Windows 8 Upgrade / Downgrade Tool: Switch Between Versions Easily

Switching between Windows 8 versions, maybe for a reason or just out of curiosity (like me) has just got easier. Windows 8 Upgrade and Downgrade tool called UpDown8 can make easy upgrade from Windows 8 Core to Enterprise or downgrade to Enterprise to Professional.

For Windows 7, there was a Windows 7 Downgrader which did some registry edits to make downgrades possible. UpDown8 also does same thing. You don’t to open Registry and play dirty, this tool can do it on behalf of you.

If you are not yet on Windows 8 RTM Final build 9200 and still using RP then you might be looking for Upgrade of Windows 8 Release Preview to RTM without losing Data or Format.

What you have to do is open the tool, select the Windows 8 version you want to upgrade/downgrade offline.

How to Upgrade or Downgrade Windows 8 Version

  1. Download Updown8 v1.1
  2. Open the tool as “Administrator”
  3. Choose Windows 8 Edition you want to upgrade/downgrade (Press A and Enter key)

    windows 8 upgrade downgrade tool

  4. Select the Edition (Press Alphabet accordingly)

    windows 8 edition chooser

  5. Registry edits will be made and you are ready.
  6. Close the tool and Insert Windows 8 Installation DVD / USB
  7. Run the setup.exe and Press Install Now.

windows 8 downgrade process

Upgrade or Downgrade process will be completed on its own automatically.

windows 8 upgrade process

The tool is compatible with: Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 Core which means all Windows 8 Desktop Editions. However, at the time of writing this post, the tool has problem with downgrading to Windows 8 core from Windows 8 Pro.

Developer is known of the issue and we will update you as soon that is possible. You can read more about it at release thread.

Till then, you can easily upgrade or downgrade Windows 8 with this tool.

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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. anduzzu says:

    If I’ll upgrade Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8 Pro this will be available for 180 days too?

  2. Arjan says:

    Do I need to reinstall all applications / tools / etc if I switch from Enterprise to Pro?

  3. towik says:

    Do I need reactivated windows 8 pro?

  4. Chris says:

    Will I need another key if I downgrade to Pro?

  5. edwaine says:

    Can I use this to downgrade my Windows 8.1 Pro to Core?

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