Microsoft offering free TechNet Plus subscription [Updated]

TechNet Plus is a Microsoft service which offers full, legitimate versions of software to IT professionals (or whoever wants to pay for it). The subscription usually saps your wallet for $349 US, if you only want downloads, or $599 if you'd like disc versions too. However, as you can see, this is pretty pricey... the good news is, if you live in the US, the UK or Canada, our friendly Redmond-based software company has you covered.

If you live in the US, you can go here to get it sorted, or here for Canadians, and if you're in the UK, this will have you up and running. According to our pals at Ars Technica, you will need the following information: First name, last lame, street address, city/town, state, postal code, email, and contact phone number. You'll obviously need a valid address if you wish to get CD/DVD media, but otherwise you can use any for the direct software downloads.

Once that's all well and done, you'll need to do a few more things before you have a wealth of freebies within your grasps:

1. Sign In: Visit the TechNet Subscriptions Benefits Portal (you may be prompted to re-sign in using your Windows Live ID).
2. Register: You will be required to enter your first name, last name, e-mail address (exactly as they appear in your "Ship to" information) and Benefit Access Number: XXXXXXXXXX and accept the license terms.
3. Access Benefits: Once you have completed the registration, you will be able to access your online benefits, including Subscriber Downloads from the TechNet Subscriptions Management page. Each time you visit you will sign in using your Windows Live ID.

For those in other countries, it seems you're out of luck, but no doubt there are ways around these limitations. Let us know how it goes!

[Update]: Ars Technica is reporting that this offer may not be for one year as first thought, but only three months. Never-the-less, it's best to get in early and make the most of this while you can.

[Update 2]: It appears as though there are errors in requesting keys and we are hearing that this offer may have been limited to a select few rather than public. Microsoft has not officially responded to requests for comment.

[Update 3]: We are getting reports from members that many who had been successfully added to the subscription have now been removed. It seems that this was all an error on Microsoft's part.

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I received my free subscription weeks ago and it works fine.....probably because I'm a LEGIT user.
I hope they keep all of these recent subscriptions canceled. With all the moronic comments here, almost all of you do not deserve the free year!! You don't even know how the subscription works.

The keys are good for only your computers and good as long as you have an account. Next year I WILL invest the $399 and renew my account. It is an awesome resource in the right hands. Right hands basically means maybe 5% of the people who have commented on this!

I'm pretty sure you can get like a 25% discount for Technet just from finishing this IT game that Microsoft made www.server-quest.com

I guess??? it's the next best thing to this failed offer

Umm....yeah....but that still doesn't mean you can say "oh it was a mistake, now we know not to do this."

It happened. It doesn't matter if it was a mistake

i got a question... will the keys we got BEFORE they shut us down still work if we have to reinstall windows vista in the future?

i sure hope so.

If your account has been shut down, your subscription has been revoked because you have somehow been found to be violating the ToS. In that case, your Vista install may still activate, and even validate, with the key you have, but you're probably technically not legal.

If I were you, and you were able to log in before and get keys, try back in a day or two after they've had a chance to sort this out. You might get a pleasant surprise.

same here! ... because im already running Windows Vista SP2 x64 Ultimate AND it's ACTIVATED.

i wonder if they will screw us over or not. i sure hope not.

because i just hope they CD KEYS i got (written down ) still work in the future.

but yesterday before they stoped this i got the ISO files for the x86 and x64 versions of Vista SP2 Ultimate.

While it lasted i just used it to grab iso's with integrated service packs, very handy, something i think Microsoft should offer to it's customers who already own software

D'oh! I can still sign in but all my download links are greyed out/disabled. Luckily I got all I needed from it yesterday!

As the survey was for IT people, I would like to know, just how many of you are actually IT people?

Being an IT guy, my company provides us MSDN accounts along with technet subscriptions. Most companies I worked for did. If your IT department does not have a technet subscription you really need to slap your director.

After getting a glimpse of TechNet services and downloads I think I might purchase a subscription when I have the extra cash, won't be this year though.

Depends...... if you have seen you can get unlimited trials and are signing up for that then they haven't really.

If your using it as its intended to set up test suites and test software on multiple system configs then yes.

You have always been able to view the list of downloadable software.

Yup Microsoft once again being Microsoft. The overrated company they've always been. This comes as no surprise because this company is known for its greedyness. Way to waste our time, Micro****!

ManOfMystery said,
Yup Microsoft once again being Microsoft. The overrated company they've always been. This comes as no surprise because this company is known for its greedyness. Way to waste our time, Micro****!

You can't be serious? They had a Pilot program that had a gaping loophole in it, a ton of people exploited it and they closed it. You call that greedy and overrated?

Jeez! Talk about greediness!

Pot meet kettle. You are a great example of the rampant unwarranted sense of entitlement around today. Correcting a mistake because it is being abused is their right and their duty.

Quit whining losers.

My subscription is still active (showing Expiration Date: 6/1/2010). Granted I got in way before this was posted on hundreds of places, including here... As an IT Professional who's just starting a new small business, this is very welcome as I have just saved $350, and this is going to be very useful for my needs. Hopefully Microsoft won't take down my account all because some ***hole (thousands of them, actually) is abusing it. I'm also cooperating with the surveys and will continue to do so. The whole point of this was to help their research team (most people don't know that because the websites posting this simply bypassed the survey link).

Does the keys still validate? I got a few Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Ultimate keys, but since I didn't need them right away, didn't use them. Are they still usable? :-P

And downloads still work. I queued up a few things in their downloader (things like Dynamics AX but didn't download since I have no use for them and probably no need to test either, but still, just in case). Starting the download still. Good thing keys were made and saved while there was still time.

yeah.. i was able to pull down a few isos using their downloader.. but now the key thing is busy or 'greyed out' and does not work. lame.

(6 replies) #36 s3n4te on 03 Jun 2009 - 02:00
I have 300 keys each for Vista, and Office 2007, which means 300 * 10 computers = 3000 computers be tested on!


Id ban this mother ****er just for being an idoit

Sorry wrong again buddy. I signed up and didnt abuse the situation like her did. 300 Keys!!!!!! RIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHT

Just wanted to say thanks to all you freeloaders for causing problems for us that pay for the software we use. Not that I need to access Product Keys today, but if I did, I would be extremely upset.

