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From Win8.1 Home (OEM license) to Win 8.1 Pro (volume license)

Q: From Win8.1 Home (OEM license) to Win 8.1 Pro (volume license)

I am running Win8.1 Home on my laptop. I have access to a Win8.1 Pro (volume license) through my university.

My question is - how do I do the upgrade, keeping all my data and system settings intact?
(I have looked at the info online, and the closest I have come to an answer is 'you need media, this cannot be done through the online Store'. I have an <Win8.1-Pro-x64 .ISO> disc, is this sufficient?)

Thanks for any pointers.

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Preferred Solution: From Win8.1 Home (OEM license) to Win 8.1 Pro (volume license)

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Hi folks,
I am working with a company (that I have actually worked with for over 10 years on a consulting basis) and we are auditing our Microsoft Windows Server and server product licenses and preparing to upgrade Windows Server products.  We have ran into a snag, where the former System Administrator left the company a few years ago, however it was understood that the information regarding the VLSC was transferred to another partner in the company.  A new Systems Administrator has taken over, and we have determined that we do not have this information, including a Microsoft account username and password to access the VLSC and our Windows Server 2008R2 product keys, license agreements, SKUs, and downloads.  Unfortunately, the situation became took a turn for the worse about three months ago when the partner that had this information passed away.  No one at the company has access to this login information.  I currently administer most of their licensing, and have access to their much of their licensing information, download, product keys, etc., but I am clearly missing some very important ones.  I called Microsoft and they were of no assistance.  Since I am an administrator on the network, I can create a mailbox that the VLSC was probably originally registered under, however the VLSC says that Microsoft account is not even valid, not even prompting for the password.
I have a mailbox on their Exchange Server for their domain to prove I am ass... Read more

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This machine is a very common model in my environment and I have done many fresh windows installations using the OEM license key without issue. however, on this particular machine, it reports it cannot activate because it cannot contact the KMS for activation.
Again, to clarify, this is the OEM product key that has been automatically pulled over from UEFI and NOT a MAK/KMS key.

I've run diagnostics as typically requested for this type of issue and can provide any additional information you might need. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

The failure event:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP
Date:          11/2/2015 10:21:03 AM
Event ID:      8198
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      Temp-PC
License Activation (slui.exe) failed with the following error code:
Command-line arguments:
Event Xml:
< Event xmlns="http://schemas.micr... Read more

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Hi all I have been wanting to upgrade my laptop from win7 home to pro for a while and now final going to get it done,
The product key which I am planning to use is from MSDN Academic Alliance Software Centre see link: AUT SCMS Microsoft Product Key Distribution Centre
Can I use Windows anytime upgrade with this key...I don't want it falling,
It's most likely a volume license and I know enterprise won't work with WAU and they are also volume licenses

Many Thanks


A:[SOLVED] windows anytime upgrade on volume license windows home to pro???

Do you have serial number for WIN 7 Pro also did you download and burn to your cd as an ISO file. I mean is it ready for installation.?

I had XP and i download same website win7 pro and i am using 3 computer very fine.

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I'm getting now this error now after 1 year
We been using VDI-Windows 7 for more  than a year , suddenly we got this message

Can please advise what wrong in VDI image ?
Observation :
> office and Windows OS is NOT immediately activate through KMS

> delay of 1 to 2 minutes before successfully activated the windows / MS office  

Error :
License Status: Additional grace period (KMS license expired or hardware out of tolerance)
Windows Script Host
Software licensing service version: 6.1.7601.17514

Name: Windows(R) 7, Enterprise edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Activation ID: ae2ee509-1b34-41c0-acb7-6d4650168915
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 00392-00170-918-500000-03-1033-7601.0000-0602015
Installation ID: 008975677433059582065751136626964085574702997444417101
Partial Product Key: HVTHH
License Status: Additional grace period (KMS license expired or hardware out of tolerance)
Time remaining: 43200 minute(s) (30 day(s))
Remaining Windows rearm count: 3
Trusted time: 18/1/2016 3:45:43 PM
Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information in order to update values.


