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I am a student and my faculty provides us with access to a bunch of free software trough 'onthehub.com'. From here I got my windows 8 license that expires in 2015.

I will most likely download windows 8 again next year at the end of the semester to get a longer lifespan out of my free software.

My question is this:

After my current license expires, would it be possible to activate it cheaply using a VUP license (basically half the price) or would I be forced to buy windows like I never even had it before ?

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This depends on the exact terms of your school's exact licensing agreement - there's no way to tell short of asking them how this has to be handled. –  Shinrai Jan 24 '13 at 16:01
    
I thought as much. Was hoping though there was a "general rule". Yet after some digging I fear there is no way of doing this honestly. I don't suppose there's a way of determining this based on the serial key ? –  Kalec Jan 24 '13 at 16:06
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Your license doesn't expired in 2015. Your access to be able to download the image expired in 2015. If you burn the image to a DVD then you don't have to worry about it. If you are worried about "cheap" license purchase a full license today before the price of Windows 8 increases. –  Ramhound Jan 24 '13 at 16:29
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closed as too localized by Dave Rook, Shinrai, haimg, Diogo, Diago Jan 24 '13 at 16:46

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