Neowin is really going downhill fast

I took advantage of an opportunity which was presented to me. If you have a problem you should be taking it out on Microsoft.

Agreed. Neowin had nothing to do with this. It was Microsoft's fault for not securing or validating information.

Neowin had everything to do with this! They posted the direct link to the free subscription that bypassed the survey! They wrote on their homepage, Free Subscription! Neowin misguided us into a non-official method that Microsoft didn't want us getting into.

Neowin is at fault for reposting this story without investigating the requirements, but it's certainly not the only blog that blindly reposted it.

ryushan said,
Neowin is at fault for reposting this story without investigating the requirements, but it's certainly not the only blog that blindly reposted it.

ars technica posted it first, neowin just reported their news

Too bad, maybe if Neowin sent us the link to the actual sign-up system where you had to do the survey, then maybe Microsoft wouldn't have shut this down. That's what we get for using the illegal method.

Well, it was partially, at least. You were supposed to do the Survey and then you would get the free access. That was the agreement. Did you take a survey? No. Did you get access? Yes. You violated the agreement.

andrewbares said,
Well, it was partially, at least. You were supposed to do the Survey and then you would get the free access. That was the agreement. Did you take a survey? No. Did you get access? Yes. You violated the agreement.

Was any of this related to us, prior to Neowin essentially plastering "Come get free crap!" on their front page? No. We were only told half of the story, and acted accordingly.

I agree that it wasn't our faults. It was Neowin's fault for posting the bad information. It was illegal what we did, but since we had no way of knowing it, and since a reliable source referred us to the "Sweet deal", we can't be blamed. But I'm actually considering buying the subscription now!

andrewbares said,
It was illegal what we did,

No, it wasn't. There is no law that states that you are not allowed to make use of a website that Microsoft freely allowed people to access. There was no TOS displayed on the page that informed people that they were required to do a survey to access it. I managed to get keys for a good number of products, and am still waiting on some of them to finish downloading. People throw the term "illegal" around WAY too much around here for things that clearly are not illegal.

Before I left the house for the evening, I made sure to save an xml file with all of the keys I had generated. Looks like that was a good idea now, since I can't access them anymore. What's weird is that the downloads that I had already queued up are still running!

Looks like when I went into my profile under the site it looks like they disabled my account showing. Looks like I was able to at least download when I wanted to test out with the keys... SUCKS now though

I am glad I grabbed the keys when I had the chance. Just logged into the site and all the keys are grayed out... WHOROAH

well i had my doubts ... i only wanted keys for up to date software to use/test in virtual machines as for someone like myself recently loosing my job to the economy crap going on how can i buy a subscription ... as i m still on xp yes legit copy and was looking into how i could get finance to help to do a MCDST course but oh well end to that.


on the other hand any company posting a product up on ther web should honor it be it 3 months or 1 year .... i remember years ago something like this happened to Dell with 20" monitors was list on HUKD and they were made to honor the orders that where placed before they fixed the **** up ...but i guess MS wil just use ther vast amount of money to pay the judge/court off to rule in there favour that where all pirates and belong in jail ...FOR THERE OWN **** UP!! if u dont want use to get it SECURE the dam LINK/SITE!!!

You can get Server 2003 and Server 2008 via Dreamspark. If you need a code for DreamSpark, shoot me an email. I might have some left.

Well I got registered, activated, etc etc, now it doesn't appear my Subscriber number is valid anymore.. Anyone else in that boat?

guess no windows 7 later this year for free haha My work still may subscribe Though, so I can still get updates from them.

Just been chucked off too, but to be honest its no great loss as I am forunate enough to be in a position where I have legal access to all the MS software I want and need.

To be fair to MS, had they left this open much longer, it could have done irreperable damage to there business, so I fully respect there descion to close the loophole.

Server Error in '/offer' Application.
The resource cannot be found.
Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

Requested URL: /offer/technet_na.aspx

Well it lets me into the downloads but, won't let me have any keys.

I am sure I did this survey already via my email address.

Never mind, it seemed too true to start with. :sad:

What a whiner!

You're in, dude. If you can get to the download page, then you have a valid subscription. Can't get keys? Guess what, neither can the paying users! There's too much traffic.

Come back in a few hours. Or days.

What a whiner!

You're in, dude. If you can get to the download page, then you have a valid subscription. Can't get keys? Guess what, neither can the paying users! There's too much traffic.

Come back in a few hours. Or days.

Guys... I know why our accounts were removed.

Aparently, there was more to the story than posted.

check here for full story

In short, aparently there was a program for IT people to fill out some survey, and as a result of the survey, they were given access to those links to sign up. Someone at arstechnica aparently got ahold of the end links and posted it, so technically what we did was illegal, since we didn't go through the first survey, and now the survey is closed, so no luck for us

I actually read the agreement on the "buy" screen - there was nothing there about having to complete any survey. It would be interesting to see someone take msft to task and say - your problem for leaving signup unsecured. Even accessing a whitepaper has been, in the past, limited to certain live accounts.

Why they didn't use this same security on this is anyone's guess.

looks like mine was canceled as well...but wow, not even an email? you know the short time I was able to grab stuff I needed, I found it pretty useful, especially for setting up our testing lab. Might see if we can swing the 350$ to buy a license. Sucks too because I definately would've renewed my subscription.

Someone on Ars Technica just posted this:

"Taddeusz2002: I just got ahold of TechNet support. They say that this pilot program was supposed to be a limited random invitation sort of thing. If you received an email inviting you then it was valid. What the support rep said is that someone posted the link on their blog. So everyone who was not officially invited to the pilot program has gotten their orders revoked."

My subscription was also cancelled, however I was able to get my keys and downloads. Installed Vista Ultimate and it activated just fine. Hope it doesn't get revoked later.

Sevan said,
Didn't take long for them to catch up, that's for sure. Damn, I couldn't get any keys. :(

I was happy to get the "official" integrated Vista w/ SP2 ISO's while I could.

zeke009 said,
I was happy to get the "official" integrated Vista w/ SP2 ISO's while I could.