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Our company buy almost 6 months ago the Microsoft Action Pack that includes Visual Studio 2013 with online login to Access the program.  A few days ago I started having this error message and I cannot access the application anymore. 
Any advice on how to fix this?  I already contacted the MSDN support and they ask me to create a topic in this forum for help.  Or they will have to ask me for small fee($$$) to resolve their problem.

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Windows 7 pro is OEM with License key built-in on board by Supplier. And this license probably oem shared one , and can not be dug  out from the computer. Recover CD installed with package is windows 8 pro without license nor.

Can I use a purchased windows 10 pro license install in this computer ?  Won't be duplicated license ?  If valid , how to removed the windows 7 pro on board license please ?

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What kind of license should i buy if i want to install 10 Virtual machine on a Vmware esx enviornment ? 
Are the licenses should be similar to the ones i buy when buying a new PC or Laptop ? 

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When I was reading about installing Windows in a Hyper-V VM on Windows 8.x, I thought I had read that Windows is licensed per host, not per VM, so you can use the same product key for Windows 8.x in the VM as on the host.

But now that I've installed Windows 8 in a Hyper-V VM on Windows 8.1, it's telling me that it can't use that product key because that product key is already in use on another machine:

"This product key is already being used on another PC. Try a different key, or buy a new one."

So, does each Hyper-V VM running Windows 8 require it's own product key, even if the host is running Windows 8 and is activated?

A:Win8.1 in Hyper-V VM asking for different license key

A VM is considered a separate machine and requires a separate license.

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I got me a laptop which has Windows10 on it. For personal reasons, and I do not want to start an argument as to why I would want to "downgrade". Can I activate Windows 8.1 with my Windows10 license?

A:Can I use win10 license to activate win8.1?

Short answer - No

Basically every licence is tied to a particular OS and type, Also OEM licences which are the type supplied with new hardware also have additional limitations. You would also have to source drivers for 8.1, which may or may not be available. There have sometimes been included downgrade licences available on previous OS versions( mostly to business, but sometimes to home users), these are not, as far I I know, being offered at all with Windows 10

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Hey, Do anyone know how to recover the license key of Win8 on a HP Elitebook 840 G1? I was pretty sure the license was under my PC, but i thought worng.So i didnt extract the Win8 license before installing linux for a project. Earlier i thought of reinstalling i thought might as well install linux on the laptop then going back to Windows later.It happens that under the computer it just say "Pro Windows 8" on a Windows sticker. So i kinda lost my key, the one it was preloaded with.Any idea?


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A:How to find license key to Win8 on a HP Elitebook 840 G1

@MrPrecise Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! You can run this utility to retrieve the product key:  https://github.com/Superfly-Inc/ShowKeyPlus/releases/download/ShowKeyPlus6125/ShowKeyPlus.zip But ... you can NOT run that in Linux, so you would need to boot your PC from Windows media. If you do some Googleing, you will find places you can go that will provide instructions on how to create WinPE boot media.  And, once you have that, you can boot from that and then install the utility.We can proceed when you provide the information.Thanks

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Here is a link concerning the new OEM System Builder license. (Edit: Perhaps I should have emphasized originally that I am talking about the OEM System Builder [Personal Use] License even though that is what I linked to). Below is a snip of, to me, its key provision, although there are other important provisions allowing use on a second machine and sale to a another individual. MS always seems to muddy the water when it comes to the OEM System Builder license. Ignoring the VM possibility, the way I read the snip is that 8 can be used, for example, as one of the operating systems of a dual boot given installation on a separate partition. Do you think that this literal interpretation is what MS means. Why would a dual boot, for example, be required? And, why wouldn't one be able to install on a second drive--not just a separate partition?

OK fine, even if my literal interpretation is correct, then I, for one, am up for buying a Win7 computer, partitioning it, and going for the OEM system builder dual boot--thus extricating myself from the clutches of MS, my computer manufacturer, and crapware. Also, why not just buy a new Win8 machine and obliterate everything there--starting over with UEFI, if desired, and doing the dual boot.

My understanding is that MS is being pretty loose, at least informally, in interpreting its OEM System Builder license. I doubt that even, for example, the dual boot thing is an operational requirement. What would be the point?

