Shh, Microsoft withholds TechNet Product Keys on the Down Low

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JohnP

Saint Paul du Windows rightly pointed out that each KEY in a technet subscription can be used in TEN different computers. I have a standard technet subscription and indeed, I have two computers activated using the same key. So two keys is actually 20 keys.

Wait, there's more. For Win7, technet also has a category Win7 N. It's the same as Windows 7 but without the media player (which is a free download). That adds 20 more licenses to Win7 Ultimate for instance.

Same goes for Office 2010.

Now if anyone needs more than 40 retail keys for Win7 Ultimate, I guess you will just have to suffer!

Meantime, where are all the posters that jumped all over me in the MPC forum about how Technet was NOT a way to get cheap software! Heh.

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devastator_2000

I agree that with 5 keys i can install on 50 machines.  Also there are multiple version of the same software.  50 installs of W7 ult. 50 installs of Win7 pro and so on.  For me that is more than enough.  My beef is that i am not getting what I paid for and it was done with no notice to me that the change was to be made.

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Keith E. Whisman

Does your Technet license for an expiration date built into it so that say, after one year you wont be able to activate a re-installed Windows 7 or Window 7 will quit working after say 12months or so? Are the Technet licenses permanent once used?

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JohnP

 Ther is no expiration date for Technet licenses so you do NOT have to renew after a year. Just make sure to ge the Keys and download the software before your subscription turns into a pumpkin.

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Burner27

We all have to get penalized for it?  I agree that NEW subscribers should be limited to the new rules and not everyone else.   Maybe MS should find out which keys are being sold and blacklist those keys/accounts rather than penalize everyone.  I signed up with the understanding that i would be getting 10 keys.  Now MS has violated that contract by reducing my keys without prior notifcation.  I know that they keys I have can be used for multiple activations.  Has that been reduced as well?

 

Microsoft:  You can't change the rules in the middle of the game!!!!!  (Looks like they did anyways)

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Greg4422

There is a scam where these keys were being sold on eBay, somehow savvy scammers were able to get access too multiple TechNet accounts and get unlimited keys which they sold on eBay.  I was tempted to buy a copy of windows 7 myself for 20.00 , (smile)  but after researching this, I discovered the scam and decided it wasn’t worth it.  This appears to be Microsoft’s response to the scam.

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Keith E. Whisman

"This appears to be Microsoft’s response to the scam"

By punishing technet customers? I'd say that's a fucked up way of taking care of piracy. If someone pays for a service that says you get 10 of something and then later on your told now that you will only get 5 of something when you paid for 10 is just plain wrong. I'd bet there is some sort of fine print somewhere that says MS reserves the right to at anytime, for whatever reason, to lower the number of licenses at MS sole discretion. It is slimy as hell. 

I still think financially, it's a good deal but it sucks for customers that aren't getting what they paid for.

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Greg4422

How do you open multiple accounts at Technet?  A contact on the inside...duh. Yes it sucks that the actions of a few...ruins a good thing for everyone.

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devastator_2000

I just got my technet subscription in August.  I signed up to it with the understanding that I would get 10 Keys for most of the software.  After reading this artical I went to look and sure enough, I can no only get 5.  Itf they decided that this needed to be done, then it should have been only on new customers.  They certainly should not have done this with out some kind of a warning.  Does anyone know who you would complain to about this?  If it it does not make any difference, they need to be told how wrong that was.

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JohnP

 Don't despair. Each key can be used multiple times. I have two computers both activated with the same key. MS allows 10 activations per key. And no, reformating and reloading Win7 does not count as an activation.

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Keith E. Whisman

$200 hell $349 bucks is worth it for a legal product key and legit license for Office 2010 Ultimate and Win7 Ultimate. Just download the latest versions of Office and Win7 at any Torrent site or official MS servers.

 

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aaronster

I have a TechNet Pro subscription.

I downloaded Office 2010 Professional and generated 10 keys (which now show as 10/5 due to the recent reduction in number by MS).

However, when I try to activate, Office 2010 tells me the key is not valid.

Anyone else encounter this issue?

Is there a way to re-set the keys?

Thanks!

 

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