RC1 Product Key / Activation - How many instances?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by johndw, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. johndw

    johndw Guest

    I just received my CPP email, product key and balance of info. I've already
    installed and activated on my primary desktop, but need to load RC1 onto
    several additional computers (5) for testing with Office 2007 Beta. How many
    are allowed? I've seen posts on several sites stating up to 10.

    Thanks in advance.

    johndw, Sep 11, 2006
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  2. johndw

    pippin Guest

    Details from my orginal e-mail from Beta2 Quote:
    You may install Beta 2 on up to 10 PCs using the same Product Key.

    pippin, Sep 11, 2006
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  3. johndw

    dotcom Guest

    10 is correct.

    dotcom, Sep 11, 2006
  4. johndw

    johndw Guest

    Thank you both for the quick response!

    johndw, Sep 11, 2006
  5. johndw

    Intel Inside Guest

    was the "product key" you received the same as the one provided for Beta 2?.
    Intel Inside, Sep 11, 2006
  6. johndw

    johndw Guest

    The email said that I should use the same one that I used for Beta 2, and
    that they were supplying it again for reference. It's on my home PC so I
    can't give you the exact verbage. I had lost the original key in a hard
    drive reformat so I had no way to check.

    Is Microsoft still holding to the June 1st date for usability cutoff of RC1?
    I can't see going back to XP after Vista, but having my company go to Office
    2007 (Feb cutoff I believe) and Vista all at once will obviously be costly.
    It will be nice to have a few months in between.

    My initial impressions of Vista and Office 2007 are that they are both very
    johndw, Sep 11, 2006
  7. Yes. RC1 has the same timebomb date as Beta 2.

    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 11, 2006
  8. johndw

    dotcom Guest

    The product key I received in the email is different from the Beta 2
    supplied key.

    dotcom, Sep 11, 2006
  9. My Beta 2 did a clean install with the supplied key (I ordered the DVD).
    The pre-RC1 would not accept the Beta 2 key and would not do a clean install
    with no key. I did manage to do an upgrade from Beta 2 and had a 14 day
    trial. It would not activate on the Internet. There was a phone number which
    I called and they activated it.
    I have never received anything about RC1. I did manage to D/L it and tried a
    clean install with the Beta 2 key and it worked but said I had a 3 day trail
    and it activated over the Internet.
    Now I am going to install it on another system so wish me luck because I can
    see no rhyme or reason to this key/activation senario.
    Sam Steinhauser, Sep 11, 2006
  10. Actually, the three day message means that sometime in the first three days
    Vista will attempt to activate over the internet automatically. This is a
    setting relating to a checkbox on the Setup screen when you start the
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 11, 2006
  11. johndw

    Intel Inside Guest

    Thanks for that info. I wonder if possession of 2 keys allows you to
    install Vista on 2*10=20 machines?.
    Colin Barnhorst should be able to answer this.
    Intel Inside, Sep 12, 2006
  12. Yes. Two keys means 20 machines.

    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 12, 2006
  13. johndw

    Intel Inside Guest

    Thanks Colin.

    Intel Inside, Sep 12, 2006
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