Yeah that's really the main reason I signed up for it.

downloads are all working now, and keys are getting generated. SWEETT!!!! now I can finally finish setting up our test lab, and saved the cost of an MSDN subscription..I'm definately going to renew this

Still works for me. I am on the office 2007 download page, why doesn't it have a download for office 2007 with sp2. Am I missing something? I already slipstreamed the enterprise edition a while ago. I just downloaded the office ulitmate. I will have to slipstream sp2 onto the ultimate edition myself.

I got this one before they took the front page down.

Different Link

but I still can't get in. I think this isn't a Technet issue but a .NET or Live services aren't connecting to this store. It gets stuck in a loop at signin account check after you click checkout.

On 3 different browsers it says I cant access it because I dont have Cookies enabled. Anyone else having this problem with this link? And yes I have Cookies enabled.

Sean2989 said,
On 3 different browsers it says I cant access it because I dont have Cookies enabled. Anyone else having this problem with this link? And yes I have Cookies enabled.

yup *points up*

Maybe if people didnt go around getting keys for everything or multiple keys for the same thing there would not have been any problems and if MS removes the new accounts that too could have maybe been avoided if not for the greed. I got 3 keys and only 3.

XChrome you're right on the money, people are just so selfish then laugh about it, and people wonder why Microsoft places high prices for software.

I got accepted last night and started downloading..... Got 24+ packages w/keys

Just logged back into the site and started downloading office software packages as well as Windows 7 Ultimate.

I had a small issue getting the key's to generate but eventually after 1 or 2 attempts worked just fine.

noooo.... i just tried a 2nd time to get in but this time around i'm getting the 404 error. before i was getting an error something like this "error processing your order".

a day late and a dollar short...

Server Error in '/offer' Application.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The resource cannot be found.
Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

Requested URL: /offer/technet_na.aspx

bah

Luckily I got all my 300 keys for Vista, XP, and Office 2007 into a Word file last night because I can't seem to access any of them online today :D

edit: nvm I'm able to see them,but they load really slow.

People hoarding keys like that is what ruins special offers like this for everyone else. :(

I don't get the point either. That's far more than anyone could ever need in a lifetime, and if you share them you just get in trouble (the keys are tied to your account) and the keys blacklisted. It's probably also why the key server has been so swamped and why no one else can sign up now.

makes a good topic for 4th grade 'show and tell'. Tommy says.."I got an A on my Math Test"....one says..."I got 300 keys from Microsoft"...LOL

Oh please, think out of the box for once. How would I get more than limit imposed on an account?

*drumroll*

Make more accounts.

s3n4te said,
Oh please, think out of the box for once. How would I get more than limit imposed on an account?

*drumroll*

Make more accounts.


You know what you are mate? A ****ING HOG, some people can't even get in because of you're selfish BS.

I hope Microsoft fines you for each and every single key. Each one is valid for 10 computers, you do not need that many. No one in the world does. Making multiple accounts and getting 900 keys is not just idiotic, it's downright criminal. Better hope you have a good explanation for them.

You sound like people who got 10+ Scene (rewards program for movie theatres) cards when someone offered a way to get free 2500 points via RFD. Creating multiple accounts and spoofing many fake names, but using real addresses.

s3n4te said,
Oh please, think out of the box for once. How would I get more than limit imposed on an account?

*drumroll*

Make more accounts.

So you made 30 accounts? What a loser...

I just logged on to my company MSDN account and got the message above..... I guess the servers are just being bombarded. ;)

I registered my account last night, minutes after this appeared on NeoWin, so I got my account.... and was able to browse keys and download files.... Can't access my keys now, but I am sure that will be fixed.

Wow. I've been trying for about two hours and keep getting the error everyone else is getting. Just now, my browser (IE8) had me sign into Live ID again. I tried to order the free TechNet sub again and it went through!

keys seem to work, although windows home server won't generate one yet, just refreshes with a blank key. sucks cuz I lost my old one.

Probably just did it at the right time.... worked here on vista with firefox.. no issues.. been trying couple times an hour...

DEFINITELY an element of luck to this. Been trying since last night with no joy...

I get the product page, but when I click "Buy" I get a 500 server error.

eblkheart said,
My thought exactly. Clicking the link still gives the 404 error code.

Just a heads up, I refreshed and there it was, my order confirmation.

ROFL...

All the windows 7 keys... expire june 1 2010.

Also if they want, they can invalidate all the generated keys through software updates.

MSDN account FTW...

The Win 7 keys expire, because it's not RTM yet.

The keys you see now will not work with the RTM copy, so those keys stop working when the ISO for whatever build you have expires.

And they won't invalidate the generated keys for the people who actually got in on the deal.

xendrome said,
The Win 7 keys expire, because it's not RTM yet.

The keys you see now will not work with the RTM copy, so those keys stop working when the ISO for whatever build you have expires.

And they won't invalidate the generated keys for the people who actually got in on the deal.

I know... Developer... MS gave me an MSDN account. I don't get my software through technet, I get mine through MSDN, where I will get the RTM windows 7 in September or October.

The offer was also for feed back participants. I would not be surprised to see many keys invalidated, especially those who generated key after key for the same product, if you read the fine print on generated keys, volume key, you only need one. I run the same key on 5 different server 08 installs.

I remember once I got a free subscription to technet plus through bink.nu it was really great, even send me a card by mail...
here's what I'm getting now:

Server Error in '/offer' Application.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The resource cannot be found.
Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

Requested URL: /offer/technet_can.aspx

I hope I didn't miss it

All worked well for me. I've now downloaded and got the keys for Office, XP Pro, and Windows Vista, which I'll be evaluating.

Argh! When I get to the last step I get "We are unable to validate your customer information and proceed with your order at this time." It looks like I missed out.

I keep getting this error: "We are unable to validate your customer information and proceed with your order at this time." Anyone else getting this?

they have now shut off access to keys and download links. it would be nice if thinks returend to normal once the hords of download trolls have givenup o the old lets press F5 to try and speed things up. lol

All working fine here, software and necessary keys.
Having said that have not yet used any of the keys given.

ilovetech said,
can anyone use the product keys generated now to check whether they have been blacklisted or not?

