Microsoft Says Thankyou! to Select Vista Testers

To everyone that took part in the Windows Vista beta test (as far as I know, about 20,000), only those that submitted at least 1 bug report will be offered a complimentary copy of Windows Vista Business or Ultimate.

Microsoft sent out a mail to those testers just a few minutes ago which specified that it is being offered as a download only. No media will be mailed, and only currently active, invited members of the Windows Vista technical beta program who filed at least one bug are receiving this offer.

Kudos to Microsoft! I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that they have really shown their appreciation towards the people that actually took the time to submit the bugs that were eventually worked out of the final code, some bugs that were submitted by beta testers didn't make the final, among those is the now infamous explorer folder selection bug* where the folder remains selected in the tree view, deleting a file or folder in the folder view (right pane) actually deletes the selection in the tree menu!

Microsoft had already announced that this was too late to be included in the signed off code and it will be fixed with a patch update.

*Workaround = Click on an empty area in the right pane first before deleting anything.

Link: Did you submit a bug? @ Connect

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Is there something like that for us not-so-important RC1 testers? I was never invited to test RC2 or higher, and was wondering...

I got a different message from MSFT. Apparently those in the "Family and Friends" CPP are getting hard copies of the Ultimate version, but they won't be shipped until the release date in January.

From the e-mail:
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Greetings,

The Windows Product and Consumer Support teams would like to thank you for participating in the Windows Vista Consumer Assisted Support (Friends and Family) beta program.

We're proud to announce that we have finalized our work on this version of Windows. Today, we have announced an extremely important milestone for Microsoft, the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) of Windows Vista. After receiving thousands of pieces of feedback via phone support and Web chat, we've incorporated much of this feedback into improving Windows Vista. Through your dedication and persistence, we're releasing an exceptionally better product. We could not have done this without your help!

Though we are officially announcing the release of Windows Vista today, the new version of Windows will not be available for consumers until late January. Computer manufactures require several months in order to test and prepare a new version of Windows for inclusion on new PC's. This is a normal part of the process for Microsoft and these manufacturers.

We're pleased to announce that we will be sending you one licensed 32-bit retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate as a thank you for your participation in our program. This complimentary copy of Windows Vista may be installed on a 32-bit or 64-bit capable computer (x86/x64). At this time, we plan to send these out to participants in the February timeframe. We must wait until the product is available for purchase at retail establishments before shipping your copy so please continue to use and enjoy your existing version of Windows Vista until that time. Please take a moment to read the Updated Support Policy section below for important information regarding your support options from this point forward.

Important: It is important that we have your correct mailing address on file with the Connect site in order to receive this complimentary copy. Please verify this address is current and within the United States or Canada. Verification must be completed on or before December 20th, 2006. Changes made to your mailing address after this date may result in your copy of Windows Vista not being mailed or being sent to the wrong address. Microsoft Corporation is not responsible if your complimentary copy of Windows Vista is not delivered for any reason.

To verify that your contact and mailing information are current and correct, please visit the site https://connect.microsoft.com/profile/profile.aspx and logon with the same Microsoft Passport account you used when you originally registered for the program. Do this by Dec. 20th 2006 to ensure we have your updated information prior to shipping.

Again, we thank you and appreciate the time and effort you contributed. Your work greatly helped us in our effort to make Windows Vista the best Windows release ever!

Sincerely,

Windows Product and Consumer Support Teams
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too bad i couldnt sign up originally. i would have submitted tons of bugs

i actually tried out the older "Longhorn" versions.... they had tons of bugs

I agree! beta 2 made me stop installing the builds, it seamed so sluggish. But now its really snappy! I am very impress, I never thought they would pull it together but so far, it looks really good... i have a 1gb / 2ghz core duo / x1600 128mb

Still waiting for my key, as well. I must say, I'm quite impressed with Vista, so far. The last build I tested was Beta 2, and it was riddled with problems. To be fair, most were probably driver related, but the overeall sluggishness of the system was intolerable. Vista final (6000), on my recently built Core 2 machine, actually performs better than XP. The GUI is slick and incredibly responsive. Looks like I'll be making Vista my primary OS much sooner than I had anticipated. However, I'll be keeping XP Pro for all these gaming, at least until ATi, nVidia and Creative put out some solid Vista drivers.

