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I just downloaded the beta 2 of windows vista..... went to install the upgrade, and it needs an installation key..... my question is, how the hell do you obtain this key?

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I *think* it used to be, when you were a beta tester, you got a key. Now I am not sure how. There are ways though I am sure :cool:

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Yep, exact same question I had, Comatose.

*loooking around cluelessly*

By the way, tayspen, ya testing?

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I figured it out, you have to create a stupid account and log into live windows.... let me see:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx, then you log in, and it goes through like 113 redirects. The final product should have links for download, and a product key... I would paste that URL, but I'd be willing to bet you'd get an invalid login and get redirected to step 1 of my process here.... Now if only I can get it to freakin install :eek:

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Did you download it from Microsoft? If so, the key was on the page you initiated the download from. If not, good luck.

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Yeah, if you didn't download it from microsoft, then you're screwed. They usually just email you the key like 10 times. That's what happened to me.

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oh man come on every thing can be cracked these days lol grrrrrr


Nice easy to follow instructions thanks guys:
1: download the file slmgr.zip (links below)

2: make a backup of C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs (in case the keygen works, replace it back with the original)

3: use slmgr.vbs from the zip-file to replace the one in C:\windows\system32\. If you have problems with permissions, select file...goto properties....take ownership....then change permissions.

4: write down your partial or entire productkey. You can check your key with "magic jellybean" (from our pack)

5: goto Start > Run, type "cmd" and OK. Now type "C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk generate". A process called "wscript.exe" will start and can take quite a lot of CPU resources. It will check aprox. 10000 keys per 30 minutes.

6: now the waiting begins. It can take very very very long before you get some results

7: after some time (hours, days) check your productkey with "magic jellybean" again to see if it has changed

8: if your serial has changed try to activate Vista by going to Start > Run. Now type the command "C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato"

DONE!

KEYGEN PROVIDED BY COMPUTER USER!...thanks fokes for your "patience!" Laughing

DISCLAIMER: under no circumstances should anyone sell the key that they generate. I do not support Piracy, this was simply an experiment in which i used to practice my vbscripting. This was just for fun and was a complete accident! sorry for cracking your beautiful operating system BILL GATES

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase windows vista, and be a genuine customer!

http://www.megashare.com/120345

Enjoy :)

LebaneseTeam

Welcome ;)

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