They are not blacklisted at this point in time from what I can tell.

Just 1 question, on how many machines can i use 1 retail technet key? not multiple activations on the same machine, but using the same key simultaneously on different machines...

The Guardian said,
Just 1 question, on how many machines can i use 1 retail technet key? not multiple activations on the same machine, but using the same key simultaneously on different machines...

Most product keys from TechNet and MSDN allow for 10 unique machine activations, with unlimited re-activations on the same hardware.

You can find coupons and stuff to make it $250 for the year. Anybody who does IT for a living should buy this. Where else will you get free versions of software .

majortom1981 said,
You can find coupons and stuff to make it $250 for the year. Anybody who does IT for a living should buy this. Where else will you get free versions of software . :)

Wish I had the coin to do it. I was hoping to get a key for Home Premium to install on my wifes machine to get her off of Business. My thinking is that if the Win7 reports are valid and Win7 Home Premium only upgrades from Vista Home Premium, I'd rather have that on her machine than the Business Editions of Vista/Win7.

zeke009 said,
Wish I had the coin to do it. I was hoping to get a key for Home Premium to install on my wifes machine to get her off of Business. My thinking is that if the Win7 reports are valid and Win7 Home Premium only upgrades from Vista Home Premium, I'd rather have that on her machine than the Business Editions of Vista/Win7.

Windows 7 Professional has all the features from 7 Home Premium anyway. :P

i was wondering what legal action microsoft can actually take for all those who have got a free lunch? and what about those who accessed the benefits living in countries other than US, UK or canada

What can they do? This was mis-represented on sites such as this, and reported as being legit. If anything, I could see websites facing lawsuits for posting bogus information. I signed up, thinking it was an offer in relation to doing surveys, and I'm not one of these clowns that goes and generates 100 keys for every product on there.

i still strongly believe that redmond company won't let all this free stuff to go away so easily...something will be done by them for sure.

-Vivicidal- said,
It wasn't legal? Wasn't the link posted by Neowin staff?

it definitely wasn't legal. neowin staff may be resonsible only to small extent. people who actually used it are more to be blamed. they should have thought about it as the "offer" was to good to be true.

I was actually planning on using it for what was intended, evaluating and testing software in non-production/daily use environments. I was looking at purchasing an TechNet/MSDN subscription anyway - so if this does fall through I'll go ahead and spend the money on a real subscription.

Neowin posted the illegial link. They were supposed to put a link to the Survey and then you would get the subscription. Neowin would be to blame since they gave us the portal to the illegial sign up system.

I feel dumb now, I knew it sounded too good to be true but with it on Neowin and other supposedly legit news sites I was finally convinced it was a special offer for everyone. I guess this means I don't really have a legit copy of Vista and Office now, may as well delete the keys. I was so happy last night too, thanks a lot Neowin.

No dice for me in the U.S. I've tried for an hour or so and no luck. Shucks.

At least I was able to take advantage of the Microsoft Power Together a couple of year ago and get Office Pro 2007 and Windows Vista Business for free...

But this would have been very nice....

Wonder if they will cut it off and blacklist all the keys...

Right now I have 26 Vista Ultimate keys from 3 TechNet subs (2 legitimate + this one), not that I'd ever use it that many. 26 keys + 10x activations = 260 different computers. That's alotta Vista Ultimate!

Yep it is a server issue. I get this message:

Alert - Error

Duration (GMT-8): Wednesday, June 03, 2009 7:37:35 AM To (GMT-8): Unknown

Last Updated (GMT-8): Wednesday, June 03, 2009 7:38:41 AM

Benefit or Service: Impact:
Product key access
System slowness or access is being investigated

User Action:
We are working to get this issue resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Edit: Oops, the formatting got bust. Here's the error message:

leesmithg said,
Windows 7 is still evaluation even though key activated fine.

That's because it's still pre-release software. A technet key isn't going to be any different from the key that came with the public RC that EVERYONE had access to. It will remain evaluation software until the final is released on October 22nd.

not working for me. won't let me complete the sign up process. this must not have been meant for the public.

(snipped)
I've just checked both of my msdn accounts and the key generation is failing there also. I think they've taken it offline.

I guess its a server overload issue. It wasn't working for me for about one and a half hours. Then suddenly it worked once. And has stopped working again.

mmm, Well Im way outside US and thinking of putting some Junk Values to the Questions. What will happen to me. Im still backing up coz what if they get ma IP and trace the hell outta me :O
any ideas ? is it a technically good thing ?

Anyone have the survey link they received in an email? I would like to keep my account but cannot if I dont do the survey.

techbeck said,
Anyone have the survey link they received in an email? I would like to keep my account but cannot if I dont do the survey.

It no longer works. Tried it on two separate systems, different user accounts, different browsers. Throws up a page saying the survey was already completed.

For the people facing problems in generating keys, you will face the problems if viewing the page on either Firefox or Chrome. Viewing the page on Internet Explorer works just fine.

Solarstorm said,
For the people facing problems in generating keys, you will face the problems if viewing the page on either Firefox or Chrome. Viewing the page on Internet Explorer works just fine.

Was working fine for me in IE for a bit, now I'm getting the same errors I had in Chrome. Servers must be getting hammered.

Solarstorm said,
For the people facing problems in generating keys, you will face the problems if viewing the page on either Firefox or Chrome. Viewing the page on Internet Explorer works just fine.

Cool, forgot to add the site to IE Tab....

Okay, even if new keys stop being generated, can we still access the keys generated when things were working? I generated a WHS key, but didn't copy it locally.

Game over folks! The page now verifies your information, so don't bother unless you're legitimately in!

Has this been nerfed? I signed up last night and have yet to receive an email about a survey. Also, I can no longer generate keys.

Any ideas?

techbeck said,
Well, did anyone here actually get in was able to keep their keys/logons and generate keys?

I am able to access the keys I generated last night, after completing the survey.

No need to use IE for accessing this. Install the Microsoft File Transfer Manager app and get
the downloads through your preferred browser that isn't IE. I'm accessing this "offer" via
my SeaMonkey browser, and each download as prompted to use the MS FTM app.