-phil

It was time it hit the torrent :P ... I am not downloading/downloaded it but saw it on isohunt

File
en_windows_vista_x86_dvd_X12-34293.iso ISO-9660 DVD Image

File Size
2555 MB

SHA-1 Hash
b71e04564ca22e4d9928e59298eff87cf62b382b

I like the one..that said 'he was using his dads 'logon and password' and mistakely filed bugs under his name..and then was given a free copy. but he did promise never to do it again....

Sucks to me, as I was but a simple CPP tester,lol But seriously, this is very good of Mr Gates and company. Some people put a lot of effort into this BETA, they deserve a little reward.

Good for Microsoft

Quote - MrCobra said @ #133.1
I received mine about an hour after I completed the survey. I'm waiting to install when SP1 comes out.

Well i did the survey a few days ago, and it said I was accepted and I still haven't gotten one yet. I hope it do. Otherwise there's a 6gb download down the drain.

Quote - ceribik said @ #133.2

Well i did the survey a few days ago, and it said I was accepted and I still haven't gotten one yet. I hope it do. Otherwise there's a 6gb download down the drain. :(

Didn't it say on the confirmation message after you fill out the survey that you would be getting your key via email within a week or so? I'm not sure but I think that's what it said, I'm also waiting for the key, Thank you so much Microsoft.

Quote - scyphe said @ #133.4
Nobody have recieved any keys. If people bothered to read their e-mails and/or newsgroups they'd know that an e-mail would be sent from MS once the keys were available on connect which would be ~1 week after filling in the survey...

Yes, i did bother to read the email, otherwise I wouldn't have done the survey. The only reason why i asked the question is because i heard some people already got their key, so I wanted to see if that was true. I'm not an idiot.

I just wanted to add my comment on MSFT giving out copies of Vista. I did in fact receive one but I submitted a pretty nasty bug also from a laptop point of view. I am not sure if it was ever fixed but I am going to try to install vista onto it when I receive my key in my e-mail. I have already downloaded my copy from connect and very appreciative of MSFT to just give out copies like this. I wasn't to sure if I was going to buy this version right out the door or wait a bit. I have XP Pro and Media Center Edition what more could anyone ask for right now other then a free copy of Vista.(LOL) Thank You Again Microsoft you really came through this time for us beta testers.

*Bangs head against the wall*
*Inhales*
*Checks Hotmail*
*Exales*

Nothing. :(
Really should have submitted those bugs via cnnect and not the built in program.
An amazing gesture by Microsoft, tho.

*Continuous banging head against the wall*

I share your pain. January 30th is too far away and XP sucks once you've tried it. They could of at least offered to let testers buy it early or receive a discount.

Got my free copy, but having trouble downloading it. When I get to the download part I don't get the File Transfer Manager (FTM) active-x bar appear, so cannot download.

I've tried this on 3 machines in 2 different locations - I presume it's beacuse of the demand in people wanting to download their free copy. Anyone know how to install File Transfer Manager (FTM) seperatley?

With a selection people who receive emails yesterday like me whereby Microsoft thanking you for all your help in the beta trials of Windows Vista. Once you gone through the survey and to the download section there was Vista X86 and Vista X64... Now there is only X866 what is going on here then because I wanted to download X64 as well for when I upgrade my PC to a 64-bit processor. Now this could be down to the fact they were having major issues yesterday with the servers being offline for hours then around about 22:00 it came back online again and I tried again to download and it said it would take 9hrs to I left it until this morning and now X64 has been removed from the list, but it still says: Odd.

Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and IE 7 Beta
Downloads Details
Title Windows Vista Final English DVD Images (x86 and x64)
Release Date 11/15/2006
Size 2,554.53 MB
Version 6.0
Category Build
Milestone RTM
Description
Final media images for Windows Vista English DVD's

vista_6000.16386.061101-2205_x86fre_client-LRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso

CRC Value: 0xC11363AA

vista_6000.16386.061101-2205_x64fre_client-LRMCxFRE_EN_DVD.iso

CRC Value: 0xCE211A58

Well, I submitted a few bugs, but I used the built in utility, and I read farther up that someone didn't think those would fly...
Pity! But oh well. At the moment, my hardware can't even support it anymore.
Congratulations to the rest of you!

If you used the bug reporting tool your bugs should be listed @ connect (if you were a technical beta tester, not CPP tester)....

they shouldnt be giving this stuff away for free this is BS !

Submit this to MS <im flipping my monitor the bird>

I want vista for free gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme NOW !!!111111

Bug testing HAXoRS BS !!!!111111

I now have Vista envy and hate you all! :P

Maybe if I get "Vista Life" tattooed on my stomach I might get that birthday present in my inbox.

