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

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  2. #12

    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    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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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    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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