handheldgames wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:51 pm
Thank you for the link. Purchased on Ebay, this genuine microsoft product key works with an existing Windows 8.1 Pro installation with the "Add Features to Windows" option.
Thanks for the info, I'm planning to buy the Pro Pack as well. Can you confirm that you used the eBay-purchased "Windows 8.1 Pro Pack" key on a non-activated install on Windows 8.1 Pro?
In other words, having a Pro Pack key will get me to an activated Window 8.1 Pro with Media Center without having ANY other keys. I just get the latest 8.1 Pro .iso from Microsoft, perform a clean install, and use the "Add Features to Windows" process with the Pro Pack key and and it will work?
I am under the impression that the "Add Features to Windows" stops working when you activate Windows 8.1 Pro (non media center), i.e. it is still an icon in the control panel but if you open it, it just says "You can't add features to this edition of Windows." Edit: I should note I am seeing this on an activated Win 8.1 Pro system that was activated using a KMS server (non permanent activation), so my impression may be wrong and the "Add Features to Windows" still works on activated 8.1 Pro if it was a permanent (retail or MAK) activation. Edit2:
I found a system with permanently activated 8.1 Pro non MC, and the "Add Features to Windows" does still allow me to enter a key, so I think the "You can't add features to this edition of Windows" only applies to KMS activated Windows.
I have only a system with Windows 8.1 Pro, and do not have the ability to activate Windows 8.1 core, so I hope to confirm a "Pro Pack" key will get me what I want, which is one of the three following scenarios.
1. Activated Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
2. Unactivated Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
3. Unactivated Windows 8.1 Core to Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center