Announcement from Microsoft... Looks like the servers have fallen over...?

** Announcements **


File Downloads Currently Unavailable


November 17, 2006 (11:00 am Pacific Time):- At this time, file downloads are not working. This issue has been escalated to the operations team. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will post a notice as soon as the service has been restored.

It is unnecessary to report download failures at this time as we are aware of the problem and are actively working to resolve the issue. Thank you very much for your patience![/size]

You think they would have posted this message on the main page instead of tucking it away in the Contact Us menu. Dou...!

Well i guess because of the official MSDN release all other Torrents have pulled down Vista releases made by other groups. I have not downloaded any copy legally/illegally because i am not interested in testing or using vista.
Just went to the major torrent sites and did a search for Vista and all i see are old 5744/5840 and other RC1 and RC2 torrents :P
lol looks like a major regrouping is happening behind the scenes.

Quote - mohan_168 said @ #116
Well i guess because of the official MSDN release all other Torrents have pulled down Vista releases made by other groups. I have not downloaded any copy legally/illegally because i am not interested in testing or using vista.
Just went to the major torrent sites and did a search for Vista and all i see are old 5744/5840 and other RC1 and RC2 torrents :P
lol looks like a major regrouping is happening behind the scenes.

yeah they removed all the fake torrents LOL

and some places (IsoHunt) are too scared to post the working legit ones
but yeah they ARE there and yes they are still working (seeding)
your just not looking in the right places ;)

Quote - neufuse said @ #115.1
uh huh... they gave beta testers for XP, 2000, NT, ME,98, and 95 all free copies... whats the difference now?
i cant remember that the give almost every one a copy. if i remember correctly they just give the best beta testers a free copy. @ least that was with office 2003

Quote - lammmetak said @ #115.2
i cant remember that the give almost every one a copy. if i remember correctly they just give the best beta testers a free copy. @ least that was with office 2003

That was the office beta, the windows team has a history of giving all active testers a copy

Quote - Echilon said @ #112
So the rest of us will have to wait for a crack :P

that's what I'll probably do if MS ignores my surveyes where I did submitted bugs

Yeah, screw all the testers who happened to not find a bug, yet took their time to test it for them.

I can also guarantee you that its still filled with a tremendous amount of bugs, from my own experience and others that I know who tried it.

Then of course there are the Microsoft fanboys who stick up for Microsoft no matter what they do wrong. They can give away free copies of Windows, but how dare you use a free copy. Idiots.

Quote - TC17 said @ #110
Yeah, screw all the testers who happened to not find a bug, yet took their time to test it for them.

I can also guarantee you that its still filled with a tremendous amount of bugs, from my own experience and others that I know who tried it.

Then of course there are the Microsoft fanboys who stick up for Microsoft no matter what they do wrong. They can give away free copies of Windows, but how dare you use a free copy. Idiots.

Actually it contains a couple very insignificant bugs that will be taken care of by a patch in the near future.

Does anyone else think this is Microsoft reacting because of the whole "Busisnesses will not upgrade", "Why upgrade?" and "Is it worth it?" questions that are going around?

To get a lot of people (especially techies) on board, who will love it, of course! Will then tell all thier disciples, (sorry customers) that Vista is the best thing since sliced bread.

Thing is most users can not even get thier head around some of the most simple of tasks in XP, nevermind having to think about 3D Desktops, transparency and User Account Control.

They just want things to work!

I think that goes for any new OS, business arent going to jump the gun unlike regular consumers who can afford the down time learning the new part of the OS. I highly doubt that every business wanted 2K or XP when those came out.

I posted several suggestions/comments/possible bugs in the newgroups not sure if they count.
I posted 7 bugs using Microsoft bug reporting tool (these are all listed on Connect).
For 3 I couldn't give enough information so they were closed. Nevertheless RTM doesn't have those bugs. None of my submitted issues repro on RTM so they are all fixed. :)

I can't wait for the email next week. I only wish Microsoft gives out OCUR keys also. But I guess could get that when I upgrade my whole computer setup to High Def Media Center (HD MCE) mid-next year

20000 copies of Ultimate is going to cost Microsoft a lot in terms of DVD-codec licensing fees.
Hurray to Microsoft for this gift!

actually its going to cost them nothing, thats why you agreed to their terms and conditions if you got ultimate that says you already own DVD software, so they dont have to pay royalties for it!

DVD-playback worked in my downloaded Ultimate version. I didn't install any other codec. The codec seems to be built in.

