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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #50


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 pro and Windows 7 pro 64bit,


    You do not know how thankful I am for this tutorial. I too got the "free" media center when I upgraded to Windows 8 pro..A year after the install and the latest Microsoft update and it stopped working and caused the no licensed note to come up and annoy me. This Windows 8 upgrade has been the nightmare from heck. I was at Visa and forced to take Windows 8 when I wanted Windows 7. Only to find out that my system is too old for Windows 8 to work totally correctly. But you saved my bacon. I did the steps as directed and it fixed my no license for Windows media....I have to comment that I sweat bullets while it worked. I didn't think it would take 5 hours and I would have to install 156 updates when I was through, but the bottom line is that it fixed it, my apps didn't have to be reinstalled, and my desktop apps didn't have to be reinstalled either. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

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  2. #51


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Hello and happy new year to everbody!

    I've run into a problem. When i put the cd-key and proceed, it doesn't show me the option "Keep Files, Settings and Apps", only the "Keep Files". What should i do?

    PS: In the first step, when we prompt to change some keys on the registry, to me, it already has the inputs Professional and Windows 8. So... i didn't changed them.

    PS2: I try to do that on Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. Am i following the wrong guide?
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  3. #52


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello k1y0r4, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    When you have Windows 8.1 Pro, you want to enter Windows 8.1 Pro instead of Windows 8 Pro for the ProductName key.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #53


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the fast reply! I changed it and nothing happened, i mean it still doesn't give me the "Files, Settings, Apps" option.
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  5. #54


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure what may be preventing you from being able to also keep your apps and settings.

    If you're willing to reinstall your apps and change your settings again afterwards, then you could still continue to remove the Media Center pack.
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  6. #55


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    I see... :/

    Well, i think i'll go to the "complete format" option then :P

    Thank you for your time
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  7. #56


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Incredible but it worked!

    My scenario: Installed and activated Win 8.1 Pro. After a while used a Media Center Pack Key I found in my inbox, which worked for a few days. After that I got a watermark on my desktop and I was prompted to activate Windows. I tried with the Win 8.1 Pro CD Key, which didn't work and then with the Media Center Pack CD Key which apparently was used previously. Then I remember having used it on my laptop (which I don't use anymore). I was stuck and I didn't want to reinstall everything. Followed the tutorial and it worked flawlessly. All my programs are there and they're properly configured.

    I want to point out that "11. Pick up at step 11 in OPTION THREE of the tutorial below to continue and finish the upgrade process." is wrong because OPTION THREE in the other tutorial has only one step.

    Your tutorial saved my a$$ and I'm very thankful for the tutorial.
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  8. #57


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you Marius, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Step 11 should have said "step 11 in OPTION FOUR" instead. Now updated.
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  9. #58


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1 pro


    Hello It not working for me, I followed your instructions(running 8.1 pro so named it that) When I try and enter my key I get "this key does not work with this edition of windows" help please.
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  10. #59


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bluc, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you entering a Windows 8 Pro product key, and not a Windows 8 or Pro Pack key?
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