I am interested in anyt... Read more

A:Win8 OEM System Builder License

Here's more for the System Builder EULA.


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I bought windows 8 a few months ago only because the deal was too sweet, but never installed it until recently, and that was only because I got the free Windows Media Center license that would expire on Jan 31. So I upgrade installed my Win7 install and everything went ok, but somehow, a few weeks later, my RAID setup broke. Luckily I back up everything. But I've never been a big fan of upgrade installs and want to start over. I know Windows will install fine, but I use WMC a lot, and wonder if I can reinstall using my license, even though its after the 31st. I had already installed it, so i don't think I'm not abiding by the rules.

A:Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

Let me know too...

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This recent thread (Way of Performing Clean Install of Windows 8 OEM) (which also spawned this one--Marketplace Vote Win8 OEM Machine) identifies a number problems arising because of the way OEM?s (particularly Dell) are installing Win8. The first thread, at its most fundamental level, deals with this issue.

Originally Posted by natakuc4

The point I am having issues with is to obtain Windows 8 media to clean install Windows 8 on a machine with Windows 8 OEM preinstalled without buying a second license.

This issue remains unresolved. And, it raises other important issues.

What happens if an OEM Win8 machine owner wants to reinstall Win8 using a purchased second license? Let's say he purchases Win8 system builder software to reinstall under the personal use license. In this regard, the product key provided by an OEM is somewhere embedded in the OEM Win8 machine (some say baked into the mobo, while others say embedded in the BIOS (what about UEFI?)).

Anyway, could/would the "embedded-ness" of this key cause any problems in reinstalling, as mentioned, using system builder software under the personal use license?

And, let's relax the system builder assumption--assuming instead that the owner purchases retail Win8 upgrade software. Here, could/would the "embedded-ness" of this key cause any problems in reinstalling cleanly as our tutorials show can be done (but maybe not in this case)?

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A:Effect of Embedded Product Key on OEM Win8's--New License

Originally Posted by znod

In this regard, the product key provided by an OEM is somewhere embedded in the OEM Win8 machine (some say baked into the mobo, while others say embedded in the BIOS (what about UEFI?)).

Finally, for sure, where is the OEM provided product key embedded on the OEM Win8 machines?

I will relate my experience installing Win 8 Pro with Media Center.
I have a Gateway that had Win 8 OEM.
I went to the store & bought Win 8 Pro with Media Center.
I followed the instructions & got it installed without any problems.

Just to make sure everything was OK, I called--

Microsoft Product Support Customer Phone Number | Shortest Wait | Best Support | GetHuman.com

And talked to a Tech guy about it & he did a RPC & changed a few things free.
That was nice.

The point here is the new Windows had its own Product Key.
Different from the OEM Key.

There was a post here a while back about finding the Product Key.
The attached VBS script was posted.
It works good.

It showed my new Product Key.
And Product ID.
The ID being what you give to Microsoft when you ask for help.
You can find it in Control Panel under System.

I wrote down my ID & Key so I would have a hard copy to refer to before I used the VBS.

The VBS showed the exact same info I had written down, so I know it works.
Right click it & choose to Open with Command Prompt.

I hope this information is useful to somebody.
Added a picture-

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I need some help finding out whether or not a version of Office 2007 has a volume license or non-volume license.

Any ideas or places in the system I can look at to see either the key and what the volume keys look like or anything else?

A:how to tell volume license

Here's the one for 2010.
Might be the same place for 2007
Office 2010 RTM Available for Download to Volume License Customers Today - But just to those with active Software Assurance (SA) - Softpedia

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I have several license that I want to ask because I don't know what function for this license. here are the detail :
1. Subs VL OLV E 1mth Acdmc AP
2. ShrdSrv ALNG Subs VL OLV E
3. ShrdSrv
4. OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP
5. Upgrd SAPK OLV E 1Y Acdmc Ent
6. OLV 2Lic E 1Y Acdmc AP CoreLic

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I need 8 windows keys and an install disc for a Non-for-profit group. does any one know where i can get these for windows XP?

