upgrade Win 8.1 Core OEM to 8.1 Pro?

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  1. Servi

    Servi MDL Member

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    Hello,

    can I upgrade Win 8.1 Core OEM to 8.1 Pro?
    I bought a new laptop with preinstalled Win 8.1 Core and updated it to Update 1.
    Can I upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro Update 1 without losing data, programs, drivers etc.?
    What do I need? I have
    Windows 8.1 Professional VL w. Update.x64.German.MSDN.4050427
    but I guess this is not the right one.

    Thx
     
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  2. s1ave77

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  4. s1ave77

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    Fortunately this is not mandatory :cool2:.
     
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    Servi MDL Member

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  6. s1ave77

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    Better back up the old system, just in case and gather the key from BIOS :g:.
     
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    install McAfee on first run.
     
  8. Servi

    Servi MDL Member

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    #8 Servi, Jun 28, 2014
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    How do I do this?

    @EFA11: Uninstalling preinstalled McAfee was the first I did. ;)

    Edit: Ok, google helps. Thank you!
     
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  9. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    You can obtain the OEM key anytime with the OEM:DM program.
     
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  11. Servi

    Servi MDL Member

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    #11 Servi, Jun 28, 2014
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    OK, seems to be complicated enough.
    1) I found a tool called Windows 8 Product Key Viewer.
    2) I have a paper card that came with the laptop with a windows sticker and a product key on it. Is this key not enough? It's not the same key shown by the above tool though.

    Edit: I checked the Key of the above tool and it is the same than the one from RWeverything. So it should be correct. What I don't understand is what the key on the paper card is for.
     
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  12. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Seems to be similiar to the key printed on the COA sticker for Win 7 OEM systems. The system still used a generic OEM:SLP key, which is different.

    That key can be used in a worst case scenario (i.e. replacing the motherboard) to activate the system via phone :g:.
     
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    crashnburn MDL Senior Member

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    What is that :) ? Heard the term first time. PS: How are you doing now buddy? Long time no talk. How's big red? Was hoping to connect with him but Kat is gone. You have a way to connect with him still?
     
  15. crashnburn

    crashnburn MDL Senior Member

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    Thank you. I have pinged him, and hope to share our love for native booting VHDs :)
     
  16. pcmechanic.fj

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    Win 8.1 to Win 8 Pro

    Hi there; just wondering is I activate using the toolkit, will I be able to upgrade to Win 10 Pro without issues; I have a Lenovo All-in-one PC which is pre-installed with Win 8.1
     
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