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Change windows 8 version from Retail to Vl without reinst

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    windows 8 pro 64bit

    Change windows 8 version from Retail to Vl without reinst


    Currently i am using windows 8 pro retail version.But i want to change the retail edition of my windows 8 to volume license version of windows 8 pro so that i can activate my product with the key provided by my corporate network.How to change windows 8 pro retail to windows 8 pro vl without reinstalling windows??

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    Your corporate IT dept should have given you an already VL copy - RETAIL copies are for individuals and have to be activated by the Ms servers - VL copies are activated by the KMS corporate server licenses - there isn't a LEGAL way of changing a RETAIL copy into a VL copy. If there were don't you think that this would be all over the Internet as people would be able to break the ONE copy per computer restriction.

    Even with a VL copy from your IT dept it's only licensed to be used on a specific machine. It can be (with permission) moved to another machine but still needs to be re-activated by the KMS or other licensing servers.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Chicago USA
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    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Could he do an in place upgrade to the VL? Ie: Upgrade from W8 retail to W8 VL saving all software and user files? This licensing stuff is way too complicated.
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