Beta and release candidate versions of Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system, can be downloaded from the official Microsoft Vista website, but getting a product key does not seem to be that easy.While there does not seem to be a restriction in place in regards to downloading the Windows Vista test version to the local system, the same cannot be said for getting a product key for the operating system that you need to activate it. Without a product key, Vista will only work for 14 days.
What you need to do to get a Vista Release Candidate 1 product key is the following:
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 receive a new product key. If you need more than one I guess you can just visit the website a couple of times.
The website with the product key looks awful in Firefox by the way so better use Microsoft Internet Explorer for that.
Update: With Vista being released, product codes for the release candidate have stopped working and being distributed by Microsoft. Windows Vista itself actually has been superseded by Windows 7, which is about to he superseded by Windows 8 as well in the coming months.
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