Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Vista Beta Reward Product Keys and the Vista Family Discount

I just tested this out for myself. If you received a free copy of Vista from your participation in the beta program, the Ultimate key you were issued qualifies for the Windows Vista Family Discount. How's THAT for a discount!

Now, if only they could issue correct PID keys for the Home Premium installations...

Speaking of which, if you were issued a bad key, just install Vista without it. When it asks for the Product Key, just select "Next", then chose "Home Premium" as your edition, and continue as usual. Then, when Microsoft sends you the right key, you can add it to your system.



  • What page did you test this out on Robert?  Over at Windows Market Place?

    February 1, 2007 4:14 AM
  • drqandil said:

    How does this exactly work and What about us who are not living in the USA or Canad

    February 1, 2007 4:23 AM
  • No, I tested it on the Windows Family Discount page (, where it talks about the details and gives you an order link. And sorry, it's only a trial run for people in North America. If it is well received, then it may be extended into other areas. Sorry.

    February 1, 2007 10:56 AM
  • February 1, 2007 11:12 AM
  • GeekTieGuy said:

    But are they automatically going to send the correct keys, or do you have to contact them? If you have to contact them, how exactly do you do that?

    February 1, 2007 1:04 PM
  • Rob said:

    When you buy the keys, the e-mail that you get has what to do for support. Send an e-mail to that address telling them your keys are invalid.

    February 1, 2007 4:14 PM
  • vern said:

    Ok, first; I hate you for already having your copy of Vista!

    Second; AWESOME!!!! I can't wait!

    This should make upgrading Mom, Dad, step-mom NAD wifey a snap!

    Thanks for working so hard on this issue!


    February 4, 2007 11:10 AM
  • REMGU said:

    Two questions:

    1. What happens to the Beta version of Ultimate? Does it convert to regular ultimate?

    2. What happens to the two Home Premium versions, how do they stop being betas since their source disc was a beta version of Ultimate?

    February 5, 2007 12:43 PM