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  • what is the trial period for windows 8 DP? is there any thing like that?because i want to use this OS forever for development purpose. would it expire after somedays?
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:08 PM

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  • what is the trial period for windows 8 DP? is there any thing like that?because i want to use this OS forever for development purpose. would it expire after somedays?

    The Windows 8 Developer Preview will expire, you can not use it forever.

    It expires March 11, 2012.

     

     

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:01 PM
  • Yes, it is Developer preview and you only could use it for some times until next beta version come up and once Windows 8 been release then you couldn't use it freely any more unless you have subscribtion. You could run Windows 8 in testing (non-production) enviroment and test your application with this version and next version and until it been release.
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:29 PM
  • Hi,

    Type winver at the command prompt or in the Run dialog box. Or just press WindowsKey+E and select File|Help|About Windows. 

    Use the slmgr WSH script for more detail on licensing (it is being read from your tokens.dat). Just type slmgr at the command prompt.


    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:54 PM

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  • Yes, it is Developer preview and you only could use it for some times until next beta version come up and once Windows 8 been release then you couldn't use it freely any more unless you have subscribtion. You could run Windows 8 in testing (non-production) enviroment and test your application with this version and next version and until it been release.
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:29 PM
  • Hi,

    Type winver at the command prompt or in the Run dialog box. Or just press WindowsKey+E and select File|Help|About Windows. 

    Use the slmgr WSH script for more detail on licensing (it is being read from your tokens.dat). Just type slmgr at the command prompt.


    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:54 PM
  • what is the trial period for windows 8 DP? is there any thing like that?because i want to use this OS forever for development purpose. would it expire after somedays?

    The Windows 8 Developer Preview will expire, you can not use it forever.

    It expires March 11, 2012.

     

     

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:01 PM
  • In fact the exact date (consistent with your time zone) is available in About Windows dialog box.
    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 9:19 AM
  • I moved that date beyond March 11, 2012 and still able to boot Window 8. No pop up windows for activation expiry and able to install applications also.

    Is there any way to simulate the activation expiration? changing the date on system won't help.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:08 PM
  • On Wed, 5 Oct 2011 17:08:42 +0000, King_as2 wrote:

    I moved that date beyond March 11, 2012 and still able to boot Window 8. No pop up windows for activation expiry and able to install applications also.

    Is there any way to simulate the activation expiration? changing the date on system won't help.

    If it is like current versions then you'll get periodic stop errors telling
    you that the evaluation period is over. It is also possible that code isn't
    actually active in this release. I'm not sure why it really matters though.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    There must be more to life than compile-and-go.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:36 PM
  • The actual expiry date for Windows Developer Preview was 12th March 2012 (according to my local time), but thanks to KB2671501, it has been postponed to 16th January 2013. So you may download this update via Windows Update and enjoy :)
    • Proposed as answer by sarim_xyz Friday, February 17, 2012 12:16 PM
    Friday, February 17, 2012 12:16 PM
  • I wonder what the logic behind postponing the expiration date was...

    • Release behind schedule?
    • Unexpected massive usage of the DP in production, and an attempt to blunt the outcry when it expires?
    • Worry that people using it won't actually want to buy it until they've gotten more used to it?
    • Developers unable so far to provide a sufficient quantity of new apps for the App Store?

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    • Edited by Noel Carboni Friday, February 17, 2012 2:58 PM forgot a word
    Friday, February 17, 2012 2:58 PM
  • I installed the update but the expire date is still 12th March 2012. Very strange.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Friday, February 17, 2012 9:07 PM
  • Out of curiosity, how do you see that, Andre?

    I looked in a couple of obvious places and didn't find any mention of expiration.

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Friday, February 17, 2012 9:13 PM
  • On Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:13:10 +0000, Noel Carboni wrote:

    Out of curiosity, how do you see that, Andre?

    I looked in a couple of obvious places and didn't find any mention of expiration.

    Run winver.exe.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Forefront Identity Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    APL is a write-only language.  -- Roy Keir

    Friday, February 17, 2012 9:22 PM
  • Thanks for that.

    Andre, did you reboot after the updates went in?  Seems okay here...

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Friday, February 17, 2012 9:32 PM
  • The update had already downloaded and was waiting to be installed.

