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So how do I get RTM soon?

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    So how do I get RTM soon?


    I've been thinking of subscribing to TechNet just to get RTM in the Pro version. Are any other legit ways to get RTM?

    Ive running RP 64 bit on my Samsung Slate but want to be able to develop apps for the Store ahead of the 10/26 release date. For that I need RTM and not RP.

    The other option to TechNet is an MSDN subscription But that price is way beyond my comfort zone. My boss at work has TechNet, but I won't cross that line professionally by asking for a copy from him.

    My understanding is that MSDN subscribers will get RTM on 8/15 and TechNet subscribers will get a trial version on the same date. That info comes from the Windows Weekly video podcast. I assume availability means a download.

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    Hello Steve,

    Sorry, but no other legal way currently other than TechNet or MSDN, buy a OEM PC that comes with Windows 8, or wait until October 26th to be able to buy a retail copy off the shelf.
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    I don't think the Pro version will be included in Technet any longer. Technet adjusted the program in July, and removed a bunch of the software intended for the home user. So, no more copies of Home, Home Premium, Ultimate or Professional. Just enterprise.
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    Were those adjustments on a pro licence also? The layout and general appearance was changed earlier, and comments were asked for in a questionnaire, but I did not notice any loss of availability? - A small selection:


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I don't think the Pro version will be included in Technet any longer. Technet adjusted the program in July, and removed a bunch of the software intended for the home user. So, no more copies of Home, Home Premium, Ultimate or Professional. Just enterprise.
    I still have all the Windows 7 editions with or without SP1 included available through TechNet Plus and MSDN so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I don't think the Pro version will be included in Technet any longer. Technet adjusted the program in July, and removed a bunch of the software intended for the home user. So, no more copies of Home, Home Premium, Ultimate or Professional. Just enterprise.
    I still have all the Windows 7 editions with or without SP1 included available through TechNet Plus and MSDN so far.
    From the Technet page;
    TechNet Subscriptions and Licensing

    What changes did Microsoft implement to TechNet Subscriptions in July 2012?On July 16, Microsoft made changes to TechNet Subscriptions to better reflect the intent of the program – aiding IT professionals in evaluating current Microsoft software—and to help protect the integrity of the subscription from unsupported use. As part of this change, we:

    • Reduced the length and complexity of the User Agreement.
    • Made Microsoft software use and other subscription benefits available only during the 12 month subscription period.
    • Updated the list of products available for evaluation by:
      • Removing redundant or multiple instances of products. For instance: The full Office suite will be available for download, but not standalone Office products such as Outlook, Publisher, etc.
      • Removing products that are not intended for use in an IT professional managed business environment. For instance: Windows XP Home Edition.
      • Removing products that are no longer covered by extended support through the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

    • Standardized the 24hr product key claim limit across all programs and benefit levels at ten (10).
    At the very bottom of that website, is a list of software included with Technet.
    Need more specifics on which products are listed? Download the full list of products available by subscription level.
    It shows that
    Windows 7 Pro is included with Technet Standard and Win 7 Ent is only available to pro. All other versions are on the retirement list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Were those adjustments on a pro licence also? The layout and general appearance was changed earlier, and comments were asked for in a questionnaire, but I did not notice any loss of availability? - A small selection:


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    But click on Windows 7, and see if you still have
    Basic
    Starter
    Home Premium
    Ultimate

    I bet you only have Professional or Enterprise now.
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    Sofia
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    Seems Technet is the only legitimate and "cheap" way to get Windows 8 before 26. October.

    I don't think there where many changes after Release Preview.
    I would develop for W8 RP and later make an update of product(software) if necessary.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Were those adjustments on a pro licence also? The layout and general appearance was changed earlier, and comments were asked for in a questionnaire, but I did not notice any loss of availability? - A small selection:


    Click image for larger version
    But click on Windows 7, and see if you still have
    Basic
    Starter
    Home Premium
    Ultimate

    I bet you only have Professional or Enterprise now.
    Yep, I have all the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 editions with or without SP1.

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    ^ Brink,

    I see the versions in my MSDN account. I don't have a Technet account that I can look at. Not sure why your technet account which still show all of those versions, they are pretty clear on the subscriptions FAQ page that the other non-business versions have gone away as of July 2012...and others have been complaining of that happening to them.

    Perhaps, if you have both the MSDN and the Technet subs, it is showing you a full list of what is available to your ID...not necessarily to 1 specific program or another.
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