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  • Vista RTM Free to Testers

    If you are a Vista beta tester head over to Connect to get your free copy of Vista Business or Ultimate.
    The only requirement is that you submitted a bug. If you did when you login to Connect and head to the Vista section you'll see a link to agree to the terms where you can select your version for download. If you want Ultimate you have to have a legal copy of dvd playback software. Chances are you got that with the purchase of the dvd player. You'll get immediate access to the download, but, will have to wait a week for the key. You can still install it by clicking past the part that asks for the key.
    I have to give kudos to Microsoft for giving us a free copy. It sure was unexpected.
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    Vista is on MSDN for partners etc too now... just finished downloading my 2.55GB DVD image and installed Ultimate edition... and activated

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TommyBALL View Post
      Vista is on MSDN for partners etc too now... just finished downloading my 2.55GB DVD image and installed Ultimate edition... and activated

      - Tommy
      All Vista versions are available for download thru the Microsoft Download applet as well.
      :)

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      • #4
        Just finished downloading x86 and x64 Vista Final DVD Images..
        I wasnt surprised, we usually get a free Retail box copy, but i guess they put a stop to that because people where selling them..
        MCSE, MVP, CCIE
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        • #5
          I'm completely lost in the new Connect interface versus beta.microsoft.com. Just where the hell did my old beta programs go? One of them I don't care at all about, but Office 2007 was important, and now I can't find it anywhere.
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          • #6
            I am part of 5 beta programs right now.
            I would have loved to have done office, but was never asked..
            MCSE, MVP, CCIE
            Microsoft Beta Team

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            • #7
              Ok, which one of you is bogging down the server, my downloads where almost done.
              Now the server seems unresponsive..
              MCSE, MVP, CCIE
              Microsoft Beta Team

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              • #8
                Will the key be good forever, though? Or is it going to expire?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Quillz View Post
                  Will the key be good forever, though? Or is it going to expire?
                  Limited to one instance/Install at one time, it never expires unless its abused...
                  MCSE, MVP, CCIE
                  Microsoft Beta Team

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                  • #10
                    Just grabbed mine

                    I also just grabbed Windows Vista Express Upgrade for people who have brought PC's off me

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                    • #11
                      MSDNAA for my college has "Microsoft Longhorn" available

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                      • #12
                        Ah I wish I had tested now, could never get it working on my laptop. I did submit a bug but nothing came of it. Also I can't seem to even navigate to the "Vista" section on this connect place.
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                        • #13
                          My download stopped at 40% done. It's been sitting like that since last night shortly after I started it. I guess I'll wait a couple days to finish it up.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AWS View Post
                            My download stopped at 40% done. It's been sitting like that since last night shortly after I started it. I guess I'll wait a couple days to finish it up.
                            Set your retry from 3 to 99, it should work tonight..

                            BTW, have you found a defrag prog that works in Vista Ultimate?
                            I have tried Diskeeper 2007, O O Defrag 8.x.x, and a couple others.. None will install..
                            MCSE, MVP, CCIE
                            Microsoft Beta Team

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                            • #15
                              No problems here, downloaded and installed yesterday.

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