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Windows 7: Technet Plus changed and Reduced number of Keys to 5

18 Sep 2010   #21

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

I just checked my account, and it does indeed say five, but I "harvested" all of my keys before I did anything else.. Let us know if you find out anything about the keys expiring though... Thanks...

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18 Sep 2010   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I have been considering getting the Standard techNet Sub, but Im a bit confused.

With 5 keys does that mean 5 total activations?
Meaning any combination of a OS and/or Office?
Like 3 Windows Activations and 2 Office?

Also, what about the other reference to 2 keys each for the Standard?
Is it 2 OS and 2 office activations?
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18 Sep 2010   #23

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

at this point who knows what anything means. BUT if in fact this is all just an error and things are as always, then-

10 activations per key (meaning 10 different computers). on each of those computers, you get unlimited number of re-activations (dont change a lot of hardware)

but even with just 5 keys, you can request for more. its not like youre buying a set number of keys, they just give you a few up front and you can get more if needed... thats why its not a big deal if they did in fact reduce the default number to 5 keys. however, if they decide to kill the keys after your sub has expired, then youre essentially renting them and thats not going to sit well with a lot of people because a lot of testing goes on and on as various programs get updated and you must keep them compatible with the latest builds of windows and its updates too...
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18 Sep 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have just taken out a new TechNet Standard (Retail) sub and it is 10 keys - the only difference is that I do not get the Enterprise versions of anything.

I also have an expired Professional Retail sub and all those keys are still in play.

For the UK subs here is a link to the comparisons
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18 Sep 2010   #25

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

OK thats good to hear. its likely as the guy was saying then (i have the Technet Professional - Retail account), probably just a website error
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18 Sep 2010   #26

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

there is more confirmation online that this is indeed an error. another member has talked to a different live help concierge and he has confirmed the technet website has problems right now, and there is absolutely no changes to the technet program. we should get all 10 keys back sometime soon.... just be patient.
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18 Sep 2010   #27

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
That's good to know -- My biggest worry was the possibility of keys NOT working say after an expiration -- you might be testing something just before expiration and need to wait a while until you can afford a new subscription

There's plenty of LEGIT reasons why a subscription is allowed to lapse before renewals -- especially in these times where a lot of people are on Contract work and regular money can't always be taken as a "given".

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18 Sep 2010   #28

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Well as I said,, it was only a rumor about Key Activation Lapsing and I have not seen anything official.
I will believe any of this (my posts and others) when I see it.
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18 Sep 2010   #29

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

there wont be any expiration on the keys. this is just a temporary problem, if there was any real changes then microsoft would send out notices to subscribers through email.
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19 Sep 2010   #30

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Hopefully we can find out something on this soon, getting ready to re-new on monday.
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