Windows Vista Enterprise Edition appears on Select

Microsoft appears to have published Office 2007 and Vista keys to Select licenced customers.

Along with the keys is a download entitled "Windows Vista Enterprise English Disk Kit MVL ISO CD". It's not quite clear what this is but since the download is 2641MB you can only assume it's Windows Vista Enterprise Edition. The download was published a few hours ago.

We are currently awaiting a response from Microsoft and will update shortly.

Update: Microsoft have now pulled the download but the keys remain. Updated with screenshot of what was. A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that Vista has not yet RTM'd but is unable to explain the odd appearance of Vista Enterprise.

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Thing is, Vista hasn't RTMed yet, so whatever got posted, wasn't the final bits that'll end up on the installation CDs anyway.

Hm. Some companies use unique physical USB keys as an activation component. Very difficult to fake, highly effective, easy to use.

yeah , just checked my select account and there both showing(keys that is), can not wait for the download, hopfully i will be able to use ultimate

Sweet... I hope that VLK's do get ultimate as well (Also a school) as I'd like to have it on my work laptop.
I'll pick up our keys tomorrow morning

Are people who have a Technet/MSDN subscription allowed to give copies of full OS'es to friends, family, etc? Just wondering.

Quote - redeemed said @ #15.2
Are people who have a Technet/MSDN subscription allowed to give copies of full OS'es to friends, family, etc? Just wondering.

No, it's called piracy.

Quote - Lezard said @ #12
I wonder long till it hits teh black market...aka torrents

why you would want enteprise edition i have no idea. i want the media features that come with ultimate or home premium.

Quote - mad_onion said @ #12.1

why you would want enteprise edition i have no idea. i want the media features that come with ultimate or home premium.

i tought that the dvd image contain all vista versions? the key is the open door trough your vista version, in fact, if you get a copy of the enterprise edition you should be able to install ultimate too. if you have a key or if not in 30 days trial mode?

Quote - depeschie said @ #12.2

i tought that the dvd image contain all vista versions? the key is the open door trough your vista version, in fact, if you get a copy of the enterprise edition you should be able to install ultimate too. if you have a key or if not in 30 days trial mode?


AFAIK, Enterprise is alone on the DVD.

It won't... Just Vista Business for MSDN. Unless you're a member of Software Assurance... Then you'll get Vista Enterprise as well. None of the other editions of Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate) will ever be posted on MSDN.

I was disappointed too, but I sort of understand why they're doing it.

Quote - admaxey said @ #11.1
It won't... Just Vista Business for MSDN. Unless you're a member of Software Assurance... Then you'll get Vista Enterprise as well. None of the other editions of Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate) will ever be posted on MSDN.

I was disappointed too, but I sort of understand why they're doing it.

Not sure where you got your information but it is incorrect. MSDN will get all versions of Windows Vista with the exception of Starter Edition.

Quote - deadmonkey said @ #11.2

Not sure where you got your information but it is incorrect. MSDN will get all versions of Windows Vista with the exception of Starter Edition.

oh please tell me you know that for a fact! :)

Quote - rev23dev said @ #11.3

oh please tell me you know that for a fact! :)

MSDN is for developers not production therefore everything is supplied. Every version of Windows has always been supplied (except a few such as XP Starter Edition but that was because of its target customer base) on MSDN and I have received no indication this will change. If it was to change I can imagine millions of developers around the would will kick up a huge fuss about nothing being able to test their applications on all versions of Windows Vista. Imagine someone developing a multimedia application for Home Premium but not having access to Home Premium on MSDN. It ain't gonna happen.

What has changed though is how volume licenses are handled. Only Business and Enterprise versions will have VL versions. Home, Home Premium and Ultimate will all have to be activated just like retail versions. However this has been known for a while.

The reason that they give business customers such special treatment is that large international companies can start testing Windows Vista on there PC's. Large companies have a large testing procedure before implementing Windows Vista.

Microsoft is faster with the RTM than I thought, now let's see how the new OS will work and how fast the IT world will respond.

Why are they give Business customers special treatment? I would expect the demand for Vista for Business to be extremely low. I personally can't see why anyone would use Windows for anything remotely important. It's a massive OS, and there are manly complaints about it's new ways of handling security. Is there really any demand for it?

Quote - ZEROarmy said @ #9
and there are manly complaints about it's new ways of handling security.

Well, that's pretty sexist...

Quote - Lamerz4391 said @ #1.1

Well, that's pretty sexist...

I suspect ZeroArmy's complaints tend more toward pubescent teenager.

There two type of key being issued for select customers.

Vista KMS

Key Management Service: this key will be used to enable a new service in your environment that will automatically activate Windows Vista computers. You must have a minimum of 25 Windows Vista computers connected together to use the KMS, and all computers will be required to check back to the central service twice per year to stay activated.

Vista MAK

Multiple Activation Key: this key will activate Microsoft Windows Vista through the internet or telephone, and have a limited number of activations associated with them. Computers can be activated on an individual basis or by a central computer which can activate multiple computers at a time.

Urm i have a VLK should i get the Email Eh even if i do im not downloading it...

I only bought a VLK as i have about 10 PC's in this House lol and i wasn't prepaired to Use Different Keys and activate them over and over again i can't keep track of My Product Keys so simple VLK

yup, keys for both Vista and Office 2007 are on my select agreement on the licensing site must mean vista has went gold as they would'nt put the final pidgen in a pre rtm build?