A:Volume License

The people to contact for volume licensing (multi-user setup) information would be Microsoft -> Microsoft Volume Licensing - Product Activation

I very much doubt that XP will be available, and it wouldn't be a worthwhile long-term investment anyway since support will end sooner than later.

Good luck.

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I'm wondering how to use my migrated Win8 Retail license on my next machine. It will be a few years from now and well past the free upgrade offer.

I've used Showkey and I'm not sure if what it returns will be usable. If memory serves me (don't trust it myself) I think it's either the default Win10 Pro key or my Win8 Key (I'm on Win8 now, will post an image next time I'm on Win10).

The default Win10 certainly won't activate and the Win8 key will not upgrade after 29 July 2016.
The digital entitlement won't be valid - that's for the old machine.

It will most likely require phone activation and that's not a problem. I'll just have to remember that's how Win10 will activate given this scenario.

Remember: it's a Retail licence
I understand and comply with all of the legalese (one machine, remove from old...)

Any thoughts?

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I bought a ThinkPad Edge E430 with Windows 8 Pro DPK TPG. There's no product key. No product key also below or under the battery, but sticker has sticker with Win8Pro. I did recovery usb disk drive from (create recovery drive ) option in control panel with Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive checked box. Is that enough, if you damage the disc and need to install new windows? What should i do to not lose my license if the disk is damaged or the motherboard in the future?

Thanks in advance!

A:How create full backup license for Win8 Prox64 DPK TPG?

Welcome to EightForums.


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Check out chapter 3 in this manual:


You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.

You can also use the Windows system image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

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As a student, I have a free key for Windows 8 Pro 64 via my school's Dreamspark Premium account, and have just purchased an mSATA for my laptop.

I?d like to going from my current setup of:

HDD = boot drive & data drive, with Windows 7 Pro 64


mSATA = boot drive, with clean install of Windows 8 Pro 64 from Dreamspark Premium
HDD = wiped, then used as data drive

I?d prefer to nuke all the content on my HDD from orbit during this process.

--> Does anyone know whether Dreamspark Premium Win8 Pro licenses can be used as "clean install" licenses (i.e. are they System Builder)?
-->Even if they don't, will the installer detect the Win7 install on the HDD an allow a Win8 "upgrade" onto the new, clean mSATA?

A:Dreamspark Win8 license: upgrade or system builder?

Ok, confirmed here: http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...questions.html by Mystere. Dreamspark licenses are non-Upgrade.

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Think this is ok, but read what is probably scare tripe that MS was documenting Win8 upgrade machine info with Win8 upgrade and killing licenses for old o/s on that machine.

Have an older machine prebuilt with Win7 Home that I upgraded to Pro with Anytime. Saved image. Friend was having XP troubles, so I installed a legal XP license on the box & used it for a while. Then loaded 8.1 Preview. Now want to use Win8 upgrade (the cheap one from Jan) on the box. To me, that's an upgrade over XP. I'm thinking my Win7 license is still legit if I need it in the future.

A:Win7 oem license good if Win8 upgrade from XP install?

Quote: Originally Posted by dianedebuda

Think this is ok, but read what is probably scare tripe that MS was documenting Win8 upgrade machine info with Win8 upgrade and killing licenses for old o/s on that machine.

Have an older machine prebuilt with Win7 Home that I upgraded to Pro with Anytime. Saved image. Friend was having XP troubles, so I installed a legal XP license on the box & used it for a while. Then loaded 8.1 Preview. Now want to use Win8 upgrade (the cheap one from Jan) on the box. To me, that's an upgrade over XP. I'm thinking my Win7 license is still legit if I need it in the future.

Hiya there

Let me see if I have this right

1) Machine with windows 7 installed (oem) upgraded to Windows 8

as I understand it, your legal licence for that machine is now windows 8

2) you then installed XP on the same computer and now want to upgrade that to windows 8

as I understand this wont you have to pay for another win 8 (8.1 this time) upgrade, as your licence for windows 7.. has been upgraded to 8 ? in other words what you have is windows 8 and windows XP.

Interesting question, I have no doubt someone with more knowledge than me will come along to answer this.


