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How long is License for Release Preview?

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    How long is License for Release Preview?


    Hello friends,
    I was just wondering, how long can we use the release preview? I mean microsoft wont allow users to use the release preview for lifetime!! Will they?
    And after the stable windows 8 is released in somewhere around october this year, as is rumoured, will release preview continue working?
    And will somebody be able to activate the release preview version if he/she installs the release preview after the actual windows 8 is released?
    And will microsoft keep the windows 8 release preview in their download center after they release the actual windows 8?

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    If you open up an elevated command, and type
    slmgr /dlv

    You will be presented with your license information including:

    Evaluation End Date: 15/01/2013 23:59:59
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    or type Winver:
    Mine expires 16-01-2013
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    What about the other questions that I asked? Especially will one be able to activate release preview after the actual windows 8 is released.
    Thanks fafhrd and davehc for the info though
    Last edited by Arpan; 16 Jul 2012 at 08:40. Reason: Forgot to say thanks!!
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    Thanks fafhrd and davehc for that info.

    I have till 1/15/13 to use.

    What is "Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000"? Is that the remaining count of times I have to boot?
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    "Rearm count" is the number of times you can "rearm" or extend the grace period for Windows activation. For example, In Windows 7 the count is normally 2: each "rearm" gives you another 30 day grace period to activate Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    "Rearm count" is the number of times you can "rearm" or extend the grace period for Windows activation. For example, In Windows 7 the count is normally 2: each "rearm" gives you another 30 day grace period to activate Windows.
    Thanks for the very quick response, TerryE! I'll surely chalk up a rep for you!

    So, I'll have 1,000 - 30 day grace periods to activate Windows 8? I'll never have to buy a license for I'll never live that long and/or Windows 9 will be released!

    Just kidding. It will probably be the same as 7 as you stated.
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    @hippseygypsie
    and
    @terryE
    do you have any idea about the other questions I asked at the top of the thread? Kindly let me know!! Please !!
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    And after the stable windows 8 is released in somewhere around october this year, as is rumoured, will release preview continue working?
    I would say yes. You have until the expiration date in the command result window as described above.

    And will somebody be able to activate the release preview version if he/she installs the release preview after the actual windows 8 is released?
    I doubt that one will be able to download or install 8 RP after a certain date. Maybe even before final release date.

    And will microsoft keep the windows 8 release preview in their download center after they release the actual windows 8?
    A BIG probably not.

    Thanks for your patience
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    India
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    No no, thanks to you.
    As far as patience is concerned, thats no problem. I would rather thank you for your patience.
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