I had Enterprise version earlier but it didn't have DVD playback.

Quote - figgy said @ #107.2
DVD-playback worked in my downloaded Ultimate version. I didn't install any other codec. The codec seems to be built in.

I had Enterprise version earlier but it didn't have DVD playback.

thats what the MPEG-2 codec gives you, DVD Playback, this is why MS wants you to have a copy of a dvd player from a 3rd party so they DONT have to pay royalties on giving you that codec since you would already own it

Anybody having issues with the download link because it's not working at the moment on either United States or Europe

The system has encountered an unexpected error. We apologize for the inconvenience. The issue will be addressed as quickly as possible.

Gutted will try again later.

Quote - daniel_rh said @ #104.1
Maybe the server is full

Yeah probably, although they have not sent out 20,000 emails to all the beta testers only those who submitted bugs... I wonder how many there was...?

At least I was one of them which I am still ecstatic about...

Quote - XP-RTM said @ #104.3
same error here, i guess the servers are being hammered :(

I am still getting this error. I was downloading nicely for about 2 hours and bam....stops....what BS!

I am so honoured to receive an email from Microsoft thanking me for my contribution to Windows Vista, this could not have come at a better time because next month is my birthday and it’s also Christmas. Microsoft thank you so much you have made my day. :)

Downloading now!, Microsoft gave me a great christmas present!, anyway, I have a question...

If I download the both versions (32 & 64Bits), Can I use the same key to install them when I want?, I mean If I install first the 32Bit version and months later I wanna Install the 64Bits version can I use the same key? or I need a different key for each version?.

Greetings.

PS. You know what I gonna miss... The Box

Do I have to download both the X86 and X64 versions? In the past, I just selected the x86 and it worked fine.

This time I did so and it downloaded, but I never had the .iso just the .tmp files Unfortunately I have crappy internet and it took 12 hours just to get the X86 downloaded so I guess I need the whole thing....30 hours...yay

It works the same way its always worked, you select the ones you want and it downloads only those.. worked for me both ways

Quote - neufuse said @ #101.1
It works the same way its always worked, you select the ones you want and it downloads only those.. worked for me both ways

Yea I assumed that was the case. I am re-downloading it again. It is like the download program will not convert it to the iso instead of its tmp file.

Guys can anyone tells me where to go to find if he has won too a vista release if for some reason the e-mail was lost/deleted/etc? We was supposed to be in a techical group or something? if we just send our error with our name and email? a microsoft member has also reply in one bug that i have send

if you are actually in the program all you have to do is go into connect, make sure your contact email address is correct, and fill out the survey in the vista/longhorn survey section thats it

yeah and OSX and Linux are so not buggy, heck PS3 is buggy... get over your idea that software shouldn't be buggy, because theoretically its impossible to not be buggy!

Has anyone from the UK been sent this E-Mail. I submitted a few bugs, was invited to the program and I still have nothing. If I was to contact the Connect people I suspect I'd be brushed off.

I'm from UK and I have received the e-mail.

I think it's because I'm in the technical beta, and that's what everyone in this group who get it.

Is it legal to sell it to a third party?
Ok, you edited that Could you post the part of the EULA which says it is legal?

I don't care about you, i just feel sorry for the "lucky" guy, who pays for an OS, but still gets an illegal copy.

Quote - MAX!MUS said @ #93.2
yah, I agree with the above, I think it will be difficult for the person to activate.

Why would it be difficult? I'd be burning the ISO I download from Connect, and including a un-used CD Key.

How is that illegal? It's un-used and unwanted.

Quote - nwBen said @ #93.3

Why would it be difficult? I'd be burning the ISO I download from Connect, and including a un-used CD Key.

How is that illegal? It's un-used and unwanted.

wow are you dumb... did you even read what Microsoft said in your agreement? it says "THIS COPY IS NOT FOR RESALE" and umm thats what you say you want to do.. resale it... its illegal to resale something that is marked as not for resale.... heck even if you did try Microsoft's people that watch eBay will get you and cancel the sale

Quote - tsutton said @ #93.5
Wake up and read the e-mail again

"This is a full retail copy intended for your personal use and not for resale."


Well I don't know about you and whatever magical planet you live on, but the term "resale" here on earth means retail sale.

Morons.

How about sharing your key you have no intention of using it... how about sharing it with a fellow cpp user who never got picked.

If interested send the key to kde4ever@gmail.com... if you don't want to its ok.

