Windows 7 An Explanation Perhaps?

Master Chief

New Member
Apr 15, 2009
I got this email today from "IT Advisory Council"...

Dear [Master Chief],

Microsoft contracted with us, Intrepid Consultants, Inc, to conduct the TechNet Plus Pilot Study program research and manage the activities of the pilot study. Our records show that you have recently signed up for a free TechNet Plus subscription through a registration link that was made available without authorization on a public blog.

The registration link is part of a proprietary study and the party that shared the information was in violation of the terms and conditions to which they agreed to participate in the study. Membership to the Pilot study is limited and all members of the program are required to first meet survey requirements and then complete tasks and assignments over a two month period in order to qualify for and have access to the free TechNet Plus subscription. Since this was a privately conducted pilot study, at no time was it ever intended that a free TechNet Plus registration link would appear on a public internet site, which was done in violation of the terms to which participants agreed upon registering to participate in the pilot study.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but for this reason, we have deactivated your subscription, as well as all other subscriptions resulting from the unauthorized publication of the TechNet Plus Pilot Study program registration link on a public blog. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Kind regards,

The Intrepid Consultants Team

This doesn't really tell how the link got out and email from MS would be nice.


Senior Member
Apr 11, 2009
TechNet Ref: 9000337493 / RE: TechNet Plus Subscription Problem

Well, I contacted TechNet subscription support directly and received nearly the same answer:

Good Day Petr,
Thank you for your email.

To all Invitees we apologise for the delay, this is due to the Huge amount of unauthorized applicants.

The TechNet Plus team ran a survey program, for someone to get a free TechNet Plus Subscription as part of the program, he/she had to participate in an initial survey. Only participants of the survey program are entitled to a free TechNet Plus subscription. Those participants are not only participating in the initial survey, but also in several other surveys
throughout the subscription year. The subscription is given to those participants in exchange for their assistance in this program, and only these persons are entitled to a free subscription.

If you are not part of a survey program then you are not entitled to use this free subscription, to enable us to resolve your issues with the pilot scheme, please issue us with proof that you are part of the above scheme

We would like to assure you that we are doing all we can to ensure this issue is resolve shortly. But have suspended all access at this time.

We thank you for your patience.

By the way, next time it might be a good idea to use a subject that actually tells what the thread is about ;)
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