Microsoft Windows Vista is now on MSDN & Connect

Thanks Andareed who posted this news in our forums, yes thats right MSDN users need no longer to wait.

Initial reports are that this is different from the leaked version that has been available for about a week on all sorts of torrent sites, the hash is different:

en_windows_vista_x86_dvd_X12-34293.iso = b71e04564ca22e4d9928e59298eff87cf62b382b
LRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso (BillGates) = b82590481755ba3420e7314bf82b8916a90963b5

This single download includes the following Windows Vista editions:

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business N
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
The product key used to install Windows Vista will determine which edition will be installed. The product keys used to install Windows Vista Business N, Windows Vista Home Basic N, and Windows Vista Starter are not currently available.

Also US testers may find an invitation to download any version of Vista final they choose (a product key is then supplied for the version specified) my source tells me that international users will start to see this appearing on their connect page within the next day or so. It's unclear if every tester will get a full version of their choice. We'll update this when Microsoft gets back to us.

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I can't remember for sure but I think it's 5 machines.
But they are all for testing purposes anyway, not permanent use, so they kind of expect you to be switching it around from machine to machine.

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I can't remember for sure but I think it's 5 machines.
But they are all for testing purposes anyway, not permanent use, so they kind of expect you to be switching it around from machine to machine.

It used to be 10 activations for MSDN OS's, but this may have changed with Vista. I wouldn't worry too much, we have individual MSDN licenses at work, but were only using 1 set of license keys. We have a copy of XP which must have been activated over 50 times....

Usually I do not shout, but

The keys for the Ultimate Edition of Windows VISTA ARE AVAILABLE FOR MSDN SUBSCRIBERS

phieuw... our prayers have been heard by the gods of Microsoft LoL

Just be patient. It's still morning in the US of A and everybody is probably downloading this thing. I think that within a couple of hours it'll work again.
I had the same thing this morning : Just keep on trying to resume the download. Once it has started : do NOT suspend :-)

GreetZ,
BuRn

You are all aware that, if it is like every other version of Windows to date, you will have to wait one Service Pack before it becomes stable ?

I guess it will come back later
Can anyone tell me the hash code for the 64bit version in order to check the integrity of the file ?

I never even saw it available for MSDNAA, regardless of them saying it would be made available to us.

What's the deal, I'm seeing a lot of people not being able to access it off MSDN.

I'm still not able to get it off MSDN.

Do they not release it to Academic Alliance until closer to retail or something.

I tried talking to the Online Chats and things, I kept getting different stories.

Hopefully the MSDN AA where I live will be able to give a clearer story, but I've seen quite a few people where it's not available to them.

i read that the x64 version of vista is a seperate download and its available on technet n not on msdn.
anyone got any torrent? any link? im sick of downloading so many versions. can anyone confirm a working link of vista x86 from msdn or technet pls

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