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Windows Key but no CD

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7

    Windows Key but no CD


    Hi everyone,

    I have multiple Windows 8 Pro English CD keys from a school contract with Microsoft's IT student program. The problem is, When I try to download the ISO I the "Secure Download Manager" only returns errors. I tried this from multiple locations, networks, with and without antivirus.

    Is there any ISO I can download that will either check with Microsoft if I entered a valid key or offers activation after installation?

    Thank you very much,
    Leskat

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  2. #2


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Technically, the answer to your question is obviously "Yes", but from the legal standpoint you can only use the installation medium that comes with your license. In other words, contact your school IT Support Desk and have them resolve the problem.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    The answer to your question is obviously "Yes", but from the legal standpoint you can only use the installation medium that comes with your license.
    Is there no evaluation version or something similar for Windows 8 Pro?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    There's an evaluation version (Enterprise edition). Google will show it on the top spot... But it's not meant to be used with your product key, etc, etc.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    It's not meant to be used with your product key, etc, etc.
    "It's not meant to" or "it wont work"? For a second I hoped if you activated it for Windows 8 Pro it would downgrade it or something, but that seems unlikely.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Leskat View Post
    "It's not meant to" or "it wont work"?
    Both. Please read the description of the evaluation version on TechNet.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    Ok, I read the FAQ and description but couldn't find it. I do take your word for it though. I guess I will have to go through the support desk. I'll mark it as solved, as there is nothing left open to be answered.

    Thank you for your time.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    Scratch that, I got the Secure Download running! \o/
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