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Windows 8 Pro to Core

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Pro to Core


    Hi!

    I have a little question. I have a Windows 8 Pro ISO file, and I want to convert it to a Windows 8 Core ISO file. Is that possible editing some files or something like that? It is difficult to find Windows 8 Core files for download, so I downloaded a Windows 8 Pro one, can I edit it to convert it to a Windows 8 Core? Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 16
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit - Windows 8 64bit


    Which ISO do you have? I downloaded this one and it contains both Pro and Core editions --> en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso (SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4). Depending on which product key you use, it will either install the Pro or Core edition. When I used it to re-install the OS on my Acer laptop, that came with Windows 8 pre-installed, it found the product key embedded in the BIOS and installed the Core edition.
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  3. #3


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    This is a new one on me, "Core Edition?" -I take it, it reads the BIOS and the BIOS tells it what version it is?
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Core Edition simple means the base edition "Windows 8" not 8 Pro. OEM PC's that come with Windows 8 preinstalled have their product code embedded into the BIOS. Official install media will auto detect it and install the matching edition automatically. You won't be prompted to enter a product code. If you install Windows 8 on a PC with no embedded code you are prompted to enter one. My TechNet ISO detected the embedded code on my ASUS laptop and installed 8 "core" automatically, as that's what it shipped with. My TechNet ISO is listed as Windows 8 multi, it has 8 and 8 Pro in it.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I think I know where is the problem. The key of the Windows is in the UEFI of the laptop, as you know. When I try to install the Windows it says that the key doesn't work for that version of Windows. It is strange because Windows 8 Pro Iso is supposed to contain the Core Iso too, but I think that it is beacause I have downloaded a iso that comes from an ESD folder. When I open the sources folder I find install.esd instead of install.wim. The iso I have to download is like this en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso , but the spanish version, the only problem is that I can't find it, only in torrents, which are really slow.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome ro EightForums.

    The only way to get a Genuine Microsoft Windows 8 x64 DVD or ISO is to buy.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Core Edition simple means the base edition "Windows 8" not 8 Pro. OEM PC's that come with Windows 8 preinstalled have their product code embedded into the BIOS. Official install media will auto detect it and install the matching edition automatically. You won't be prompted to enter a product code. If you install Windows 8 on a PC with no embedded code you are prompted to enter one. My TechNet ISO detected the embedded code on my ASUS laptop and installed 8 "core" automatically, as that's what it shipped with. My TechNet ISO is listed as Windows 8 multi, it has 8 and 8 Pro in it.
    That sounds both good and bad - In other words, you don't have to worry about Activation, but, you can never change the version of Windows that is in there?

    Juan: If that is the exact name of the disk, I can see if I can find it for you.

    PS: It seems that sometimes, you can't buy the exact disk you need. You have to find someone else who has it who is gracious enough to burn you a copy or make an ISO image of it. For example, the version of Windows 7 I normally install is the original, with no SPs and no updates slipstreamed into it. I got the licences, but not the DISK, it got damaged. There is no buying the disk, I had to copy it from a friend.

    D'oh I'm dumb - Fillup obviously has the exact disk Juan needs, but I don't know the policy here about sharing disks, I don't want to suggest anything that is against the policy of this BBS.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Core Edition simple means the base edition "Windows 8" not 8 Pro. OEM PC's that come with Windows 8 preinstalled have their product code embedded into the BIOS. Official install media will auto detect it and install the matching edition automatically. You won't be prompted to enter a product code. If you install Windows 8 on a PC with no embedded code you are prompted to enter one. My TechNet ISO detected the embedded code on my ASUS laptop and installed 8 "core" automatically, as that's what it shipped with. My TechNet ISO is listed as Windows 8 multi, it has 8 and 8 Pro in it.
    That sounds both good and bad - In other words, you don't have to worry about Activation, but, you can never change the version of Windows that is in there?

    Juan: If that is the exact name of the disk, I can see if I can find it for you.

    PS: It seems that sometimes, you can't buy the exact disk you need. You have to find someone else who has it who is gracious enough to burn you a copy or make an ISO image of it. For example, the version of Windows 7 I normally install is the original, with no SPs and no updates slipstreamed into it. I got the licences, but not the DISK, it got damaged. There is no buying the disk, I had to copy it from a friend.

    D'oh I'm dumb - Fillup obviously has the exact disk Juan needs, but I don't know the policy here about sharing disks, I don't want to suggest anything that is against the policy of this BBS.
    Thanks for the help! I think I finally got it. I am downloading es_windows_8_x64_dvd_915404.iso , which I think it is the correct one. If it doesn't work I have another option, I have managed to completely install my iso in legacy mode, without UEFI, and actívate it with the key manually. I am going to proof this new iso and I will tell you, but if it doesn't work there's no problem.
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Core Edition simple means the base edition "Windows 8" not 8 Pro. OEM PC's that come with Windows 8 preinstalled have their product code embedded into the BIOS. Official install media will auto detect it and install the matching edition automatically. You won't be prompted to enter a product code. If you install Windows 8 on a PC with no embedded code you are prompted to enter one. My TechNet ISO detected the embedded code on my ASUS laptop and installed 8 "core" automatically, as that's what it shipped with. My TechNet ISO is listed as Windows 8 multi, it has 8 and 8 Pro in it.
    That sounds both good and bad - In other words, you don't have to worry about Activation, but, you can never change the version of Windows that is in there?

    Juan: If that is the exact name of the disk, I can see if I can find it for you.

    PS: It seems that sometimes, you can't buy the exact disk you need. You have to find someone else who has it who is gracious enough to burn you a copy or make an ISO image of it. For example, the version of Windows 7 I normally install is the original, with no SPs and no updates slipstreamed into it. I got the licences, but not the DISK, it got damaged. There is no buying the disk, I had to copy it from a friend.

    D'oh I'm dumb - Fillup obviously has the exact disk Juan needs, but I don't know the policy here about sharing disks, I don't want to suggest anything that is against the policy of this BBS.
    You can upgrade from 8 to 8 Pro by entering the Pro product code though the add features option once you're done with the initial install of 8 . I did that on my laptop and then used the same procedure to add media center. If the PC came with 8 Pro that's what gets installed. I don't imagine you could force an 8 core install on an 8 Pro PC but I don't know why you would want to anyway. 8 Pro has all the features 8 core does anyway. I can't confirm this as I haven't tried it myself, but I do believe if you installed from a store bought DVD, even if it is Pro, it will still auto detect the embedded product code and install the matching version. Unfortunately there are no official direct download links from Microsoft for Windows 8 ISO files. No free ones anyway. You can obtain them though TechNet or MSDN but you need a subscription for those. Anybody that posts links to other sources will likely have them removed by a moderator. It's unfortunate because there are people in need of just the install media for a clean install on an OEM PC. You can go to TechNet or MSDN and hunt up the MD5 hash codes and use those to compare with the ISO you may have obtained from another source to see if it has been altered.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    That sounds both good and bad - In other words, you don't have to worry about Activation, but, you can never change the version of Windows that is in there?
    It's not a problem. When you install from the DVD, it will install Windows 8 standard if that is what the machine indeed came with. You can then click the link to upgrade to a higher version of Windows and can supply the key code to go from 8 standard to 8 pro.
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