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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro


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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro
This tutorial will show you how to remove the added Windows 8 Media Center Pack to go back to just Windows 8 Pro without losing your settings, files, or apps.
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How to Remove Windows Media Center and go Back to Windows 8 Pro
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This tutorial will show you how to remove the added Windows 8 Media Center Pack to go back to just Windows 8 Pro without losing your settings, files, or apps.
How to Remove "Windows Media Center" and go Back to Windows 8 Pro

information   Information
For some reason or another you may decide to remove the Windows 8 Media Center Pack from your computer. However, since the Windows 8 Media Center Pack has changed your product key, the normal means of removing it is to do a full reinstall of Windows 8 Pro.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the added Windows 8 Media Center Pack to go back to just Windows 8 Pro without Media Center while not losing your settings, files, or apps.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.



Note   Note
You will need to have the Windows 8 Pro installation media (either a DVD or the .ISO) along with your old Windows 8 Pro product key to be able to do this tutorial.

The tutorial below can help show you how to download the Windows 8 .ISO file.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create



warning   Warning
This tutorial only works to remove the Windows 8 Media Center Pack from an install that has a valid Windows 8 Pro key.

This tutorial will not work if you upgraded from Windows 8 by purchasing a Windows 8 Pro Pack.





Here's How:

1. On the start screen, type "regedit" and hit enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion. It should look somewhat like this:

registry.png


4. Double click/tap on EditionID and ProductName, change the values to the ones in the red boxes in the screenshot above, and click/tap OK.

5. Close Registry Editor, restart the computer, and sign in to Windows 8.

6. Insert your Windows 8 installation DVD/USB, and run Setup.exe. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

7. Select (dot) Go online to install updates now, and click/tap on Next.

Updates.jpg

8. Input your Windows 8 Pro product key when required. (see screenshot below)

Step-3A.jpg


9. Select the Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps option, then click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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10. Click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)

Install.jpg


11. Pick up at step 11 in OPTION FOUR of the tutorial below to continue and finish the upgrade process.

Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

12. When finished, your Windows 8 Pro should be completely identical to how it was before, except it will no longer have Windows Media Center. Your old installation will have moved to a folder called Windows.old, so follow the tutorial below to remove it if you want to free up that space.

Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8


 
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Great tutorial. :)
 

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Oh that looks much better. Cleaner, and a bit easier to follow. Thanks for tweaking it. :thumbsup:
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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FuturDreamz

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I updated the tutorial to link to the remove windows.old tutorial.
 

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bluezr1

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#6
I upgraded two machines using two different emails (their both linked Hotmail accounts,) Yet MS still sent the same product key for both media center installs. The first machine is fine (one that I actually use media center, it's a htpc.) Although the second machine is looking for a product key, and is on a machine that I could care less if it really had media center or not (using is as a home server.) Therefore instead of dealing with MS I just want to uninstall the media center upgrade.

I found this tutorial (thank you) and would like to use it, although the backup DVD that I ordered hasn't arrived yet. Would you happen to know where I could get a copy of the ISO image?

The problem I have is that I mirrored two drives on the second machine and moved over almost an half a terabyte of data before deciding to grab the media center upgrade. That was a mistake, although if this works you'll save me the headache of starting all over.

Thank you,
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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I just got home from work and the disk was sitting in my mailbox. :D

Edit: Just got finished up installing windows updates and now I'm back up and running again. Thanks for the tutorial, it worked out great.
 
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LOL, perfect timing. :party:
 

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Tell us how it goes! :)
 

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Nice tutorial!

It's good to know that this kind of "downgrades" is that easy to make when needed.
 

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By checking "keep settings, personal files and apps", will all my other programs (Photoshop, video editors, Office, etc) be kept intact? If so, you have saved me a lot of problems and time.
Thanks a lot
 

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Hello tsk, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, checking that option will keep your programs. :)
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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You're welcome. I hope it goes smoothly for you.
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

traycerb

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After it's uninstalled, can you use the product key for the Windows Media Center Pack on another computer?

Got it installed on my desktop computer, but would love to transfer to laptop which has become my de facto htpc. (can't get another key from Microsoft "order won't go through", and besides would like to have freedom to move around in future).
 

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FuturDreamz

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You should be able to. but do it quickly, as Microsoft will soon be no longer activating those keys (they'll still work, but if you reinstall you're hosed).
 

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    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
    CPU
    Intel i5-4210U
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 840M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1TB Hybrid
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

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