Changes to MSDN/Technet subscriptions

Discussion in 'The Water Cooler' started by kemical, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Unfortunately it seems a few bad apples have spoiled it for everyone else once again. See the supplied report for details:

    Such a shame that greed has once again triumphed....


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    Microsoft adds more restrictions to MSDN/TechNet users [Update] - Neowin
     
  2. Mike

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    Triumphed it has... wow.
     
  3. john3347

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    This TechNet change is particularly damaging to TechNet Standard subscribers. I was unaware of the change until I reinstalled a previously installed OS with a TechNet product key and after installation, I learn that my product key is no longer valid. Standard members cannot even download MANY, MANY products (Vista Business and Windows 7 Ultimate for two examples) even if you have a purchased product key and just need the installation DVD. I attempted to download a copy of Vista Business and use the product key on the certificate of authenticity on the bottom of the computer. Nope, You cannot even download a copy of the OS. My list of product keys shows "You have claimed 1 of 0 keys on many products." Several of these products are currently in use on hardware I own and cannot be reinstalled without purchasing a product key. This change is particularly damaging to TechNet Standard members as TechNet Pro members have many more products still available to them than Standard members. I learned the extent of the "chop" when attempting to download a copy of Vista Business to reinstall on a laptop using the original product key on the certificate of authenticity on the case. The download was not available to my subscription level. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate using a DVD and product code that has previously worked and that installation would not activate. In this particular case, I was able to download, install, and (I believe) activate a copy of Windows 7 Professional. (Obviously I cannot test Vista performance with this installation, tho.)

    Standard TechNet members must be very sure of your actions before you install or reinstall any product lest you get caught with an installation that will not activate.
     

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