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  • I want to try WHS before I buy. Assuming I wish to keep WHS after the 30 day trial and to save uninstalling/reinstalling, is it possible to activate with a purchased full product activation key?

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 12:39 PM

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  • Since this was written, the only thing that has changed is that Microsoft no longer issues evaluation product keys, so you only have 30 days to evaluate.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:20 PM
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  • Thanks Ken....not what I wanted to hear! Begs the question... Why?

    Happy Christmas

    Ian
    • Marked as answer by duvl Tuesday, December 22, 2009 5:29 PM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 5:28 PM

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  • Since this was written, the only thing that has changed is that Microsoft no longer issues evaluation product keys, so you only have 30 days to evaluate.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:20 PM
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  • Thanks Ken....not what I wanted to hear! Begs the question... Why?

    Happy Christmas

    Ian
    • Marked as answer by duvl Tuesday, December 22, 2009 5:29 PM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 5:28 PM
  • Revenue protection, I assume. If the software doesn't have a time bomb built in, it will be cracked; Microsoft products are probably pirated more than just about anything else, and there are keygen programs available for just about all of them. I know for a fact that there are torrents of Windows Home Server, pre-cracked for your (felonious :) ) convenience, available. 
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:35 PM
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  • Should have guessed...thanks all the same.

    Ian
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:57 PM
  • Have the WHS with PP3 evaluation.  The console states it expires in June, but wants activation now.  Am confused, do I have until June to activate it or just a 30 day evaluation?  Also, is it possible just to purchase an activation key  from Microsoft without reinstalling the software?
    Sunday, December 27, 2009 11:54 PM
  • Have the WHS with PP3 evaluation.  The console states it expires in June, but wants activation now.  Am confused, do I have until June to activate it or just a 30 day evaluation?

    There is no activation any more.  You get 30 days, that's it.  If you want to use it after your 30 day trial is over, you need to reinstall the OS (which will give you another 30 days).

    Also, is it possible just to purchase an activation key  from Microsoft without reinstalling the software?
    No.
    Monday, December 28, 2009 1:15 AM
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  • I think you are mistaken.  I clearly have an activation warning on my trial version, do you have something different?

     

    Also, my question still remains: My consol states under >settings> resources> that it is an evaluation version with a PID and expires in June 2010.  Which is correct, the June 2010 or the 30 day?

     

    Please advise if this is beyond the scope of this forum and will refer my question directly to Microsoft.

    Monday, December 28, 2009 7:38 PM
  • You get a 30 day period to evaluate most Microsoft operating systems without activation. After that, you activate or move on.

    The 30 day evaluation period is clearly stated on the page you reached when you clicked on "Try it free", and on the download page for the evaluation software.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, December 28, 2009 9:19 PM
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  • Thanks for your help.  Called MS and have it activated to the June 2010 evaluation period.
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:17 AM
  • Don't be surprised if it expires 120 days from initial installation, never mind the June 2010 date.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:48 PM
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  • *Important Note: This software is intended for evaluation purposes only. After the 30-day eval period, the software will stop continuing to work and you will need to purchase a full retail copy of the software from one of the online retailers.

    A move to the full retail version of the product requires a complete reinstall of the software and not an in-place upgrade. This means you will need to go through configuration and backup steps one more time. We suggest that you backup your files to an external hard drive before performing a complete reinstall. While we recognize that this may be inconvenient for customers, the technicalities of the current product prevent us from allowing an in-place upgrade.


    Thats a bunch of ____, why not just have a way that after 30-days are up that you can activate the 30-day demo? Does Microsoft REALLY think that by putting a 30 day bomb in will stop the hackers?

    All of the systems in my house have 100% legit copy's of MS software, why is it that MS is only going to end up punishing people like me, that want to demo the software before I buy it. Even if I had to reinstall the OS, but not lose all of the settings that I have configured would be OK, but to have to completly reconfigre the server is NOT an exceptable responce. It's problems like this, that make people want to crack the 30-day bomb, rather than have to reconfigure the complete server.

    Well at this point I'm not sure if I will buy the software, now that I will have to waste my time reconfiguring everything. Only to have a server that can backup everything on the network but it's self.


    And who wrote this crappy fourm software that you have to edit the html code just for it to display paragraphs correctly? MS needs to install a copy of php-nuke, and scrap this website LMAO

    • Edited by Adam_Carter Tuesday, December 29, 2009 3:53 PM poorly written fourm software
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 3:48 PM
  • Well, that would be more than 30 days, no?
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:08 PM
  • Well, that would be more than 30 days, no?

    Plenty of software compnays also offer 15-120 demo/trial software, after the time is expired, you just enter a valid key, and you are off and running. I am a Network Administrator by trade, and have yet to find a compnay that offers full working demo/trial software that can't be activated at the end of the trial besides Microsoft, hence the reason for my frustrations.

    Don't let Microsoft trick you into thinking this is and acceptable awnser.

    The funny part is that if MS has truly put something in the OS that "deactivates" parts of the OS, the hackers will just crack a full working version. This will NOT stop the hackers, it will only make the hackers offer the full download, instead of having MS host the "demo" and the hackers hosting the hack/crack for it. This is nothing new, someone that knows how to hack the OS will just buy a full working copy, hack it, and put it on the internet..

    So why even put a 30-day bomb in the demo, when they can get a version without the 30-day bomb (buying it at Newegg), all this is doing is getting ONE more copy sold, before they hack the version that they bought...
    • Edited by Adam_Carter Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:24 PM typo
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:17 PM
  • True, but (strictly speaking) you shouldn't have been able to activate by phone either. Not that it matters to me; I really think Microsoft should just continue issueing product keys for the trial software...
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:28 PM
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  • I agree with you Ken, MS should continue to issue PK's.  All it takes to activate it is a phone call anyway.

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:52 PM
  • I have several product keys from late last summer - when I planned to work on this..but ended up moving and stuck in a nightmare reno project.  So back to the computer work - and wondering if the product keys I have from last July will work?

    I have the 120 day Trial DVD in hand - so theoretically it should work?  Unless when I enter the KEY it gets kicked back? And I end up with 30 measly days to play with this?  I wish I had had more time last year when I did have 120 days...

    Anybody have any experience with my situation?

    And I can probably find this somewhere online, but can you purchase & download the FULL retail version online?

    Thanks much
    sr
    Friday, February 19, 2010 11:20 PM
  • I have several product keys from late last summer - when I planned to work on this..but ended up moving and stuck in a nightmare reno project.  So back to the computer work - and wondering if the product keys I have from last July will work?

    If you've never used the keys before, I guess it would work (although I never tried it).  Best thing to do is try it out and post back the results.  :)

    I have the 120 day Trial DVD in hand - so theoretically it should work?  Unless when I enter the KEY it gets kicked back? And I end up with 30 measly days to play with this?  I wish I had had more time last year when I did have 120 days...

    Anybody have any experience with my situation?

    And I can probably find this somewhere online, but can you purchase & download the FULL retail version online?

    No.

    Thanks much
    sr

    Saturday, February 20, 2010 1:39 AM
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  • If you have a proper play with it 3 days is enough ;-)
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    Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:12 PM