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[–]the_lost_carrot 180 points181 points  (27 children)

Also note for Alumni, you might have had your credentials revoked. I attended a school and had credentials when I was there, however when I graduated it was revoked. You can still browse and it will let you sign in, however when it comes time to purchase/download it will say that the credentials are no longer eligible.

however you should still try as a friend of mine who had access through a different University still had his credentials a year later.

[–]bigjaydogg3 80 points81 points  (18 children)

Woot for a school that does t even let you keep your email address after graduation.

My school hates it's alum.

[–]MikalT 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Oh by the way, here are the cool new things going on at "school you graduated from". As an alumi, you can be a part of this by donating. How much do you promise to donate?

[–]seabrookmx 35 points36 points  (5 children)

Nearly verbatim the email I got this morning. They even call me sometimes. Was the 10's of thousands in tuition not enough?

[–]Golden_Spider666 37 points38 points  (0 children)

As someone who worked in one of those call centers my first semester of freshmen year. I'm sorry.

[–]jakeryan91 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Typically your Alumni leadership is asking for money for Alumni outreach programs, attempts to stay connected and network.

At least that's how mine works.

Sauce: I sit on my Alumni Board for my Alma mater

[–]River_Tahm 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Traditionally, people think that their degree becomes worthless if the school they got it from tarnishes its reputation (or God forbid, goes under entirely). So there's sort of a self-preservation reason to donate to schools.

Personally I don't buy it for most people/positions. Unless you have no real work experience you shouldn't have people obsessing over the college you went to these days, almost everyone has a degree from a reasonable school. The only people who have to rely almost exclusively on their degree are the fresh graduates who don't have the money to donate anyway

Once you have a few years' work experience under your belt, that should speak for itself in most cases

[–]Rabidleopard 6 points7 points  (0 children)

To paraphrase my dean at graduation for the first few years our program effects how people perceive you, after that you effect how people perceive our program

[–]FoxSauce 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, it wasn't

[–]DarthFlaw 6 points7 points  (1 child)

My school, upon graduation, asked for my personal email so it could beg me for donations to the Alumni group that way since it was disabling my email access.

[–]GameMasterJ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

If you can't even let me keep my school email to get student discounts then do not ever bother me about donating to the school or anything else really.

[–]Crustin 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Virginia Tech, represent! Alumni status and Gmail-based webs services are retained for life at no cost.

[–]elgavilan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Georgia Tech does that too!

[–]inventionnerd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doesn't help much in this case, no? Only students/faculty/staff are eligible for most of these. Alumni status will not get you many of these downloads.

[–]IndictHillaryClinton 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I don't want that shit, it was garbage from day once.

Just forwarded it to my gmail, and gave out my university email for shit I never want to hear about once I graduate.

[–]aeneas1642 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have the same mentality. My school email is worthless and the spam filters are horrible.

[–]Ganji- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I worked at my University for the summer after I graduated and got to keep my email an extra 6 months which I used to keys for Windows 7 and 8. Woot

[–]Fubarp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah it's so they can reuse your username for future students.

Besides it's pretty easy to gain access to your school email if you just give them a change. My University offers a cloud storage with unlimited data size now. Barely no one at my school knows about it and it's open to all students even after they graduated as long as they give the school a new email to use to link to the storage. You literally get 6 months to make the change too.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

An email box takes up space. Even with more and more schools adopting cloud services from Microsoft and Google you still have a lot of mailboxes with a gig or two sitting around. Multiply that by 1000+ each year. It would be irresponsible to keep old accounts around.

[–]PartyByMyself 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My school lets me access Lynda.com for free even after a year. :3

[–]itsamamaluigi 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I gave it a shot - I graduated 10 years ago but they let me keep my email address and login and stuff. I was able to sign in but I did not qualify. Oh well.

[–]LogicalThought 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How do you know if you don't qualify? I signed in and checked out with my cart, got an order confirmation email but I don't see any product keys attached to the email.

[–]itsamamaluigi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm guessing it's different for every institution. I went to the University of Minnesota store and found it as a free item, but it wouldn't let me add it to my cart.

