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Is it possible to downgrade Windows 8 Enterprise to a Windows 8 Pro? If so, do I keep the settings (such as the Proxy Settings on the Control Panel) or do I need to reinstall my (non-metro) apps?

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Yes it is it just takes a little time (it is worth it)

  1. Open registry editor (run regedit.exe) and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->Microsoft->Windows NT->then click on Current version
  2. Double click on Product name and change to Windows 8 Professional
  3. Double click EditionID and change to Professional
  4. Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->WOW6432Node-> Microsoft ->Windows NT-> then click on current version
  5. Do the same as what you did in steps 2 and 3
  6. Close regedit (You don't have to restart your computer).
  7. Close and insert Windows 8 pro CD and install
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Probably not worth doing so because we are talking about a fresh install. It will not take long to restore the settings. But I like the instructions so +1. –  Mikhail Oct 31 '12 at 1:45
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Does this method keep all existing apps, or is this a fresh install? –  Nathan DeWitt Oct 12 '13 at 2:55
    
Would this work in the opposite direction? I.e. from Pro to Enterprise? –  Svish Sep 29 at 8:20

No, you can not downgrade from enterprise to pro without re-installing windows. (also it would be a upgrade, as enterprise and pro are identical, except pro also has media center)

If you are trying to go from Enterprise Eval to something else here is some more information about it.

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yes it is possible, didn't try it yet

http://www.blogsolute.com/windows-8-upgrade-downgrade-tool-switch-between-versions-easily/24043/

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The method described in that blog article didn't work. –  Ramhound Feb 22 '13 at 17:16

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