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Windows 7: Need some advice regarding TechNet

05 Jul 2009   #11
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SeVeNrOxS View Post
It will be great if you share info with us when u find free subs of Technet .
These are usually contained offers for IT Pros that they want business from their companies. I don't think the average tech enthusiast can get them. (No matter how much we love M$)

~Lordbob


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05 Jul 2009   #12
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You also won't get Visual Studio, or Vista Business, or Expression Web thru the Technet Plus sub, to name a couple. But for Win 7 and Office 2010 when it comes out, well worth it IMO too.
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05 Jul 2009   #13
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for all the advice, guys! I think we'll take the plunge after reading your suggestions.
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05 Jul 2009   #14
segobi

PTS-Dos
 
 

but not if you give away the serial etc. (you get up to 10 serials per product on technet! or more) or sell them thats illegal. So again technet is not meant for cheap asses who spend $350 and get every MS product for free including multiple licenses/keys... its all for testing.. mostly for devs or the it dept. of companies. Use these licenses on your every day machines on your own risk! trying to sell these keys may end up in being banned, sued by MS and your customer..
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05 Jul 2009   #15
DataMan47

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
The only things they don't have are Windows 3.1
They do have that. Along with MS-DOS.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wguimb View Post
you can then legally install Windows 7 or anything else that Microsoft makes on up to 10 computer systems
If by "legally", you mean that you pass WGA and stuff, yes. If by "legally" you mean that it's actually legal, no, it's not; strictly speaking, using TechNet in that way is piracy because the terms of the license strictly prohibit you from doing anything other than evaluation and testing. Of course, Microsoft doesn't enforce any of this... for now (just like how even though they don't crack down on leaked evaluation builds of Windows, it doesn't make it technically right in a court of law if you ever happen to be sued).
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05 Jul 2009   #16
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Something tells me MS is gonna start changing their terms of technet accounts soon...

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A lot of the people here who are like me are CONSTANTLY tinkering with their computers. As far as I (we?) am concerned, this is testing.
lol
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05 Jul 2009   #17
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
Something tells me MS is gonna start changing their terms of technet accounts soon...


lol
But that is testing. Would you not agree? M$ would not want to give up a big source of revenue (people like me). As far as I am concerned, I am doing exactly what the terms say I can use it for.

And KazeNoKoe, hope you like it. TechNet gets things early as well I believe. As said above, just don't sell or give away the keys. Use them for testing among your own computers, and you will be fine.

~Lordbob
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05 Jul 2009   #18
DataMan47

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
But that is testing. Would you not agree? M$ would not want to give up a big source of revenue (people like me). As far as I am concerned, I am doing exactly what the terms say I can use it for.

And KazeNoKoe, hope you like it. TechNet gets things early as well I believe. As said above, just don't sell or give away the keys. Use them for testing among your own computers, and you will be fine.

~Lordbob
Microsoft could easily make the TechNet keys time-limited (e.g., automatically invalidated by the activation/WGA servers after one year) or they could have the activation/WGA servers invalidate the keys when the account expires (so that if you do use TechNet as a way to "buy" Windows, at least you're forking over the $250 each year). Nowhere in the agreement did they say that the keys had to be perpetual (it just happens to be that way right now), and since the key are supposed to be used only for testing, Microsoft could say (fairly truthfully) that such a policy change would have no significant impact on legitimate TechNet users. If Microsoft ever got serious about TechNet piracy, they easily implement these changes.

I just don't like the idea of that Damocles Sword hanging over my head.
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05 Jul 2009   #19
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by segobi View Post
but not if you give away the serial etc. (you get up to 10 serials per product on technet! or more) or sell them thats illegal. So again technet is not meant for cheap asses who spend $350 and get every MS product for free including multiple licenses/keys... its all for testing.. mostly for devs or the it dept. of companies. Use these licenses on your every day machines on your own risk! trying to sell these keys may end up in being banned, sued by MS and your customer..
There was never any intent to use any keys other than for personal use on our home machines. Selling "legit" keys to someone else who wanted 7 so we could, say, make up the money we spent on TechNet was never a consideration. I could really care less about generating XP or Vista keys as neither of us use those OS's anymore. Windows 7 is the primary reason we want a TechNet subscription. If some software is released on TechNet in say 6-9 months that I would like to test, then that's another reason to have it, but there's definitely no intention of using it to profit off generating legit Windows keys and selling them to other people.

Also, I have another question. Even on the Canadian page, it lists the cost of the subscription as $349 USD. Does that get automatically converted to Canadian dollars so it ends up as about $400 CAD? Or is it $349 CAD as well? If any Canadians here have bought the TechNet subscription, could you let me know? Thanks.
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