Windows 8.1 Pro retail with Windows 8.1 Pro VL key and vise-versa?

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  1. TubeExperience

    TubeExperience MDL Novice

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    I am quite confused. Call me a noob.

    Can I use Windows 8.1 Pro VL key with Windows 8.1 Pro retail ISO?

    Can I use Windows 8.1 Pro retail key with Windows 8.1 Pro VL ISO?

    If so, is there any point in having both?
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    #2 PaulDesmond, Jun 29, 2014
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    neither key will work on other version since these are different channels afaik, never tried since I only run genuine TechNet/MSDN keys on versions that I get with my subscriptions
     
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  3. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    IIRC I have activated VL with a retail key in the past ... I think the licence of Pro is interchangeable...
     
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  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Wait, wut? For Windows, key switches the channel. Been this way since Vista. Only the SKU must match.
     
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  5. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    sure it wasn't a MAK ?
     
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  6. TubeExperience

    TubeExperience MDL Novice

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    #6 TubeExperience, Jun 29, 2014
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    Basically, I am thinking about using the retail ISO to install using KMS key.
     
  7. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    basically most I believe you like to install a retail iso and try to activate with either KMSpico or MTK - right? :D
     
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  8. TubeExperience

    TubeExperience MDL Novice

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    Yup. It looks like Microsoft actually have a page on this: http: //technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
     
  9. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Pro VL is the same as Pro retail except that it has an additional package that assigns the gVLK (KMS key) by default and automatically activates on a VM (AVMA)
    What this means is that you can activate all keys on either version, but certain default methods will be different.

    On Pro VL, because of the additional package and the ei.cfg (either one would cause this) it won't automatically read OEM keys from your BIOS(UEFI).
    You could still activate an OEM key on those systems, but the OEM key would need to be for Pro and you'd need to enter the key post-install by using SLUI 2 or slmgr /ipk

    The only 2 functional differences besides the activation are:
    1) AVMA like I mentioned. If you install on a VM, it will try to automatically activate by connecting to network systems and using Auto DNS discovery, etc.
    2) You cannot upgrade the Pro VL build to Pro WMC. There's literally no 2nd Pro WMC edition to change it to.
     
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