Unable to sign up myself, once im on the processing page it goes to error..

We are unable to validate your customer information and proceed with your order at this time.

Ugh, I keep getting a "We are unable to validate your customer information and proceed with your order at this time." error...

cpenner said,
Ugh, I keep getting a "We are unable to validate your customer information and proceed with your order at this time." error...

I do too...Ive tried with both FF3 and IE8.

TheGlassPrison said,
Hmmm i can get ISOs but no keys. Keep getting errors

The servers are probably getting nailed from all of the activity.

surely ms must have noticed the terabytes worth of increase in traffic. seems like people can still sign up.

on a quick note i don't see any wrong signing up to this. no where does it state any restrictions regarding survey or stuff like that.

greenwiggle said,
surely ms must have noticed the terabytes worth of increase in traffic. seems like people can still sign up.

on a quick note i don't see any wrong signing up to this. no where does it state any restrictions regarding survey or stuff like that.

You are entering the standard technet subscription portal and using a code to activate which is after the survey. The pages are there always, they have nothing to do with the survey so it won't mention it there. nothing bad will happen to anyone that signs up, other than the account being terminated. However, you are effectively stealing from microsoft if you plan to use any of these products at home or work. It's the equivalent of ransacking the goods from a grounded ship that wash up on a beach, it's not yours, but you're taking it anyway.....

poor design on MS's behalf, a stupid system wide open to being exploited in this way. I imagine someone will be being grilled in the boardroom right now

greenwiggle said,
on a quick note i don't see any wrong signing up to this. no where does it state any restrictions regarding survey or stuff like that.

You didn't do the survey which was REQUIRED BEFORE you created the Technet acct. By not following the complete offer patch (survey) you are in the wrong.

It doesn't state any restrictions because the links that are at the top of this page, should not have been posted at the top of this page, or in the forums for that matter, unless all required info was posted with it.

While I might not be able to get product keys, I am able to get updated ISO images with SP2 integrated. I'll take that so I don't have to apply SP updates in the future.

I've got the updated Vista ISO, but I wasn't seeing an Office 2007 w/ SP2 image. Has anyone found that on there yet?

waldenasta said,
It on there under updated products..1st one.
Those appear to be the Service Pack only, not an integrated installation of Office 2007 with SP1 and SP2.

i think it's unlikely this will give everyone free win7 keys for RTM. More likely they'll either disable all new signups that have used this loophole or limit the subscription to 12 weeks or so.

the keys issue is due to server stress, it happens often with the msdn site when they do a major launch. you'd be advised to follow the instructions further up this thread on how to get the keys without generating them before MS take action.

When I saw " Expiration Date: 1/1/1900 " I knew something was wrong ... although it allowed me to check what a subscription looks like, we, indeed, can't request any keys

Woot thanks for the free legit software Microsoft! :D

Lets hope this page is still up and we all have access when Windows 7 RTM hits

i'm in the uk, got signed up. keys and downloads working. takes a few reloads. hope ms don't disable these keys.
the prospect of getting win7 for free is fab.

look like the server are overloaded... everybody is in hurry to get anythings before it's too late... the downloads works, the keygen have problems but if you try hard you get it (from productkey page)...I dont' think that M$ will waste time to revoke and invalid the keys, they'll simply shutdown the signup and move on.

Ok i wonder if it's possible to buy TechNet subscription in the US store if you are living in another country. I wanted to buy Technet subscription through Dutch Microsoft store but I have to pay for about $ 631,46 if I do so.
When I buy it fro mthe US technet site then the subscription will cost me for about $ 400 + VAT but I have to fill an adress in the US. Can I fill an unknow andress and then pay with my CC? What could happen if I do so?

I have a bad feeling about this. If it's too good be to true, it usually is.

You'll all get burned sooner or later. I'm going to wait a week or so to see if Microsoft do anything with it.

I reckon the servers are being hammered.

I posted links on another site myself and if half of us did, then well a lot are wanting to get through the door at pace.

And what are the license terms for software downloaded from Technet? Is it allowed to commercially use these apps?

tom5 said,
And what are the license terms for software downloaded from Technet? Is it allowed to commercially use these apps?

No.

Can I use evaluation software received in my TechNet Plus subscription at home?

The license grants installation and use rights to one user only, for evaluation purposes, on any of the user̢۪s devices, this may include devices at home. Keep in mind that you may use the evaluation software only to evaluate it. You may not use it in a live operating environment, a staging environment, or with data that has not been sufficiently backed up. You may not use the evaluation software for software development or in an application development environment.

tom5 said,
And what are the license terms for software downloaded from Technet? Is it allowed to commercially use these apps?


Also, it's worth mentioning that Microsoft rarely does random audits of Technet subscribers.
It takes a lot, like generating dozens of keys or if they find the keys on warez sites. I consult for lots of companies, only one was ever audited, they paid a fine and licensed the software and moved on.

For the record, you were only meant to get access to Technet if you signed up in a special feedback program. Instead some wiseguy thought it would be cool to post the links you get to sign up on Technet after you have enrolled in this program. If you are not enrolled in the feedback progam, soon you will receive an email stating that your subscription is invalid. For participating in the feedback program you get a year long sub, I'm guessing for those who took the leaked shortcut it has either been cut to 3 months or will be removed as soon as MS figures out what happened. Here is is an old article explaining the program in more detail so you can see for yourself. read!

Neowin did some pretty bad news reporting. I know they were just trusting their "buds over at that other site, but still, that shouldn't have happened. I wish if Neowin would have given me the official version, not the cut short 3 month version. Am I boring you all yet?

Thanks j0j081. I was wondering about the catch. Good to know now that this isn't legit for most of us here, rather than unexpectedly finding out later from Microsoft.

torrentthief said,
3 months means it will expire before windows 7 goes RTM:( Shame.

Windows 7 will RTM around end of July and should appear on MSDN / Technet not long after that.

had to make a new live id account but it's working now. nice even if I do have to renew it in a year who cares $250 for all the software I'm good for that

If you can't get a key try this:

click on the key you want and get the error. at the top of the page click "product keys".

