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So whats the deal with activation on RTM?

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    So whats the deal with activation on RTM?


    Seeing how the servers are shut down for activation (which they should be, til it's released) whats the deal? You install RTM leak, can't activate it, and get an annoying popup for a few weeks? Then when it's out on Technet, just purchase a legit key from within windows 8 and done?

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    My guess is that yeah, but the TechNet release, servers will be open for activation business as Windows tells you the DNS name doesn't exist suggesting it's a network issue away from you. There will be an annoying watermark on the lower left corner of the screen that WILL not go away unless if you restart I think. I'm not sure.

    But to purchase a legit key, you either have to be a TechNet subscriber to get one or wait until October 26th when it's an official retail product.
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    I made the mistake of purchasing for $69.99 the activation key thru Win8 RTM. It took my money, then a window popped up to activate, which took me to the MS website where there was no mention of Windows 8. I got a receipt via email with the key, which did not work. The receipt was from a company called "arvato digital services, llc; 29011 Commerce Center Drive; Valencia, CA 91355". No phone number, no email, no contact list.

    Has anyone tried this? Has anyone heard of this company? Do you think I was ripped off? Should I call my credit card company and cancel payment?
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    Heh, well I bet likely not. BUT you will probably not be able to activate till /at least/ Aug 15...

    Er.. did you actually get a key? If not then you may be in a strange limbo. I would definitely NOT reinstall or do anything drastic to your current install as you may have to wait for Aug 15th or later to complete the activation. If you reinstall the OS then you may lose whatever record of your payment may be on the machine right now for good.
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    There is talk that with Technet, a subscriber will get a single key for Windows 8 and that key can be used for unlimited installs, but only 1 activation that becomes tied to that machine and cannot be moved to another machine. This was discussed by Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley in the Windows Weekly Podcast #272 from August 2, 2012.

    People shouldn't count on Technet for licensing of their Windows 8 boxes. It sounds like MS is going to really restrict that usage and instead expects people to simply pony up the $40 they are asking.
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    My TechNet sub expires in Oct and I probably won't renew. At least I have a chance to try a legit Window 8 RTM and see if all my hardware and software are compatible. Hopefully vendors are working on Windows 8 compatibility and updated final drivers and software will be out before Windows 8 goes GA in Oct. Only a few more days and then we will see.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    There is talk that with Technet, a subscriber will get a single key for Windows 8 and that key can be used for unlimited installs, but only 1 activation that becomes tied to that machine and cannot be moved to another machine. This was discussed by Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley in the Windows Weekly Podcast #272 from August 2, 2012.

    People shouldn't count on Technet for licensing of their Windows 8 boxes. It sounds like MS is going to really restrict that usage and instead expects people to simply pony up the $40 they are asking.
    Well or whatever the "System Builder" costs but yeah.

    And uh... ALL windows disks have "unlimited installs" if you don't activate them :/ It really just means "You get one activation with one key". In fact, it sounds like it may in fact be a System Builder version as opposed to the retail versions of Windows 7 you got on Technet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    And uh... ALL windows disks have "unlimited installs" if you don't activate them
    Righto. But on Windows 7, you didn't need to input a key period to install. With Windows 8, you need a key to actually get through the installer. That's why I stated it the way that I did.
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    Silver0066, Spreche Klinna Deutch? Because arvato ONLY does! LoL
    Here ya go: arvato: arvatodigitalservices.com go check it out.

    Silver006:MasterCard, I have a problem and need you to cancel my payment to Arvato Digital Services, they scammed me. I thought because they are on the internet they were an honest company. Can you please STOP payment to them? MasterCard_Rep: YOU think COMPANIES on the INTERNET are HONEST??? *Sounds of ROARING laughter!* This little stage play was preformed to educate you on the risk of believing EVERYTHING you HEAR! Rule of thumb NEVER believe ANYTHING you HEAR, and only 50% of what you SEE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    There is talk that with Technet, a subscriber will get a single key for Windows 8 and that key can be used for unlimited installs, but only 1 activation that becomes tied to that machine and cannot be moved to another machine. This was discussed by Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley in the Windows Weekly Podcast #272 from August 2, 2012.

    People shouldn't count on Technet for licensing of their Windows 8 boxes. It sounds like MS is going to really restrict that usage and instead expects people to simply pony up the $40 they are asking.
    Well or whatever the "System Builder" costs but yeah.

    And uh... ALL windows disks have "unlimited installs" if you don't activate them :/ It really just means "You get one activation with one key". In fact, it sounds like it may in fact be a System Builder version as opposed to the retail versions of Windows 7 you got on Technet.
    I agree, it does sound like a System Builder version since its not an Update version. I have heard no mention of a Full Retail Version other then the System Builder. Rumor that its a Trial version also and may time out after a time. In other versions you get a key that had multiple activations and no time out. Big change in TechNet. Guess it was getting abused. We will see next week.

    Jim
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