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Just a quick question regarding Microsoft office license installs.

I have just been working on an unbootable computer. Prior to this I asked the user what she would like me to back up regarding docs, music etc etc.
In conversation she told me that she had Office 2003 on the system, her software allowed her three licences to install on three different systems which she had done. I managed to fix the computer without loosing anything in the end.

My question is, would I have been able to reinstall Office and activate it just by reinstalling and supplying the VLK if I had reformatted and reinstalled the Operating System.

Thanks in advance of any replies.

A:Office volume license

You should be able to do so with no problem. If you do, however, have an issue you can simply call MS and they'll take care of it on the phone.

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We use a Volume license for our Windows 7 computers.
When I reimage a computer, sometimes I am able to use command prompt and slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxx
Then I c:> slmgr -ato to activate.
But sometimes I get an error and have to activate over the phone. Unfortunately, this burns up one of my volume license's. How can I reimage a computer and apply a licenses key without burning a volume license which has already been "used" for
this PC?


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I bought a laptop in Thailand with Windows 8.1 Pro pre installed. 11 months down the road it has expired and will not activate using the code I was supplied. I have now been told that it is a volume license and never should have been supplied to me as
a personal computer. How do I activate this product?

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Recently decided to use my old server (Dell, Xeon processor) as a regular work station, PC. The hard drive has been formatted, deleted and loaded with a W7 Pro (enterprise), everything seems to be ok but at the time to try to activate the license through my license server this is the message I'm getting:

The software licensing service reported that the computer could not be activated with a volume license product key. Volume licensed systems require upgrading from qualified operating system. Error 0x004F035.

Also, no way to join domain !!!!!

Any ideas, thanks in advance


A:Invalid volume license key

It depends on where you got your Win7 Enterprise version. Some can only be activated on a volume business network.

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Getting ready to pull the trigger on around 700 licenses for Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. What will I need after I Ghost a machine with Windows 7 in order to activate these licences? I have read that you can actually setup a licensing/activation server?

A:Windows 7 Volume License

You'll be given 2 sets of licenses. MAK And KMS... You'll add only the MAK keys into your image.

Microsoft Volume Licensing - Product Activation

You can use an internal KMS server, but it's a pain.

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I have a volume license key and an installation cd for win xp pro but it doesn't even have service pack 1. I have about 30 computers to work on and doing updates have been taking a lot of time. Is there a place where I can download or order xp pro with sp3?

A:[SOLVED] XP Pro SP3 for Volume License

try a google search on "sliptream windows xp sp3" that will assist you, but this will only help you if you are re-installing from the start. There will also be further updates that have been released since sp3 to apply to the systems.

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Actually I have installed Windows7 Ultimate on my laptop and I have a volume license key. And it seems, the windows7 activation required windows volume license server to activate. But I am in remote and I could not able to access volume license server available in my office.

If I use this key I am getting the error. I there any way that I can use the volume license key on my laptop to validate the product.

A:Windows7 volume license key to be used in Laptop

Ring Microsoft and get then to activate it.

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I have a Vostro laptop running Win 7 pro x86. I want to upgrade it to Win 8.1 pro x64 and have a volume license key. The optical drive on the laptop is broken so I need to install from a USB stick. I created a bootable USB drive from here:
Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

The laptop boots from the stick, but when I input my license key, a message pops up saying it can't verify the product key.... please check your installation media. I have the laptop connected via ethernet cable, so I don't believe it's a connection issue.

Is installing from a USB stick not supported for a volume license key?

A:8.1 pro volume license key fails when installing from USB


It appears you need to use volume license software and not OEM/Retail software

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Sorry if this is a daft question

Lets say i started my own pc repair shop and one of the things that i wanted to do is to sell windows 7 to people, install it for them

Im wondering how much will this volume kit cost? I assume it comes with a a installatiom cd and 5 licenses meaning i can install windows 7 on 5 machines and then id hav to buy anothr 5.... Is thst correct?????????

