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I renew our MSDN subscription and have a couple questions concerning software options. Its been a few years since our old subscription expired. Anyway...

Q. I see only one product key beside Visual Studio 2010 Pro,  can it be used for multiple installs on different computers?

Q. I read that downloads don't require a product key, are there any limits to installations?

Q. Any difference between downloads and trial downloads like features, etc?

Q. Should I uninstall my Visual Studio 2012 RC or use key?

Any other info you can add would be a big help...
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Here is MS's paper on licensing MSDN.  Page 11 and 12 speak directly to several of your questions.

Q. I see only one product key beside Visual Studio 2010 Pro,  can it be used for multiple installs on different computers?

So long as it used by the same licensed MSDN user ( home pc and work pc like)

Q. I read that downloads don't require a product key, are there any limits to installations?
Same as above.  These install packs often have the key already embedded in the install .exe or .msi

Q. Any difference between downloads and trial downloads like features, etc?

Yes, see the license agreement for the app in question. (Also pg 14)

Q. Should I uninstall my Visual Studio 2012 RC or use key?

The RC is not up to date, recommend installing fresh.
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Cool, here's somthing interesting.

1 I downloaded MSDN Windows server 2012 Std (says no product key needed), yet it asks for a key or the install will not continue.

2. I installed MSDN Windows server 2012 Std with MSDN product key everything seem to install nicely, but the OS will not boot.
    - I have a dell inspiron 545S with sata drive.
    - Only one partition
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Sorry for not getting back sooner, but have been fighting the flu - apparently not one of the ones covered by my flu shot =(

I looked through my MSDN subscription and find no Windows Server 2012 installs requiring no product key.  Several add-on items had this: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Language Pack (x64), but not the server itself.

Based on the specs, the 545s should be able to run 2012, but as to why it won't boot, that I'm not sure of.  I have seen some instances where previous Linux installations caused some difficulties with the boot sector.  Or if the drive was set up as a GPT disk on a system that does not support booting from those... Did you format the disk when you started?  Were you trying to use an existing partition as-is?
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