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What Pro Pack required for Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro.

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    Windows 7

    What Pro Pack required for Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro.


    I have a machine with Windows 8 (Home). I want Windows 8 Pro. I do *not* want Windows 8.1.

    My question is can I use a Windows 8.1 Pro Pack (product key) to upgrade Windows 8 to 8 Pro (*without* going to 8.1) OR must I use a Windows 8 Pro Pack.

    I'm being told by a local computer store that "Windows 8 Pro Packs" are "not available" but a "Windows 8.1 Pro Pack" will do what I want. I don't believe them.

    Thank You
    JW

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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    So you're saying that to upgrade 'Windows 8' I need a 'Windows 8 Pro Pack'...a 'Windows 8.1 Pro Pack' won't work (which is what I thought).

    -JW
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    Yep.
    Apparently, the local computer store didn't do their homework.
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    What happens if you use the 'Add Features' option in this Tutorial? If it still works, it might take you to a link to buy the Pro Pack online.
    Add Features to Windows 8

    Alternatively you may still be able to buy it from retailers - in my country I can still get the Windows 8 Pro Pack from reputable online retailers, more cheaply than the 8.1 version.
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    I don't imagine it will be difficult to find 'Windows 8 Pro Pack' ...just not from that store. I just wanted to confirm what they were telling me was BS.
    -JW
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I got mine from Staples.{back when it was $40 }
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    May I ask why you don't want to got to 8.1?
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    I used "Get more features with a new edition of Windows" from Control Panel / System a week or two ago to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro using Windows 8 Pro Pack, no problems.

    I already had the $40 Windows 8 Pro upgrade key from my old computer that has now been regressed back to it's original Vista X86. The upgrade was quick, lost nothing and it activated fine.
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