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Further to my earlier post, the Customer Preview Program for Windows Vista beta 2 is now closed. If you received your product key before the closure, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx for details of how to complete your download. But as mentioned previously, you need to do this before July 14th.

And as the site explains: "Participants will receive an e-mail message with additional information when Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available later this year".

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  • I already activated my copy of Windows Vista Beta 2, but I'm going to be doing a bit of reconfiguration on the 5th, which may involve me doing a fresh install on that date. Do I have to worry about not being able to activate my key again when I reinstall? If I do a fresh install between now and some arbitrary point in the future before the beta expires, do I have to worry about not being able to activate this key I've already activated before?

  • John - As far as I know, activation on Vista is pretty much the same model as XP ie as long as your hardware doesn't change substantially you're ok.

    If your hardware *does* change substantially (you mentioned some "reconfiguration") then you may find it won't let you reactivate. Drop me an email if this happens and I'll do what I can to help.
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