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    Nothing on Technet yet :)


    Well nothing on the technet site yet.

    Would be nice if they posted things by midnight on the day it was supposed to come out, but then it's only a rumor that it'll be out today anyway.

    I hadn't been on the site in a while and was pretty disappointed to see that for the second time in two years they have completely nerfed the content, features and usage restrictions again

    At least they haven't raised the price while restricting the benefits at the same time :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    I hadn't been on the site in a while and was pretty disappointed to see that for the second time in two years they have completely nerfed the content, features and usage restrictions again
    Which things in particular are you upset about?

    I know lots were up in arms about having their 10 key count dropped to 5, and then dropped to 2. But it's a multi-activation key. If you can have 10 active machines per key, that would give you 20 copies of Windows 7 Home, 20 copies of Windows 7 Pro, 20 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate. That seems unbelievably generous for the cost of a technet account.

    You can thank those jackholes who bought technet subscriptions and then decided to sell 8 or 9 of their product keys for a profit. They are the reason that Microsoft cracked down. Even small computer shops bought a $200 copy of Technet, and then sold license after license, after license for $100 a pop and made thousands on their $200 investment. That was a blatent misuse of the program.
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    Seems to be lot less available. If you look under Windows - looks like only win7, win8 and just for a laugh the old 3.1

    I am sure there used almost every o/s available before.

    Is it only 2 keys now for Technet Pro?

    You can thank those jackholes
    As usual , it is a few idiots who muck it up for everyone else.
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    Wasn't the word that it would be available at "noon" on August 1. I would assume that's "noon Redmond time" (PDT, or GMT-7). That's a little while yet.

    I'll still believe it when I see it out there (or I read it here ). I am planning a backup of my netbook today just in case, though.
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    Windows 7/8


    Yeah they removed like 2/3rds of the product/versions from the list.

    Plus they put in a new clause to specifically deny you the use of any of the software after your subscription lapses, including revoking the keys. I mean it makes sense but they were being "nice" about it before, not any more though.

    Suspiciously this happened just two weeks ago, before the release of Win 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Yeah they removed like 2/3rds of the product/versions from the list.

    Plus they put in a new clause to specifically deny you the use of any of the software after your subscription lapses, including revoking the keys. I mean it makes sense but they were being "nice" about it before, not any more though.

    Suspiciously this happened just two weeks ago, before the release of Win 8
    FSeal, I am looking through the verbiage of the Technet site and cannot find any mention of revoking the keys with a subscription lapse. You cannot claim NEW keys with an elapsed subscriptions so claim all of the keys you will need and store them somewhere or make a copy of the "My Product Keys" webpage. Also, while you cannot download the other versions of Windows, you can still get keys for them in the "My Product Keys" dropdown (XP keys are there for instance) . There should be copies of the .iso floating around...

    Here is the post about deactivating keys:

    Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends.

    This is under suspicious activities, like having keys spread around in different regions, too many activations, etc.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 01 Aug 2012 at 10:31.
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    Windows 7/8


    The changes to the EULA and the removal of the software happened just a couple weeks ago... Very likely in prep for the release of Win8 RTM today.
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    Windows 7/8


    Gah, looks like we have to wait 2 more weeks according to this:

    Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

    (posted by Maurice Naggar)
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    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    nothing on technet to 15th August


    August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
    August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
    August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
    August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
    August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
    September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
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    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Yeah they removed like 2/3rds of the product/versions from the list.

    Plus they put in a new clause to specifically deny you the use of any of the software after your subscription lapses, including revoking the keys. I mean it makes sense but they were being "nice" about it before, not any more though.

    Suspiciously this happened just two weeks ago, before the release of Win 8
    FSeal, I am looking through the verbiage of the Technet site and cannot find any mention of revoking the keys with a subscription lapse. You cannot claim NEW keys with an elapsed subscriptions so claim all of the keys you will need and store them somewhere or make a copy of the "My Product Keys" webpage. Also, while you cannot download the other versions of Windows, you can still get keys for them in the "My Product Keys" dropdown (XP keys are there for instance) . There should be copies of the .iso floating around...

    Here is the post about deactivating keys:

    Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends.

    This is under suspicious activities, like having keys spread around in different regions, too many activations, etc.
    True they don't say specifically that they will instantly terminate the keys, they say in a lot of places that when your subscription ends you MUST stop using the software and you MUST destroy all copies of downloaded software. They never used to say that. Also, the section on determining misuse of keys is not specific, they only list one (of probably dozens) of reasons for it, but to be safe I think you would have to assume that if your subscription lapses and you tried to use a key to activate a new install afterwards, that would be "suspicious" and it would possibly be revoked.

    Currently installed software will of course not instantly stop working but (now), continued use of it is a specific violation and I would think that it could fail future "genuine" checks when updating from WU or installing further MS software, at least for the items that require "activation".
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