Vista RC1 Activation Product Key Question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Keith, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Keith

    Keith Guest

    Today I download RC1 and obtained a product key with the Windows Live Log
    on and acount activation. When I installed Vista RC1 it did not prompt me
    for a product key and installed. This was a fresh install onto a computer.
    Now when I attempt to enter a product key Windows vista rejects it, it
    already has a all numbers product key and I can not activate the product.
    Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem?


    Keith, Sep 25, 2006
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  2. Keith

    troyboy Guest

    Let me guess. You have previously installed the Beta 2 release? The same
    Product key is used and was probably still in the registry....
    troyboy, Sep 25, 2006
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  3. Keith

    troyboy Guest

    If you previously installed Beta 2 then the product key is already there.
    (same key for RC1)
    troyboy, Sep 25, 2006
  4. The product key you have is only valid for Vista Ultimate if you installed
    Home Premium or Home Basic or one of the others, it will not let you
    activate it The vista DVD has all versions on it but you can only activate
    the version you have the product key for and MSFT has only given out keys
    for the Ultimate edition.

    You can check which version you have installed by typing "winver" in the run
    Will Schuitman, Sep 25, 2006
  5. In addition to my last post
    If you did install the Ultimate edition you should try right clicking the
    "computer" icon on your desktop then click on properties at the bottom
    you'll see a "Change product key link"
    re-enter your product key this has worked for many others
    I hope this info helps you.
    Will Schuitman, Sep 25, 2006
  6. Microsoft did indeed hand out the following to MSDN Subscriber's beginning
    with Windows Vista Beta 2 (and possibly Microsoft Tech Net Plus Subscriber's
    as well): Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Windows
    Vista Business Edition Product Keys, however they only work with the Beta 2
    and RC1 Mile Stone Build's, and will not work with the Build 5728 Interim
    Build. You need to use your MSDN, Microsoft Tech Net Plus, or CPP Program
    Windows Vista Ultimate Edition Product Key with Build 5728.
    Kevin John Panzke, Sep 25, 2006
  7. Keith

    Keith Guest

    I installed the home premium edition. Do I reinstall the OS or can I leave
    it alone?
    Keith, Sep 25, 2006
  8. P.S. I just tried out my MSDN Ultimate Edition Beta 2/Release Candidate 1
    Product Key in Build 5728 and it works just fine, so Microsoft may be
    planning to Release Build 5728 to MSDN Subscriber's as well (hopefully
    sometime this Century).
    Kevin John Panzke, Sep 25, 2006
  9. Keith

    Robert Firth Guest

    The technical beta keys for Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Business
    work for 5728...

    Robert Firth
    Robert Firth, Sep 25, 2006
  10. Keith;
    If you want use beyond the activation period, you will need to reinstall
    using the Product Key.
    Your Ultimate key will not work with Home Premium.
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Sep 25, 2006
  11. MSDN has Different Product Key Requirements with the Interim Build's (only
    the MSDN Ultimate Edition Product Key worked with Builds 5472 and 5535),
    Build 5728 is most likely the same thing. Also keep in mind that the Public
    Download of Build 5728 is designed for the CPP Program Ultimate Edition
    (only Ultimate Edition is Available for the CPP Program).
    Kevin John Panzke, Sep 25, 2006
  12. It is possible to install Vista without entering the PK. That should result
    in a screen giving options for which edition to install. The PK you have is
    only good for Ultimate, so if you have inadvertantly chosen a different
    edition you cannot activate it. If so the edition you installed will only
    run for 14 days. The only resolution is to reinstall Vista and provide the
    PK when requested. It is the PK that tells Setup to install Ultimate and
    not one of the other choices.
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 25, 2006
  13. Has anyone tried doing an upgrade from one Vista version to Ultimate by
    using the CPP Product Key? Or is this feature not available yet?
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Sep 26, 2006
  14. It is not supported. Entering the Ultimate PK when you are running another
    edition just gets you an "incorrect PK" message.

    You can change the PK for the edition you are running but the Change PK link
    does not facilitate changing between editions. You would have to run Setup
    and choose Upgrade (or use the Anytime Upgrade website) to change from a
    lower edition to Ultimate.

    A downgrade to a lower level edition from Ultimate would require a Custom
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 26, 2006
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