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Old 05-06-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Technet key vs retail key vs oem key

I got some question concerning technet window 8 key. Are there key consider retail key thus able to reinstall in case of crash and upgrade or si it like oem key where it is one time only install
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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TechNet keys should behave like retail.

If it does not reactivated auto call the 800 number.

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Old 05-07-2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by JackMDS View Post
TechNet keys should behave like retail.

If it does not reactivated auto call the 800 number.

I believe Microsoft made a change to TechNet activation last year. TechNet keys will only activate as long as the subscription is still active, otherwise you're OOL. Not sure what it means for reinstalling/reactivation. Best solution is to make a system image backup.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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I have activated several TechNet keys even after my subscription expired.
HP Spectre x360 2in1 Laptop | Intel Core i7 | 8GB | 256GB SSD
Emachines E6600 | Corsair 2.5 GB | 160 GB HD | Radeon 5450
Sony Tap 11 tablet | Pentium 3560Y | 4 GB | 128 GB m.SSD
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