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Old 09-19-2021, 5:42 PM
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Tempted to build a new PC. But that will involve installing my MSDN copies of SQL, VS and Office. My concern is they are from 2013. What are the chances they will still authenticate?
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Old 09-20-2021, 11:58 AM
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I didn't know MSDN was still even active....

Personally, I'd go ahead and build that new PC and stick Ubuntu or similar and then just, PostgreSQL, the GNU Compiler Collection, and LibreOffice on it. If you're a developer (I'm guessing this because you mentioned Visual Studio), then this sort of setup should serve you very well.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:29 PM
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I used Microsoft TechNet Plus Direct Subscription from 2011 several years ago no problem (Office 2010, Project, Visio). Now I buy questionable MS licenses online.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:41 PM
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I am retired. I just maintain my website that was written for me 10 or so years ago. I barely know MS SQL. I have my update scripts. Donít need new ones. I could not write a VB program from scratch if my life depended on it. I can look at code to make little changes. Oh, and my website server is Windows based.

Learning all that stuff you mentioned in retirement is not my idea of fun.

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The licenses are likely fine.

It sounds like your use of this software isn't very often. You could theoretically convert your current PC to a virtual machine on your new one, so you can import all software, settings, etc. 'as is' - This may trigger a reactivation of Windows/MS Apps, but gets you on new hardware without much further effort.
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They don’t even care. I had to reload a machine controller with win2k or some old thing and called with the activation number and they activated it without even asking who I was. I don’t think they care about that old stuff. If all else fails you can just use an activator.
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I am retired. I just maintain my website that was written for me 10 or so years ago. I barely know MS SQL. I have my update scripts. Donít need new ones. I could not write a VB program from scratch if my life depended on it. I can look at code to make little changes. Oh, and my website server is Windows based.

Learning all that stuff you mentioned in retirement is not my idea of fun.
Then I hope you're keeping that Web server properly patched/updated, especially if it's on the Internet.

If this is your use case, then your licenses should be OK. I don't know if licenses from 2013 will allow you to keep updating that server without paying some money. If it does, though, then by all means, do so.
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Old 09-21-2021, 7:02 AM
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Letís hope GoDaddy is keeping the server up to date. I also keep my Win 10 machine up to date.

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Then I hope you're keeping that Web server properly patched/updated, especially if it's on the Internet.

If this is your use case, then your licenses should be OK. I don't know if licenses from 2013 will allow you to keep updating that server without paying some money. If it does, though, then by all means, do so.
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I know win7 tech net keys are activation kosher on Win10 activations, last I checked.
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Give it a shot. I've been curious myself. Before I left my previous employer, I saved all of the MSDN keys associated with my account in a spreadsheet. I have multiple keys for every single version of Windows, Server, SQL and VS going back to 2003 and XP. I haven't tried any yet.
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I miss having the technet subscription.
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