[–]WeiserMaster 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I've had something similar during summer break - did make it into the next year, but MS or school did something with licencing.
So, if you need your licences maybe in the summer break, save everything on the licence overview as a PDF.

[–]the_lost_carrot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I had a licence on my first build that I did in college, but when I tried moving it I no longer had the key and couldnt get back into the system to verify the licence number.

So I had to go buy a new key.

[–]DrakeSparda 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This webstore thing did not even exist before I graduated so no luck from 2011 womp womp.

[–]schmidtily 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sometimes you can call the school's ITS department and they can activate an "alumni account" for you and that might get you through.

[–]wolfofone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Heck I'm still in school and apparently my account is expired :(

[–]MouaTV 45 points46 points  (4 children)

To get office for free, go to office.com and try to log in with your student email, it should redirect on how to sign up and get Microsoft office for free.

[–]SquishyTheFluffkin 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Score!! Azure, Visual Studio and the like from OP, and free of the latest office suite. Thanks NKU!

[–]laalaa 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This often works with many company accounts as well.

[–]serfdomgotsaga 44 points45 points  (3 children)

This seems more like a failure by the schools to inform their students of the resources made available to the students. It's not like it's free for the schools even although it's just a nominal fee to Microsoft.

[–]mattd121794 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I know I never knew my school had this, but you can bet I'm sending this information over to some instructors once I verify it works. There's plenty of folks at my school that could use these resources due to monetary situations.

Edit: Seems my school never even setup accounts for students...

[–]milkysniper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our school emails all of the students with the info and links every term

Some people still don't know about it, they just don't read their email I guess

[–]jamvanderloeff 55 points56 points  (20 children)

Note what you can get depends on what level of subscription your school's paying for, if they're paying nothing you'll usually get a bit of a discount on windows, but not free.

[–]princessvaginaalpha 7 points8 points  (4 children)

can you explain how server 2016 is better than windows 10?

not being snarky, but in what ways is it better?

[–]AHrubik 28 points29 points  (3 children)

It's not and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Server is configured to serve different needs and doesn't work (hasn't in a long time) well as a desktop OS.

[–]lovestruckluna 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pro: Doesn't have a lot of the Windows-as-a-service crap.

Con: Not designed to be used as a workstation (eg. Audio, dwm, and a lot of UX services are disabled by default). Can also confuse some programs that expect a consumer version of Windows (or to have some services enabled), though I don't know of anything you outright cannot do. If you need something desktop-y, Microsoft expects you to be able to figure out what it requires and how to enable said features.

It's not better or worse, just serves a different purpose.

[–]mightyprometheus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What do you think of Windows 10 LTSB for a home PC vs windows 10 pro?

[–]AHrubik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I haven't quite figured out LTSB from a Windows standpoint yet. It's the first time Microsoft has issued such a license but it would seem to work similar to the way Linux distros have been using it. No major feature changes just security updates for a set period of time. If you need such strict configuration control at home then by all means.

[–]guto8797 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My college shows up, but not my specific department. Can I just slap in a different department and get windows?

[–]jamvanderloeff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Try it and see, they may be checking username/email against enrollments

[–]gideonwolfe4 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Hey guys! I actually work for the company that makes these stores available and most schools are eligible to provide free Windows 10 EDU to all students. We simply need school admins (these are generally IT people) to request a store from us and then we build it, there's no cost to the school and there's no cost to the students. So if you can't find your school on the school finder, it doesn't mean your school isn't eligible, just that we haven't had a request to build it yet.

I didn't see any rules against posting a link, so if your school doesn't have a site, you may be able to let your IT team or help desk know that they can request one here:


[–]hashbrownie820 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hey so im building a pc and i was wondering if i could just use the free pro version and then use the school edition product key when im able to get it?

[–]gideonwolfe4 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yep, that'll work, you can always install an unactivated version of Windows (just skip the activation part, they prompts can be small but you can definitely do so). You can then use place the order for the education version and use it's key to activate/upgrade your OS.

