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#31 lunamonkey



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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:43

Upgrade from a beta? Seriously? That would be a really bad idea. I would be surprised if that had ever been possible on previous Windows releases.

It won't let you, I tried. You can only do full install and it puts the files in Windows.old, or full install and format.

#32 RichardK



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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:43

Just wanted to give you a heads up. I'm not sure about what your long term usage of the products you download from technet is, but they have changed how long you can uses the keys. Once your subscription expires so does your keys.

If you are using TechNet, then why wouldn't you be renewing it every year anyway? The keys should expire when you are no longer paying for TechNet.

Just wanted to thank all the people who thought it was OK to sell/buy TechNet provided Product Keys on eBay. Those people ruined TechNet for those who actually used it and renewed it every year.

#33 Jason Stillion

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:50

As a Tech w/ Technet Subscription working in non-scripted Level 1 & 2 support I will be installing this at home to learn, since we will be getting calls on this... however, not as excited with Windows 8 as I was with Windows 7...
Should be about 2 more days before it hits technet.

#34 Steven P.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:55

I wet myself!

#35 +Chris123NT


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 14:01

To all of you talking about using 2 keys to test on 2 machines etc... You do realize that technet keys activate 10 machines EACH right?

#36 Dan~


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 14:04

Whilst it'll be cool, I really can't be bothered to evaulate it yet ;)

#37 vetneufuse


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 15:35

I wet myself!

Thanks for the image neobond... :cry:

#38 BeerFan


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 16:58

I wet myself!

On a daily basis! ;)

I am about as excited as a wet paper towel.

It won't let you, I tried. You can only do full install and it puts the files in Windows.old, or full install and format.

Good that's how it ought to be. (Y)

#39 Mr. Dee

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 19:01

I already have MSDN Subscriber Downloads bookmarked. Ready and Waiting to download at 128 KBs per sec.

#40 +warwagon


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 16:47

So I just looked it up

If you spend $200 for a standard subscription you can get 2 keys per product at 20 activates each.
If you spend $349 you can get a Professional Subscription with 5 keys and 50 activations each.

Beginning in mid-March 2012, subscribers to TechNet Subscriptions (excluding TechNet Standard which are entitled to 2 keys per product) may access a maximum allocation of three (3) product keys for Microsoft Office and Windows Client products in connection with their subscription. The allotted keys may only be used for software evaluation purposes. Once the maximum keys have been activated, no more keys will be made available. Additional product keys may be acquired through the purchase of an additional subscription.


I love how Microsoft cut down on the number they gave out on the standard subscription from 10 down to 2. Their reason is because it was being abused. Of course it was being abused Microsoft, pirates were actually GIVING you money!

#41 giantpotato


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:15

Have they announced at what time it will be made available?

#42 Roger H.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:19

Usually 9AM PDT so 12PM EST and 1700UTC. AFAIK - they've done midnight launches however so we'll see :)

#43 still1


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 17:33

I have MSDN premium but not so excited... will download and give it a try

#44 +scumdogmillionaire


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:22

Just remember, don't start hitting F5 at 12AM... Probably won't be up until at least 12PM PST.

#45 Kami-


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:41

I'm not excited, sadly... :(