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    Stock Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro

    So I'm upgrading to the 64GB model and I'm trying to decide if I should stick with the stock Windows install (which doesn't appear to have any bloatware) or if there is any advantage in reinstalling with Windows 8.1 Pro. I have a few Windows 8.1 Pro licenses left that I'm not using so there would be no additional cost.

    I guess the real question is if I would gain anything with 8.1 Pro to make it worth re-installing or if I would lose anything baked into stock that I couldn't live without.

    Thoughts?

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    I thought all you had to do was enter the product key to upgrade the Windows license. No reinstall necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovetofu View Post
    I thought all you had to do was enter the product key to upgrade the Windows license. No reinstall necessary.
    Hmmm - definitely going to try this! Hopefully it doesn't complain about my keys being Windows 8 as opposed to 8.1 since the upgrade is free. Will let you know if it works. That would be awesome!

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    Windows 8.1 Pro would allow you to add Windows Media Center ($10 additional cost). Otherwise, I know of nothing for the casual user. I considered this for watching TV when comparing tablets, but another legacy application installed nicely on the T100 and made this issue go away.

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    I was able to get one free Media Center license before they started charging for it but I applied it too my desktop (which I never use Media Center on). I doubt I can transfer it but for only $10 it might be worth it on the T100 (if I can upgrade to Pro without having to do a complete re-install). I have an HDHomerun TV tuner that I use with MythTV but Windows Media Center also supports it so I could watch Live TV on my tablet with Media Center while at home.

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    Did the upgrade work? I'm on the shipped windows but would like to get it upgraded to join a domain...

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    They say a picture is worth a thousand words:

    Win8_1Pro_media_center.jpg

    Upgrade to both Pro and Media Center went without a hitch!

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    Nice! Did you upgrade by just changing the key?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmarloth View Post
    Nice! Did you upgrade by just changing the key?
    Go to search and type "add features" then type in your key (or purchase one if you need to)

    I entered a Windows 8 pro key that I had and I bought a Media Center key for $10. Was able to pay with PayPal which was nice.

    I am able to watch live TV now in Media Center from my HDHomerun.
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    Want to go Pro but need help

    I have tried keys from my school district as I am the Technical Coordinator and have not had luck with them working.
    Any help?

 

 

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