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No Grace Period for Windows 8. Does an immediate activation.

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    Manchester CT
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    No Grace Period for Windows 8. Does an immediate activation.


    Computerworld reports that Microsoft has eliminated the 30-day grace period used in Windows 7, forcing customers to use a legitimate product key immediately when installing the retail version of Windows 8. That's because the upcoming OS handles activation differently, pushing the Redmond company into tossing out the former "evaluation" period.
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    Microsoft Nukes 30-Day Grace Period with Windows 8




    I was wondering about this. When installing my TechNet version of Win8 Pro, the install would not proceed until I entered the product key which was different than Win7. Also I saw that as soon as I had a connection to the internet with Win8, my copy of windows was automatically activated. Looks like this is official.
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    Yes, this is official. We have been discussing it for the past week.
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    Bahrain
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    Triple Boot: Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Release Preview, Virtual Machine ( Windows 8 )


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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    They likely want to kill the Install (with no key), rearm, rearm, rearm, reinstall, rearm.......You get the picture.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    MS also is radically changing the VOLUME license for vendors. One workaround cheat was to run a small boot up program that spoofed Win7 into thinking the computer was a Dell laptop which the constant volume product key would always activate. Now every computer from Dell will have to be run through a MS server that gives each machine a unique product key based on the unique aspects of the computer (mac address, mobo ID , etc) and the volume license. This will slam the door on this loophole.
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    Palm Coast FLorida
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    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    They likely want to kill the Install (with no key), rearm, rearm, rearm, reinstall, rearm.......You get the picture.
    ok, so if I installed Windows 8 pro 64bit with a valid install key, which I did, will I be able to rearm for a total of 90 days before I either have to activate it or reinstall it?

    And if so is there a countdown timer somewhere that tells me how much time I have left before rearm or activation is required?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    ok, so if I installed Windows 8 pro 64bit with a valid install key, which I did, will I be able to rearm for a total of 90 days before I either have to activate it or reinstall it?
    With Windows 8 Pro, after inputting a valid key during install, within minutes of it having Internet access, it AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED itself. If you look at your properties, you should see that it is now activated. You will not have to do a rearm command at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    And if so is there a countdown timer somewhere that tells me how much time I have left before rearm or activation is required?
    Check your system, it should already be activated.
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    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    Sounds like an understandable change, yes there are reasons for not activating a licence in some test scenarios for IT Pros, and these will have to be worked around, (Pros should have access to technet, MSDN, or volume licences so this does not become a real issue).

    Lets be honest, the vast majority of not activated evaluation phase copies of windows 7 were not in the hands of those with possible legitimate reasons for not activating, but in the hands of those avoiding paying for the software. The grace period is a casualty of the people who believe it is OK to run their OS without paying for it
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    ok, so if I installed Windows 8 pro 64bit with a valid install key, which I did, will I be able to rearm for a total of 90 days before I either have to activate it or reinstall it?
    With Windows 8 Pro, after inputting a valid key during install, within minutes of it having Internet access, it AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED itself. If you look at your properties, you should see that it is now activated. You will not have to do a rearm command at all.


    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    And if so is there a countdown timer somewhere that tells me how much time I have left before rearm or activation is required?
    Check your system, it should already be activated.
    The thing is, there are keys that will let you install but won't activate. I think that is what tcman50 is talking about. The leaked RTM builds had such keys. You get nag screens asking you to activate, and some features are locked out until you do. I don't know if you can rearm or not, I didn't run a RTM build long enough to find out.
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    A couple workarounds for the activation:

    * Install Win8 Enterprise (available on Technet and MSDN, coming soon for VL customers if it isn't out there yet): Enterprise does not prompt for an activation key during installation. Unless you happen to have a KLM server on the network to activate it, it won't activate.

    * Download and install the 90-day evaluation version of Enterprise. It's good for 90 days after install (not after download).

    For some of the courses I teach we routinely install VMs with Windows client and server operating systems. They're not intended to be permanent systems, so we never activate them, and we rearm as needed (usually one rearm is sufficient). For Win8 I will make a 90-day evaluation version available to them and have them use that for the duration of the course. For the most part we'll use Win7 anyway for now - I am not sure 90 days will cover an entire semester.
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