here and saw how many different keys there were:
Product Key Types Listed in Subscriber Downloads
Key Type Description Not Applicable No key is needed to install this product. Retail Retail keys allow multiple activations and are used for retail builds of the product. In many cases, 10 activations are allowed per key, though often more are allowed on the same machine. Multiple Activation A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) enables you to activate multiple installations of a product with the same key. MAKs are generally used with Volume Licensing versions of products. Typically, only one MAK key is provided per subscription. Static Activation Key Static activation keys are provided for products that do not require activation. They can be used for any number of installations. Custom Key Custom keys provide special actions or information to activate or install the product. VA 1.0 These are multiple activation keys, similar to a MAK. OEM Key These are Original Equipment Manufacturer keys that allow multiple activations. DreamSpark Retail Key These retail keys are for DreamSpark and allow one activation. DreamSpark Retail keys are issued in batches and are primarily intended for student consumption. DreamSpark Lab Key These lab use keys are for DreamSpark programs and allow multiple activations. DreamSpark Lab Keys are intended for use in university computer lab scenarios. DreamSpark MAK Key These are MAK keys for DreamSpark program customers.
Plus a bunch of links on the subject:
Resources for Product Keys and Activation:
- Windows Volume Activation
- Windows Activation in Development and Test Environments
- Product activation and key information
- Frequently asked questions about Volume License keys
- Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0: this tool has a number of features, including the ability to determine how many times your MAK keys have been activated
It's a nice perk. Just being able to get the nice clean official ISO's is a big bonus. The keys are nice too but the install media is of the most use to me. Especially for older versions of Windows like Windows 7. Anyway, maybe we should let this thread get back on track.
I agree everyone who has not reached OS Windows 8.1 could be asking for troubles down the road. I understand though if you don't have a computer that is capable though.
I remember the absolute nightmare trying to update my old OEM desktop to Windows 8.1 and I really hope the guy who bought it from me has/had an easier time with the factory reset we did in December. The whole situation was a mess there and Microsoft really made things painful- it was for the best in the end that my parents stayed with my old Windows 7 Compaq. It’s reliable until the hardware fails and they’re not very technical- Windows 8 was an unstable nightmare. I’m happy enough with Windows 8.1 now that I’m keeping my license even if later on I buy a Windows 10 later on so I have both retail licenses.
The major problem is the OEM manufacturers should have worked with Microsoft and there should have been accountability in the fact that so many base Windows 8 machines now have no upgrade ability and shortened lifespans. I’d blame just Microsoft but OEMs continued to push out Windows 8 machines and there were no warning labels in stores when I was looking for a new laptop. I bought an 8.1 laptop but many people grabbed what they thought was a good bargain at the time.
I've had problems with Windows 8.1 refusing to install. I don't remember how I fix it. I think I have to manually install a couple updates and reset Windows Update.
As long as your fine with no longer getting any security updates or system patches, go for it.
Don't need security updates!
Funny thou, thing is, I've never kept a system running "as is" for more than 3 weeks.
Constantly doing clean installs from scratch.
I've got it down to a science.
Can do a clean install from USB boot to default start screen in 10 minutes.
Then I go thru a check list of "things to do" as a hobby.