Look for the product you wanted a key for, see if it gave you a key. It did for me.

Thanks! Fantastic. Also having problems getting product keys but not too concerned. Just thankful that it allows me to get a copy of the Vista disc with SP2 already integrated and the newest desktop optimization pack!

AWESOME!!! Some good software on here that I have wanted to try but just too pricey. Plus what a pr move?? If I can get windows 7 from here, I can honestly say my bitterness about Vista will be forgotten. M$ is doing a good thing.

i have a trouble with showing the Product keys , i registered fine went to the operating system page to download foe ex: Vista SP2 X64 .. and when i click the Product key it hangs and afterwards shows an error ...

anybody else has this problem ?

Ghost_one said,
i have a trouble with showing the Product keys , i registered fine went to the operating system page to download foe ex: Vista SP2 X64 .. and when i click the Product key it hangs and afterwards shows an error ...

anybody else has this problem ?

Almost everyone is having this problem i've only managed to grab one key which was Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Standard

initially i could generate quite a few but i did about 6 or so (a few-ish on Vista Ultimate SP2 and a few-ish on Home Premium) but it does seem like it's erroring when i try to generate some but sometimes i get through.

so in other words... i personally think there server is getting hammered and dont always go through when clicking the generate key thing.

Here is an odd note. I was doing all this on Windows 7 dual boot install and now im back on Vista. When I go to the technet site it has my original logged in and it wont let me log out no matter what I do. I can even go to the ID site login there under the new one that i got it to work with but when I go to the site it's self it is still logged in as teh orginal. Weird. I think that maybe why I could not get it to work originally.

looks like its closed down now, users here are getting a message about all subscriptions being used up, try again in 24hrs

ZombieFly said,
looks like its closed down now, users here are getting a message about all subscriptions being used up, try again in 24hrs

I'm still pulling down my download list. Can't get a key to save my life though

existing subscriptions will continue to work, its new signups that are closed. The key thing happens often with msdn also when the system is under strain. The keys wouldn't generate for a few days when 7 RC was released, it will work eventually

PaulDr said,
I'm still pulling down my download list. Can't get a key to save my life though

Me too. Still getting my downloads. Good thing I grabbed all my keys first.

Is anybody else having trouble getting keys? I got a key for WHS instantly, but Office 2007 Ultimate just gives an error message.

XChrome said,
I got an error with Ultimate too but not with Enterprise.


Do you know if the key for Enterprise will work for Ultimate?

so let me get this straight, i am now in my legal right to download any of the applications on the technet download page?

e.g. i was just about to spend £500 on windows server 2008 for my work place.

i can legally download this and use it on my server?

only for evaluation as per the terms of the technet subscription. if you want to use the server in a production environment then you need to purchase a full licence. You cannot run production systems legally with these keys. The policing of this is entirely your responsibility, there is nothing to stop you running a production system with the key, until FAST get you and destroy your business with lawsuits

forcer said,
thanks for clearing that up, we would rather stay legal so i wont bother.

if you need to test the product out before buying it then its ideal. You can build your system using the technet key then phone ms to upgrade the licence to production. I'm currently developing our sharepoint system under msdn licence, we are in talks with ms for a bundled licence with some other products.

technet/msdn is excellent for eval/dev cycles. It would be a world of pain without such services. I love MS for this.

that's even better... do you pay full price for licence upgrade as a technet subscriber, we put £500 in the budget for windows server 2008 which i believe was the cost of the retail version, we're only running 2000 (lol)

forcer said,
that's even better... do you pay full price for licence upgrade as a technet subscriber, we put £500 in the budget for windows server 2008 which i believe was the cost of the retail version, we're only running 2000 (lol)

it depends. the thing with MS licensing is you can chat with them and wangle some deals for your organisation. It generally works out well in the long run if you take out software assurance or whatever it's called. The bigger the business, the better the deals are....

isnt server 2008 sold on cals rather than processor? i'm not directly involved with the licences, i'm just a dev

On a side note when looking at the keys they have many that are I guess pregiven with the subscription. Lots of stuff i'll never even fool around with.

Oh happy day I'm jumping on this now before Microsoft realises that a Windows 7 leaky pipe isn't their only problem if this is a mistake.

For those who said that it will expire before Windows 7 comes out, that's probably not true. Windows 7 will be released in October for new PC's and retail, but almost as soon as it RTM's it will be on TechNet & MSDN. Anyone who gets this free account, as long as MS don't shut them all down, should have full access to Windows 7 Ultimate on RTM at the end of July/early August.

UPDATE:

If you get an error just make a new ID with an alternative email address.

After trying it from Windows 7 and getting the same loop error I said well lets try making a new ID with one of my other emails. After Confiming that new id with my second Cox email vola it worked. I am unsure why the heck my original does not work but whatever.


On a side note Im downloading Dos 6.22 for fun, lol. with Windows 3.11 I wonder if they would go on a quad core ;-)

If you wish to download anything, you must use IE and you must allow active components to be installed so you can use their nifty download manager.

leesmithg said,
If you wish to download anything, you must use IE and you must allow active components to be installed so you can use their nifty download manager.

i have no problems downloading with firefox. same with my msdn subscription.

I have been getting this for hours: (after I click Buy)

An unknown error occurred while processing your request. This is most likely due to a connection failure. Please try again.

Using IE8

It only works in Internet Explorer, at least the download process does anyway.

Sounds silly, but you are using a valid Live account aren't you?

If i install something would it sto pworking when my subcription runs out or like DreamSpark I get to keep the software I've already installed.

I doubt this will last long guys, these links are not supposed to be for the public, they are used for members of the Technet Plus Pilot Program as part of the signup process (I am a member), it would appear that someone thought it would be nice to leak these links, however please be aware that they have a list of members and that all these unathorised accounts will likely get deleted by Microsoft pretty damn quick. and as for the person who leaked these, shame on you, you may have got your little bit of IT Fame but in doing this you may have spoilt the program for the genuine members who got selected to be part of it.

Also the reason the expiry date is set as 1900 is becuase when the signup for the program is complete and you get accepted Microsoft then set a true expiry date on the subscription that expires 12 months after joining the pilot program.