[–]hashbrownie820 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]pq9145 29 points30 points  (22 children)

Potentially stupid question, is there any difference between Windows 10 Education and just buying Windows 10? (Apart from the price)

[–]Mattoopie10 51 points52 points  (20 children)

Education edition is basically enterprise but without Cortana (which is a pain anyway). Best version available imo.

EDIT: Seems like they added Cortana in the Creators Update of Windows 10.

[–]poinguan 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Nope. My Win10 Edu has Cortana too.

[–]Mattoopie10 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You're right, they added Cortana with Creators Update. My bad, since I have not updated to that yet.

[–]danzchief 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So no difference between them then?

[–]BSamuelC 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You can still disable cortana though after the creators update, done this with my education build.

[–]GameMasterJ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do you have a guide for doing this? I did it a while back on my desktop and have been meaning to do it on my keep but I can't remember how I did it.

[–]kurtsnafu 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Isn't the only one without Cortana the LTSB version?

[–]Mattoopie10 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They added Cortana in the Creators Update it seems, my bad.

Edit: They added it to the Education edition, not to LTSB.

[–]Clutter 4 points5 points  (2 children)

If I have an unvalidated copy of 10 home installed can I upgrade without having to wipe the drive? I installed home this week and haven't gotten around to buying a license yet.

[–]Gallifrey55 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had an unvalidated copy of 10 Pro installed. It automatically upgraded it to the Education version when I entered the product key.

[–]mastershivam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depends which version you want to verify. If eduction than you would probably have to reinstall windows. You wouldn't have to wipe your drive though.

[–]Itsalongwaydown 5 points6 points  (6 children)

it superimposes Education onto the desktop though

[–]NightLessDay 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I don't think it does that any more? Or at least it's not for me anymore.

[–]Mattoopie10 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah this does not happen anymore.

[–]The-Asshat 1 point2 points  (3 children)

What do you mean? I've never used education edition before.

[–]Itsalongwaydown -1 points0 points  (2 children)

In the lower right corner, slightly above the task bar, Windows would super impose "Education" onto your desktop wall paper. Someone said they changed it in recent years. It's fine to use of you're broke but just buy Windows when you have the money

[–]Cgrrp 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I think you're confusing this with the trial editions of Windows 10. When you get Windows 10 education from onthehub as described in OP you get a product key with it. It's not a trial version so there's no need to buy regular Windows "when you have the money."

[–]Truenoiz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just saw this post and got it. The education watermark is not there now.

[–]Vulpes-Vulpes-Fox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You can get rid of Cortana with a registry tweak tho

[–]pq9145 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome, thanks!

[–]The_Negative_Creep 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Dumb question, since I already have Windows 10 Home installed on the PC I just built, can I still get one of these keys and hold onto it for a future build? In other words do the keys expire or anything?

[–]IndictHillaryClinton 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I did this back when you could upgrade any version of windows to windows 10.

So technically we had access to 10, 8, 7. So in reality I just got three genuine keys for 10 to use.

Might still be available.

[–]Awesomechinz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It is. Can confirm I have access to multiple editions of 10/8/7 so more than 3 keys for me :D

[–]mightyprometheus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What version of Windows 7 is available?

[–]kill1ingthesemurders 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Is this US only?

[–]andrei_pelle 13 points14 points  (0 children)

81 schools available in Romania so I guess it's worth a shot. Just select your country.

[–]DutchsFriendDillon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No, it's a world wide program.

[–]Pewpewwwwwwwwww 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Check with your university. My Computer class professor was the one who told us about this.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Aussie here, I got a bunch of free software including windows through the imagine program.

[–]BotanyofPickles 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but how would you put this on a newly built computer?

[–]NotFromCalifornia 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You download an installer on a usb drive and run it as a boot drive on your new machine.

[–]FookinLaserSights_ 21 points22 points  (11 children)

On a similar note, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free via Microsoft's assistive technologies page. Probably the easiest method for those who want a free upgrade from 7/8.1 at this point.


[–]bgetter 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Thanks for this. I have a home theater PC that I was using for Media Center ( not found in windows 10), therefore didn't upgrade. We're finally moved away from Media Center, and now in ready to upgrade.

