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  • Question

  • What is the activation limit for Windows 8 retail key. I installed on 5 systems, now it says the key is used in another computer.
    Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:22 AM

Answers

  • Actually the better text to quote from that page is

    Please note that each product key has multiple activations and many products allow you to install and use the product without activation for 30 days or more. Our research on historical key claiming patterns shows that the majority of subscribers are not impacted by these changes. However, if activating a product key multiple times does not meet your needs or you’ve exhausted the activations, you can submit a request for additional keys through MSDN Customer Service.

    Please contact MSDN Customer Service about this Ajmal (the link is in the text I copied).  They should be able to either answer your question and/or give you more keys.

    Thanks,
    Mike


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    • Proposed as answer by Mike Kinsman Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:32 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:05 PM
    Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:32 PM

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  • MSDN Product keys can be used upto maximum of 10 times. More info can be found in here.

    Retail - "This key allows multiple activations and is used for retail builds of the product.  In many cases, 10 activations are allowed per key, though often more are allowed on the same machine."

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc137104.aspx

    Regards,
    prathaprabhu

    Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:39 AM
  • Actually the better text to quote from that page is

    Please note that each product key has multiple activations and many products allow you to install and use the product without activation for 30 days or more. Our research on historical key claiming patterns shows that the majority of subscribers are not impacted by these changes. However, if activating a product key multiple times does not meet your needs or you’ve exhausted the activations, you can submit a request for additional keys through MSDN Customer Service.

    Please contact MSDN Customer Service about this Ajmal (the link is in the text I copied).  They should be able to either answer your question and/or give you more keys.

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Read the Subscriptions Blog!

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Kinsman Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:32 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:05 PM
    Thursday, November 29, 2012 2:32 PM