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RETIRED: Free MSDNAA Access for all IEEE/ACM Student Members - 275 Programs /inc Windows 7, Vista, and XP Pro - No Classes Needed

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September 11, 2009, 3:10 am: System Notice: This thread content has been automatically archived from another thread which reached post limit, and will be preserved for reference and archival purposes. The discussion should continue in the original thread

Hey guys,
I saw the thread earlier about the Windows 7 release being available on MSDNAA and thought this might be a post useful for some. The new OS was not available through my school. Mods, please feel free to merge with the other post, but I believe this warrants a separate thread. This is only good for CS, CE, and EE students, however, you do NOT have to be enrolled in any computer classes!

MSDNAA is the academic version of MSDN. You must be enrolled in a college or university to benefit from the program. However, it gives you free access to $1000s of dollars worth of Microsoft software.

As many of you may know. All Computer Science, Computer, and Electrical Engineers who are still in school are eligible for an IEEE Student membership. IEEE Student Membership will cost you $15 for a year until August 15 (tomorrow). Sign Up here. [ieee.org]

Now the interesting part. Beginning in June, all IEEE student members were extended access to the IEEE MSDNAA website. Previously it was open only to the computer society. Information here. [ieee.org]

So, if you are an IEEE student member, they are telling you that you have to renew your membership to access the MSDNAA. This is not true. Go to this "forgot password" site [e-academy.com] and enter the email address that you purchased your IEEE student membership. Check your email, and you should have a password to the MSDNAA. This will work even if you have already graduated, providing that you still have an active IEEE student account. You will be able to access the repository immediately.

If you aren't an IEEE Student member, and you are still eligible, PLEASE JOIN. It is worth the $30 (or $15 if ordered by today or tomorrow) just for the software, but it is also something else to list on your resume. Look around and see if you can find some IEEE societies that interest you, because those memberships will really stand out on your resume. If you are ordering today, keep in mind that the MSDNAA account will not be activated immediately. (It could take up to 8 days. It is the same way if you are signing up through your school. But then again, Win 7 isn't due out until October 22nd.) You should receive an email notifying you when it is activated.

EDIT MAY BE OPEN TO MORE THAN JUST CSEEs. YMMV See below.
Membership in the IEEE is open to individuals who by education or experience give evidence of competence in an IEEE designated field of interest. The designated fields are, in broad terms: Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law, and Policy.

Now go get more copies of your favorite M$ OS and software, I will try to post a list in the wiki of whats available.
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capitalization is not necessary for understanding the context of sentences.
"Capitalization is the difference between "I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse.." and "I had to help my uncle jack off a horse..""
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Damn, it's only $19 for $300*6 = $1800 worth of Windows 7 Professional (Full) licenses. Get your own account.
only $19? where?
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Where do you fill it in?
You have to log in your acm account and update your profile.

I don't think they are going to check. If they are serious about it, they would have asked you to send in a photocopy of tuition bill, schedule or student ID.
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Do not have an option to opt-in even though I am an actual student pursuing a computer degree. I imagine non-student people on this site probably slowed down the process for everyone else.
Yup blatant falsification of information should have consequences.
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Quote from myamex View Post :
You have to log in your acm account and update your profile.
Oh well..they never asked me for it so I'm not going to touch it..
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I don't know why OP even put "no classes needed". Obviously everyone was going to go overboard with it then.
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"Capitalization is the difference between "I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse.." and "I had to help my uncle jack off a horse..""
laugh out loud laugh out loud laugh out loud funniest post today!
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Quote from ballsofsteel View Post :
I don't know why OP even put "no classes needed". Obviously everyone was going to go overboard with it then.
Because no classes were needed, apparently until today.

This site is called "Slickdeals," not

"Honest deals done with integrity and following all established rules and policies performed on the honor system to not exploit any loopholes."
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Quote from ballsofsteel View Post :
I don't know why OP even put "no classes needed". Obviously everyone was going to go overboard with it then.
Yeh, pretty soon these programs won't be available anymore because too many people take advantage of the honor system. Theres no real feasible way to check everyone's college to make sure they are an eligible student.
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Im going to call tommorow first thing when I wake up, have classes late tm so shouldnt be a problem.
let us know how it turns out. you can refer to the previous page to see my experience with them
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welp i put in my student id along with faculty advisor earlier in the afternoon and now when i try to log in to myacm.org it says "Not an active member."

i'd like to know how to get my money back if they've cancelled my membership.
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Indeed, this program is going to get killed soon.
I wouldn't be surprised if they do wind up deactivating the keys.

If they're swamped with applications and don't have the means to verify all of them, I'm pretty sure they're going to kill the MSDAA part. It's the logical course of action.

Pray they don't deactivate the keys you've already gotten.
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i'm having problems signing up:

ACM Quick Join Student Application Form

The web site you are accessing has experienced an unexpected error.
Please contact the website administrator.

The following information is meant for the website developer for debugging purposes.
Error Occurred While Processing Request
The request has exceeded the allowable time limit Tag: CFQUERY

The error occurred in D:\wwwroot\acm\qj_ck_existing_records.cfm: line 16

14 : SELECT client_no,created
15 : FROM client_accounts
16 : WHERE lower(email) = '#ck_cur_email#'
17 : ORDER BY created desc
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welp i put in my student id along with faculty advisor earlier in the afternoon and now when i try to log in to myacm.org it says "Not an active member."

i'd like to know how to get my money back if they've cancelled my membership.
If you aren't a student I hope they don't give anyone refunds LMAO
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thanks OP!
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