Is it possible to change windows 8 pro vl to windows 8 pro?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by smith454, May 29, 2013.

  1. smith454

    smith454 MDL Novice

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    Is it possible to change windows 8 pro vl to windows 8 pro? I learned windows media center cannot be added to windows 8 pro vl so i just want to know if its possible to switch it to the normal retail windows 8 pro
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    AFAIK, if you use an (original MS) Retails RTM ISO (DVD or USB) you could run Upgrade and that will change the platform, may still using the VL and Add Feature should work! And if you have an legit Pro (None-VL) Key, use that one if needed.

    Hope that answers your questions.
     
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  3. smith454

    smith454 MDL Novice

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    pls throw more light.. do you mean i should just change the key to that of a retail dvd?
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    If you want to use WMC the official way, a VL-activated Win8 Pro won't work. So if you have a non-VL key, apply it to Win8 Pro before using Add Features.
     
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  5. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    What about exporting Win 8 Pro and using DISM to change it ProWMC?
     
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  6. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Don't think that's the official way in MS terms. :biggrin:
     
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  7. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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  8. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    #8 Humphrey, May 29, 2013
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  9. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Certainly. But show me an official MS ProWMC ISO. :D
     
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  10. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    Don't get me wrong, I am not hung up on being original or official. Sure I like to have the original ISO's when I start my modifications but other then that, Ill change things till it breaks. :D

    It is good to know that when install a ProWMC created be me, that it will accept WMC keys during the install.
     
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  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    NO! It means that you should use the RTM Retail ISO for to "Upgrade" the VL Version you run usinf to boot from that ISO and run Setup and chose Upgrade!
     
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  12. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    I know, I have an AIO, too. While it is working well, it's not the way MS intended, right? Hence I said ''If you want to use WMC the official way [...]''. Of course, there's the MDL way, too. :worthy:
     
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  13. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    :director:MDL :director:MDL :director:MDL :director:MDL
     
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  14. Sooyun

    Sooyun MDL Novice

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    Why even bother attempting all this for WMP? There are many other alternatives - particularly free alternatives that come with codecs for every kind of file you could possibly play, lighter on memory load, and doesn't require going through Windows Store. Just use VLC, PotPlayer, or something if you need an all purpose media player.
     
  15. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    Well honestly its for fun and I didn't know you got WMP when changing Pro to ProWMC.
     
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  16. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    Is somebody confusing Windows Media Player with Windows Media Center?

    Also, if I were the OP, before doing anything else, I would use slmgr /ipk my_retail_key followed by slmgr /ato if I were just trying to switch from Pro edition vl key to retail key. If you have no Pro retail key, then it is a whole different ball game.
     
  17. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    The ISO from Retail/RTM and VL are different. You could use to to activate and Retail/RTM install with VL and Add Feature would work but vice versa AFAIK!
     
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  18. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    yeah, that may well be true, but I would at least try to change the key first ...
     
  19. smith454

    smith454 MDL Novice

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    please, the only thing i wanna know is if the keys are interchangeable..as in, i can upgrade to pro vl version by just changing the product key to that of pro vl and then back to retail pro by changing key back to the normal retail dvd key
     
  20. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    Have you tried?