Id appreciate the help...cheers, im based in uk

A:Windows 7 License Volume Kit Question

You don't use Volume Licenses for sale - you use OEM System Builder licenses. - see the OEM System Builder pages here...
OEM System Builder Licensing

Volume Licenses are only for use within a single organisation.

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I bought a used Laptop and recently found out that it has Volume license Win 8 Pro, which does not allow for Win 8.1 Upgrade... really painful to miss out on some useful apps that only for 8.1

To make thing worst, my license seems to expire in about 6 months. Does anyone know if Volume License Win 8 Pro can be upgraded to Win 10 ?


A:Is Win 8 Pro Volume license eligible for upgrade to Win 10

Hi... just found out that Win 8 is not to be upgraded at all!

"We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!"

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...On Monday and Tuesday of this week (Oct 2-3), some VLK customers may have experienced problems with WGA validation. If a Windows XP system with a VLK recently began failing validation or reporting as non-genuine, then they may experiencing this problem. The problem was the result of an issue on the Microsoft server side, and we are still investigating the cause...microsoft.com

A:Volume License Key Validation Notice

Microsoft?.........Problems?...............Who would have thought?

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I can't get a striaght answer anywhere. My question is, I work for a large company and I am studying Windows Vista OS and if it should be deployed throughout the company. I need to know if Windows Vista Business has Volume Licensing? I know Enterprise does, and also... Whats the main difference between the two versions. I really can't find anything to significant between the two. Except one has MDOP (Enterprise). I just want to know if we should spend the extra cash. Your insight would be most appreciated. Thank you!

A:[SOLVED] Business Volume License?

If you're in the U.S. call (800) 426-9400

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I am trying to activate Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise onto my machine which I have recently rebuilt. I have a volume license and have recently rebuilt my machine. When I go to activate it though, it just comes up with an error message with the error code 0xX004C020 which I understand to mean volume license limit has been exceeded. Obviously his shouldn't apply though because I have rebuilt my machine and not installed Windows onto a new machine.

In the past when I have done this, it comes up with an error message along with a license server ID number and a telephone number to call to activate it over the telephone. I would normally then go through the automated service, enter the server ID and be given a new activation code and it would activate. As a server ID number if not coming up, I can't do this. I've spoken to someone at the Microsoft activation centre and they say they can't help without the server ID...

What's going wrong and how do I go about getting this server ID? Any suggestions appreciated.

A:Trouble activating with volume license - Help please!

0xC004C020 - The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit.

This is an MAK Key - All such Keys have a predetermined number of activations allowed, and this number is recorded on the MS Activation Servers.
In your case, this number has been exceeded - or the subscription for the licenses has not been renewed.
Either way, you will have to contact your System Admin for assistance and/or a new Key.

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I work in a store that sometimes requires me to pull office keys (pre-2013) off the system before we do the wipe so that after we reset the system back to factory we can then use the same key to reactivate the office after an install.

SIW Portable (Free) does not work on windows 8

does anyone else know of any decent portable license polling applications


A:Solved: Portable Free App to poll Office License info on Win8

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can i change the key, from a volume license kms one, to upgrade retail one?

A:change key from volume license kms to upgrade retail?

No. I don't believe that is possible.

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Hi, is there some website on the interwebs where one could check the sha1 for office 2013 professional with sp1 volume license?

I have checked the subscriber downloads page on microsoft but i cant find the volume license sha1s.


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Hi all, new user, first time poster and hoping you smart cats can help me. The forums have always provided answers in the past, but I feel I need to ask this one myself.

So, after three hours on the phone with MS Customer Support today (Worst time to call, by the way), I find out that this computer I purchased from a local company I did contract work for is unable to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, and therefore, unable to be upgraded to Windows 10. It has a volume license key, which is not allowed to be upgraded via store or any other method (apparently).

MS support suggested I take this back to the company I purchased it from. The issue with that is that I purchased it at very low cost because the company was going out of business. No luck there. I thought maybe it was an Enterprise copy, since those cannot be upgraded, but the System screen shows Windows 8 Pro.

So Microsoft's one and only suggestion was to purchase a "legitimate" product key, which got me to thinking it was a pirated version or some sort, but they checked and said it was not.