Quote - nwBen said @ #93.6

Well I don't know about you and whatever magical planet you live on, but the term "resale" here on earth means retail sale.

Morons.

damn u must be from a different earth then. "resale" means selling something secondhand.

I am a happy camper :-), when I saw this thread, logged into with my passport and there way my email from MS WOOT!!!

Thanks Microsoft
(now all I need is Office 2007 ;-))

All I got for Office 2003 beta testing was a crappy cheap-ass radio, so I stopped bothering after that and only used the public beta here... and those obviously get nothing.

You got all the same things as me! also got the little radio from office 2003 and some thing for your mobile phone from the MSN beta.

I want to download it but connect looks pritty much dead lol

Edit - thats more like it, connect is up and downloading at 400kb

"Only currently active, invited members of the Windows Vista technical beta program who filed at least one bug are receiving this offer."

Microsoft should check their dictionaries, as "thankyou" is two separate words. But this is a very generous gift!

I must say that this stinks a little.

Lazy official beta-testers get free copy, but the active bug reporters, that was not invited to the official beta does not get anything?

I mean seriously - i don't see why they reward the people who only filed one bug, when they have joined a beta program. Why couldn't they set the limit at 10 reports, and don't care about whether they were official or not? A bug is a bug, and worth the same to them whether they chose you to beta test it or not.

There are many beta testers which might not deserve it, but this price is also a reward of enthusiasm. I wasn't a beta tester before a guy at MS invited me and some others and I've been given bug reports since.

Great Microsoft. I'm hoping this is surely the full product and not a testing cyclus.

i for one didnt post and bugs towards the end was too busy its when the first sets of releases were coming out the build 54xx or even earlier i think thats the people they are mainly looking for and rewarding

vista has come a long way =)

So, CPP testers don't get no thing even if they submitted bug reports, or what's the deal? Cause I reported a few I was able to reproduce. Not really "important" bugs that compromised stability or anything, but bugs nonetheless. I guess microsoft didn't consider them important at all, because as far as I know they didn't fix anything I reported.

I feel used. :'(

yea i think this is the problem if you were a CPP tester and not a official tester in one of the original 'mvp tester' groups you will not get the option of a full version for free

This is taking forever........................ MS should release this torrent style... 16hr more hours to go and only at 40%

Quote - malebolgia said @ #76
We download the Vista build (Version 6), yes? (want to make sure I get the right copy lol)

Yes, vista_6000.etcetcetc

No way, I submitted a few reports and I got nothing. Anyway I'm getting my free copy at university or with the new computer I will buy soon.

I got my email. However, when I click the link, fill out the survey and click on Submit, I get an error that says "This program is not open for self nomination". Not sure what that is all about. I just emailed MS to find out what is up.

My Passport account got all FUBAR'd about a month and a half ago, so I have a sneakin suspicion this has something to do with it.

I lost all my Messenger contacts, access to Xbox.com, access to all of the beta programs etc. It was like someone logged in and took ownership of my account.

Hopefully I can get this resolved.

smctainsh,

After filling out the survey, i got a message saying it (the product key) would be delivered by email within a week. Just be patience!

Quote - ceribik said @ #71
smctainsh,

After filling out the survey, i got a message saying it (the product key) would be delivered by email within a week. Just be patience!

Whoops, I don't mean key, I mean the initial download. :(

Smctainsh

Quote - smctainsh said @ #71.1

Whoops, I don't mean key, I mean the initial download. :(

Smctainsh

I think you have to look in the downloads section. Check for something named 'Windows Vista Final English DVD Images (x86 and x64)'. I'm currently downloading at 500kb/s

I haven't received the initial survey either. What exactly comes up when you guys first received word of it. A popup? An onscreen message?

Smctainsh

Quote - smctainsh said @ #71.3
I haven't received the initial survey either. What exactly comes up when you guys first received word of it. A popup? An onscreen message?

Smctainsh

I received an email, so I guess the other testers did as well. Did you submit any bugs? You are only meant to get the survey if you submitted at least one.

Quote - ceribik said @ #71.2

I think you have to look in the downloads section. Check for something named 'Windows Vista Final English DVD Images (x86 and x64)'. I'm currently downloading at 500kb/s :)

Have to log in to connect and fill out the survey first...

I still haven't got my key. Does anyone know why this may be? It almost seems like everyone else has already got their key :(

Smctainsh

You can install it and NOT fill in the key when it asks you to. You've got a 30 day grace period before you are forced to activate.

