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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #70


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Great guide! However, I'd like to downgrade to Windows 8.1 Home Premium instead of Windows 8.1 Pro. Is that possible using this guide?

    I set the EditionID registry key to "HomePremium" and the ProductName key to "Windows 8.1 Home Premium", would that be correct? When I run the setup, it only offers to let me keep my personal files - not my Settings, Personal Files and Apps.

    Any help would be much appreciated

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  2. #71


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Conundrum, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but no. There's not a Windows 8.1 Home Premium.

    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.
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  3. #72


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    i don't have the option keep windows settings, personal files, and apps. What do I do?
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  4. #73


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Simmons, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use one of the other available options to continue, but I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

    If you have the "Keep personal files only" option, then that will be like refreshing Windows, but it will not keep your settings and apps. You would need to reinstall your apps, and change your settings again afterwards.

    If you have the "Nothing" option, then that will be the same as resetting Windows (clean install).
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  5. #74


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


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

    If you like, you could use one of the other available options to continue, but I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

    If you have the "Keep personal files only" option, then that will be like refreshing Windows, but it will not keep your settings and apps. You would need to reinstall your apps, and change your settings again afterwards.

    If you have the "Nothing" option, then that will be the same as resetting Windows (clean install).
    Thanks for the warm welcome and the reply.
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  6. #75


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Okay so I found a forum that has fix this issue. This might be a work-around so I just want to share it.

    create a file called ei.cfg with Notepad. In it is the following:


    [EditionID]
    Professional
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
    1

    Added it to sources folder. I have a disc for the installation so I had to copy the whole thing to add this to the sources folder. Run the installation as normal and I got the option. I am still currently installing. I will update this post as soon as I am done with it.

    *update everything went great.
    Last edited by rsimmons; 19 Aug 2014 at 13:48.
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  7. #76


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you for sharing this.
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  8. #77


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1 pro


    If bitlocker is activated on said drive, would it be a good idea to decrypt before attempting this?
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  9. #78


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DK2014, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yeah, it would be a good idea to do so to prevent it from failing or causing an issue.
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  10. #79


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1 pro


    Thanks for having all the information in this thread. The refresh back to plain old 8.1 pro worked flawlessly. Everything is exactly where it should be. And yes.. I did turn off bitlocker on all drives first.. just incase...
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