Do Technet keys expire?

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  1. dvanduijn

    dvanduijn MDL Junior Member

    May 1, 2009
    When you have a Technet Plus Account for one year, will your keys for Windows 7 expire after this period or can you still use the keys/your Windows 7 after your subscription stops?
  2. jblazea50

    jblazea50 MDL Junior Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    NO, technet keys do not expire; they are retail keys and each key can be used 10 times

    however, once the year subscription ends, you will no longer be able to access the keys from technet page; so if you subscribe and create keys for whatever programs, make sure you copy down the keys and store it in a safe place just in case you need to get access to it after the subscription expires
  3. bytestar

    bytestar MDL Junior Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    No you can use the Keys for privat testing continues, but you can't download anything after the Subscription is expired.
  4. mojavekroc

    mojavekroc MDL Novice

    Jul 24, 2009
    This can be misleading to some. Each key (version specific) can be used for 10 different machines and can be activated unlimited times on the same machine. There is a way to copy your keys from the Technet page and convert the file to Excel or just copy and paste.

    If you renew your Technet sub, you can again access your old keys. I have two different Technet subs and have access to nearly every key that I have every generated. However, if you don't copy your keys often, sometimes they can disappear if Technet drops a download.

    Generally, you can install and activate hundreds of OS and other software for evaluation purposes;)..
  5. cuncon

    cuncon MDL Junior Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    To mojavekroc,

    As you said that " Each key (version specific) can be used for 10 different machines and can be activated unlimited times on the same machine"

    Are you sure One key can activate unlimited times with one computer ???
  6. freeza

    freeza MDL Novice

    Jun 30, 2009
    Someone wanna hook me up with a technet key? lol
  7. mojavekroc

    mojavekroc MDL Novice

    Jul 24, 2009
    Technet keys are exactly like retail keys except that they can activate ten machines. This was the same on most beta keys.

    The only issue that I have ever had was trying to install the key on more than ten machines.

    I think that the only keys that I can only activate ten times are my MAK keys for Vista Enterprise and soon to be Windows 7 Enterprise.

    Technet is the best deal out there for us IT folks. I have gotten Technet for free two different times but have subscribed for years.

    If you go to Technet or MSDN events, they give subs away all the time...
  8. cuncon

    cuncon MDL Junior Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    My friend gave me one key for VISTA from Technet but he said that one key only activates 10 times online.... that's the reason that I ask you whether or not it's more than 10 times .
  9. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

    Aug 25, 2007
    you can activate a key by phone basically unlimited times as long as you tell the rep it is your first install or a reinstall. You can activate the key online 10 times then over the phone automatically a few times, then you have to talk to a rep. The reps as you the same questions every time.

    1. What is the key or a the first few digits of the key
    2. What is the key for?
    3. How many times have you activated the key (this is the first time of course!! even though it is the 50th time)?
    4. Ok here is your activation code.
  10. cuncon

    cuncon MDL Junior Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Thanks a lot for your info, Bro.

    Have a nice day
  11. delweine

    delweine MDL Member

    May 1, 2007
    #11 delweine, Jul 27, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009
    look at technet along with msdn keys as EXACTLY THE SAME AS RETAIL KEYS..

    say u buy windows 7 in the store, online...

    u get ONE KEY.. sometimes u change hardware then this key wont activate..

    u call MS to get it working again...

    with technet/MSDN. u get this as well because as far as ms knows, THESE KEYS ARE RETAIL... following?

    interested in CHEAP LEGAL windows 7 retail keys on august 6th? email me at for more info..
  12. shadowofdeath15

    shadowofdeath15 MDL Novice

    May 12, 2009
    #12 shadowofdeath15, Jul 28, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009
    I got a technet subscription for when vista went up on it before it was
    available in stores or on new computers. It's better than buying retail. I
    payed like $300 for a technet sub to get vista and I also got access to full
    versions of a lot of programs, here the list of everything I had access to when vista came out

    Access 2007
    Axapta 3.0
    Commerce Server 2002
    CRM 3.0 Professional Edition
    CRM 3.0 Small Business Edition
    Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
    Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition
    Forms Server 2007
    FrontPage Professional 2003
    GP 9.0
    Great Plains
    Groove 2007
    Groove Server 2007
    InfoPath 2007
    InterConnect 2007
    Office Enterprise 2007
    Office Professional 2007
    Office Professional Edition 2003
    Office Professional Plus 2007
    Office System Beta 2 2007
    Office System Groove Server 2007 Beta 2
    Office System Project Server 2007 Beta 2
    Office System SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2
    Office Ultimate 2007
    Office XP Professional with FrontPage
    OneNote 2003
    OneNote 2007
    Outlook 2003
    Outlook 2007
    Point of Sale 1.0
    Project Professional 2002
    Project Professional 2003
    Project Professional 2007
    Project Server 2003
    Project Server 2007
    Project Standard 2007
    Publisher 2007
    SharePoint Designer 2007
    SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
    SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Enterprise Edition
    SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Standard Edition
    SharePoint Server 2007 Standard Edition
    SL (Solomon)
    Small Business Server 2003 R2
    SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
    Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
    Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition
    Virtual PC for Mac 7.0
    Visio Professional 2003
    Visio Professional 2007
    Visio Standard 2007
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition KN
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition KN
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition
    Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
    Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
    Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
    Windows Server Longhorn Enterprise Beta 2
    Windows Server Longhorn IA64 Beta 2
    Windows Vista Business
    Windows Vista Home Basic
    Windows Vista Home Premium
    Windows Vista Ultimate
    Windows XP Professional
    Windows XP Professional Edition K
    Windows XP Professional Edition KN
    Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
    Office 2007 Applications Volume Activation
    Office 2007 Suites Volume Activation
    Windows Vista Enterprise 15 Activations