Wow, I have to say "Thanks Microsoft!" This is a great gift and better than anything I could have asked. It's saved me a hell of a lot of money and gives me a 100% legitimate copy

Anyone here opting for the Business edition? :ermm:
I am not sure why anyone would want Business edition when Ultimate edition includes everything Business has and more.

Opps, (forgot to mention that it was upon installing the Software both in the Update XP and Clean Install) Sorry

Still waiting for my email from them, I submited 3 bugs, the biggest one was that any laptop that had an external monitor output including an S3 output, would automatically default the External Montior port turn off the Laptop Screen.


Still waiting!
(and yes it was fixed when the released RC2)

i had a lot of problems with my laptop screen in vista, i still have them, including a bug with the external monitor like you said. also whenever i close the lid it detects it as a disconnected device, and when it reconnects , on opening the lid, it generally resets the resolution to something low, or has in the past automatically opened the display properties dialog. its working alittle better now, in that even though it resets the resolution, a second later the resolution readjusts. i submitted bugs about this

Quote - brianshapiro said @ #62.1
i had a lot of problems with my laptop screen in vista, i still have them, including a bug with the external monitor like you said. also whenever i close the lid it detects it as a disconnected device, and when it reconnects , on opening the lid, it generally resets the resolution to something low, or has in the past automatically opened the display properties dialog. its working alittle better now, in that even though it resets the resolution, a second later the resolution readjusts. i submitted bugs about this

Well, if you're a technical betatester in the longhorn program, you can contact the beta-email with your bug-ID's and your beta-handle to sort it out...

Thank you Microsoft I will kiss Mr Gates' feet for ever.
You have just saved me $751 Australian (Approximately) for the Ultimate edition
Just have to decide if I should get the 32bit or 64bit version

I guess the 2 minor bugs I submitted were acceptable.

Quote - Swift_Monkey said @ #59
Thank you Microsoft I will kiss Mr Gates' feet for ever.
You have just saved me $751 Australian (Approximately) for the Ultimate edition
Just have to decide if I should get the 32bit or 64bit version

I guess the 2 minor bugs I submitted were acceptable.

Hmm I think you can get both? For me I'm installing the x86 version for compatibility's sake.

Hmm I think you can get both? For me I'm installing the x86 version for compatibility's sake.

Yeah downloading both ISO's now
only 55Hours to go :P

Oh my god, I honestly wasn't expecting this, after getting prepared to pay 250 bucks for an upgrade to Ultimate version, Microsoft really surprised me there,

getting my copy, now this really motivates me, I wish I was spending a little more time beta testing the vista.

Well, it's far from done.. The client side is done (Vista) but the Longhorn Server beta is still left and won't finish anytime soon... so there's your chance to show your appreciation..

good things come to those who waited while i watched everyone download pirated RTM i sat back and waited for MS to do the right thing and i thank them for that. now i can stream media to/from my Xbox 360 to my Vista Ultimate PC

I submitted a bug with file transfers over remote desktop connection not completing accurately and not reporting any kind of failure, I got an mail at one point saying it would be looked into and addressed in future releases or something, can't find it now in my gmail account for the life of me, it's really doing my nut. but I know I didn't delete it.

anyone else ever get a mail bug response like that after using the beta client? could you let me know the address it was sent from I really want to find this.

I wonder if it won't apply to users with gmail accounts for e-mail addresses. I definitely submitted a bug report and checked my e-mail... nothing for me so far :(. Anyone who got the thank you e-mail using a gmail account?

I did. Logged in before I received it though due to the post here and the survey was there, so I had taken it and started downloading before I even heard from MS.

I don't think they would give us the full product. But they might give us something. For testing Office 2003, we got a cheap radio.

Yea, this is bulls**t. I only got on the Office 2007 beta, submitted 8 or 9 bugs, and got nothing, while the Vista testers get a free copy?

well congrats guys .. we've successfully killed connect lol

The system has encountered an unexpected error. We apologize for the inconvenience. The issue will be addressed as quickly as possible.

damn it, i can't download it, all i keep getting is an error :(

Is this the same version that is being leaked around the net right now? If so that would be sweet. Then i can use my key for that version

Edit:

Never mind it working now and at a cool 3800 KB/s

I sent them feedback on how there was no contrast between the desktop and my computer in rc1, but feel left out as I tested both RC1 and RC2. Dammit!

Just like a drug dealer giving away free samples to its addicted users. Now you're hooked. Right where they want you.