[–]Whoa_Bundy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm in the same boat but haven't made the leap to a new media center. What are you using now? Kodi?

[–]bgetter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sadly, I have moved into a house on the backside of a hill 30 miles from broadcast towers, so OTA is no longer viable ( I've tried so many times and ways). Was doing Cablecard but cut the cord in January.

I use a combination of Plex and streaming. I am not a sophisticated user.

[–]UtherArgas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you are just using it as a Media Center then Linux would also be a great option and is free. Try something like UBUNTU or MINT. Very user friendly and you can even put it on a USB drive and try it out without installing.

[–]pb7280 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Pretty sure you can also upgrade with your 7/8 product key. Worked for me a couple weeks ago

[–]Nimbility 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Could you elaborate on that? I have a Windows 7 Enterprise key currently installed, and am about to rebuild my computer so will be wiping and re-installing anyway

[–]RanninWolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great to hear if true, I don't want to buy another key for my new set up I spent all my money on parts =/

[–]char900 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I have a different PC with Windows 8, can I use the upgrade file, store it on a flash drive, then use that to install Windows 10 on a totally different new PC?

[–]stormhunter1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was not aware of this. I'll have to check it out

[–]mytherrus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I've got an unvalidated copy of W7 right now. Can I upgrade to W10 for free with the student stuff or do I have to do a fresh install?

[–]rambopandabear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine didn't let me upgrade to W10 with an unvalidated W7 even back when it said they were offering it free even to pirated copies.

[–]OrderlyToaster 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Is windows 10 worth it? I use windows 7 right now and have no problems with it. My dad uses windows 10 and has had a few problems, and I would only want to upgrade for the Xbox/PC crossover capabilities

[–]The-Asshat 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Personally, coming from 7 to 10 was well worth it IMO. My biggest issue was the excessive telemetry but once I ran shutup10 it works great.

EDIT: If you hate the new start menu, startisback still works with Windows 10 as well.

[–]mightyprometheus 3 points4 points  (2 children)

What do you mean about the telemetry and shutup10?

[–]The-Asshat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Microsoft implemented some tracking in Windows 10 and it pissed a bunch of people off. There is an application called shut up 10 that can disable a lot of the telemetry.

[–]AUS_Doug 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Telemetry != Tracking

[–]The_Negative_Creep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was one of the many that got forced to upgrade, but in the end I'm glad I did. I hated it at first because of the whole lack of consent thing but it grew on me really fast and it feels like a much better experience for me than Windows 7 was.

[–]WittyUsernameSA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It helps to use Classic Shell, I feel. Best when modified.

[–]backfromtheb0g 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Graduated 2 years ago. Just got windows 10, visual studio 2017, and microsoft azure for free.

[–]LogicalThought 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How did they send you the product keys? I received an order confirmation email after checking out, but I don't see any product keys within it. Only a link to the eula and link to download.

[–]backfromtheb0g 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Go to onthehub. add the software to cart. it should redirect to your university login. login and then add the software you want to cart. if you look at product info instead of downloading software, it should have product key. the keys will still be in your cart after you download in product info.

[–]GVNRG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What login do you use for logging into the portal, is it full email?

[–]Pewpewwwwwwwwww 7 points8 points  (6 children)

I was on the verge of buying windows 10 pro and then my buddy from work said "i can get you windows 10 pro for free" i asked how (btw we both went to the same college he is in his second semester, i already graduated) and then he told me how, and i freaked out. I remembered about this site but never used it... downloaded the windows multiple pack which comes with home, pro, and education... Saved me 200$ Even thought i graduated in January... My account from the school was still active. and yes it gives you a product key, got the iso in my usb ready to go.... :) I never knew about method 2... going to check that one out when i get home.

Edit: Realized method 2 is the same as 1 just an extra webpage.

[–]mightyprometheus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I only get the education version. Hm.

[–]Pewpewwwwwwwwww 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had the option for education of the "multiple pack" so i clicked that and it came with 3.

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    [–]Pewpewwwwwwwwww 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Method 2 asked for the same log in for me.

    [–]The-Asshat 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    I dont know why you were downvoted. All method 2 got me was to bring me to the school webstore on onthehub. It might be vary from university to university.

