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UPDATE 10/21: Special thanks to jamesgx for informing me that 32-bit editions are now available on both IEEE and ACM links. You can now get a total of EIGHT Windows 8 Professional license keys (four from each program using English and French versions of both 32 and 64-bit editions) if you sign up for both programs. ACM members can get the 32-bit French Windows 8 license key using the following link: http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/O...4da23e67f6

Quote from jamesgx View Post :
So, dreamspark just made available the 32-bit versions of Win 8 for ACM and IEE users. You are able to download the 32-bit English version and A 32-bit French version of Win 8 (keep in mind the languages are not tied to the keys). For ACM users the 32 French version link is posted below. Pretty happy I jumped in. laugh out loud
ACMDreamspark [onthehub.com]
UPDATE 10/4: Special thanks to bigfoot123, ACM members can get a second Windows 8 license key using the following link: http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/O...23e67f6&JS
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I don't have access to ACM dreamspark yet but was looking at the site. Looks like you may be able to edit part of the the link on acm to match the ieee product code for french win 8. Does anyone want to give it a try and see if it works? http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/O...&vsro=8&o=9d637f37-22fc-e111-bd05-f04da23e67f6&JS

...The bold part is the product code from IEEE

Inspired by the original thread back when Windows 7 was released (http://archive.slickdeals.net/f/1552163-RETIRED-Free-MSDNAA-Access-for-all-IEEE-ACM-Student-Members-275-Programs-inc-Windows-7-Vista-and-XP-Pro-No-Classes-Needed?sduid=574457), I logged in and checked to see what's new and noticed Windows 8 Professional is now available for download!

MSDNAA aka Dreamspark Premium is available free of charge for all members of IEEE and ACM. ANYONE CAN JOIN! I understand that some schools already provide free access to Dreamspark Premium, but those of us who don't can join these organizations instead!

Student membership fees:
IEEE - $16 half-year (people are reporting that you currently must pay the $32 full-year membership right now) http://www.ieee.org/membership_se..._dues.html
MSDNAA Page: http://msdn04.e-academy.com/ieee_cs_r9

ACM - $42 http://www.acm.org/membership/dues
MSDNAA Page: http://msdn01.e-academy.com/ACM
When registering for ACM, you'll see a warning about Windows 7 which originated due to the last thread. Just ignore it. Windows 8 is new and just recently available through ACM's MSDNAA access.

It takes about 4-5 business days to get full access after paying for membership. I've already downloaded and confirmed working installations of two free full versions of both Windows 8 Professional and Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate using memberships from both organizations. There is also tons of other MS software available such as Windows Server 2012.

Additional membership instructions:
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Additional info and instructions for folks - you don't NEED to be a student, you can actually just put whatever information in you want during signup. Hope this helps!

**NOTE**: ACM signups usually get their MSDNAA login within 2 days. IEEE signups take up to 8 days. See note below.

ACM Typical Sign up Timeline
**NOTE**: ACM is cracking down on Student Status. No problem, If you want to join just fill out the requested information with a legit or seemly legit input
- sign up and ACM will send you log-in information
- You will be asked to enter your Faculty Advisor and Student ID in your Student Profile for verification purposes.
- then you will have to wait till ACM lets you opt-in for MSDNAA membership --- it will take approx. 1 to 2 days --- to check if you can "opt-in", log in to "MyACM" and under the "My Services" tab you will find a light blue box saying "Access ACM's Student Academic Initiative (SAI) Programs: Developer Academic Alliance (formerly MSDN AA), Sun Academic Initiative, and CA Academic Initiative" --- click on "Developer Academic Alliance" link in this box and if ACM has already processed your payment, you will be able to "opt-in" (however, you do not have to wait for the payment processed email ACM will sent you)
- once you "opt-in", MSDNAA will send you their log-in info within 24 hours (check your junk mail folder - my email was buried in junk)
- once you got your MSDNAA login info, you will be able to log-in here http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/P...897&vsro=8 and download your software

IEEE Typical Sign up Timeline
Within approximately 8 days of your renewal and payment being processed or your new application being processed and accepted, a separate e-mail with user account and login information to access your free software will be sent to the e-mail address on your IEEE record. Please make sure you provide your e-mail address because that is the only way you will receive information about the offer.
- sign up
- wait <8 days
- get an email from MSDNAA

Since people are asking, you get TWO license key for Windows 8 from IEEE (I managed to get one for English and one for French, which can still be used on any language), and ONE license from ACM (only English available). They don't have the 10+ license keys available like last time.
And, YES this is the same exact FULL VERSION of Windows 8 which comes out later this month.
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Last Edited by HammerHad January 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Update 01-13-13:
For all the Home Server People Out There Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials is out on IEEE.


