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Windows Vista RC1 CPP clarification

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Sep-2006 10:15

As you now know from lots of sites and blogs around the net (here on Nathan's Technet blog for example), Microsoft Windows Vista RC1 is available for download from the official Windows Vista site for participants in the Community Preview Program (CPP).

However there is a catch, and you should know this before you start a lengthy download: you need a product key (PID)! You will be able to use the same product key from Beta 2, if you were part of the original TechBeta or MSDN beta programmes, as well as PID issued when you register for the CPP.


Please note that currently the CPP is not accepting new registrations. If you don't already have a PID you will not be able to activate your copy of Windows Vista RC1, so don't waste your time and bandwidth downloading it now.

However, Microsoft plans to open the Customer Preview Program back up for new registrants. If you are not part of the original CPP, you will need to wait until the CPP opens to the public in order to register for a PID and install RC1. 

By the way, from experience and reading other blogs, don't waste your time and my time asking for registration keys in the comments. Read the post again!








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