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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #90


    Jeddah
    Posts : 72
    w8.1 pro


    Can I directly Jump to Windows 8.1 Pro ?

    (Seems like an old article)

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  2. #91


    Jeddah
    Posts : 72
    w8.1 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by fransisqo View Post
    Thanks OP. I signed up to this forum because this post helped me a lot. Since it's now 2014 and most people are on Win 8.1, I thought I'd share my problem and resolution.

    Basically, I had Win 8 Pro upgrade key, updated to Win 8.1 (free from Windows Store), I then applied the free Win 8 Media Center key (from 2013) which invalidated my Win 8.1 Pro key. I was going to follow this guide to restore Windows using my Win 8 Pro install disk. However, since I already upgraded to Win 8.1, the installer did not give me the option to keep my settings, files and apps (as per step 9 of this guide). To overcome this, I had to:

    1. Download Windows 8.1 Pro install files by following this guide. Note that step 2 of that guide is particularly important to allow 8.1 ISO to be downloaded using a Win 8 key.

    2. After creating my new Win 8.1 Pro install disk, I followed the guide in this post.
    Make sure that in Step 3, the ProductName is set "Windows 8.1 Pro". For step 8, use the generic Win 8.1 Pro key: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (or see this guide for other Win 8.1 versions).

    3. It then gave me the option to keep settings, files and apps. Continue install as per this guide.

    4. Once Win 8.1 Pro has been reinstalled, you can then activate your Windows 8.1 Pro with your Windows 8 key (again see this guide for info).

    After doing the above, I was able to get back my Windows 8.1 Pro activated and without Media Center. My apps and settings were all there as well. Again, thanks to Original Poster for this handy guide.
    This is perfect!! Thank you for sharing this information
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  3. #92


    Jeddah
    Posts : 72
    w8.1 pro


    @Op I suggest adding these
    • Update post to direct W8.1 pro
    • Make sure to uninstall antivirus such as AVAST
    • Update Registry edit to
      After creating my new Win 8.1 Pro install disk, I followed the guide in this post. Make sure that in Step 3, the ProductName is set "Windows 8.1 Pro"
    • Use generic ID for people with windows 8 key and than add it later after installation
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  4. #93


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fransisqo View Post
    Thanks OP. I signed up to this forum because this post helped me a lot. Since it's now 2014 and most people are on Win 8.1, I thought I'd share my problem and resolution.

    Basically, I had Win 8 Pro upgrade key, updated to Win 8.1 (free from Windows Store), I then applied the free Win 8 Media Center key (from 2013) which invalidated my Win 8.1 Pro key. I was going to follow this guide to restore Windows using my Win 8 Pro install disk. However, since I already upgraded to Win 8.1, the installer did not give me the option to keep my settings, files and apps (as per step 9 of this guide). To overcome this, I had to:

    1. Download Windows 8.1 Pro install files by following this guide. Note that step 2 of that guide is particularly important to allow 8.1 ISO to be downloaded using a Win 8 key.

    2. After creating my new Win 8.1 Pro install disk, I followed the guide in this post.
    Make sure that in Step 3, the ProductName is set "Windows 8.1 Pro". For step 8, use the generic Win 8.1 Pro key: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (or see this guide for other Win 8.1 versions).

    3. It then gave me the option to keep settings, files and apps. Continue install as per this guide.

    4. Once Win 8.1 Pro has been reinstalled, you can then activate your Windows 8.1 Pro with your Windows 8 key (again see this guide for info).

    After doing the above, I was able to get back my Windows 8.1 Pro activated and without Media Center. My apps and settings were all there as well. Again, thanks to Original Poster for this handy guide.
    This is a brilliant fix. Really appreciated!

    But unfortunately since performing this downgrade from Windows 8 Media Center to Windows 8 Pro, I've experienced a few issues:
    - IE11 will only access msn.com (Chrome will access any site, I can only presume this issue is related to the Windows Update issue explained below)
    - Start screen will freeze up sometimes (May be completely irrelevant)
    - Windows Updates will not check for updates with the following error code: 80072F8F (My computer and BIOS time, date and timezone are all correct)

    Any suggestions?

    EDIT: Actually it seems to be that I can't access any secure site (any site with HTTPS). Even though it works fine in Chrome. I can't access the IP directly either (if I were to ping google.com and try type the IP into IE).
    Last edited by Terrum; 24 Jun 2015 at 02:43.
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  5. #94


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 wmc


    It is unfortunate, but I have tried 4 times to downgrade from Windows 8.1Pro/wmc to standard 8,1 Pro, and have failed every time. The install seems to work, then upon the first startup afterwards, the windows starts to load and then the system resets. When windows loads again it shows a screen stating that "We couldn't install windows 8.1. We've set your PC back to the way it was before you started installing..."with the code 0x101-0x20017. I have looked around and tried disabling startup programs and anything else I have found. it is quite perplexing. Has anyone else run into this and if so, what may have gotten them over this issue? Thanks.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DaedalusWren View Post
    It is unfortunate, but I have tried 4 times to downgrade from Windows 8.1Pro/wmc to standard 8,1 Pro, and have failed every time. The install seems to work, then upon the first startup afterwards, the windows starts to load and then the system resets. When windows loads again it shows a screen stating that "We couldn't install windows 8.1. We've set your PC back to the way it was before you started installing..."with the code 0x101-0x20017. I have looked around and tried disabling startup programs and anything else I have found. it is quite perplexing. Has anyone else run into this and if so, what may have gotten them over this issue? Thanks.
    This happened to me, over and over. Basically I just kept uninstalling programs/drivers between attempts until it eventually worked. MS Office was one of the last programs I tried uninstalling (among a few others) before it worked, so that may have been the culprit.

    Additionally you might want to try a clean boot, and some others have reported success removing unnecessary hardware (e.g. disconnecting secondary hard drives, etc.)

    Good luck, I basically wasted a whole day on it.
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