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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #30


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by RL70 View Post
    Hi,
    Im running W8 Pro and Ive done a clean install and relocated my Users and Program Data according to the instructions provided by Kari on another thread. I purchased the Media Center Pack and installed it, but now want to remove it and return to W8 Pro. I followed your instructions in this article to do that, but when I came to the part of choosing what to save, all I was given was the option of "NOTHING." I read in a Microsoft doc that my settings would be saved to a Windows.old folder and I could restore from there, but my question is if I do this will Windows reinstall the OS onto my primary drive along with Users and Program Data or will it keep it on my secondary drive?
    I really dont want to do a clean install again and relocate Users and PD all over again if it isnt necessary.

    Thanks

    Hello RL70,

    Unfortunately, when you move your user profile, you will no longer have the "Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps" option available unless you move the profile back to C first.
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Feb 2013 at 12:28. Reason: added quote

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  2. #31


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro & Ubuntu 12.10 & Puppy 5.28 & XBMCbuntu 11


    Hi,
    So, I made this upgrade and everything was successful, all apps and settings are there.I just needed to install updates again, setup Windows media player, and reinstall 8gadgets pack, they did not work after upgrade, maybe it's because they are installing in Windows folders, and when upgrading Windows removes all that is not included in the original package.
    Thank you for your tutorial.

    For RL70
    My Users files also realocated to another D disk and after upgrade nothing changed, but as for Programs Data I don't know because I did not realocate Programs Data and they are in my C disk from the very beginning.
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  3. #32


    England
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello,

    I'm currently in the process of rebuilding my OS on a new hard drive, in parallel to my current one because my hard drive is becoming unstable. As it stands at the moment I have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center installed (with the free release of media centre that Microsoft made available).

    To my understanding, Microsoft will not activate any more of these Media Center licences as of the end of last month. However would I be able to remove the Media Center elements of my current operating system (using these instructions) to go back to Windows 8 Pro and then active the Media Center on my other hard drive? If not, is there no way I can keepMmedia Center on a new build of my machine?

    Thanks
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  4. #33


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    The only way to keep media center is to clone the first drive, or to pony up $10.
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  5. #34


    England
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    The only way to keep media center is to clone the first drive, or to pony up $10.
    That's always good.. For someone who rebuilds their machine every 6-12 months as quite a few people do which I'm aware of, this could potentially cause a number of upsets.

    Thanks, will look into cloning programs for W8.
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  6. #35


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Yeah Media browser was only free for a little while, but I'm very disappointed that the keys become worthless after a while.

    I should clarify my previous statement though: I'm pretty sure (99%) that when you pay $10 for Media Pack you get a key that's good forever.
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  7. #36


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Guys,

    I have a VAIO Duo 11 running windows 8 pro edition. I recently installed WMC add on and I would like to go back to windows 8 pro.

    I have two problems:
    1) I dont have an optical drive in the laptop but I did a recovery image on 16GB USB flash drive.
    2) I cant find the windows pro product key and its not written anywhere on the laptop.

    What do I need to do in my situation to downgrade to default OEM windows 8 pro?

    Thank you
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  8. #37


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ermac, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    With an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, you would need to do a factory recovery instead. The link below from Sony, can help show you how to for your PC model.

    View Document

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #38


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ermac84 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have a VAIO Duo 11 running windows 8 pro edition. I recently installed WMC add on and I would like to go back to windows 8 pro.

    I have two problems:
    1) I dont have an optical drive in the laptop but I did a recovery image on 16GB USB flash drive.
    2) I cant find the windows pro product key and its not written anywhere on the laptop.

    What do I need to do in my situation to downgrade to default OEM windows 8 pro?

    Thank you
    This is the one exception i was waiting to hear about.

    2) Windows 8, when preinstalled on a computer, has the key imbedded in the motherboard and not as a sticker. It will automatically find the key when doing a restore.

    1) because of 2) I don't know how this would work, unless the installer can recognize the exsistance of a mobo key. The system restore returns the computer to the factory condition and does not allow you to keep your documents or setting.

    One thing you may be able to try:

    1. Download a clean Windows 8 Pro .iso following these instructions: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html . if it asks for a key then let me know as I think i can help
    2. Try to follow my guide. If the installer can recognize the mobo activation key then it won't ask for the key. If it does ask, then it will stop before it can make any changes.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Ermac, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    With an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, you would need to do a factory recovery instead. The link below from Sony, can help show you how to for your PC model.

    View Document

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn,

    You were correct, a recovrey from the USB did the trick! I am now back on Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit

    Thank you
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