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Upgrade from win 8.1 home to win 8.1 pro

  1. #1

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    Win 8.1

    Upgrade from win 8.1 home to win 8.1 pro

    Hi All

    I would like to upgrade to pro because home doesn't allow me to use Hyper V.
    Do not want to rush out and buy win 8.1 pro if it wont allow me to upgrade while saving all my settings/ programs etc... could hunt the net for this! but if anyone knows it will be you guys & girls.


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  2. #2

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    Linux Mint 17.2

    Do you have a need to use Hyper-V? All you have to do is click on the Upgrade Anytime and enter the purchased Pro License info. Then it just installs the required elements for Pro, does not touch your Home install.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    Or download VMware Player
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  4. #4

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 pro

    Just run Pro dvd setup from within your installed home version (inplace upgrade) and you will be fine. Not sure if its worth the upgrade money if it's only for Hyper V (its a crappie virtualization product imho) Ever looked at other (semi free) products?
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