That's got to be the worst analogy ever. Right where they want you? For what? It's not like they have to keep buying Vista every year or something. Unlike Apple, Ms gives their updates away for free.

Quote - bibutteryboy said @ #45.1
That's got to be the worst analogy ever. Right where they want you? For what? It's not like they have to keep buying Vista every year or something. Unlike Apple, Ms gives their updates away for free.

So Vista is free? or you have to buy it?

Cool, I wasn't a beta tester (used the public BETAs) still how do you get into a Windows BETA? I've applied to a couple of them and never got invited oh well doesn't matter, since I only have a Dx9 GPU Vista offers little to me over XP anyway (other then having a prettier GUI).

To Connect Beta Testers,

Sign up for Microsoft Game Studios Beta, inside track is Halo 2 for PC-Vista, Halo 3 Beta Testing for XBOX are among the goodies!

Remember, guys -- just because you had the beta installed doesn't make you a beta tester. Those who were invited were a tiny fraction of the overall number of installations.

Where is my email? I filled at least 5 bugs, and nothing here! Maybe is because I'm from Portugal, little country in Europe.

Thats probably why they are doing it. People are more likely to continue giving proper beta feedback if they are properly rewarded.

Yea, I got Beta 2 as well, but I wasn't invited to into the Technical Beta program as this requires. Were you invited or did you sign up for public beta?

£$*%£$ can't find that mail now (bug confirm), it has to be on gmail somewhere...
i vaguely remember it didn't come from 'microsoft.com' though, anyone give me a tip what to look for?

Quote - Jeremy1 said @ #28.1
That's why I chose the Europe servers instead of the US ones.

damn... is there an option to switch server?

Another classy move ( #2! ) by Microsoft for the enthusiasts. It's about friggin time they wised up. You're welcome! :)

Unfortunately, Vista is still a massively overpriced turkey of an XP point release.

When I think about it, the pricing of Windows makes it more attractive to go out and buy a new machine. If Windows were really cheap then hardware manufacturers might suffer as a result.

Why didn't I think of that before? It makes sense.. I bet OEM's will offer Premium and a dollar price to get Ultimate tho.

Quote - Neobond said @ #26.1
When I think about it, the pricing of Windows makes it more attractive to go out and buy a new machine. If Windows were really cheap then hardware manufacturers might suffer as a result.

Why didn't I think of that before? It makes sense.. I bet OEM's will offer Premium and a dollar price to get Ultimate tho.

People with legit copies of 2K/XP can get upgrade versions which are a lot cheaper than the full retail packages. And of course, Ultimate IS expensive since it's something out of the ordinary compared to XP Pro etc..

Here it is dudes, Microsofts Email to us Beta Testers:
We would like to take a moment to thank you for your contribution to Microsoft Windows Vista. Quite simply, it would not be the product it is today without your time, dedication and thoughtful feedback. You should be proud to have helped us develop the highest quality, most secure and most reliable Windows to date. To say "thank you" we would like to provide you with a complimentary copy of Windows Vista for your use.
Please visit >> removed << to accept your copy.
If for some reason you are unable to accept this gift you may decline by clicking "Decline Invitation" on the "My Participation" page on Connect.

We would like to offer you a copy of the software and a product key for Windows Vista Business Edition or, if you are eligible Ultimate Edition. You are eligible to choose Ultimate Edition if the machine on which you intend to install Windows Vista already has a DVD drive and is currently licensed for DVD playback, i.e., you have already licensed one or more pieces of software for playing back DVDs

  • This is a full retail copy intended for your personal use and not for resale.
  • It is being offered as a download only. No media will be mailed.
  • Only currently active, invited members of the Windows Vista technical beta program who filed at least one bug are receiving this offer.
  • Please visit >> removed << to accept this offer and indicate your preference for Business or Ultimate editions.
  • After accepting the offer terms you will be immediately be given access to download the software.
  • You may install and use the edition you chose for 30 days without a product key. Simply click 'next' at the product key prompt during setup, continue on and choose the appropriate edition from the list. You will be able to enter your product key at the activation prompt at a later time.
  • We will email you when your product key is available for retrieval on Connect. In general this should happen within one week of your acceptance of the terms.
Again, we thank you for all your contributions during the beta!!
Thank you,
The Windows Beta Team

For another chance to explore features in the Windows Vista beta with scenarios provided by the Windows Vista teams, check out the Scenario Voting website: http://windowsbeta.microsoft.com/scenarios/scenarios.aspx

We are able to download both the x84 and x64 Ultimate Edition Iso's, Product Key will be e-mailed within a week.

