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No Grace Period for Windows 8. Does an immediate activation.

  1. #21

    Just a warning folks, posting illegal activation methods and bypasses will usually result in an instant ban.

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  2. #22

    Posts : 192
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Because some people think it is their right to use software that they did not pay for. Unfortunately too many out there!
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  3. #23

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    Just a warning folks, posting illegal activation methods and bypasses will usually result in an instant ban.
    Heh, I thought as much and that I why I made it stand out. Thanks for removing my offending post!
    Unfortunately, ignoring and deleting posts will not stop a simple Google search from finding out this information. I think Win8 is much more secure than Win7 was, and the inexpensive intro price is a great idea to legitimatize activations.
    Thanks Z3r.
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  4. #24

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,476
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    The new OEM-SLP activation OA3.0 looks to be designed to put an end to the loaders used to fake OEM activation. If I read it correctly each PC has a unique BIOS SLIC table code that will only work on that PC. I think the 40 dollar upgrade offer is an attempt to get some people to just give it up, buy it, and be legal for a change. If you have two or three PC's you're thinking of upgrading it will save you some bucks big time. With Microsoft letting anybody download and run the DP, CP, and RP, instead of just limiting it to beta testers, it doesn't surprise me that they made the final release look for a product code just to install. Putting out a Windows 8 Pro trial would have been a real good move. Still its easy enough for just about anybody to get the Enterprise trial if they want a look see at what might be the final release. I say "what might be" because there almost always seems to be bugs that get fixed right at the last minute just before the public release.
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  5. #25

    Posts : 165
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    reinstall every 90 days?
    What happens after the 90 days ?

    Windows changes into "not activated" status.

    That means two restrictions:
    1. Personalized configurations turns into default (color scheme, background of Metro startmenu, lock screen and user picture) and you cannot change them back.
    2. Every exact one hour Windows shuts down - without warnings (opened and changed files are gone). But this can be disabled via registry entry.

    And: You always can downgrade to "Windows 8 Pro" - even if Microsoft says this is not possible.
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  6. #26

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Interesting. I am running my Technet Win8 Pro X64 with the supplied product key. I checked out the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool for rearm count
    slmgr /dlv in command mode.
    My rearm count is 1000, even after reloading windows 4 times on this computer. I am sure this is a lot higher than a normal Pro license for MS.

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  7. #27

    Rearm is not the same as activation. Technet keys are multiple activation retail keys. You should be able to reinstall Windows just about as often as you like on this computer and it should continue to work. You could even install it on other computers and it will continue to work. Technet keys do allow more installs, no doubt about it, but you won't find a concrete answer from MS on the subject.
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  8. #28

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Heh, JUST was going to comment on this. Yeah, rearms is how many time you can activate a grace period Beta Op Sys with shelf life. For a trial version, a count of 3 is normal.
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  9. #29

    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 502
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

    Beta/Preview Pre-release copies of an OS should re-arm or re-activate many times but will usually have a hard coded time limit after which it will just cease to operate at all.
    Technet keys for retail or enterprise products are a different matter, they have no expiration date, but do have limits on re-arm and activation
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