Make the most of your MSDN Subscription by familiarizing yourself with the Subscription Benefits. Follow these steps to get started using your Subscription.
To begin using your subscription benefits, you will need to activate your subscription using a Subscriber ID. This process associates your Microsoft account to your subscription using a Subscriber ID. You only need to do this once, after which you’ll just sign in with the same Microsoft account each time you return to the MSDN Subscriptions Web site.
If you have an MSDN product key (for example, XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) you’ll first need to obtain your Subscriber ID by activating your key.
During the subscription activation process you will be asked to enter the first name, last name, e-mail address, and Subscriber ID provided by Microsoft when the subscription was created. Make sure to enter this information exactly as it was provided to you in the e-mail from Microsoft, even if there are typos or your first and last names are reversed (which sometimes happens with Volume Licensing customers whose company administrator makes a mistake when assigning the subscription).
Your Subscriber ID can be found in any of several possible locations. These include your Subscriber ID card or welcome letter (for retail subscribers), your initial Welcome e-mail from Microsoft, or the shipping label on media shipments.
After you have activated your subscription, you will be redirected to the My Account page. The My Account page gives you quick access to your account information, such as Subscriber ID and expiration date, as well as the benefits included in your subscription.
Note: If you have more than one subscription (for example, because you purchased one at home, and later your employer supplied a subscription), you will see a drop-down menu under the My Subscriptions area. Select the subscription you want to use from the drop-down list to switch between subscriptions.
The benefits that come with your subscription are accessible to you in a centralized location on the My Account page. After you have activated your subscription, you can immediately start using your benefits1:
1 Benefits vary by subscription level. To learn more about the benefits available with your subscription, check out the Visual Studio website.