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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

19 Feb 2010   #21
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Have you considered a Microsoft TechNet Subscription ?
FYI, Technet subscription software cannot be used in a production environment. It is legal for testing purposes only.


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19 Feb 2010   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Technet is not to be shared with any other person other than machines you personally own. I discussed this directly with Microsoft and they told me right over the phone that I could not buy Technet and then give a couple of my keys to my brother or my father.

If you personally have more than 2 computers that you need Windows OS's installed onto, going with a Technet subscription is really the best bet. if you search for a discount key, you should be able to get that first year of Technet for around $260. And since Technet gives you Office...you really get your monies worth.

I once very much questioned whether this was ok for home use..rather than just testing. So, I called MS and got their stance. This was my post on the matter;
TechNet "is" ok for use on home computers
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20 Feb 2010   #23
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Guys, can I just clarify the situation here as I am a little confused by the whole Technet thing.
If I buy a single user Technet subscription for 234 (UK, not including any discounts), I can download and install Windows 7 on up to 10 PCs in my house. Also, I will be be able to download ISOs of Office 2010 and install them on the same (up to 10) PCs in my house?
Is this correct?
Is it the same Product Key for W7 for all installs?
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21 Feb 2010   #24
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Anyone?
Also, can anyone say what happens to the existing licences if the Technet subscription is not renewed?
(I know there are posts on this but I'm still confused!)
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21 Feb 2010   #25
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You will be able to install it on all of the machines in your home... as well as any other software in the TechNet library... There is no expiration on your TechNet keys..
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21 Feb 2010   #26
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for that.
Is there one key per product, or per install?
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21 Feb 2010   #27
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You will get 10 keys per version ... 10 for ultimate, 10 for professional etc. Each key can be used 10 times before a call to MS is needed ( I think )
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24 Feb 2010   #28
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

One more question, if the software is for 'evaluation' purposes only and not supposed to support a business, then why is there an option to input a VAT number at the purchase stage?
Sorry about all the questions!
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24 Feb 2010   #29
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

for multi pc's go technet, I did and its well worth it.

as a bonus you get things like office as well.

technically you supposed to be testing it but eg. if you testing graphics drivers you covered.
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24 Feb 2010   #30
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imacken View Post
One more question, if the software is for 'evaluation' purposes only and not supposed to support a business, then why is there an option to input a VAT number at the purchase stage?
Sorry about all the questions!
The restriction is not one that relates to use in a business but a production environment, a subtle but important difference, a sole trader could reasonably use the software for development purposes, (testing compatibility, etc), but not for actually creating invoices, and such.

It is also quite possible for the same sole trader to be VAT registered, (even when trading under the VAT Registration limit, it is sometimes prudent to register, especially when dealing with mostly VAT registered clients)
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