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Solved When Technet Subscriber Service Ends....Does My Windows 8?

Ex_Brit

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Here's a question for the experts among you.

I activated Win 8 RTM using a Technet key, I then got the free Pro upgrade that was offered to the public and obtained a new key for the Media Center edition through the normal retail channels. I can't remember whether that was free or paid, but I used the normal channels anyone else would use.

Windows 8 is unique in that you use a totally new activation key if you want Media Center. Now the question is, will the electronic rug be pulled from under that when my Technet Subscription expires? It is no longer using that original key.

Intriguing, no?
 

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mvp
Hello Peter,

The Windows 8 Media Center Pack key will not be affected by this since it's a different key. You will be able to use the WMC key to add WMC on any Windows 8 PC so long as it's only activated on one at the same time.

Only your product key from TechNet for Windows 8.1 may no longer activate when your TechNet subscription expires.
 

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Ex_Brit

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So the procedure would be, assuming I don't want to have to go through a format and reinstall, to change the key using one from a retail copy. That would no doubt change my installation back to a non-MC copy. Then I can simply re-apply the MC key and reactivate MC that way...I hope...!!

Sounds complicated but that's the way they designed 8's key system.

I took advantage of a free Pro upgrade back whenever, if I recall correctly, I hope I wont lose that.
 

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mvp
Yep, after you upgrade to Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows 8.1 RTM (when released), you would add WMC with it's key the same way as before.

You shouldn't loose the Pro WMC key either. :)
 

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Ex_Brit

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Thanks. I'll buy a retail key nearer the time then, thanks Shawn.
 

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mvp
You're welcome Peter.

I'd wait before purchasing one to see if the TechNet keys actually stop working though. They're suppose to, but we'll see.
 

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Ex_Brit

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I agree. I already had my own Vista Ultimate so have changed the key back to that one in my Vista boot...one down, 2 to go... whenever ... ;-)

Got rid of my extra "Test" installations before this announcement as I was fed up with updating everything and they were not really serving much use so at least I don't have those to worry about.
 

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Ex_Brit

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Question. When the time comes, would I buy a regular Windows 8 x64 copy or a Windows 8 Pro x64 copy? My mind's a blank at the moment on how exactly I got where I am now with that setup.
BTW I have actually 2 Windows Media Center Pack keys stored away so no problems there.
 

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Since you have both a WMC (Windows 8) and WMC Pro key (Windows 8 Pro) to add them with, it really wouldn't matter I suppose, but I would go with Windows 8 Pro x64.
 

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Ex_Brit

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Thought so, it's only a few dollars more. Thanks Shawn.
 

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    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Socket 1366 Core i7, Dual Triple Channel DDR3 Mem
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    24GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 6 x 4096MB
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    1792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295/Hauppauge HVR2250 TV Tuner
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    Samsung XL2370 LED
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    Microsoft® Wireless Entertainment 8000 + Logitech® G15 Wired
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mvp
Anytime. :)
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    2560x1440
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

johnpombrio

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I have looked very carefully at the new subscription FAQ in light of Technet being turned off next year on Sept at the latest. There is no place that specifically says the product keys DIE when your subscription ends, you are just not supposed to use them anymore.

After the subscription ends, you no longer will be able to access your product keys (so write them down somewhere) or download the software (download and save the software before you subscription expires). Product keys SEEM like they will still work after the subscription ends. MS does reserve the right to turn off any product keys that they feel are being abused and there is not unlimited activations of the product keys. You are not supposed to use the software or keys after your subscription end, natch.
 

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Ex_Brit

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It's kind of nebulous as most ex_Technet members have told me that their keys continue to be honoured even though they stopped renewing a while back and one even admitted to giving licenses to his entire family which is a no-no, unless he registered them all in his name of course. I can see MS lifting licenses that are deemed to be being misused, something they do in any case, Technet or not, but they will probably continue to honour them for those of us who went by the rules. But I guess time will tell. Mine runs out April 2014.
 

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    Win 7 Ult SP1 + Win 10 Pro - (x64)
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    CPU
    Intel® Core i7-975 Extreme 3.86 GHz 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Socket 1366 Core i7, Dual Triple Channel DDR3 Mem
    Memory
    24GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 6 x 4096MB
    Graphics Card(s)
    1792 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295/Hauppauge HVR2250 TV Tuner
    Sound Card
    Onboard Soundmax® High definition Sound
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung XL2370 LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080P
    Hard Drives
    2 X 500gb SATA
    1 X 1TB SATA
    1 X 3TB external eSATA
    (Non-RAID)
    PSU
    Alienware® 1200 Watt Multi-GPU
    Case
    Alienware® P2 ALX Chassis with AlienIce 3.0 Video Cooling
    Cooling
    Alienware® High-Perf. Liquid Cooling + Acoustic Dampening
    Keyboard
    Microsoft® Wireless Entertainment 8000 + Logitech® G15 Wired
    Mouse
    Microsoft® Wireless Laser 8000 + Logitech® G9 Wired
    Internet Speed
    1tbs
    Other Info
    Using non-RAID on purpose as I find it too fussy and temperamental.

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