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    Can you convert retail key to Volume License?

    I have just purchased an Asus Transformer. This comes with Win 8.1 and it is possible to upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro using an upgrade key. I dont want to pay 99 for the retail version when we have already got volume licences. I have tried to input my VL MAK key to do the upgrade but it says it is invalid as the installed version is retail.

    So is it possible to convert a retail version of Windows 8.1 to a volume licence version so that I can upgrade the Asus without shelling out 99?

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    I think the easiest way to upgrade would be to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro from the VL ISO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I think the easiest way to upgrade would be to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro from the VL ISO.
    I have never done this on a tablet before. Has anyone attempted this on a tablet? Do you mean a complete reinstall, boot from CD etc? The Asus doesnt have a CD and I dont think you can boot into anything other than the OS.

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    Do you have KMS installed at all?

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    It's possible to upgrade the Acer W501 from 8 Home to Ent with lots of faffing around with BIOS/security settings, UEFI, and USB hubs/keyboards/CD drives. Would imagine the ASUS has a similar (but hopefully less complex!) method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefox View Post
    Do you have KMS installed at all?
    Yes we do.

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    This should be simple enough through the KMS console. depending on the version you're using the commands are slightly different.

    We're using 3.1 and I believe its:-

    1) locate the device reporting as retail
    2) right click and choose "install product key"
    3) Select the option "Automatically select a KMS Client Key (GVLK)”
    4) Provide the relevant credentials
    5) Update licsense status
    6) right click the device again and you should have an option "Volume Activate"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefox View Post
    This should be simple enough through the KMS console. depending on the version you're using the commands are slightly different.

    We're using 3.1 and I believe its:-

    1) locate the device reporting as retail
    2) right click and choose "install product key"
    3) Select the option "Automatically select a KMS Client Key (GVLK)”
    4) Provide the relevant credentials
    5) Update licsense status
    6) right click the device again and you should have an option "Volume Activate"
    Tried that - didnt work. I think I know why.

    As the Asus has currently got Windows 8.1 there is no corresponding version in Vlsc as this only shows me windows 8.1 Pro. If I had windows 8.1 Pro on the Asus already then I could probably do the conversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I have never done this on a tablet before.
    Does the tablet have a USB port? If so, you could use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive from the ISO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Does the tablet have a USB port? If so, you could use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive from the ISO.
    My only worry would be if I manage to brick the OS and cant get back to the factory windows install. It would 300 down the drain!!

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    Do you have to input the 8.1 key at point of install? or like the server editions do you get a 3 day grace?

    Could you not just install 8.1 over the top (unlicensed) then once it's complete license from KMS? (As you can tell I've never installed 8.1 lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefox View Post
    Do you have to input the 8.1 key at point of install? or like the server editions do you get a 3 day grace?

    Could you not just install 8.1 over the top (unlicensed) then once it's complete license from KMS? (As you can tell I've never installed 8.1 lol)
    I didnt have to input any key. I dont think you can licence 8.1 with KMS. You would need 8.1 Pro.

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    kms only works with pro/enterprise i believe and depending on what kms server os you have may not work as it wont understand the windows 8/8.1 slic tables telling it there's a base license to upgrade from. If there arnt many might just be easier to slmgr /ipk key them
    Last edited by sted; 12th December 2013 at 11:41 AM.

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    @ Fiza, Sorry I meant get hold of a 8.1 pro disc and install over the top (assuming that's possible) once installed then license with KMS

    @ Sted, You can use a 2008 R2 KMS server to license 8.1 and 2012 R2

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    I have done this with an ASUS Transformer, It now runs 8.1 Pro from a Volume License ISO.

    Before it will recognise the ISO as bootable you need to make it UEFI supported or it will NOT boot no matter what you try (as the VL ISOs are not UEFI, or at least ours wasn't!) See more below on how to do that:
    Create Windows 8 universal UEFI enabled DVD/ISO - Kasper Kristensen

    Once you have modified the ISO you can either burn to DVD and use an external drive, or use USB memory sticks. There is no direct BIOS options upon boot, so you need to do an "Advanced Restart" from within Windows 8 PC Settings which should give you the option to boot external device.

    Make sure to use the 32bit 8.1 ISO as x64 wasn't supported on our ASUS Transformer. Also, all of the drivers are on the ASUS website for 32bit Windows 8 so these shouldn't be a problem.

    Once you have a working Transformer on 8.1 Pro you can create a backup image through Windows and apply it to other devices.

    Hope that helps!
    Last edited by SteveM555; 12th December 2013 at 12:33 PM.

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