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Thursday, September 14, 2006

How to get a Windows Vista RC1 product key

Beta and release candidate versions of Windows Vista, Microsofts latest operating system, can be download from the official Microsoft Vista website but getting a product key did not seem to be that easy. Everyone was able to download Windows Vista but this did not mean that you would receive a product key to activate the beta or release candidate. Without a product key Vista would only work for 14 days.

What you need to do to get a Vista Release Candidate 1 product key is the following: Visit the link to the Microsoft Vista homepage and sign in. If you have not signed up before you can easily create a new account by clicking signup now. You only have to provide some information, a working email address, a password and the like. Microsoft sends out a confirmation email at the end of that process.

If everything worked out fine you should be directed to a website which requires some information about your current job, filling that out brings you to a new page that links to vista downloads (English, German and Japanese versions) and displays the product key in the same window. One funny thing that I noticed is the following: If you refresh the page with the information the product key stays the same, if you open the page using the link above you will recieve a new product key. If you need more than one I guess you can just visit the website a few times.

The website with the product key looks awefull in firefox btw.


  1. Unknown said,

    Thanks man, you're a lifesaver.

    on 10/05/2006 9:15 AM

  2. Anonymous said,

    This key works for RC2 5744 as well. Thanks a million!

    on 10/29/2006 10:03 AM

  3. Unknown said,

    Thanks, Jason! I thought I could use my Beta 2 product key and it was failing; I followed your instructions and went to the RC1 page and got a new RC1 key. THANKS A BUNCH!

    on 12/09/2006 2:03 PM

  4. Anonymous said,

    thanks, dude!

    on 12/13/2006 9:55 AM