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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

25 Feb 2010   #31
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Guys, I took out a subscription, but I'm still not clear whether I use the same key for multiple activations, or do I 'get another key' for each install?


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25 Feb 2010   #32
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Use the same key if you are installing or reinstalling on the same machine. If it's a different machine, then use a different key.
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25 Feb 2010   #33
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

That's what I would have thought, but in post #27 Tews suggested '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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25 Feb 2010   #34
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think there are a certain number of times that a particular key can be activated...10 might be it.

My suggestion is to install your box, get base drivers on it, patch it, get it activated and then make a system image. Then from that point forward, just restore your system image rather than installing and you will always end up with an activated copy.

I've never had a need to call MS because I couldn't use a key.
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25 Feb 2010   #35
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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.l
Simple way, your father and brother are your employees of your personal business testing your software with Windows 7.

btw, you get 40 Windows 7 Keys, 10 Ultimate, 10 Home Premium, 10 Professional, and 10 Home Premium N
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25 Feb 2010   #36
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Simple way, your father and brother are your employees of your personal business testing your software with Windows 7.
Technet can not be used in a business environment. If you need to use the software in a business setting, you have to get an MSDN account...for example the Operating Systems account which I believe is $700 a year.
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25 Feb 2010   #37
gamepoint

windows 7 professional x64 bit RTM
 
 

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25 Feb 2010   #38
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imacken View Post
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!)
Keys still function but you don't have access to the ISO downloads.

EDIT: mine expired 2/21/2010 and I still can download ISO's.
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25 Feb 2010   #39
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Simple way, your father and brother are your employees of your personal business testing your software with Windows 7.
Technet can not be used in a business environment. If you need to use the software in a business setting, you have to get an MSDN account...for example the Operating Systems account which I believe is $700 a year.
explain this from the technet site,
Return on Investment with TechNet Plus

According to a recent case study, TechNet Plus provided the average business with a savings of approximately $7,095. When you break it down, that's an average of $4,313 saved in IT support, $1,158 saved with software evaluation, and $1,624 saved in IT career development.
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25 Feb 2010   #40
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
explain this from the technet site,
Return on Investment with TechNet Plus

According to a recent case study, TechNet Plus provided the average business with a savings of approximately $7,095. When you break it down, that's an average of $4,313 saved in IT support, $1,158 saved with software evaluation, and $1,624 saved in IT career development.
My interpretation would be that when IT professionals have their own personal TechNet subscriptions and have access to this software, they can better evaluate the needs of businesses and are in a better position to support the software that they do later decide to implement.

In a business setting, you typically get MSDN subscriptions for each employee that needs it. You don't usually just buy 1 subscription and share it among everybody in the office.

Same would apply to Technet. 1 subscription per person who will be installing and evaluating that software. Sure you could share it...but I'm just saying if you follow the license to a fault...that is what you get.

I know that I was told on the phone that I was not allowed to use any software from my Technet subscription in a business setting, either deploying, installing or supporting the software for a business. The business would be required to obtain licensing outside of the Technet program.
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