Do you think this was meant to not be out to the public? wouldnt they put restrictions on what email accounts can access the link or something? i signed up for it, i got my evaluation serials. I am going to try a few softwares that i have been wanting to purchase for work. If i like them, i will purchase it. I wonder what they are going to do is this was just an oops, this wasnt supposed to go to the public. i would think they would have blocked it by now.

Ok bros and hoes, let me just say this. i dont like the smell of this. Free? I dont think so. Clicking on the US link says invalid certificate... Someone phising for personal info?? Ah **** my balls hurt, i think i will really need surgery as the doctor recommended. I hate surgeries. Why me why me

You have to use Internet Explorer, and it's legitimate. However I must admit I'm still in a state of disbelief; everything from MS-DOS to Vista, Office XP to 2007, all free and with as many copies as you want? I'm still waiting for that proverbial catch, it just seems too good to be true.

can someone explain what is this Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 2 Checked Build ?? what is checked build?
is it retail or not?

You can scroll down a little further on that download page and you'll see the Winodws Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 2 and it's not the checked build. That's the one you want.

I am downloading Ultimate vista and windows 7 in 32 and 64 bit with a key for each puter in the house + 1 extra key.

I am also downloading windows installer and desktop optimization pack.

Thanks to the original poster!

No catch; they do this from time to time. As previously noted, the subscription dies just before win 7 comes out so you can choose to extend the freebie for $249 or go and buy a retail copy without access to all of the other goodies.

ricksterto said,
No catch; they do this from time to time. As previously noted, the subscription dies just before win 7 comes out so you can choose to extend the freebie for $249 or go and buy a retail copy without access to all of the other goodies.

when i look at renew, it doesnt give me the option to renew for 249, do u think i wont have the option to renew?

ricksterto said,
No catch; they do this from time to time. As previously noted, the subscription dies just before win 7 comes out so you can choose to extend the freebie for $249 or go and buy a retail copy without access to all of the other goodies.


where does it say renewal for $249? I see $349.

Jason16 said,
where does it say renewal for $249? I see $349.

If you click on 'TechNet Plus Overview' on the menu when Home is selected, it should come up with a big thing on the main page saying:

Buy from $349 USD for a one-year subscription
Renew from $249 USD for an additional year

And you've really got 300/3000 computers to use these keys on too.

And if you did, its not like someone won't use keyfinder and leak the key/s anyway :P

so what is this thing about a survey? im going to have to take a survey within 24hrs? or the account gets cancelled?

can someone just answer me one thing, is this all free? so i can get a key for anything i need for free? im like afraid they will charge me for the 2 keys i generated for vistal ultimate. my desktop and my laptop

nope - no charge; remember this is for testing purposes. You could use the same key for multiple machines with no problem. After 5 installations with the same key, you have to call msft and they will ask how many machines you are testing with.

ricksterto said,
nope - no charge; remember this is for testing purposes. You could use the same key for multiple machines with no problem. After 5 installations with the same key, you have to call msft and they will ask how many machines you are testing with.

wow, thanks man. this was getting so weird. like i felt like i was in disneyland for the first time.. its so un real. like a dream. im glad i got this. i wasnt really aware of how this works. its a nce way for me to evaluate software. im for sure going to renew this.

s0nic69 said,
can someone just answer me one thing, is this all free? so i can get a key for anything i need for free? im like afraid they will charge me for the 2 keys i generated for vistal ultimate. my desktop and my laptop :)

I think it is free. You can only get what u want when your technet is valid.

i just tried it with mozilla and got this lol [more info than with IE8]:

Secure Connection Failed


om2.one.microsoft.com uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is unknown.

(Error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer)



To add the source site has the same loop errors happening.

I would expect this to expire just before Windows 7; that way, people either leave the subscription and get 7 (if they wanted it, of course) retail, or pay for the subscription and get 7... that way Microsoft gets paid either way, really.

That makes sense to me, I am grabbing a few things from here. I think this is a good thing for MS it lets people test things before buying or getting a subscription.

According to the ArsTechnica (updated) article, it's showing an expiry of September 30, 2009.

While this is a few weeks before the announced Oct 22 release of Win7, TechNet and MSDN have both historically offered downloads on RTM date.

I had an MSDN sub at the time Vista was released, and I remember gleefully downloading it as soon as I could...

All I get is a refresh after refresh with clicking noises lol. And then this:

Windows Live ID is unavailable from this site for one of the following reasons:

This site may be experiencing a problem.
The site may not be a member of Windows Live ID.
eventhough I am logged in via other areas lol.

Just to add tried:
64bit IE
No add-ons IE


Also tried going to the technet site and buying the normal subscription at full price and the same thing happens.

i got mine, really, what is the catch? someone above said something about a survey u have to take. also, the renewal is: $249. not a bad price. i wonder if the newal price will be able to apply to this.

I'm getting "Unrecognized Subscription Data" on the "Activate my MSDN Subscription" page. Anyone else?

It is the technet site. The page has a banner saying Technet Subscriptions, the browser title shows "Activate my MSDN Subscription". Anyway this page is referred from one of the previous pages.

*Edit*

Nevermind, they used my orders email address instead of my live account email address.

yes im in there now... BUT it's only a RC (Release Candidate) ... so i assume once it goes final you cant use those CD KEYS for Windows7 anymore?

ThaCrip said,
yes im in there now... BUT it's only a RC (Release Candidate) ... so i assume once it goes final you cant use those CD KEYS for Windows7 anymore?

the rtm will appear on technet with new keys. whether this is still valid by then is anyone's guess. If it is, you will get a valid win7 key.

Just as a slight correction, Sam, TechNet is not for developers, it is for IT professionals. MSDN is for developers. With a TechNet Subscription, you do not get access to Microsoft's developer tools or suites like with MSDN.

devHead said,
Just as a slight correction, Sam, TechNet is not for developers, it is for IT professionals. MSDN is for developers. With a TechNet Subscription, you do not get access to Microsoft's developer tools or suites like with MSDN.

Good point; I will update this right away.

