Comments on: Get Windows Server 2008 for FREE through DreamSpark (Students Only) Tech Tips, Reviews, Tutorials, Occasional Rants Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:50:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Klaus Prätel Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:33:50 +0000 I need the Windows Server 2008 to start with it.

By: zzyzx Sun, 18 Jan 2009 05:26:29 +0000 Look to me it is legal to continue to use the software after your student status ends:


a. End of Student Status. If You no longer qualify for the Student Program (by failing to meet the definition of “You” above), then Your membership in the Student Program will automatically terminate, however, You may continue to use the Software You obtained prior to termination of Your student status subject to the terms of this license.

b. Termination. Microsoft may terminate Your usage of any Software obtained from the Student Program if You fail to comply with any of these terms.

By: Brian - Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:53:37 +0000 dana – NOT TRUE. That’s the generic description for ALL Windows Server 2008 licenses. No, Server 2008 does not require an installation code at install, and it is possible to extend the evaluation period up to 240 days.

However, the license key generated for you by Dreamspark is a legitimate license. My copy of Server 2008 is fully-licensed, installed, AND activated. If you want to use Server 2008 beyond the evaluation period, you must activate using the generated license key.

By: dana Jones Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:20:10 +0000 You didn’t mention that it’s an EVALUATION license, or perhaps you didn’t realize it.


“Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation or entering a product key. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation and evaluated for an initial 60 days.

If you need more time to evaluate Windows Server 2008, the 60 day evaluation period may be reset (or re-armed) three times, extending the original 60 day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008. “

By: Dave Thu, 16 Oct 2008 03:22:34 +0000 Maybe I read it wrong, but after clicking on “What is Dreamspark?,” it said that you need to verify your student status every 12 months. In the FAQ, it implied that your student status would be verified only once more after a year. I don’t know which is true, but you definitely need to be a student for at least one year.