So, I come to you with the hopes that someone has successfully upgraded a volume license Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1, and then, hopefully, to Windows 10. I will leave this here and head off to bed, and I sincerely hope someone can be kind enough to assist. Please let me know if you need further information. Cheers!

A:Volume License Key'd Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Assistance Need

Volume MAK keys are not only version, but edition specific, meaning one can't upgrade with them - thus going to 8.1, let alone Win 10, is not possible without a new key.

PS: Run ShowkeyPlus to check if you have a Windows 7 OEM marker - we can then get you back to factory install and upgrade to Win 10 from there.

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Hi guys,
I am looking for some answers on how I may update my Windows 8 Pro computer to 8.1 and then to the 8.1 update, if possible.
It's a volume licensed copy of Windows and I have no access to these updates. From what I've read, I need an MSN (what ever it's called) subscription to have access to these updates. I've seen articles around the web with ways to update, such as this one William's Blog: How to upgrade Windows 8 volume license to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store but I do not want to do anything illegal or mess up my computer, so I want to be safe and ask you knowledgeable guys first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

A:Updating volume license copy of Windows 8 Pro

Well you could get an MSDN subscription but at $699 (How to buy) for the year it isn't a cheap way to do what you want.

Unfortunately you can't legitimately upgrade from Enterprise to Pro - you'll need to buy the normal version and do a clean install. 8.1 costs $120 from Microsoft. 8.1 Pro is $200 (Buy Windows 8.1 Pro - Microsoft Store). You might find it cheaper elsewhere but personally I would not risk it - you'll end up buying a non-legitimate key. If it was my money I'd buy the standard Windows rather than the Pro version - the only thing you would need Pro for is joining a domain and in that case your company would pay for it. All the other "advantages" have free alternatives but see here Compare Windows 8.1 Editions in case any of them are worth $80 to you.

On the bright side it is far cheaper than in the past. I paid $190 to upgrade from 7 Pro to Ultimate just to get the language packs which are now free.

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Hello all,

I should first mention that I am a XP fanatic, have 4 computers, 1 desktop with xp pro, 1 laptop with xp, one desktop (this one) with win 7, and one desktop with win 8.1. Of those 4 puters only 8.1 has the (free) Win 10 notification. My problem is I can't get the win 10 notification on this 7 install, and I suspect that's because of one of 2 or 3 reasons, itemized below. And BTW I want to install win 10 on 7 instead of 8 as a test because I don't want to mess up 8.1 before I know how good (or bad) 10 is for me, so I want to use 7 as a guinea pig first. I have spent too much time and effort getting 8.1 to look and act like XP. I never actually wanted 7 or 8 but since M$oft forced everyone and stopped supporting XP it seems I have to get around M$oft somehow, or else go to linux (which I am actually using on another HD).

(1) My 7 install is a copy (DVD burn) of a school M$oft Win 7 system grant and the 7 copy won't allow 7 activation (???)
(2) I am networking all 4 computers of which 8 is the host and the other 3 puters are clients, so win 10 can't be "shared" with networked puters (???)

I have been unable to formally activate my win 7 copy install even though it works fine and has all updates, the same as any activated M$oft windows does. However in spite of the functionality of the 7 copy install I can still get the warning that this copy of windows is not genuine. I delete that irritation by using SLMGR -REARM. Of course that's only a temporary fi... Read more

A:Win 10 upgrade on Win 7 volume (site?) license install?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I doubt there is any shortcuts to genuine copy of 7
I wonder if you even have sp1 on the 7
I'd contact the school on how to get the install genuine

Or just buy a oem/ system builders copy and enter that activation key they are still pretty cheap on Newegg/.. less than win-10 pro but similar priced as 10 Home version that is about 100.us
10 Pro for 140.us

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I have AVG 9 (not free), upgraded from 8.5 a few weeks ago. On Dec. 6 it stopped working - even though my license doesn't expire until Dec. 6, 2010, the license is now shown as expired. Reactivating it doesn't help, copying and pasting from the email I received does nothing.

I uninstalled and reinstalled the program, the license is still showing as expired.