Update 12-26-12:
ACM now only have one windows 8 32/64bit combined. But for those who already got 4 keys from ACM can get another key on that combined WINDOWS 8 link.

Update 12-05-12:
WINDOWS 8 is off the IEEE site!!! Just went to get my keys and it's gone. Time to demand a refund!
I've sent four emails with no responses from IEEE.


Update 11-12-12:
People who purchased an IEEE subscription back in October are now receiving access to Dreamspark.

Update 11-10-12:
Hurricane Sandy Update: IEEE has resumed normal operations. We thank our members, customers, and employees for their support and patience.

Update 11-07-12: Email Response from IEEE:
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding. We appreciate your patience while awaiting our reply.
The emails of those students who joined the IEEE Computer Society or the IEEE are compiled and set up with rights to access the Microsoft software within two weeks from joined date.
You will receive an email directly from Microsoft with a link and password to access this benefit. The email address with this log in information will be coming from "User Import" or "msdnaa_software center". However, due to Hurricane Sandy, this process has been delayed. Once all is restored, we will send you the information you need to access your free software.

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Update 11-03-12: It has been two weeks since some of us purchased IEEE membership, and nobody has received their Dreamspark login info yet. Hold off buying membership until we can confirm that we got dreamspark working.
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Update 10-27-12: Windows 8 software is available now. Looks like it was temporary unavailability

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Update 10-26-12: Windows 8 software shows: "This software is momentarily unavailable please come back later. We apologize for the inconvenience." Dead for the meantime for both ACM and IEEE, do not bother signing up. This might be a repeat of when Win7 came out and they pulled the software completely.

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The title is unnecessarily confusing. You only get FOUR keys per membership. Eight keys (4 for each) if you sign up for both IEEE and ACM

People, nobody here is going to donate any keys...so, stop asking...even if people genuinely wanted to, they won't because people who get these keys end up selling them and the person who donated these keys will get his account banned forever. Secondly, for IEEE, after signing up, please wait for at least a week. Be patient and you will get your MSDN dreamspark account access in a separate email

for anyone that hasn't gotten their IEEE Dreamspark login info yet, try resetting your password:

go on to the site: http://msdn04.e-academy.com/ieee_cs_r9 and request to reset your password. enter your email address as the username.

$19 ACM deal is dead, now $42 to gain access.

Update 10/3/12: $19 ACM signup now says in red in the form that Dreamspark Premium is not available through this membership.

Half-year dues are still in effect. New members joining between 1 March and 15 August are billed at half off the full year membership dues, and receive membership benefits through 31 December.

NEW applications received between 16 August 2012 and 28 February 2013 will automatically be processed at the full year dues rates. Services begin immediately.

Want the start menu back in Windows 8?
http://lee-soft.com/vistart/
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


Or just use Classic Shell...
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

How to turn Aero Glass back on:
http://www.askvg.com/hidden-secret-trick-to-enable-activate-aero-glass-in-windows-8-aero-lite-theme/

Observation (10/8) by getdealsonline

Even though they highlight and say PLEASE NOTE: This level of membership does not include the Microsoft DreamSpark Premium Package, right above that they also say

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Student Membership Benefits
  • Free access to 100+ software packages from the Microsoft DreamSpark Premium Package
  • Access to online courses, ebooks and training videos,
  • Electronic subscription to CACM magazine
  • Access to ACM's highly targeted Career & Job Center
  • Free e-mentoring services from MentorNet (R)
  • Electronic subscription to XRDS magazine
  • ACM CareerNews (twice monthly)
  • ACM e-news digest TechNews (triweekly)
  • ACM monthly online newsletter MemberNet
  • Free "acm.org" email forwarding address plus filtering through Postini
  • Options to subscribe to the full ACM Digital Library
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WARNING: I jumped on this deal when it was free MSDNAA membership from IEEE to get W7 Ultimate (x64), I probably will again. However, at some point MSDNAA changed their entire offerings, dropped ALL of the Product Keys that I had mooched off of them. When I needed my W7 key, they could offer NO help at all, and they had stopped offering free W7, and the extra copy that I was allowed was forever lost. Backup your product keys and abuse the system early and often
-- arenaninja

Just a heads up If you do not need windows 8 and just want access to the developer stuff like visual studio, windows server 2012, sql and etc you can get alot of it for free @ https://www.dreamspark.com/ without paying membership fees to these organizations. All you have to have is an active .edu email address

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Still trying to figure out how to get half year option.
You might need to call in to join at the posted half-year rates. I'm already a member of IEEE so I never actually tried joining at that $16 rate.