    [–]Pewpewwwwwwwwww 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Didnt realize i got downvoted. When i searched my school it took me back to method 1 lol...

    [–]Free_chickens 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Holy shit thats freaking amazing! Im about to buy a new computer too so this is perfect for me. Thanks for the heads up!

    [–]joshmaaaaaaans 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Do americans say it like Aloomni?

    [–]teaearlgraycold 1 point2 points  (0 children)


    [–]WoWPencey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    my only options for method 2 was windows 8.1 embedded pro and server 2016. can windows 8.1 embedded pro do a free upgrade to windows 10 home or something besides embedded, and if not, whats the difference in embedded? TY!

    [–]firelegend240 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Found onthehub.com and then went to my school's technology department to ask about it, and was met with a bunch of malarkey. They told me they had no idea what it was which could have been true depending on the person, that it wasn't safe, and that they highly recommend me not trust/use this to get Windows 10 Edu. Well, I certainly wasn't paying for Windows 10 when I could get it for free right after building a brand new PC so I went through OnTheHub anyways and easily was able to get Windows 10 Edu for free with my college credentials.

    My best friend however went to a much larger school (65k vs my 17k students) and his college wasn't a part of the program, so YMMV.

    [–]p0lar58 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    When you paid 90 bucks for one 2 hours before you read this...

    [–]Natethegreat1999 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Try refunding

    [–]p0lar58 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I tried already but they said they can't resell keys :L Probably gonna try resell on ebay but theres suspicious $20 keys everywhere there so unlikely that'll work either.

    [–]licataferretti2 1 point2 points  (6 children)

    So apparently my community college does have access to Microsoft Imagine, and I really want to use it to get windows 10. However, I'm not able to sign into the Microsoft Imagine site. It asked me if I would like to request access from my college administrator and I sent in a request with my name, email, and phone number. Is there some way for me to get access like through my school counselor or something??

    [–]gideonwolfe4 0 points1 point  (5 children)

    Are you in a STEM department? Generally there's Administrator's (teachers usually) who control who accesses the Imagine software.

    [–]licataferretti2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Yes, i'm in Computer Science. I guess I'll just ask a counselor about it when I go in to scheduled classes.

    [–]licataferretti2 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    ok nvm. I guess whoever the administrator is, authorized my account, so I can use it now.

    [–]hashbrownie820 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Hey i had the same problem when i tried to log in. How long did it take for you to get authorized? Also did you get an actual key? Cus im building a pc and wanted to get it up and running with the free win 10 pro but idk if i can just input the product key later or wait to get the education version

    [–]licataferretti2 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    It took about a week I believe for my school to authorize me. And then you just install windows 10 and activate it with the key from the account

    [–]hashbrownie820 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ok thanks!

    [–]___MytimetoShine___ 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    Thank you for this, I see that my school offers this for me! Two questions, probably stupid but will ask anyway...

    First, is this an upgrade or full version? I can put this on a dvd and install it on a new computer?

    Second, is this 32 bit or 64 bit? It doesn't say anywhere.

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      [–]___MytimetoShine___ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Great, thank you

      [–]crerstehfish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      In my experience: full version, usually has both 32 and 64 included

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        [–]Rarehero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        You should be able to keep the key. I'm still using the Windows key I got with Windows 7 ten years ago and that transferred over to Windows 10. Before that I had a "free" key for WindowsXP through my previous school. I have actually never bought a copy of Windows in my life.

        [–]GeeWhizWithout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Alternatively if you don't fit into this category, you can always buy a scrap PC key on ebay for like 3 bucks. I have done this since I was a broke college kid and never had any issues. It's even better now because once you activate it, it will link and attach to your MS account (if you choose so) and no one can activate it after. This is good if the seller is shady and tries to resell it later.

        [–]skunk90 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        Anything like this for the UK?

        [–]franagibo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Just try to find your school/university, im italian and ive found mine so maybe you are lucky too :)

        [–]headinthestarrs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I run the onthehub registration for a UK university so yes.

