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

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


    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thanks. I'll buy a retail key nearer the time then, thanks Shawn.
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    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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    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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    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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    Thought so, it's only a few dollars more. Thanks Shawn.
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