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Windows Vista RC1 Key Needed?


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You still need a key and it is free. There is a grace period between install and activation; ie: registering with a key-two weeks I believe, but, am not sure.

This is what I got from MS;

From: Microsoft [Microsoft@newsletters.microsoft.com]

Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 2:35 AM

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.........

Subject: Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 is Now Available

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Thank you for participating in the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program. Customer feedback is an integral part of our development process and your continued support is very important to help us improve the overall quality of Windows Vista.

This email is to inform you that the final major pre-release of Windows Vista - Release Candidate 1 (RC1) - is now available for download for CPP participants. Please use the links below to access the download site, and install this release as soon as possible. (If you ordered a DVD kit for Beta 2 you will receive a new DVD kit containing RC1 in approximately 2-4 weeks.)

Important Information about Windows Vista RC1 . We remind you that RC1 is pre-release software and you should not run this on production or mission-critical PCs. Support will be limited to newsgroups, and you may have to do a clean install to move from this release to the final release of Windows Vista.

. You may upgrade an existing installation of Windows Vista Beta 2 or Windows XP to this release. However you will have to do a clean install if you want to get back to a previous configuration.

. Before upgrading from Beta 2 to RC1, please install any Critical Updates from Windows Update for Beta 2. Go to Start, All Programs, Windows Update, and click the "Check for Updates" button.

. Please close any open applications before beginning an upgrade. During installation we recommend you have an active Internet connection and choose to "Go online to get the latest updates for installation."

. Installing RC1 requires a valid Microsoft Product Key. You should use the same Product Key that was provided to you (and sent in email) when you registered for Beta 2 in June. For your convenience, your Product Key is included here:


. Due to the size of the download we recommend you use the download manager provided as it will allow you to resume the download if your Internet connection is interrupted during the process.

. As with Beta 2, the download for RC1 is an ISO file. After you complete the download you will need to burn a DVD to install RC1. For more information, including DVD-burning instructions, program information, and feedback links, please refer to the Customer Preview Program start page.

. To help you explore Windows Vista, we have created a list of tasks for you to try. To access the list and provide feedback on your experience, visit the Windows Vista Scenario Voting site. Windows Vista Scenario Voting

Please use these links to access the download:

English: http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm

German: http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/de/download.htm

Japanese: http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/jp/download.htm

Again, thank you for testing Windows Vista. If you experience an error while using RC1, please send the information to us using the built-in Windows Error Reporting technology (a dialog box will display automatically). Sending this information is essential to helping us improve the overall quality of Windows Vista.

We look forward to your feedback.


The Microsoft Windows Vista Team

Microsoft makes no representations or warranties regarding beta software. We recommend that you use beta software only for evaluation and planning purposes. You use such software at your own risk and you are solely responsible for any and all resulting damage. Beta software may contain bugs or other errors that could cause it to malfunction. Please take adequate precautionary measures to back up and protect data at all times.

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The URL listed above has links to the main program page and more info................

Edited by RickSteele
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Alright RickSteele yes what? Yes he needs a key ar yes it is still free...

Yes you need a key.

to install doesnt need a key, to activate yes he does, if had beta 2 then can use same key according to Microsoft

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Yikes, I downloaded it and windows said "Cant move or replace file, incorrect parameters" or some crap, I moved my TIF folder to my big drive and there's 8G on it, maybe the file is NTFS or something.......cry.gif

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Yikes, I downloaded it and windows said "Cant move or replace file, incorrect parameters" or some crap, I moved my TIF folder to my big drive and there's 8G on it, maybe the file is NTFS or something.......cry.gif
Win98SE has problems with files > 2Gb. See Copy2Gb thread in 98SE unofficial fix subforum for more information.
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You can get a Vista RC1 key now.


please read the forum rules.

This is not a warez site! Links/Requests to warez and/or illegal material (porn, cracks, serials, etc..) will not be tolerated. Discussion of circumventing activation/timebombs will also not be tolerated.
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