How many times can I activate my key?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Beio, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Beio

    Beio MDL Novice

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    Hi, there's something I don't really get. I mean, I have a key for Windows 8 Pro (from Bizpark).
    If I eventually try to update my w7 home premium to w8 pro, and I find it buggy or if I decide to format my system later to have a clean installation, is my key already burnt or I can do this?
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    As long as you have a legit key which is not shared anywhere on the Internet, you can use it several times for a reactivation etcetera and if this doesn't work, you can complain and write a letter to MS or find other methods like a headset e.g.
     
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  3. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    It is 10 times for technet, not sure for bizspark. But why not make a disk image of your currently activated OS so you can restore to that OS without activating.

    BTW, if the hardware is identical your activation count should be unaffected. I can verify this is the case with my mak key.
     
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  4. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    BizSpark gives you full MSDN access, so the keys is Technet/MSDN Retail keys. 10 online activations - 15 phone activations. I have never "used" up a key before, so don't know what happens after 15 phone activations. But if you have BizSpark you got at least 5 keys to Win8 Pro, so thats 50 online activations.
    Don't think you're going to run out soon.
     
  5. Beio

    Beio MDL Novice

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    thank you, the other keys are shared with the other people of our start up, so I have access just to one key. 10 online activation would be fine for my purposes but a backup of the activation sounds good too (I would use on my primary notebook, so the hardware will stay the same). I would have like to use it for my desktop pc and another notebook I have but I use less frequently so it's better to save the key for the notebook I use the most. Thanks :)