I've gotten no response from AVG at all. Can anyone suggest the next step?

A:AVG 9 license problem - invalid license

Click on this site it may be of some help http://www.avgvirusfree.co.uk/avg_support.htm

Also this one http://www.avg-antivirus.com.au/avg_technical_support.htm

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My product ID listed for Microsoft Office Pro 2016 is not the same as my license number.

Microsoft automatically enabled/activated Office 2016 and I was not asked to enter my license number. I think the wrong license number was added by mistake. How can I fix this? 

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Ok, heres the deal.

I was in computer retail for many years, participated in the Intel retail edge program 3 or 4 times, and thus have 3 or 4 valid, legal, XP Pro CD keys in my cd key list. However when it came time to format the system after a virus infection, I didn't have any of the XP Pro OEM install disks, and therefore I hastily installed a volume license edition I did have kicking around. This obviously impairs optional windows updates, etc, so I began searching, and eventually found a friend that has a sp2 OEM install disk.

Now I'm looking to switch over the system to a legal version of windows, and although I have everything backed up, I would rather not spend the next 6-8 hours reinstalling everything. So heres my plan: Slipstream a new disk with my raid drivers, and do a "system repair" off of the cd. This should replace all the volume license files with retail ones, then boot into recovery console, and use a vb script I found online that runs from a command prompt to change the cd key to a valid retail OEM key.

Can anyone poke holes in this solution, or offer a better one for what I am trying to do?


A:Changing from pirated volume license to retail OEM without format. - can it be done?

See if this helps . . http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4138.html

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I am attempting to perform an interactive in-place of Win 8 Pro to Win 8.1 Pro.  The computer was installed using volume license media and activated using a MAK key.  I have now have a Win 8.1 Pro ISO downloaded from the VLSC website, just as the
original 8 Pro ISO was downloaded from.
The problem is that when execute setup.exe from the 8.1 Pro ISO and go through the steps I only see the following options:

Keep personal files onlyNothing 
However I was expecting to see:

Keep Windows settings, personal files and appsKeep personal files onlyNothing 
According to this link the upgrade should be able to upgrade windows settings and apps
I have read in other postings on the net that if the languages are different there won't be an option to keeps apps and windows settings.  The volume license ISO that was used originally to install 8 Pro
(SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_8_64BIT_Eng_Intl_MLF_X18-16135.ISO) installs as English (United Kingdom) and then I change it to an Australian local.  The Belarc audit tool reports:

Install Language: English (United Kingdom)
System Locale: English (Australia)
The volume license 8.1 Pro ISO is named SW_DVD9_Win_Pro_8.1_64BIT_English_-3_MLF_X19-84085.ISO which is still an English language ISO.
Is the problem related to language or is there some other reason?

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I'm installing a Windows XP Pro SP2 volume license copy at my work, and it won't take the product key!? I got the product key off the case, compared it to the product key in the Unattend.txt file, and it's the same, and exactly what I typed in. Why doesn't this work? Please help! I really need XP on this computer!

A:URGENT! Problem installing Windows XP Volume License Key?

mike, follow the instructions on the following link http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/sel...ceRequest.aspx.

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I have an HP Pavilion 15 that came shipped with Windows 8.1 and I need to replace it with Windows 8.1 Pro from our VLC. I have an ISO file for Windows 8.1 Pro that I downloaded from our Microsoft Volume License Center burned onto a DVD. I tried changing the BIOS boot order to boot from the DVD. Did not work.I tried the Update and Recovery: Advanced startup: Troubleshoot: Advanced Options: System Image Recovery     This did not recognize the ISO file in the DVD Any suggestions are appreciated.  

A:replace shipped Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Volume License 8....

Hi, Rather than changing the boot priority in the bios menu, try the following. With the notebook running, insert the Windows 8.1 Pro installation disc and Shutdown the notebook with the disc still in the optical drive. Tap away at the esc key as soon as you press the power button to enter the Start-up Menu and then select the Boot Options Menu ( f9 ). Use the arrow keys to highlight the CDROM option and hit enter - if prompted to 'Press any key to continue....' - do so. Regards, DP-K

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