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Windows 7: Windows 8 developer, is there a cost?

02 Nov 2011   #1
kf9vh

windows 7
 
 
Windows 8 developer, is there a cost?

If you download and install Win 8 developer is it free for ever or will you have to pay for it in the future?

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02 Nov 2011   #2
Storm Shadow

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

I think as Windows 8 is still in preview/beta version, it is free & maybe forever. But, when the RTM version is released, you want to pay for it.
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02 Nov 2011   #3
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows Developers Preview has a expiration date built-in. It will become unusable after that date.
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02 Nov 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Don't forget it's not the finished article so there'd be no point in buying it.
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02 Nov 2011   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Its an unfinished product with some features that don't work. Even if you could use it forever I don't think most people would want to.
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02 Nov 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The real "cost" is being forced to use the Metro interface.
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02 Nov 2011   #7
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

^Yup. And it's expensive as hell. Darn it!
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02 Nov 2011   #8
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Windows Developers Preview has a expiration date built-in. It will become unusable after that date.
In theory, yes. In practice no. Some cheap hacker will hack out the mechanism if it hasn't been done already.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
The real "cost" is being forced to use the Metro interface.
No you are not forced to use it... if you look on eightforums.com, you'll see there are ways of disabling it via registry and/or file edits. Speaking of which... maybe I should I write a quick C++ console app to do that automatically.
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