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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
Quote from bigfoot123 View Post :
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:
Quote from eryeal View Post :
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 ®
  • 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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#61
If I install win 8 on one computer, can I move the license to another computer later?
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Anyone familiar with the ACM site? I just joined and can't seem to find the Developer or Dreamspark link from within "myacm".
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Quote from BigChiefTaco View Post :
shut up.



shut up.



shut up.



shut up.

This is not Win7 vs Win8 thread.
shut up.

Quote from trdexalbee View Post :
If they change the GUI to something more productive and keep the windows 8 improvements, its not bad. I tried windows 8 beta and I liked it, after I changed to classic mode. They just need a windows 7 GUI with windows 8 underneath...oh they have been doing that since windows 95....
If you click the desktop tile you have the Windows 7 GUI. The only difference is the start menu being full screen. Why don't people get this yet?
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So... I have a student ID, but not a faculty advisor. Does anyone know if that is a mandatory field?
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Then for goodness sakes just pick some tech magazines you like and find some articles on Windows 8 and the desktop .. pcmag, engadget, whatever floats your boat. I just did a quick google search as I've been reading the reviews throughout the last couple of months. You'll find that, for desktop or work purposes, Windows 8 is primarily panned.
And all of those negative reviews have the problem of even bothering to use Metro apps on the desktop. You don't need to. You really don't. The start menu being full screen isn't an issue and that's the only major change. There are a ton of changes on the desktop which are awesome. New explorer, new task manager, new file copy dialog and process, Win+X menu, and a bunch of other things PLUS it being overall faster. In fact one feature I just used now which bugged me to no end in 7 and earlier: Ejecting devices from the computer. When you click the icon it takes around 5 seconds for the eject menu to show in 7. It INSTANTLY shows in Windows 8. Less than 1 second to eject the drive. I've shown it to a lot of people (and either not saying anything positive or negative about it AND also by saying how cool it is) and they've liked it just fine. I gave my old tablet PC to my 55 year old mother and she has no issue using it.
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Signed up for IEEE (I am a student and work for a University too, just am not an IT student).... just waiting for my link to the software, site says can take ~8 days.
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Quote from petard View Post :
shut up.

If you click the desktop tile you have the Windows 7 GUI. The only difference is the start menu being full screen. Why don't people get this yet?
Agreed. Also, this is Slick Deals, and Windows 8 is inexpensive! Sure you can use Linux for free, but unfortunately for some things Windows is needed.

Windows 8 won't be released until October 26. So what exactly is this version? Can someone confirm that a fresh install will not be required when it goes GA?
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Great deal if you need an OS for an HTPC or tablet. If you will primarily using a PC for desktop purposes, avoid at all costs. I say this as a Windows 8 user (4 months)
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#69
Been waiting for this to show up for us Comp Sci guys, downloading and installing now! Thanks for the heads up OP!

Also, this is the full version and not a preview. The code for the final version has been out for some time now so this is no different than what will be sold October 26.
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Quote from zrzhu View Post :
If I install win 8 on one computer, can I move the license to another computer later?
I think I saw that you can install up to two computers with one license. You can do online activation with the same cd-key couple times (at least 2, less than 10 for sure). After that, you have to use automated phone activation, which is kind of a hassle because you have to punch in all these numbers.
If you want to do a fresh re-install on the same computer, make sure to use a software called "Advanced Tokens Manager" to backup/restore the activation information so that it doesn't use up your activation count.

Also, these licenses are not for commercial use, and is only for educational/personal use. Make sure you guys read the agreement or whatever it's called.
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Quote from potus View Post :
Agreed. Also, this is Slick Deals, and Windows 8 is inexpensive! Sure you can use Linux for free, but unfortunately for some things Windows is needed.

Windows 8 won't be released until October 26. So what exactly is this version? Can someone confirm that a fresh install will not be required when it goes GA?
This is the MSDNAA version. Complete full version, same as you'd get at retail. I have access to MSDNAA from my school and I was able to get 4 licenses and already made us of 3 of them. Full version, fully activated. Windows RTMs (completed) months before general availability which is October 26 for Windows 8.
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Quote from dragonheart View Post :
if you do an upgrade you keep everything that you currently have.

if you do a clean install then you lose everything and install a brand new windows 8 only.
Thanx for the info..
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After being an IEEE member(not a student member), how to get the VS 2012? Thanks.
It is only for student member
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And all of those negative reviews have the problem of even bothering to use Metro apps on the desktop. You don't need to. You really don't. The start menu being full screen isn't an issue and that's the only major change. There are a ton of changes on the desktop which are awesome. New explorer, new task manager, new file copy dialog and process, Win+X menu, and a bunch of other things PLUS it being overall faster. In fact one feature I just used now which bugged me to no end in 7 and earlier: Ejecting devices from the computer. When you click the icon it takes around 5 seconds for the eject menu to show in 7. It INSTANTLY shows in Windows 8. Less than 1 second to eject the drive. I've shown it to a lot of people (and either not saying anything positive or negative about it AND also by saying how cool it is) and they've liked it just fine. I gave my old tablet PC to my 55 year old mother and she has no issue using it.
Not sure about your eject problem, but I have two ejectable drives, and just clicked on it in Windows 7 and it came up instantly for me? I have an i7-920. Not sure why yours would take 5 seconds to come up.
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Why join to get this cheap? When windows7 came out I bought 2 copies from Microsoft. I think the first one was like $29 and the next one was $19. I would just wait until MS comes out with that deal. I didn't even graduated but went to college in mid 90's. My wife went to another school 15 years ago. I logged into our edu sites and low and behold I have an edu email address. So if anyone here has ever been to college, you had an edu email address.
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