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Key change from 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro to 8.1 Pro


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Hey guys,

I'm running a Dreamspark version of Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro but it seems that this version is not entitled to a free upgrade to 10. I'd like to move to a retail 8.1 Pro and I was just wondering if I'd just be able to use the 'change key' feature without having to reinstall the operating system.

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I did not know Dreamspark provided operating systems, I thought it was apps only. When you choose to upgrade within Windows does it give you the 8.1 Pro option?
 

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Thanks for the reply. Dreamspark does indeed offer some OS options.
Unlike retail versions, there's actually no upgrade option in this version of windows, only a 'change product key.' This is on the system information screen.
 

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I would simply try it and see if it takes. It should reject if not compatible. I don't think it will work as pretty sure it is not up-gradable from what is a student/teacher licence. Will most likely have to fresh install 8.1 Pro.
No word on a 10 Dreamspark being released?
 

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Add Features on the System screen is how you would upgrade from 8.1 to 8.1 Pro or add Media Center to 8.1 Pro. I don't think change key will do anything for you. It will be looking for another 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro key and reject anything else. If you have the 8.1 Pro install media, boot from it and see if you get an upgrade option. Running the setup.exe on the install media from your current Windows install is another way to do it. I have my doubts that it will let you upgrade but there is nothing lost in trying. Just click cancel if you don't get an upgrade option.
 

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No word on a 10 Dreamspark being released?
Nothing from Microsoft yet. I've been holding off on getting a retail 8.1 pro for this reason, but I think I'll just go ahead and get one to avoid future hassles.

. If you have the 8.1 Pro install media, boot from it and see if you get an upgrade option. Running the setup.exe on the install media from your current Windows install is another way to do it. I have my doubts that it will let you upgrade but there is nothing lost in trying. Just click cancel if you don't get an upgrade option.
Thanks for that. I'll prep a boot usb later on this week and give it a shot.
 

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