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Windows 7: Technet Subscription


06 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Technet Subscription

If I get a Technet subscription do that get me the final version of Windows 7 and Beta releases of the new Office? There is not time limit for use either correct?

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06 Aug 2009   #2

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Correct, as long as you use it for evaluation only and do not sell or give copy's or keys to all your friends you will be OK.

ken
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06 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Great I have no intention of giving it to anyone. Do I also notice a key is good for up to 10 computers?

What I am most interested is is the new Office.

Thanks for the help.
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06 Aug 2009   #4

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Yes you can get up to 10 keys for each version of software
you download.

Glad to help.

Ken
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06 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 

Hi

I know this has been asked a few times, but can I just clarify some of the finer details? First I noticed the price for a Technet Subscription is only 200+odd. For this you can download 10 copies of ultimate free? that means you get them for ~10%? I assume the key should work forever, just as a retail one does, even if you just buy a subscription for 1 year, and cancel it afterwards? As you get 10 keys, do these work like the RTM, so if you change your computer during the lifetime of Windows 7, you are able to use the same key. Or does this mean you can only use it on 10 computers, and if you upgrade one of them, tough luck?

The reason I ask all of these questions is when I did my placement year for uni, I was given a 1 year MSDN subscription. I used this to download Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Pro (you only got 1 key each with MSDN). They worked fine, and I was even able to install them on all of my computers (I have 3) and my parents (so 4 in total). When I upgraded the first time, it also seemed happy. The a ction centre kept on telling me to upgrade to a full version of windows, but it never forced me to. I therefore assume I was still getting full functionalilty.

However I recently updated my parents PC, and tried to install the MSDN Vista and Office again, and that was a no go. It just wouldn't activate this time round. Now will this happen if I get a years Technet subscription? As the way I see it, I not only get 10 copies for 10% (I can only see myself using 5, 3 for me, one parents and one sisters new laptop, but still) but also when Office 2010 goes RTM, I'll be able to get that too.

So basically with a 1 years Technet subscription, once cancelled will I still bne able to:
use all 10 keys on one machine at a time each
use any number of machines through the lifetime of the OS (i.e. upgrading a machine to the point it isn't the original PC anymore) without it failing to activate eventually as my MSDN key did.
cancel my Technet subscription after a year and the OS and any other software still activate and be legal for me to use
ignore the Action Centre telling me I should update to the Retail version, and be in my legal right to do so?

I hope that all makes sense.

Oh, on a slightly related note - the checked builds, what are they? I know I had both the checked and unchecked builds of Vista, and the checked one would tend to be buggy for some reason, but I never understood the difference between them.

Thank you for all your help in clarifiying all of this for me.
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06 Aug 2009   #6

Windows7
 
 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms792442.aspx

Checked builds are primarily used for debugging and solving problems. "Normal" builds have been optimized and continue to run on their own when they find problems they can correct.
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06 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 

Thank you for your reply. That certainly answers why I so many problems when nI used the Checked builds in the past (it runs slower and won't try and recover from recoverable errors for the sake of debugging). I had stupidly assumed that it had meant it had been more thoroughly 'checked' for errors, he he. But of course, what is beta testing for!!!

Now if anyone could answer the question I had generally about Technet software above, that would be brilliant, thank you.
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06 Aug 2009   #8

Vista 64 sp2
 
 

you only get 5 installs with the one key so after you have used the key 5 times you ll have to apply for a new key. so you ll need a technet account to do this so if your account runs out after 1 year you wont be able to do it. that is my understanding. lads please correct me if i am wrong
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06 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate - Activated (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by X360 View Post
you only get 5 installs with the one key so after you have used the key 5 times you ll have to apply for a new key. so you ll need a technet account to do this so if your account runs out after 1 year you wont be able to do it. that is my understanding. lads please correct me if i am wrong
For the majority of high use programs (windows 7 is one) you get 10 keys with 10 activations for each key....potentially giving you 100 activations.
If you re-new your subscription you don't get a new lot of keys....
If you allow your subscription to expire...the keys DO NOT expire...they are full retail keys....hopefully that will explain it simply enough....at least with reference to Win 7 anyway.
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06 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 

Thank you, that is everything I wanted to know. So really, if you want more than one copy of Windows 7 (without the 50% off) it's best to get a technet subscription, plus you get ultimate and are able to play with booting from Vhd, etc, plus you may get Office. I suppose the downfall is that legally (according to their Terms of Service) you shouldn't be using it as a primary OS, but there is nothing really to stop you from doing this.

Thank you again for clearing that up. Now should I cancel my 2x orders of Windows 7 Pro at 89 each and add a bit more to pay for a technet subscription or not, hmmm. I'll let you know what I did when I decide.
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