Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows

Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows

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As you've probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active.  We were bowled over by your response to RC2 -- in fact, we hit our download target (200K+) within 72 hours of propping the files!  This is an incredible response.

Special thanks go out to everyone who participated in the CPP by downloading and installing this new build, and please keep the feedback coming -- it makes a huge difference.

If you want another take on how your feedback helps and how the team tracks it, check out this story in the tech section of the New York Times.  (The story also has a good photo of the Life Cycle team -- that’s Sven Hallauer, Director of the Life Cycle team, in the black t-shirt, second from the left.  For more from Sven on the process of getting builds out to the public and what RC2 is all about, check out this podcast).

The amount of information coming out of the Windows Team between now and business availability in November is going to be daunting, but we’re really excited about Windows Vista and we know you are, too, so we’ll do our best to give you as much detail as soon and as often as we can.

On that note, today published the retail license terms for Windows Vista; you can find them here.  Two notable changes between Windows Vista license terms and those for Windows XP are: 1) failure of a validation check results in the loss of access to specific features (this is the SPP news you’ve likely been reading about this past week); and 2) an increase in our warranty period from 90 days to 1 year, which brings Windows in line with most other Microsoft products.

  • Retail license terms for Vista are not found at

  • The downloads for Windows Vista RC2 surpassed expectations (200K downloads in the first 72 hours!) and

  • Techweb ran an article on how the public, free Vista RC2 download was closed. "As promised, Microsoft

  • Bad news, procrastinators. Microsoft has shut the door on downloads for Windows Vista Release Candidate 2, according to the Windows Vista Team Blog: As you've probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP)

  • When will beta testing for the next Windows "Fiji" start? Where should I keep a watch? Connect or Betaplace?

  • someone -- Y'know, I have yet to read anything official from Microsoft even confirming the existance of a Windows code-named "Fiji".  All we know is that there is Vienna.

    Of course, once Vista ships, I do hope that the existance, or lack thereof, of Fiji is officially confirmed one way or the other.... (a note to the folks running this blog...)

  • Windows Vista RC2 (build 5744) was available internally late last week, and I'm writing to you from it

  • I know that beta 2 supports EFI and that the final release wont. Do RC1/RC2 also support EFI?

  • someone:  Keep an eye on this blog once we launch Windows Vista ;)

  • So probably this the surprise MS has been planning for Vista...they'll support EFI after all.

  • I reinstall windows at least once or twice a year. (Hopefully I won’t with Vista)  I also upgrade parts of my machine every year.  After reading through the new ELUA it became apparent that I will no longer be able to do this.  If this is really the case then I might not buy Vista for quite some time.  At least not till I get my new rig this coming winter or spring.

  • After thinking about it some more I don't see how that will stand in court.  If a person buys an operating system then they can use it how they please.  If I bought a computer, found it didn’t work, returned it, bought another and then six months latter I decide to upgrade then I should be allowed to use the same license.  I don't care if it announces everyday over the net that I'm on comp A at this time but I should not be told what to do with my license.

  • Hey so the corporate licences are no more, but seriously though guys governments use windows too.

    The Chinese or US governments isn't going to accept software that can be crippled by a product activation scheme and has to phone home every few days.  So do you have any info on the government licenses you will supply.

    Just curious.

  • I'm an official dvds-mailed-to-me beta tester of Vista.  I have yet to install it because of these awful license restrictions.  I will get a FREE copy of Vista Premium.  I will not install this either.

    I think Microsoft wants everyone to use Linux or a Mac.  It's not like the company is broke.  Between Vista's tight licensing and unreliable Genuine "Advantage"[sic], there's no way people who know what they're getting into will want to use it.

    Instead of mitigating their reputation, Microsoft continues to reinforce people's stereotype of them as a company who mistrusts and abuses their customers.  When will they stop?

  • I'm sure that really tough licensing will only harm consumers while pirates and hackers will get the Hacked Department of HomeLand Security Edition of Vista which needs no activation key, and bypasses Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) completely.

    Of course Windows XP licensing started strict, then got less strict then got more strict so Microsoft may yet change their mind based on feedback from customers.  Microsoft is a very fast acting company when responding to customer outcrys such as the Large Xbox controller before the controller S.

    I liked that the student edition of Office could be installed on 3 computers, pitty the Pro version could only be installed on 2 (1home, 1 laptop).  The truth is that if product activation and WGA really works and reduces piracy then Microsoft should allow one key to install on more than one computer in a household, say up to 3 computers at a time.

    Infact this is what they should be doing with licensing, beefing up WGA so that it cant be bypassed by hacks while either allowing customers to install Windows on more machines or giving them a cheaper version of Windows.  To do anything less is suicide, as more and more old secondary computers in peoples houses will end up running Linux instead of Vista(with all the fancy Aero glass stuff turned off).

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