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Will this allow you to download CD/DVD images in order to do a Full install of windows?
Or is ithis strictly an online upgrade.
The licenses are for full installations, not just upgrades.
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Where is Doomsday when we need it, fact is Windows 8 is not horrible, it is considerably quicker than Windows 7. There are some annoyances, but overall far better than 7 which is also a good.
For normal desktop office work, no, it absolutely isn't. On tablets, and for home entertainment, yes it is. It's all in how you use it.
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Can I have a refund if they pull the windows 8 like they did with windows 7?

Just joined the ACM, not sure to pay $32 for IEEE except someone shows the way to get half year. I'm on the page of input credit card info but not sure I pull the trigger or nor.
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Can anyone confirm that ACM has Windows 8 too since it seems like OP found it through IEEE. I remember ACM not offering Windows 7 so want to be sure before I spend the $19.
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for ACM, should we be worried about this message:
The Microsoft Developer Academic Alliance package DOES NOT contain Windows 7.

ACM Membership DOES NOT include Windows 7.

Recently, a large number of individuals looking to get Windows 7 through an ACM Student Member benefit joined ACM only to find out that ACM membership is not for them.


OP, can you confirm Win8 is avail now through ACM
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Can anyone confirm that ACM has Windows 8 too since it seems like OP found it through IEEE. I remember ACM not offering Windows 7 so want to be sure before I spend the $19.
Yes, it's there.

http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/P...SEnabled=1
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Can anyone confirm that ACM has Windows 8 too since it seems like OP found it through IEEE. I remember ACM not offering Windows 7 so want to be sure before I spend the $19.
I got two licenses, one from IEEE and one from ACM. ACM still has Windows 8 as of right now.
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wow.. thanks for reminding me about dreamspark.. just checked through my school and it's available Stick Out Tongue. there are multiple versions. are these the RTM ones?

MS Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build 32-bit/64bit
MS Windows 8 Professional 32-bit/64bit (English-Great Britain)
MS Windows 8 Symbols 32-bit/64-bit Dreamspark
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For normal desktop office work, no, it absolutely isn't. On tablets, and for home entertainment, yes it is. It's all in how you use it.
No, you're absolutely wrong. It is just as good for normal desktop office work.
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No, you're absolutely wrong. It is just as good for normal desktop office work.
No, it's not, and not just based on my own personal experiences. Most professional reviewers concur. I have Win 8 and Win 7, and used Win 8 extensively. It adds keystrokes to go in and out of the UI.
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wow.. thanks for reminding me about dreamspark.. just checked through my school and it's available Stick Out Tongue. there are multiple versions. are these the RTM ones?

MS Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build 32-bit/64bit
MS Windows 8 Professional 32-bit/64bit (English-Great Britain)
MS Windows 8 Symbols 32-bit/64-bit Dreamspark
The only one you want is Professional 32/64 bit. Debug/checked version is some sort of developer toolkit, and Symbols is just some add-on package.
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The only one you want is Professional 32/64 bit. Debug/checked version is some sort of developer toolkit, and Symbols is just some add-on package.

thanks. downloading the sdx file right now. ~3GB.
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No, it's not, and not just based on my own personal experiences. Most professional reviewers concur. I have Win 8 and Win 7, and used Win 8 extensively. It adds keystrokes to go in and out of the UI.
Where are all these professional reviews? What keystrokes does it add? I'm seriously having trouble making ANYTHING take more keystrokes than it did in Windows 7. In fact, do these things on Windows 7 with TWO keystrokes, which you can do in 8.
  • Open control panel
  • open command prompt
  • open command prompt as admin
  • device manager
  • disk management
  • Basically anything in Win+X Menu
Also, please list the things which take more keystrokes on Windows 8.

I've been using it on my desktop (30" 2560x1600 + 27" 2560x1440 screens) and on my convertible tablet PC. It is absolutely awesome on both. The only difference on my desktop is that the start menu is full screen instead of a little menu in the corner. I prefer it to be full screen since it's open for less than 2 seconds I can more easily find and click what I want. It shows like 20x the amount of items as the start menu. I stay in the desktop UI otherwise and don't use Metro apps. Don't even bother using the metro apps on a desktop. The desktop UI has gotten a ton of improvements.

http://winhowto.blogspot.com/2012...ktops.html
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No, it's not, and not just based on my own personal experiences. Most professional reviewers concur. I have Win 8 and Win 7, and used Win 8 extensively. It adds keystrokes to go in and out of the UI.
Win8 has actually upped productivity for me by forcing me to utilize keystrokes lol.

These are all inherent shortcut keys that have been around since Win95. however since there was always icons and start buttons and what not, I never used those shortcuts. Now that Win8 streamlined and removed these, I am finding that I can manuever the OS alot quicker using strictly these shortcuts.

Like any new OS takes getting used to, but now that I am acustomed to it, seems like 2nd nature.
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are we able to use windows 8 forever or it will be deactivated after I am graduated?
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