    My expiry time is 23-59 (UK) rather than your 6-59 PM so looks like the lights go out at the same moment worldwide.

    Friday, February 17, 2012 10:47 PM
  • it should change after sometime...i was also confused but it did change...now it shows 16.01.2013.
    Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:40 PM
  • Now it works for me, too. Looks like Windows needs to activate itself again to apply the change

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"


    Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:32 PM
  • Gentlemen,

    I am getting two versions for my Windows. What I see through the Windows Explorer, File, Help, About Windows is different from what I see after I Run winver.exe. The former not show any expiration date, here's what I mean;


    Irfan


    • Edited by Irfanfare Monday, February 20, 2012 6:54 AM grammar
    Monday, February 20, 2012 6:52 AM
  • On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:52:49 +0000, Irfanfare wrote:

    Gentlemen,

    I am getting two versions for my Windows. What I see through the Windows Explorer, File, Help, About Windows is different from what I?see after I?Run winver.exe.?The former?not show any expiration date, here's what I mean;<http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/getfile/68961>

    I don't really see a question here. Winver.exe is not the same as
    Help/About.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Forefront Identity Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    System going down at 5 pm to install scheduler bug.

    Monday, February 20, 2012 7:02 AM
  • Hello Pau Adarel,

    would you please care to elaborate, since they appear to be near identicals. Atleast, please define the two since I'm not getting it in search. 


    Irfan

    Monday, February 20, 2012 10:37 AM
  • Pretty strange, Paul, having that both call ShellAbout() function from SHELL32.


    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

    Monday, February 20, 2012 3:25 PM
  • Winver.exe is not the same as Help/About.

    I'd have to say that they should be, given that every single thing about the rest of that dialog is identical.  I'd call that a bug rather than a feature, personally.  Irfan, you should report it via the Feedback tool.

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:03 PM
  • On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:25:28 +0000, Exotic Hadron wrote:

    Pretty strange, Paul, having that both call ShellAbout() function from SHELL32.

    Not strange at all.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb762152(v=vs.85).aspx

    Winver is obviously making use of __in_opt  LPCTSTR szOtherStuff while
    Help/About is not.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Forefront Identity Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    God is real, unless declared integer.

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:05 PM
  • Thanks Noel,

    I will.


    Irfan

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:13 PM
  • Paul,

    Is has this difference been typical with beta releases?  I no longer have a copy of the Windows 7 public beta to look at, and I haven't noticed this difference because well, frankly, I never looked for it.

    I should think the expiration of a beta OS should be made pretty obvious, not hidden in an application few know to use.

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:28 PM
  • No, that's strange indeed, because, as you've confirmed, they both call the same function, but use it differently. As Noel just said, it more sounds like a defect in About dlg.

    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:51 PM
  • On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:51:26 +0000, Exotic Hadron wrote:

    No, that's strange indeed, because, as you've confirmed, they both call the same function, but use it differently. As Noel just said, it more sounds like a defect in About dlg.

    One makes use of an optional portion of the function, one does not. Not so
    strange.

    Since there's no expiration for a released version of the OS, that's
    several fewer bits of code that need to be changed for a release version.
    Consider how many built-in components/apps/utilities in Windows call the
    same function, all of which would need to be changed when the OS was
    released.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Forefront Identity Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    A computer program does what you tell it to do, not what you want it to do.

    Monday, February 20, 2012 5:56 PM
  • The obvious answer to that is to have the expiration message be delivered by the common function, not to go recode all that use it.  But ours is not to reason why...

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Monday, February 20, 2012 6:03 PM
  • Ah, meaning to reduce the costs of regression testing for explore.exe? Makes sense then. I used to think you could always get this via About Windows dialog, but it seems like I was wrong.

    By the way, slmgr/xpr doesn't work in Windows Developer Preview (doesn't show expiration date).


    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

    Monday, February 20, 2012 6:13 PM
  • If you want to use Windows 8 with the developer tools "forever", then you will need to purchase the released version of Windows 8 along with the released version of Visual Studio 11 and/or Expression Blend 5.  You may be able to get away with the released, free, full version of Visual Studio 11 Express.  In either case, "forever" means you will have to pay.
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:15 AM