Windows 10: Updating Volume licensed Windows 8 to Win 10 Solved

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  1.    19 Jun 2016 #11

    This is a MacBook Pro. Windows 8 Enterprise was installed on a BootCamp partition when I received it. I'm trying to move it to Windows 10 without losing the applications installed on it. I can buy the Windows 8.1 Pro from the earlier link and then upgrade it to 10.
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  2.    19 Jun 2016 #12

    rmk9785e said: View Post
    This is a MacBook Pro. Windows 8 Enterprise was installed on a BootCamp partition when I received it. I'm trying to move it to Windows 10 without losing the applications installed on it. I can buy the Windows 8.1 Pro from the earlier link and then upgrade it to 10.
    Yep. That's pretty much what you are going to have to do, then. Purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro for it, download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO, do the registry hack, do an "in place upgrade" by mounting the ISO file and running setup.exe in it, the activate it by changing the product key to the Windows 8.1 product key you purchased.

    Well, actually, when you run the Windows 8.1 Pro setup.exe it will probably ask for a product key - then you would enter the purchased product key.
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  3.    20 Jun 2016 #13

    Just be aware - although the registry hack does work, the in-place downgrade will leave rogue Enterprise files behind - which could have unexpected results. It's better to do a clean install.
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       20 Jun 2016 #14

    rmk9785e said: View Post
    Thank you for sharing sources to purchase new license. I still need to know if a new Windows 8.1 Professional will allow an in-place downgrade from Windows 8 Enterprise to 8.1 Pro which would then be eligible for upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
    I am not sure if an in place switch from Windows 8 Enterprise to 8.1 Pro is allowed by MS. An enterprise key is licensed to your employer or an organisation not individuals.

    To comply with the terms of a retail/OEM license you will probably need to do a fresh install i.e. backup your data, boot from the media (DVD or USB) & reinstall from scratch after formatting your hard disk/boot drive.

    And please be aware some of the cheaper Windows 8/10 keys on the 'net are either OEM/System Builder keys OR not genuine. Read the licensing conditions for OEM products carefully. They are not for personal use and meant for system builders who then sell pre-built or custom built systems on to others. MS has plugged a widely used loophole.

    Windows system builder licensing for personal use

    PS - Corporates generally install system management software along with other 'special' software packages to retain control on the system configuration and its usage. A clean install gets rid of this unwanted redundant stuff.
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  5.    20 Jun 2016 #15

    Superfly said: View Post
    Just be aware - although the registry hack does work, the in-place downgrade will leave rogue Enterprise files behind - which could have unexpected results. It's better to do a clean install.
    Interestingly, I had 6.5GB available on my system partition. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro, all my applications are working and now I have 22GB free. Wonder if it cleaned up the potential rogue Enterprise remnants.
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  6.    28 Jun 2016 #16

    rmk9785e said: View Post
    Interestingly, I had 6.5GB available on my system partition. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro, all my applications are working and now I have 22GB free. Wonder if it cleaned up the potential rogue Enterprise remnants.
    There was an app call Up Down Helper created by someone for this. Google it. Maybe it helps.
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       28 Jun 2016 #17

    xbliss said: View Post
    There was an app call Up Down Helper created by someone for this. Google it. Maybe it helps.
    I think the program you are referring to is called UpDown8. I have never used it so I cannot really recommend it.
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  8.    28 Jun 2016 #18

    tracit99 said: View Post
    I think the program you are referring to is called UpDown8. I have never used it so I cannot really recommend it.
    Thank you for the program name. I found the registry hack referenced by NavyLCDR to do the trick. It worked flawlessly.
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