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[MSDNAA/Dreamspark] Explanation of Product Key Terms [Windows 7, 8, Server 2003, 2008 etc]

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I have noticed this being repeated throughout a number of threads especially ones tied to Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS (including servers) where keys were obtained through MSDNAA/Dreamspark (whether by ACM / IEEE / School / Dreamspark Portal etc).

This thread is aimed at clarifying the rumors/beliefs/misconceptions of the terms tied to the keys.

Extended Access Guarantee (24 months)
Software and product keys downloaded from OnTheHub/MSDNAA/Dreamspark are accessible by default for 31 days. The vendor offers an "Extended Access Guarantee" that makes the software and product keys accessible through the vendor's web site for up to 24 months, for an additional charge.

If you back up your copy of the sofware you download onto a DVD or external drive and record your product keys and keep them in a safe place as recommended, it is not necessary to purchased the Extended Access Guarantee from OnTheHub.

If you lose your software installer files and/or product keys after the default 31 days, OnTheHub charges an additional fee to retreive the files and product keys.

Note: Information Technology Services, the Campus Software Program and the ITS Help Desk do not have access to your individual product keys. You will need to contact OnTheHub directly for assistance retreiving your product keys, should you misplace them.

If you have your product key but need the installer file again, contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance.

However, keys from MSDNAA/Dreamspark (whether by ACM / IEEE / School / Dreamspark Portal etc) have the Extended Access Guarantee (24 months) included at no additional cost.

PS: The notice above DOES NOT mean your Windows 7, Windows 8 etc product key only lasts for 2 years.

However if you obtained a key that is time limited (example: lasts only one year, the Extended Access Guarantee DOES NOT extend the length of time the key is valid for. You will be notified if the key is time limited such as seen in the photo below:

Microsoft Usage Terms

PS: I removed sections from below that do not apply to us as students/faculty/staff to remove any misinterpretation or ambiguity.
If you want to see the full terms visit the link at the end of the page.

a. Changes in status.
You will stop providing program benefits or any software keys to anyone who ceases being one of your staff, faculty, or students as such terms are defined above. However, students who have received software under the DreamSpark Premium Subscription may continue to use such software when they are no longer students provided that they do so in accordance with these terms.

The software may require a key to install or access it. You are responsible for the use of any keys assigned to you. You may only disclose keys to your staff, faculty, and students. You will use best efforts to make those persons aware of the restrictions on use of the keys. The following terms apply to lab keys provided under the DreamSpark Premium Subscription: (a) lab keys are to be used solely for activating the software in labs; and (b) lab keys may only be activated on the physical campus for which the DreamSpark Premium Subscription was procured.


c. Effect.
If your program membership ends for any reason:
• these terms will terminate;
• you may no longer claim any keys, or distribute the software or any other benefits of the DreamSpark Premium Subscription to your staff, faculty, and students; however, you and your staff, faculty, and students may continue to use copies of the software received prior to termination of your DreamSpark Premium Subscription in accordance with these terms (including Section 4(b))

PS: Please ignore the third option on the poll " The post did not help "
Edited by Jamar16 - 10/29/12 at 2:58pm
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I was already aware of the technet conditions. However, there is a lot of confusion about the terms, and I think your post is very helpful. thumb.gif
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