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How to Upgrade from 8.1 Retail to 8.1 OEM?

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    Reverse Upgrade from OEM 8.1 to Retail 8.1


    So I have a copy of win 8.1 Pro 64 bit OEM. I wanted to add Media Centre to this so after following lots of links (from Add features) I managed to download and install what I thought was the stand alone Media Centre. It turns out it was not a stand alone but in fact "upgraded" my OS to Win 8.1 Pro with Media Centre (a retail version). Now I don't have a licence for retail, only OEM and my PC now has this new OS (Build 9600) on it that I can't activate.

    I've thought of restoring but I no longer have any restore points back to when the OEM version was there.

    What I'm hoping I can do is use my OEM cd to "upgrade" back but I don't have the faintest idea if or how I can do that.

    If all else fails I do have a very old image of my PC (as in day one after the original build back in May of this year) but I'm not even very sure how to use that.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Fritz

    EDIT: Just to clarify. I used a generic code to download what I thought was a stand alone Media Centre app but it wasn't. It was a generic code for Win 8.1 Pro with Media Centre (Retail) which I now cannot activate so I want to go back to my OEM copy
    Last edited by FritzCT; 29 Nov 2014 at 03:17. Reason: Bad Title

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    you have to upgrade to retail professional, then to wmc
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Hi, thanks for the reply. I think my title might be a little misleading. I don't want to have to buy a new licence just to get Media Centre. what I'm trying to do is somehow roll back to the OEM version without having to resort to a clean install (or a restore from the image I have).

    When this "upgrade" happened it wasn't like installing a new OS. None of my programs etc were affected, no re-installation of any thing. Is was like a windows update really and I'm hoping it can be reversed in the same way.

    Fritz
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  4. #4


    Posts : 18
    Winodws


    In control panel click on System, and the bottom of the window, does the Product ID have OEM in it.


    If so you are still OEM.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    No it doesn't. I know I'm in retail because I spoke to MS support and they told me what had happened. They looked for a restore point, couldn't find one (I had already looked) and said simplest way back is to re-install. I'm just hoping there's another way back without me having to do a clean install
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  6. #6


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


    To add Media Center though Add Features you have to be running 8.x Pro. If you were running 8.x Core you cannot add Media Center. You can go from Core to Pro though Add Features by entering a valid Pro product code. No install media is needed. Once your upgraded to Pro you go to Add Features and enter your valid Media Center key. Again, no install media is needed.

    EDIT: Removed some stuff that was already answered, just didn't see it.
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  7. #7


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


    Quote Originally Posted by FritzCT View Post
    No it doesn't. I know I'm in retail because I spoke to MS support and they told me what had happened. They looked for a restore point, couldn't find one (I had already looked) and said simplest way back is to re-install. I'm just hoping there's another way back without me having to do a clean install
    There is no easy way to go back once you upgrade to Pro or add Media Center. Old restore points are deleted, likely because if you used one of them you would mess up your system.
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  8. #8


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


    This generic code you entered? Where did you enter it, in add features? If you open the System page does it show Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    This generic code you entered? Where did you enter it, in add features? If you open the System page does it show Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center?
    Ok so I was using 8.1 Pro (OEM). If I remember correctly there was a link under Windows Edition in System (it doesn't seem to be there now though) that I followed. I then followed on screen prompts that eventually took me to an upgrade page. That's where I used the code. The system re-booted and it now says Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre, which MS support have told me is a retail version for which I would need to buy another key to activate. All links followed were direct from windows and then from MS page to MS page, no external links.

    I'm not going to buy a new key just so I can have Media Centre so I'd like to go back to my OEM version, which I can activate.

    Fritz
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    How about this---

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