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officially* MS doesnt support registering W8 Enterprise evaluation, but I wonder is there might hack to do it. By this I mean legally purchasing Win8 Pro DVD and using that key to register installed Win8 enterprise evaluation OS.


Q: What happens after the evaluation period expires?

A: If you wish to continue to use Windows 8 Enterprise after the evaluation period, you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 8, including drivers and applications.

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License keys are specific to each Windows version, you can't exchange them. A hack will go against the Windows 8 Enterprise licensing agreement, as Microsoft is crystal clear in the Q&A you provide (from here technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/jj552442.aspx) about what to do when the 90-day evaluation period expires. –  jaume Feb 15 '13 at 10:57
There is no way to legally do want you want to do. The Windows 8 Enterprise trial cannot be upgraded to a non-evaluation installation legally. –  Ramhound Feb 15 '13 at 13:00
:( tnx you should make that an A, if you dont wanna bother it is ok. :) –  NoSenseEtAl Feb 15 '13 at 13:34
btw will it copy my existing HDD content to Windows.Old ? I remember I think Win7 being nice and doing that on install where previous installation was detected :) –  NoSenseEtAl Feb 15 '13 at 13:55

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Use the tool UpDown8, to change some registry values. When you now run the Setup.exe from a running Windows and select "Upgrade" (repair Install/Inplace Upgrade) the Enterprise Eval is downgraded to the Edition you want.

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