        [–]jurkajurka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My school has things for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

        [–]parks-and-rekt 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        Is the student version limited to 1 year? Or is it valid for good?

        [–]snaxy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        I'd like to know this as well!

        [–]The-Asshat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Once you get the key, its yours. Just don't sell it or give it away and you'll be fine.

        [–]bbluez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        If you own a small business BizSpark includes an MSDN subscription (for free). You apply here https://bizspark.microsoft.com/

        [–]seventhedition 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        I see this posted multiple times a year. Maybe it's time to add this to the side bar?

        EDIT - OnTheHub method might give you access to more than just Windows.

        [–]The-Asshat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        This is correct. I have access to Visual Studio, VMWare and a few other utilities. Otherwise, double check with some professors. They will probably be willing to help too.

        [–]DopePrius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Related question, is using a MSDN key any different than an educational key? Was going to buy a cheap one until I saw this

        [–]scoooobysnacks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        You're the man! I qualify even without being in a CS class.

        I already have the unlicensed version running now, does anyone know if I can download this and it'll just upgrade?

        [–]infectedsponge 0 points1 point  (0 children)


        [–]argote 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        To clarify, though you may get a key, the terms of use for them might still mean your copy is not strictly legal if you're not using it for education purposes (eg alumni)

        [–]Stereogravy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        God damn it, you're 25 hours too late. I spent $100 on the os.

        [–]borschtYeltsin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I love you, Liquid Drugs

        [–]GameOfKeys 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Man, you are awesome. You just got me Windows 10 for $5 instead of $100 for my next build!!!

        [–]slurpherp 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Stupid question, but how do I go about installing windows this way on a brand new computer I'm building? I was able to get myself a product key, but how do I go about getting the software.

        [–]Natethegreat1999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Get on another computer, and get a usb drive larger than 4 gb. Clear it before doing this. Download the windows 10 installer on the drive (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10) (Click download tool now) Go thru steps it gives you. Put in PC. Install, etc.

        [–]DEWSTAR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Aye! Good looks. I go to Rowan University and they give out free windows 10 from the on the hub after registering.

        [–]belgarionx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Those things are really cool. I'm currently using VS and MS SQL Server Enterprise Editions and hosting my projects on a Linux server that I got free with GitHub student pack.

        [–]xTempered 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Anyone know if I just have to install from the ISO given to me? I see other comments saying they got keys but for me it gave me a direct ISO download with instructions on how to burn/install. I'm guessing its activated when I install it?

        [–]KingMaxx 0 points1 point  (4 children)

        I'm sorry if this was already asked but: I have a laptop with a new hard drive but most of the copies of Win10 are download only. Is there a way to purchase it digitally and install it so I can take advantage of this discount?

        [–]Natethegreat1999 1 point2 points  (3 children)

        It'll have the key in the info, so just don't redownload it.

        [–]KingMaxx 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        Well, I mean the laptop is completely blank so I was thinking I could only install the OS by disc. I have another Win10 disc that I used during my first build recently, could I have use the new key with that disc? I'm sorry for being ignorant about it. I just built my first pc and don't have experience installing operating systems

        [–]Natethegreat1999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The cd with the download is all that it is. A download of windows 10. Regardless of how you download windows 10, you're going to need a key. Now while there ia a key provided with the disc, you can use a key bought digitally and it will work.

        [–]gideonwolfe4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        There isn't actually different ISO's anymore, there's a Windows 10 image that's "agnostic", and the extra features of the versions are tied now to the product key. The only issue you may run into is it not recognizing the key on the initial install, but if you skip activation and enter your key after, it'll work fine.

        [–]AndrewnotJackson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        This is good to know

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          [–]meta2401 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          This pops up just when I need it. thank you.

          [–]stonedboss 0 points1 point  (1 child)

          Thank you very much for this! My school has it fully free. How do you get the actual key though? I only see links for downloading the ISOs.

          [–]fwaggle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          When you "order" the software, it'll contain a key. If you already have the .ISO (or have it installed or whatever) then just don't go through with the download once the order is placed.

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            [–]gideonwolfe4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Not sure what you mean by limited to your computer? It's a one use license key. It is a full version equivalent (pretty much) to Enterprise edition.

