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Windows 8 through Technet

Discussion in 'Software' started by ade1982, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I get Windows 8 on the 15th August through Technet, but I am wondering what edition it is: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise? I also take it I can get 32 and 64 bit version. The net is a bit vague on it all.
     
  2. Theprof

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    I am assuming all three?? I don't have a technet subscription but I would think that they'd let you try all the versions.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    Man, I have to wait another week??? Oh well...
     
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  4. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yeah, it sucks. They have already leaked to t'internet / torrents, so why wait?!
     
  5. SimonD

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    You really need to ask that question? I certainly wouldn't trust an ISO image of a new OS on a torrent site especially as it's Windows 8 (you can be assured that I won't be rushing out to install it in my house and I know work aren't that interested either).

    Windows 8 = The new Windows ME.
     
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  6. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I didn't so much mean why wait to download it, as obviously it could be riddled as badly as a whore on crack, but why can't MS get it out faster?
     
  7. TechTock

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    I think they can't get ahead of schedule as they have to allow time their OEM's to get ready for the release otherwise it might cost them money in lost sales. I agree with Simon on this that Windows 8 to me looks like they have created it with touch control in mind and not business. I really hope that it does turn out well as I know we will be using it at work.
     
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  8. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I'm just curious to see what it is like. I am only going to install it in VMWare anyway, but after playing with the public release, I wasn't too fussed with it.
     
  9. wagnerk
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    Not sure about that one... Maybe:

    Windows 8 = The new Windows ME for desktops

    As I'm quite happy running Windows 8 (beta) on my tablet with touch screen. Will be installing Windows 8 on my main works PC to see what it's like (especially) joined to a domain, running "proper" software.

    If it's any good, then most likely I'll try to start getting the Window 8 slates instead of iPads for our staff.
     
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  10. csx

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    I heard a rumour... that the Technet licence for Windows 8 will be limited to 1 installation? I really hope that's not the case!
     
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  11. Theprof

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    I am really looking forward to Windows 8 on tablets... not so much on the desktops though... I've used it for a few weeks and didn't feel much for it. I mean I'll definitely wait for it to come out on technet and try again, but I am not holding my breath.
     
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  12. wagnerk
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    1? Whatever happened to 10 licences?
     
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  13. csx

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    I know, apparently (and I hope this is wrong) to stop people activating multiple copies of Windows 8. This was on a Windows Weekly podcast and could all be wrong. We'll just have to wait and see.
     
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    I really hope that isn't true. The fact that you can, at the moment, use most licenses an 'unlimited' number of times (at least on Server 2008) is one of the real selling points of TechNet. If I have to start worrying about licensing when building test environments at home, the appeal of TechNet disappears very quickly.

    In response to the OP's question, I think it's a multi-version ISO. I'd imagine it contains all bar Enterprise (unless you have a Professional subscription), in the same way that you can download all bar Enterprise versions of Windows 7 with a Standard subscription.
     
  15. GSteer

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    Quoting from a quote on another forum post

    "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."

    Also from: TechNet Subscriptions and Licensing

    What changes did Microsoft implement to TechNet Subscriptions in July 2012?
    On July 16, Microsoft made changes to TechNet Subscriptions to better reflect the intent of the program – aiding IT professionals in evaluating current Microsoft software—and to help protect the integrity of the subscription from unsupported use. As part of this change, we:
    Reduced the length and complexity of the User Agreement.
    Made Microsoft software use and other subscription benefits available only during the 12 month subscription period.
    Updated the list of products available for evaluation by:
    Removing redundant or multiple instances of products. For instance: The full Office suite will be available for download, but not standalone Office products such as Outlook, Publisher, etc.
    Removing products that are not intended for use in an IT professional managed business environment. For instance: Windows XP Home Edition.
    Removing products that are no longer covered by extended support through the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
    Standardized the 24hr product key claim limit across all programs and benefit levels at ten (10).

    To review the terms of use, please refer to the Microsoft TechNet Subscription agreement that applies based on your acceptance date:
    Prior to July 16 2012: TechNet Subscriber Agreement - Prior to July 16, 2012
    On/After July 16 2012: Current TechNet Subscriber Agreement

    Please provide feedback and share other comments via TechNet Site Feedback. If you require assistance with software evaluations as a result of these changes, please contact customer service.
     
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  16. wagnerk
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    This is going to reduce the attractiveness of the Technet subscription to alot of users. If I didn't get it as part of the MCT/IT Academy program, I wouldn't renew.
     
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    My technet subscription has just expired and I'm just wondering whether to renew it or not, On one hand the labs I build are torn down and rebuilt fairly regularly so the eval licences are in most cases are enough, but on the other hand its quite nice not to have to worry about a eval running out when your mid way through labbing something.

    It was also handy to have access to all the old stuff as "IT professionals" (as per microsofts definition), we regularly come across systems that to MS way of thinking are dead and buried but those customers do tend to hold onto those dusty NT boxes because critical app1 only works on NT and hasn't been updated and never will be.
     
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    What would be cool actually thinking about it as "IT professionals" we need to know about cloud products so including office365 in the subs would be pretty cool.
     
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  19. Sparky
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    Downloading now - anyone installed it yet?

    Downloading the x86 DVD :)
     
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    Downloading from MSDN now. Speaking of which, I've got an MSDN subscription from work so I didn't renew Technet subscription last year. I can't imagine not having access to all the software quickly and effortlessly though. When I'm troubleshooting something, being able to somewhat recreate the environment quickly and run some tests there is invaluable.

    Edit: I seem to be getting an error when trying to get the product key. Downloading anyway.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Right, few things:

    - You need a product key to install. You can't install it first and put the key later.
    - Am I really supposed to drag windows from the top to the bottom of the screen to close them in Metro UI? (that's using a mouse)
    - Loving Maps app
    - Upgraded Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials (installer comes up with a message that it's not required).
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012
    WIP: Uhmm... not sure

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