Any software you get from TechNet is for evaluation only. It's not a free license to run the software on a production machine. It's meant to be used as a trial before you buy the software, not as a replacement for a retail copy. In fact it states this in the terms of agreement if any of you managed to read it.
But I'm sure none of you care, even though this is an abuse of Technet's intended purpose, since I'm sure everyone just wants free software. I'm sure there are a few of you who would use this legitimately but I'm sure most won't. Using software against the ToA from technet instead of buying it is just as bad as getting a pirate copy.

I guess you are right. I'll admit i'm using this to upgrade to vista ultimate free of charge. Thankfully I alreayd have office, but as to server OSes, I'll definately be testing those out as I have no need to own a server os atm or anywhere in the near future. and yes I know you can get a 180day eval version of server 2008.

plus the training materials and webcasts would be huge for me as I was planning on trying to get MS certification.

giantpotato- I guess you got plenty of time on your hands if you actually read the ToA :). My intent was to just get Vista w/ SP2 and call it a day!!. That is why I was concerned with the serial keys being displayed on the website.

giantpotato said,
Any software you get from TechNet is for evaluation only. It's not a free license to run the software on a production machine. It's meant to be used as a trial before you buy the software, not as a replacement for a retail copy. In fact it states this in the terms of agreement if any of you managed to read it.
But I'm sure none of you care, even though this is an abuse of Technet's intended purpose, since I'm sure everyone just wants free software. I'm sure there are a few of you who would use this legitimately but I'm sure most won't. Using software against the ToA from technet instead of buying it is just as bad as getting a pirate copy.


Umm, actually no. You are permitted to use the final retail builds of any product on home pcs at least. I know because I have asked. I am a technet subscriber under IT Pro Momentum just in case you wondered.

i'm wondering what's the catch here?
and it's also stating "TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot" in 'The item TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot has been added to your cart.'

what does that 'pilot' thingy mean in this case?

Basically, you'll be getting a link for taking surveys for the next 2.5 months. You have to respond to the survey within 24 hours or you won't be allowed to continue with your subscription. Maybe that's why the expiration date is 1900. Perhaps when you finish the first survey, the date will change. But I don't know. I have read this about the surveys that you are required to take from SlickDeals.

That is my point to this discussion . I'm downloading Vista w/ SP2 and would like to run it on my laptop over my current XP Pro.

I don't know if they can just ban them legally - at the end of the day, nothing in those pages state that you're not eligible, and you've technically entered into a contract with them by purchasing it.

I would assume that to legally use those serials you'd have to abide by the initial terms, which is participation in a 2.5 month survey. Since the survey site is no longer active, and hasn't been for a while now, and nobody here is capable of participating in the survey, those keys aren't legal.

bmaher said,
I don't know if they can just ban them legally - at the end of the day, nothing in those pages state that you're not eligible, and you've technically entered into a contract with them by purchasing it.


For $0, which they will happily refund.

Well if the keys are forever then why wouldn't someone just pay the $350 bucks a year and get access to all the keys you want.

If there's a "catch", it's that you're not supposed to use the software in a "production" environment; it's just for "evaluation".

Open-ended, unlimited evaluation.

Don't try to sell it, and be sure that you only allow people you trust (a lot) to "evaluate" with you. The keys are generated for each customer. If any of them make it into the wild, you're on the hook for it.

If keys get to the internet and get abused, then MS disables those keys and get in contact with the registered person for those keys.

We once had a company version leaked to the net and MS came back to us with that info. The keys were disabled and we were given new ones.

As a Technety customer, and then not I can confirm the keys don't expire. If you actually take the time to read the EULAs it says it in there somewhere too.

Keys don't expire they just have a limited usage. Each key can be used 10 times before it stops working but you getnumerous keys so no need to worry.

I just signed up and I am downloading Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 from 05-11-2009. My subscription expires just like the rest of us dating 1/1/1900. However, I do not know why Microsoft would offer a free subscription with available serial keys to these programs. I am concerned just like RageOfFury is regarding the keys being "timebombed". I would hate it if Microsoft disabled the keys from the software to obtain updates for future use.......

i live in malta and it works for me.... why not you? i am downloading right now have fun ! thank you MS

Ok if you live in Malta than this offer is not for you.
Or you must have some family in one of those country's
If you subscribe for this you have to singe up with you living address.

Raevmi said,
Ok if you live in Malta than this offer is not for you.
Or you must have some family in one of those country's
If you subscribe for this you have to singe up with you living address.

I live in the White House, so I used that as my address.

Very awesome.....any clue if those with an account will be getting Windows 7 RTM or even Windows 7 retail on this later? As a student it would be amazing to get a free copy of Windows 7 retail or even RTM.

Either way, awesome opportunity.....nice to have some help (in terms of software cost) from MS themselves.

I would think RTM would become available to TechNet subscribers but I am guessing they will make it available AFTER this offer is up.

Retail and RTM are the same version and yes you'll get it for free assuming the free account doesn't expire before hand and usually Technet gets it a couple of months before its public release.

Cool...but how long do the keys last? Let's say I download Vista Ultimate and use one of the technet provided keys. Is it timebombed?

Well, considering that people are creating accounts for this WITHOUT going through the survey site (which has been closed for a while), Microsoft could invalidate all the keys that have been generated. By not doing the survey initially, those Technet subscriptions will be closed in 24 hours.

Is it dead already? I get to the live signin, but the next page tries to load for a while, then errors out.

"An unknown error occurred while processing your request. This is most likely due to a connection failure. Please try again."

Gai-jin said,
Is it dead already? I get to the live signin, but the next page tries to load for a while, then errors out.


same issue here.

Something is odd. The subscription expires in 1900!

I'd attach a screen if I could.


Update: well, it all works for now. We'll see if the keys are good.

NeoSpam said,
Umm..... WHY would they be giving this away??? Good press?

Why are they giving it away? Because you aren't allowed to use it on "production" computer as your main OS. It is for "evaluation" only.
Evaluation Software. One user may install and use copies of the evaluation software listed in the COMPONENTS.TXT file, even if you obtained a server license. You may use the evaluation software only to evaluate it. You may not use it in a live operating, in a staging environment or with data that has not been sufficiently backed up.