changing from Pro to Enterprise

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  1. night.fox

    night.fox MDL Member

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    Hello all. First my apology if there was raised question about that already but I cannot find it somewhere.

    Is there a way to change to Enterprise from PRO without reformatting? Keeping files and apps. and also vice versa from Enterprise to PRO.
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Good question!

    Maybe it's possible because MS tells that the media (not the download) contains all versions of Windows 8. Depend on the P-Key used it will install/activated as the P-Key related version.

    So, in an cenario to change the installed version without re-installation, it's maybe possible to first un-activated by deleting the used P-Key and after that to re-activate with a new P-Key. That MAYBE could change the verison or may didn't!

    So, please don't take my word for it, it's just a maybe unrealistic thinking!

    A search at the MS site and/or their forums/blogs may will give a precise answer.

    On the other hand, I tested with Enterprise an Pro for to install on an activated Enterprise Apps and Data and after that used Windows Easy Transfer for to "backup" that Apps and Data, After installed A pro Version without P-Key and let run un-activated and used again Windows Easy Transfer for to restore those Apps and Data, which were working well. But you've to keep in mind that you could not use to do that from 64bit to 32bit and vice versa. Also not use to backup Wondows settings and restore them on the other version, that will end up in a crash!
     
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  3. night.fox

    night.fox MDL Member

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    Thanks mate. I didnt know you could back up the apps. Perhaps you were right cause when installing Win 8, depends on the key you installed. Yes of course in a real world you cant just simply transfer 64bit to 32bit and vice versa. Only way to change from 64bit to 32bit is reformatting. anyway I will try the back up apps and data.
     
  4. antony_blu3

    antony_blu3 MDL Member

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    No way you can change version just by changing product key
    Changing product key only changes its "Channel" (Volume / Retail), not the "Version" (Enterprise / Pro)
     
  5. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    There's a key in the registry that specifies the windows edition, maybe changing that plus entering the correct product key could do the trick. :eek:
     
  6. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Take a look here.

    ;)
     
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  7. Wikilayn

    Wikilayn MDL Novice

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    #7 Wikilayn, Aug 24, 2012
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    If you have about 16GB in your HDD, you can install Enterprise or ANY Version without reformat the computer.
    Simply you need
    1. The ISO of the Windows edition what you want to install

    2.Open Notepad to create a file with following content and save as "ei.cfg", not "ei.cfg.txt"
    Code:
    [Channel]
    Retail
    
    3. Use WinRAR / WinZip to extract the image; a short name preferently. Example: "C:/W8"

    4. Put "ei.cfg" what you make in "C:/W8/Sources"

    5. Run the installer "C:/W8/Setup.exe", and select your preferences... If you select a clean installation the program simply moves it your current OS files to "C:/Windows.old"; So do not forget to move your files and applications before deleting the folder.

    Clarifications:
    It is not absolutely necessary to create "ei.cfg" and add it to the folder "Sources", this is just to skip having to add the product key, also used to select the version of Windows you want to install (for ISO "Windows Core / Pro", Enterprise ONLY contains the same).
    You NEED to have 16GB in HDD, before start installation, Since the image extracted and placed in C:/.

    Good Luck!
     
  8. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    Yeah, I know I've seen it somewhere. :D
     
  9. night.fox

    night.fox MDL Member

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  10. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    In your case (Pro to Enterprise):

    Change the EditionID to Ultimate
    Change the ProductName to Windows 7 Ultimate
     
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  11. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    Shouldn't that read "Windows 8 Ultimate" instead of Windows 7?
     
  12. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Noop!!!

    Most of the users misinterpret it; this values fools the setup & forced it to think that it is upgrading from 7 to 8.

    ;)
     
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  13. night.fox

    night.fox MDL Member

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    Well Ive tried this but still no luck still a pro version. anyway I am downloading and preparing my system for enterprise reformatting. Since I have nothing to do today anyway
     
  14. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Hey... you need to upgrade the system using the installation disc!!! Simply editing the registry don't do the job.
     
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  15. night.fox

    night.fox MDL Member

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    haha that one I didnt get lolz.... anyway many thanks... I just reformat my system cause I mess up my win 8 pro anyway so need to completely format it