            [–]Evilkong 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            Do i need to sign up with my edu email or can i sign up with any? how do i get keys for other version of windows?

            [–]BlamelessVestalsLot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            1. It's done through your school's OnTheHub webstore, if your school doesn't have a onthehub webstore you can't sign up for one.
            2. To register on the store you will need your school's specific .edu email.
            3. If other versions of windows aren't offered you can't get one.

            [–]apawst8 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            I was excited to see Windows 10 on that site. And then I clicked on it. It's only the Windows 10 IoT version or the Windows 10 Mobile version. Not the version you use for desktop PCs. Bummer.

            But at least I get free Office 2016.

            [–]gideonwolfe4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            What's your school? There may be a seperate site with Windows 10 Education for all students? (or if there isn't yet one could possibly be created)

            [–]trueDano 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            if anyone else manages to get 2 keys, mind to pm me one? :)

            [–]gbl08ma 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I recently built my first PC and used one of these MS Imagine keys for the Education edition. However, as I went through the initial setup and it got to the part where it asks to use a "work or school account", it wouldn't let me use the Microsoft (outlook.com) account I use on my other Win10 machines. I could only proceed with a local account, so that's what I did. First thing I did after the setup completed was converting the local account to a Microsoft one, and there it let me use my Outlook email. Just a little PSA for anyone who might be scared into thinking they can only use their school email or be stuck with a local account.

            Also make sure to take advantage of free Visual Studio Enterprise if that's your thing, there's a free VS edition now (Community) but the Enterprise edition is the complete deal and has some very welcome additional features.

            You can also get Office for free but if it's anything like in my case, the licensing model is different: you don't get a perpetual license, you just get into kind of a Office 365 subscription that's valid only while you're a student.

            [–]wifislow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I'm looking for the Azure, do they offer free Virtual Machines usage to students?

            [–]Moh_Jay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Just to add on to this through Microsoft imagine I actually got 3 windows keys: 10, 8.1, and 7 (8.1 and 7 can be used in the windows 10 installer).

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              [–]DutchsFriendDillon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Same way you install the normal version. Make a boot stick through the download page.

              [–]domstang68 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Imagine is great. I have gotten lots of software to test and learn with (especially because my school doesn't teach me like half the things I actually NEED to know) and it was all free.

              [–]NotGurk 0 points1 point  (3 children)

              You can also get windows 10 for free also by going to the assistive technology users page.

              [–]graywolf69 1 point2 points  (1 child)

              I believe you can update to win 10 thru that but you don't get it for free.

              [–]NotGurk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              You can, you just have to put it on a flash drive and boot off of there.

              [–]vulexus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              assistive technology users page

              if i dont know anything about it, may i still upgrade to window 10 without any problem?

              [–]ExpertGamerJohn 0 points1 point  (4 children)

              Is this version only for education? I'm a freshman in high school and wanna get this for gaming

              [–]BlamelessVestalsLot 2 points3 points  (3 children)

              No, it's just another edition of windows like Home and Pro. From what I see it has more in common with their their enterprise edition that has more features than both versions I've mentioned.

              [–]ExpertGamerJohn 0 points1 point  (2 children)

              Can I game with it then?

              [–]BlamelessVestalsLot 1 point2 points  (1 child)

              Yeah you can.

              [–]ExpertGamerJohn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Good shit

              [–]GRIFTY_P 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I really wish I had seen this like a month ago. Could have saved myself like 80 bones. Awesome deal

              [–]GRIFTY_P 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I really wish you had posted this like a month ago. Could have saved myself like 80 bones

              [–]Jakeattack77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              wow wtf im in a Big 10 school and in stem, and both sites redirect me to the schools webstore, which does have some cool software

              But it doesnt have any way to buy windows 10 keys !! it only offers the "free" windows 10 upgrade from whatever it now considers a qualifying OS licence. It does at least give you the ability to go from W10 pro to education which supposedly has some benifits

              but wtf we used to be able to get cheap windows licences, like i think thats how i got the 8.1 licence that i later upgraded to 10 with on my current pc.