Windows 8 will not allow a 30 days grace period for activation
Microsoft has removed the 30 day grace period for installations in Windows 8. Previously, in Windows 7, customers were given this period of time to provide a legitimate product key and register the operating system. With Windows 8, everyone installing the operating system must enter a 25 character key, else the installation process will stop.
The 30 day loophole provided some interesting ways of using Windows 7, including having the upgrade version install over itself and save a great deal of money over buying the full retail version. With the grace period, you could also make temporary installations for quick tests of software compatibility. Those options seem to be gone now with Win 8.
If the computer is connected to the internet during installation, Windows 8 will automatically check the key and confirm its authenticity. There doesn’t seem to be any information available yet for those computers that aren’t connected. Only those using a systems builder version or upgrade version of Win 8 will be affected. Computers made by OEM’s like Dell and HP will come pre-activated.
At least one site has already listed some instructions on how to get around this need for a key during installation. You can see their fix here.
And you can read more on the story at ComputerWorld.
9 Comments on Windows 8 will not allow a 30 days grace period for activation
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- Posted on: 23 Aug 12 00:40
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- Posted on: 23 Aug 12 12:40
Well, I haven't seen NIC-driver issues but I'm sure we'll hear about them. Of course, "phone it in" is going to be their answer.
But the one thing I preferred about a pre-activation time was loading software and making sure everything that NEEDED a sequence-of-installs was loaded in proper order. Otherwise, I'd often wipe out an Install & do a Quick Format, and re-load Windows again. Pre-activation.
Which was fine. "Getting it right" seemed like a good deal. Now, with Activation required, how long will it be before MS stuffs an hour's worth of WinUpdates down my throat before I can install any of MY software?!! It may take a few months for MS to come up with that many fixes, but they will...
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- Posted on: 23 Aug 12 13:47
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- Posted on: 23 Aug 12 14:43
I'd like to take one of these new WHAT IS AN O.S. 101 classes and see where "browsers" and "cutsey mouse themes" fit in with memory allocation, accessing hardware and writing bits & bytes.
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- Posted on: 23 Aug 12 15:02
Apple cannot sustain this rate of growth for long and this may be the only moment for Apple to increase Mac OS/iOS share to a more significant level. Even Samsung would want to license Mac OS X and iOS for future tablet and phone products. A few million Surface RT tablets armed with non-Intel CPU and Windows 8 with a tiny built-in keyboard and with its own Office will make Apple reconsider the legacy of Steve Jobs, but it now seems Surface RT will cost US$199 only when bought on the condition of 2-year contract.
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- Posted on: 27 Aug 12 20:04
My only problem was the various Microsoft Updates you had to deal with.
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