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So how do I get RTM soon?

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    To the above

    If you try claim a key you won't be able to - For my home premiums it states 2 of 0 keys allocated.. Thankfully they havn't rescinded the keys given before the change...

    Also, if you install the leaked version of Win8, it does look like you can buy a key from inside windows (It quotes me £50 and £11 for Windows dvd if i check it)

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  2. #12


    Pparks
    Microsoft say that unsupported software (by MS), like Windows 95 or Office 97 will no longer be available under the new terms. I don't know how Windows 3.1 slipped through the gap, but there it is. Otherwise, all supported software, (Windows 7, for example) is available in all editions.
    Yes, the keys have been limited. No real reason to want 10 keys for evaluation, anyway. But, more important, (Boyanns, If you are thinking of purchasing), New subscribers will only have legit keys for the length of their subscriptions (one Year?) Existing subscribers have this last opportunity to go on using their keys even if the subscription lapses.
    I don't think users will suddenly find there OS stops working, but, from the legal point of view, the software will no longer be legit. Personally I think they are going to see a great reduction in subscribers, when this hits home!
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Otherwise, all supported software, (Windows 7, for example) is available in all editions.
    Well, the way I read it, many of the versions are supposed to go away and are slated for retirement. It's possible a new user would never see them. Maybe it's just existing subscribers who still see all old versions until they renew.


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I don't think users will suddenly find there OS stops working, but, from the legal point of view, the software will no longer be legit. Personally I think they are going to see a great reduction in subscribers, when this hits home!
    It's always been the case that you are expected to stop using the software when your subscription expires.
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  4. #14


    "It's always been the case that you are expected to stop using the software when your subscription expires."

    Not so. Existing Technet keys do not expire, and can still be legitimately used, after the subscription ends. MS do not press this too hard, but possibly, if enquiries were made, a user would have a job justifying that he is still evaluating after, even one year! Even if you renew a subscription for a further year, there are no new keys available for the same products.
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  5. #15


    I didn't say the keys expire, I said you were "expected" to stop using the software when your technet subscription expired. It's like the Home Use Program. If you purchased Office via the HUP, and your employer discontinues the Enterprise Agreement or you switch employers, you are "expected" to stop using the software.

    It seems now they are going to take some measures to actually expire out the keys. And they have gotten far more specific on what you are allowed to actually do with the technet software.

    The following testing scenarios can be used during the software evaluation process. Please be aware that subscribing to TechNet Subscriptions does not grant user rights to test as part of a software application development effort.

    TechNet Subscriptions software may be tested to determine the following:

    Install/Uninstall – Time and process required for full, partial or upgrade software install/uninstall processes and system integration.
    Recovery – Capacity for software to recover from crashes, hardware failures, or other catastrophic problems.
    Security – Defining software’s ability to protect against unauthorized internal or external access.
    Compatibility – Gauging software performance in existing or new hardware, software, operating system or network environments.
    Comparison – Evaluating software to determine product strengths and weaknesses as compared to previous versions or similar products.
    Usability – Assessing satisfaction among end users, observing end user utilization and understanding user interaction scenarios.
    Performance – Ensuring software will perform as expected to requirements.
    Stability – Estimating individual software’s ability to perform consistently, relative to system demands.
    Environment – Determining software settings while software is being evaluated by end users in existing infrastructure.
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  6. #16


    No rudeness intended, but, with your comebacks, you seem to have all the answers without your initial enquiring posts. The choice of purchasing a subscription is yours - you are obviously aware of the consequences. I'm out of this thread.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    No rudeness intended, but, with your comebacks, you seem to have all the answers without your initial enquiring posts. The choice of purchasing a subscription is yours - you are obviously aware of the consequences. I'm out of this thread.
    No problems. I'm not even sure what you are saying, but I'm not offended in any way, nor did I intend any offence towards anybody else.
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  8. #18


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I have the Standard TechNet and if you check MyProductKeys this is what you will see.

    Click image for larger version

    I have claimed 2 of 0 keys for Home Premium which means they no longer offer keys for that product. Prior to new update it would show 2 of 2 claimed.

    Bad Rumor on Windows Weekly 272 | TWiT.TV Mary Jo stated that TechNet would get a trial version for Windows 8 RTM and then Paul chimed in and said an OEM partner sent him an e-mail stated that it would be ONE license to install and activate on ONE PC and it would be locked to that PC. He than stated the same key could be used to install Win 8 on other PC's but would not activate. You will need a key just to get it to install. Its around the 15:40 mark on the video.
    I guess we will have to wait for next week to see how this plays out.

    Jim
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  9. #19


    As Paul Thurrott went on to explain, this is likely due to the fact that MS is going to make Windows 8 available for the low price of $39. So, they have made this cheap enough to buy using straight up retail channels, that there isn't the likelihood that people are going to benefit much from gathering up licenses in the Technet program. Gone are likely the days of buying a single copy of Technet and installing Windows 8 across 5 of your own home PC's. Instead, you will buy 5 copies for $40 each and will have spent around $200 total.

    Having a key in technet is good because you need it to install. For most technet needs, you can install with that key and finish up whatever you need to test before the activation becomes an issue. Most of my testing Windows VM's last less than 3 days total. Then, I simply reload later down the road when I have to test something else.
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  10. #20


    Ok, it's the day after RTM has been released to MSDN & TechNet. So as the OP, I'll ask again about the Standard TechNet subscription for $199. Can I purchase the Standard TechNet today and get Windows 8 RTM. I am listening to Paul Thurrott right now and believe he just said he got the Pro version with his Standard TechNet subscription. It seems I recall reading it is a trial version of Windows 8 with TechNet, and it will last at least up to the GA release.

    Can anyone verify this? Is there anyone, on the forum, who got RTM via TechNet?
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