly known as AnytimeUpgrade.
     
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