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Author:  ___ [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:36 am ]
Post subject:  Free gift for Vista Beta testers

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Dear *,

We would like to take a moment to thank you for your contribution to Microsoft Windows Vista. Quite simply, it would not be the product it is today without your time, dedication and thoughtful feedback. You should be proud to have helped us develop the highest quality, most secure and most reliable Windows to date. To say "thank you" we would like to provide you with a complimentary copy of Windows Vista for your use.

Please visit * to accept your copy.

If for some reason you are unable to accept this gift you may decline by clicking "Decline Invitation" on the "My Participation" page on Connect.

Details:

We would like to offer you a copy of the software and a product key for Windows Vista Business Edition or, if you are eligible Ultimate Edition. You are eligible to choose Ultimate Edition if the machine on which you intend to install Windows Vista already has a DVD drive and is currently licensed for DVD playback, i.e., you have already licensed one or more pieces of software for playing back DVDs

· This is a full retail copy intended for your personal use and not for resale.

· It is being offered as a download only. No media will be mailed.

· Only currently active, invited members of the Windows Vista technical beta program who filed at least one bug are receiving this offer.

· Please visit * to accept this offer and indicate your preference for Business or Ultimate editions.

· After accepting the offer terms you will be immediately be given access to download the software.

· You may install and use the edition you chose for 30 days without a product key. Simply click 'next' at the product key prompt during setup, continue on and choose the appropriate edition from the list. You will be able to enter your product key at the activation prompt at a later time.

· We will email you when your product key is available for retrieval on Connect. In general this should happen within one week of your acceptance of the terms.

Again, we thank you for all your contributions during the beta!!

Thank you,
The Windows Beta Team

For another chance to explore features in the Windows Vista beta with scenarios provided by the Windows Vista teams, check out the Scenario Voting website: http://windowsbeta.microsoft.com/scenar ... arios.aspx.


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sweet, free Ultimate for me! The images are now on Connect

Author:  Jeff [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:42 am ]
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Wow. you sure are lucky (I didn't apply for the beta soon enough)

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Free gift for Vista Beta testers

___ wrote:
If for some reason you are unable to accept this gift you may decline by clicking "Decline Invitation" on the "My Participation" page on Connect.


No, don't do that - get the product key and send it to me instead! :)

Author:  joecool [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Free gift for Vista Beta testers

___ wrote:

sweet, free Ultimate for me! The images are now on Connect


for me too :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen:

Author:  ___ [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:50 am ]
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i was hoping for a dvd being sent like they did for the Betas, but was only expecting a trial version. But a free Ultimate copy? SWEET

Author:  joecool [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:57 am ]
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Yes the free Ultimate Copy is sooo Sweet :)

Then i have the following Vista Versions:

Vista Home Premium (free Upgrade-DVD for my new Desktop PC)
Vista Business (free Upgrade-DVD for my new Laptop)
Vista Ultimate (free Full-Version-Download from MS) :mrgreen:

Author:  pr0gram the pr0grammer [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:01 am ]
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Awr .. thats cool. I really really hope I get into the beta for the next Windows release. Though I probably won't :(

Author:  Luckie [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:18 pm ]
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congratulations :)

Author:  Andy [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:36 pm ]
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I... DONT want a copy! Personally I hate Vista. Too buggy :?

Author:  ___ [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:46 pm ]
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ok, so i won't give you mine then lol

Author:  Jeff [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:58 pm ]
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I'll take anyones if they don't want it... :wink:

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:05 pm ]
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Jeff wrote:
I'll take anyones if they don't want it... :wink:


Oi, I asked first! :P Seriously - some of you have probably got MSDNAA or something like that as well, so surely won't be needing 2 keys ;)

Author:  Jeff [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:10 pm ]
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OK, give me one after you give vista ultimate R2 one!! :wink:

Author:  ___ [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:19 pm ]
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2 keys? Na, i'll keep it

Author:  joecool [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:42 am ]
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The Vista-RTM from Connect have the same "6.0.5840-Files" in the system32-Folder as the "BillGates" one!
-->so this is NO fake and with the MD5-Patch a good use ISO :)
-->also the AIO ISO have this Files!

Author:  empireum [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:46 am ]
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This is really good news! :) Which "MD5 patch" are you talking about? What does it do and where to get it?

Author:  joecool [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:57 am ]
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empireum wrote:
This is really good news! :) Which "MD5 patch" are you talking about? What does it do and where to get it?


you have PN ;)

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Vista RTM works great with the German MUI Pack :) 8)

Author:  empireum [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:03 am ]
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joecool wrote:
empireum wrote:
This is really good news! :) Which "MD5 patch" are you talking about? What does it do and where to get it?


you have PN ;)

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Vista RTM works great with the German MUI Pack :) 8)

You too! :)

Author:  joecool [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:10 am ]
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and here a new Version of this Patch ;)

[URL Removedl]Download[/url]

Code:
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Please do not post things like this again.

This post edited by Fireware, 23 November 2006

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:17 am ]
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So if those files with build number 5840 are the same in the BillGates release as in the MSDN release, what is the difference between the two, as the difference in hashes shows there is some difference? I'm assuming the WinBeta release is the same files as the MSDN release (but obviously not the same image as the official ones aren't combined)?

Author:  joecool [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:26 am ]
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with the billgates Release you can't make an install from an running Windows XP!

if you apply the patch at the ISO and burn this one, you can make an instal from an running XP :)

Author:  empireum [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:45 am ]
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Ah, now it's clear. So this patch is not necessary if you plan to install from the bootable CD or Windows PE 2.0 anyway. :)

Author:  ___ [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:42 pm ]
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but doesn't the 'billgates' release let you activate pre-rtm keys?

Author:  Vista Ultimate R2 [ Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:32 pm ]
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___ wrote:
but doesn't the 'billgates' release let you activate pre-rtm keys?


I don't think so - to do that you have to replace 2 files with the versions of those files from one of the earlier builds (and even then you get a timebomb so it's not really worth doing).

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