    plus other programs too!

    So... instead of wasting my money buying vista ultimate which I wanted,
    at retail, I bought a technet subscription for around $300 and got vista
    ultimate plus all that other s**t for only $100 bucks more. And you can install
    each version of windows on up to 10 different machines. After I got a sub I
    request product keys for everything available and downloaded all the
    programs I wanted and saved all the product keys for later use. Then let
    the subscription run out. So now what I'm gonna do to get windows 7 early
    and legit is renew my subscription. Also since you can activate windows 7
    and earlier ones on up to 10 different machines I'm gonna try and save
    some money on the technet sub by asking a few buddies to chip in 50
    bucks and supply them with the key for windows 7 and other programs they
    want for their use. I think from now on I'll do this every time a new version
    of windows comes out, just renew technet and let it run out! :D
  13. DataMan47

    DataMan47 MDL Novice

    Jul 8, 2009
    Technically, TechNet/MSDN activations may not be used by more than one person, and may not be used for anything other then evaluation (TechNet) or development/testing/demoing (MSDN). The latter is hard to check for, but Microsoft does pay attention to the former, and if they detect a lot of "unusual" behavior, they might decide to investigate.

    If they catch you, your keys will all be invalidated. And if Microsoft finds out that you are selling the keys, they will cancel your account and invalidate your keys (so that the activation server will reject them). So selling TechNet keys is about as legal as modding your BIOS: it can get pass the activation system, but Microsoft still prohibits it.

    So anyone thinking about "buying" a TechNet key should be careful: if Microsoft catches the person illegally selling you keys, your key will die.
  14. shadowofdeath15

    shadowofdeath15 MDL Novice

    May 12, 2009
    ok party pooper :mad:, geez, it's not like I'm doing this with bunch of people,
    just me and like 2 or 3 buddies, so microsoft won't know s**t. It's not like
    I'm gonna do this with random people. Fine I'll get a few buddies to chip in
    and share a technet subscription.:rolleyes: At least I'm paying microsoft
    and not just using the bios mod or hacks to steal it!
  15. BlueZ

    BlueZ MDL Novice

    Jun 12, 2009
    #15 BlueZ, Jul 28, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009
    Sounds like a pretty good plan to me. :)
    And relax, Shadowofdeath15. I don't think DataMan47 was pointing the finger and accusing anyone of stealing or abusing.
    It seems to me he was only pointing out the obvious other side of the coin: there's a risk, and one might do well to keep it in mind...

    In French we say: A man forewarned is worth 2 men. That's a good thing, wouldn't you say ?
  16. DataMan47

    DataMan47 MDL Novice

    Jul 8, 2009
    Don't shoot the messenger. :p I'm just saying that I've heard of people who have had their accounts and keys revoked when MSFT found out. What you choose to do with that information is up to you.
  17. mcbyte

    mcbyte MDL Junior Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    They will not expire, but it might become not much legal to use them.

    I am talking about MSDN keys, i got a free Vista Business key through the MSDN Academic at the university, i was told i can use it to install vista as much times as i want (single pc) but during the period i was still a student, after i finish i can continue to use the currently installed copy till i format, which invalidates my legal use of that key...
    well i have already finished university since 2 years and still using the same key, still legal as i didn't format, but anyway if i reinstall, who can tell...
  18. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    In your experience if you keep the keys to yourself, is it ok? You can just activate as many times as you want as long as you keep them to yourself.
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  19. DataMan47

    DataMan47 MDL Novice

    Jul 8, 2009
    Yea, that's what I'm saying. When I said "found out", I meant "found out that the keys are being shared with other people"... my earlier post was about people who were offering to sell generated keys.
  20. ssaeth

    ssaeth MDL Junior Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    taken from technets faq

    Expired Subscriber Access

    Q: After my Subscription expires can I still download products and claim product keys?

    A: Only Subscribers with active subscriptions can download products and claim product keys, so you will not be able to download products after your Subscription has expired.

    You will be able to view Product Keys you had claimed while your Subscription was active, but you will not be able to claim new keys. In order to access your prior claimed keys, you will have to Sign in to Live ID using the account and Subscription information that you had used to access your subscription benefits and claim those keys