Windows 8.1 preview - How long can one use it?

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  1. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    The Windows 8.1 preview.
    I cannot seem to find any information regarding how long one can use this before it expires.

    And although I was planning to do some reading just now;
    will the Microsoft Toolkit work to activate this?
     
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  2. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    My guess is that it will expire on 16-01-2014 :tea:
     
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  3. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    How do you know?
    Or: how come you guess it to be that particular date?
     
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  4. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    Did run it myself and you van use CMD with slmgr -dlv it will show you the date
     
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  5. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    That would mean one need to install it before knowing how long one can use it?
    I cannot find any documentation at all. Guess I'll setup a VM first.
    Sure there should be restrictions in terms of an trial period depending on the install date (eg. 6 months) or something like that?

    Thanks anyway.
     
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  7. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    #7 NikJosuf, Sep 28, 2013
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    Sorry for half-quoting, I cannot post links yet :biggrin:

    Thank you. Just read it, someone posted the same link @ Microsoft Answers :)
    ALL Windows 8.1 previews are valid through januari 14 2014. Regardless of the install date.
    Now the next question is... what happens after that? Will one be locked out? Nagged?
    Hell, will Microsoft give me reboots every hour like they did in the past?
     
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  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    May simply didn't work any more! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
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  9. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    Rumours out there state one will get nagged, and Windows will indeed reboot every couple of hours.
    But you will be able to continue using it.

    pchelpforum.com/xf/threads/windows-8-1-happenings-after-expiration.154172/

    Still, it seems weird this information is not included in the Microsoft Windows 8.1 preview FAQ.
    Posted a question @ Windows answers, and will update later if no one is able to provide the definitive answer.
     
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  10. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    Why would you want to use Windows 8.1 Preview when 8.1 RTM is available already, and in 20 days time the official 8.1 will be available. Cheers
     
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  11. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    Well, first off I just want to try Windows 8.1 and do not want to wait 20 days.
    Wouldn't the whole point of trying something out be that you ehm... try it out before buying it?
    I figured I'll follow the legal way of achieving this.

    Yes, some people actually consider doing that :bye1:
     
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  12. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    #12 NikJosuf, Sep 28, 2013
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    EDIT: I must admit I also wasn't aware of the differences between RTM and 8.1 preview.
    At first glance, I might be better of indeed.
    Maybe I'll reconsider.... lol
     
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  13. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    That's fine, but i don't know why you want to try the preview now because it was released about 3 months before (June 26, 2013). If you know it.
     
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  14. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    As long as he didn't mind about those improvements in RTM let him do, it's his choice!:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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  15. NikJosuf

    NikJosuf MDL Novice

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    Meant to say I might indeed be better off with the RTM.
    Guess you guys are right.

    Thanks for all the advice.
     
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  16. White Wizard

    White Wizard MDL Junior Member

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    For some reason my Windows 8.1 preview OS got deactivated. Don't know how it happened,it just appeared like that all of the sudden.
     
  17. NikJosuf

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    #17 NikJosuf, Sep 28, 2013
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    There is a thread here explaining how to activate it.
    You'll need a RTM product key though.
     
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