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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

18 Feb 2010   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Coldout,

This may be a better link to TechNet info

What are TechNet Plus subscriptions? | TechNet Plus Subscriptions


I get 10 Keys for Win7,

10 for Vista, 10 for XP, 10 for Office 2007, & soon Office 2010.

plus many other MS software to use personally on my own equipment.




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19 Feb 2010   #12
Coldout

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the info.

I do have one last question I couldn't find info on.

Can I use one of these keys - Windows 7 on my brothers PC who is not at my address, or is this breaking the rules of TechNet subscription? All the PC's are just for home use, gaming, web browsing, not work related.

Once again thank you for the help, would never have thought of this option.
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19 Feb 2010   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coldout View Post
Thanks for the info.

I do have one last question I couldn't find info on.

Can I use one of these keys - Windows 7 on my brothers PC who is not at my address, or is this breaking the rules of TechNet subscription? All the PC's are just for home use, gaming, web browsing, not work related.

Once again thank you for the help, would never have thought of this option.
Did he move in, & move out.
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19 Feb 2010   #14
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

no, you do not want to be giving your keys out to everyone.
If you get found out in that way, they will blacklist all your keys and ban you from Technet and MSDN and other programs.
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19 Feb 2010   #15
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Technet subscriptions are for "Home" or "Developer" use -- not meant to be used for PRODUCTION or Commercial purposes.

You CAN use technet subscriptions for developing software which you later deploy to other LICENSED machines which CAN be used commercially.

You get up to 10 keys per product -- so if you have more than one computer you can get another key.

I'd imagine you wouldn't be breaking the license by installing on another home computer provided this computer wasn't used in a commercial or production environment.

Sharing a technet subscription between a number of users might also be legal -- I haven't found anything forbidding this --so if you have say 3 people at an address there isn't any problem in taking a subscription out and splitting the cost 3 ways.

For a small number of computers the Technet subscription IMO is a NO BRAINER -- well worth every cent / eurocent / kronour / rouble etc etc.

Look also for "Promo discount codes too" -- these will sometimes give up to a 40% discount depending on where you live.

Cheers
jimbo
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19 Feb 2010   #16
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

After further consideration I have decided to remove the data in this post.

Good Luck and have fun.
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19 Feb 2010   #17
hclarkjr

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

you have to remember also these keys are only good for 10 activations.
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19 Feb 2010   #18
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It is not just 10 activations and you are done. You get 10 licenses for as long as you need them, which from my understanding is forever or till they blacklist them.
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19 Feb 2010   #19
Coldout

Windows 7
 
 

That latest info has muddied the water. Now confused as to my best and safest option.

After chatting with my brother, he has 2 children who are also using W7 on their PC's bring the total number of copies I will need to 6. Looking at roughly £600


I do remember buying bulk pack OEM versions of XP years ago. Cannot find any such packs for Seven on the net so far.


TechNet did seem like a great idea. Just seems no clear usage policy for home users.
Would be silly to subscribe only to have to buy 6 copies of W7 a few weeks later, because rules are broken and the account closed.


I guess I just didn't expect this Widnows 7 shutdown to come at me at this moment in time. With so many of the family using it, it is looking to be costly.
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19 Feb 2010   #20
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coldout View Post
That latest info has muddied the water. Now confused as to my best and safest option.

After chatting with my brother, he has 2 children who are also using W7 on their PC's bring the total number of copies I will need to 6. Looking at roughly £600


I do remember buying bulk pack OEM versions of XP years ago. Cannot find any such packs for Seven on the net so far.


TechNet did seem like a great idea. Just seems no clear usage policy for home users.
Would be silly to subscribe only to have to buy 6 copies of W7 a few weeks later, because rules are broken and the account closed.


I guess I just didn't expect this Widnows 7 shutdown to come at me at this moment in time. With so many of the family using it, it is looking to be costly.
Buy 6 OEM x64 copies of Home Premium to save cash.
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