Yes Life is Good!

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i didnt submit any bugs because of my past experience with MS betas, i was on the monad beta and i submitted TONS of bugs and i got NO FEEDBACK at all. so this time around i didnt bother....no regrets though

Hi, I'm a developer on Windows, and just wanted to say that the large volume of feedback makes it impractical to send responses to everyone. But we _do_ receive and consider every piece of feedback.

Also, to everyone who thinks issues may already be reported, know that the volume of feedback is considered when prioritizing fixes. Therefore don't worry about reporting duplicate issues; we can handle it.

Big thanks to everyone who helped beta test

I don't remember how many I filed and didn't get an email. But that's ok with me, I wasn't actually expecting this so huge kudos to Microsoft Congrats to those who get free copies!

i got mine a few hours after this was posted so theres hope yet

i of all people forgot about my bug reports in the early betas so im pretty psyched

who wants to stab me ? common...... right here... in middle of my chest.... i didnt even submit one bug when i found plentlyy cause i thought must be filed already.

It may have something to do with CSS decryption being a patented (and defended by invoking the DMCA) technology that must be licensed (i.e. not freely re-distributable).

We run into this sort of stuff frequently in the *nix world, which is why I am familiar with it. I haven't ever looked at Vista, so I can't vouch what is standard with it and what is not.

Quote - ziggie216 said @ #15
what exactly is "licensed for DVD playback" there are dvd-roms not license for playback??

Vista Ultimate includes an MPEG2-codec (with MCE) which MS is paying a license-fee for (included in the price for Ultimate). Since they're not getting paid for it someone getting the free version has to have an existing license in the form of something like WinDVD or PowerDVD (shouldn't be too difficult since they're usually included when you buy new gfx-cards etc..)

so theres an explorer bug as explained in the news post that will ship with vista in january and consumers have to do a windows update to get rid of it? this sucks

w00 Microsoft! I get a birthday present! This is great...got two new monitors today, and I'll have Vista to show off on them. They really know how to take care of their testers...webcams, messenger bags, and a free copy of Windows Vista.

Quote - TEMPNEGROQ said @ #6
no way, has to be a joke...microsoft give out 6,000,000 worth of vista

can't wait for the leaked keys !!!

Would you leak a key specifically linked to you? Didn't think so....

they arent giving out 6M copies of vista... more like 10% for that.... maybe 20%.... it shows that 211,249 bugs were submitted (and that stat is for all applications, not just Vista). Which means that less than 200,000 copies are being given to Connect testers. I know myself, I submitted at least 15 unique bugs, which means that it is more likely even less than 200,000.

Quote - metalguy90 said @ #6.3
they arent giving out 6M copies of vista... more like 10% for that.... maybe 20%.... it shows that 211,249 bugs were submitted (and that stat is for all applications, not just Vista). Which means that less than 200,000 copies are being given to Connect testers. I know myself, I submitted at least 15 unique bugs, which means that it is more likely even less than 200,000.

Don't quote me, but I think the total testers on the Vista beta on connect was 20,000..... I bet a larger majority didn't post bugs. I'd guess that maybe 10,000 copies have been given out.

Now consider the amout of copies Microsoft will sell.....

Quote - jordanspringer said @ #1
I was a CPP tester and submitted at least 10 bug reports, i want my copy lol.

I submitted a few bugs and feed back and "problem reports" were is my copy

Quote - MvT Cracker said @ #4.1

I submitted a few bugs and feed back and "problem reports" were is my copy

Both of you were not beta testers. You were preview customers. The fact that you submitted a few bugs (where did you send them btw?) is irrelevant. Sorry.

Vista final product acceptance agreement
Please read carefully and respond below
Thank you. Your download is available as "Windows Vista Final English DVD Images (x86 and x64)" in the downloads section. You will receive email notification when your product key is available, within 1 week.

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is this key to be used as a full life time version?

Yes, it will be unique to you and its not the 180 day version but a full copy :)

The only difference? Its the downloadable one not the media (pretty boxed version). I'm not complaining!

Quote - Neobond said @ #1.2
Yes, it will be unique to you and its not the 180 day version but a full copy :)

The only difference? Its the downloadable one not the media (pretty boxed version). I'm not complaining!

i wouldnt care if I get the box version or not.. damn I should write MS a thank you card just for saving me a lot of money!!!

And this probably won't apply to us peopel that submitted bug reports with the built in Vista bug report thing.. oh well.