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I recently received Windows “Longhorn” Vista Beta 1 in the mail from my MSDN subscription and decided to install it on one of the extra computers that I have at my house. I have installed “Longhorn” in the past, but I was quite interested to see what has changed in the install process this time around.

The install process has changed quite a bit from the last time I installed it. It is a very graphical install process instead of the blue screen DOS style install process that you are used to from installing Windows XP or 2003.

From the graphical install, I was able to also click on buttons and enter text into textboxes to do things like blow away partitions, name my computer, specify whether I am doing an upgrade or a clean install, and more. It was quite nice and included a Next button and a Back button throughout this process. The first thing asked for is the product key, which you can get from the MSDN subscriber site (after you have logged in of course). You will find the key by clicking on the Product Keys button at the top of the page. I didn't have to request the key as it was already provided for me in the list which was nice.

Even though the install was better than before there were still some things that were missing for me. First off, I very much like to know what files are being installed and would still like to see these files shown (though fast) at the bottom of the screen. What a shame that they are not there. Also, from the figure above, you can see that you are only presented with a progress bar that says “Installing Windows” and nothing more. I did a clean install and I am unsure whether or not my drive was formatted in the process - I would hope it was, but I am unsure. I would like to have a progress bar presented that showed the formatting process as well.

Once the screen from the figure above was accomplished, my computer then rebooted and another screen appeared that said Windows was installing and nothing more - except to not turn off your computer. This screen also had a progress bar that progressed back and forth probably 150+ times. What is the point of having a progress bar that does this? Wouldn't it make more sense to have it progress only once? The only thing I could think of in why it was done this way was to show you that your computer wasn't hung.

Once installed, I was able to easily change the 640x480 resolution (does anyone use this anymore btw?) to something more manageable. Though I couldn't install any of my drivers that I had with me. I will have to work on this more later. I built this computer myself and it has a nice Asus motherboard with built-in video/audio/network. The drivers for these all couldn't install, so I am left in a bit of a lurch. Oh well. At least I made it this far.

I will report more later.

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005 8:34 AM Windows , Microsoft , Reviews | Back to top


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"What is the point of having a progress bar that does this? Wouldn't it make more sense to have it progress only once? The only thing I could think of in why it was done this way was to show you that your computer wasn't hung."

Wasn't that exactly what we all thought with the first PDC build, though? It just sat there for *ages*. Practically no disk activity, nothing. I think I remember it took about an hour on my (dodgy old) PC. Didn't people say it took about EIGHT hours on VirtualPC?

Of course, it would be much better if it had a proper progress bar at this point, but as long as it really is showing that the install hasn't stalled, then it's better than nothing.

I quite liked the install, myself, especially that it only took 37 minutes from putting the DVD in to sitting at the desktop.
Left by James Chaldecott on Sep 09, 2005 8:27 AM

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You are right ... the install was fast. For me 40 minutes.
Left by Bill Evjen on Sep 09, 2005 10:01 AM

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Yeh, nice install. For me 25 minutes.
Left by Stefano on Nov 02, 2005 12:57 PM

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it took me 3 mins i have super elite hardware
Left by booboo on Apr 29, 2006 4:46 PM

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Can you pls send me the product key of windows vista
Left by Anil Kumar NP on Jun 22, 2006 1:26 AM

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I need to find product key ive lost mine could you email me please on

02mbroo@hotmail.co.uk
Left by Mark on Jul 11, 2006 4:55 AM

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I need to find product key ive lost mine could you email me please on

02mbroo@hotmail.co.uk
Left by Mark on Jul 11, 2006 4:55 AM

# Need product key
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I need it desperately because i installed it then i bought myself a new PC tried to install it but then i found that i lost my product hey
Left by Mark on Jul 11, 2006 4:57 AM

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can any one send me the product key for windows vista??

antonyjulian@yahoo.com
Left by Julian on Jul 11, 2006 9:39 AM

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I WANT WINDOWS VISTA CD KEY
Left by DEEPU on Sep 28, 2006 5:56 AM

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my email is aabid_ind786@rediffmail.com
Pleas ei need the activation ker.
Left by Abid seraj on Oct 11, 2006 1:51 AM

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my e-mail is majurac@gromnet.net.
please send me product key for windows vista
!
Left by ALEXANDAR on Nov 18, 2006 4:44 AM

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Plzzzzzzzzz send me the Activation key for longhorn, i really want 2 try this out plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

my email is tux.unix.penguin@gmail.com

plzzzzzz if anyone could help it would be greatly apreciated
Left by Lukas on Nov 29, 2006 9:35 PM

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l wnt product
Left by suresh on Dec 08, 2006 11:18 PM

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I have installed Vista but it is neither accepting my driver nor accepting drivers on cd giving the error that.

"Drivers are not suitable for your device"

Whats the cause plz tell me?

My pc has 256 ram, intel p4, 40 gb harddisk.
My mail is dimple642@gmail.com
Left by Dimon on Dec 12, 2006 10:28 PM

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If you'll have the legal copy then go to this site http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml and download it. It will give you ur own Key.
Left by Joel on Dec 16, 2006 9:38 PM

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I istalled windows vista "Longhorn" Beta 1 and i can't log in because my product key is expired (ckbct-q726q-f2p4x-72jvj-28c3y ).What should i do because i can't test for 30 days vista ,the product key was alredy expired?Do you now other key that work's or somthing to do .
Left by M Cornel on Jan 01, 2007 2:18 PM

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i've installed vista beta 1.
its asks for serial key.when i gave the serial key from which i've installed vista it do not accept it..

if you know how to solve this problem.then plzz mail me to :-
yatharth_ch@yahoo.com
Left by mexa on Jan 25, 2007 4:09 AM

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pls send me new product key for activation windows vista
Left by Jaipal Bhoj on Feb 03, 2007 11:21 PM

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Anybody need keys for vista beta 1,Try these any of them wil work.

KEYS:-

WDRCM-DRVGY-T3YQY-V47YP-XMF9B
WDRR9-TX2PH-R3633-6G882-KBKTM
WDRYW-G682C-BCDFJ-FB2HJ-YCXTM
WDTCJ-PQGH8-76CRJ-CCH4F-RYBPY
WDTQ4-JTC3D-DQHD2-QBD2M-4DDGM
WDV2M-H8QVB-JDV9X-HW7M4-HPCKB
WDV47-MP3XD-D2MD6-7WDP
TM44C-92G7F-29924-2J8VH-RPCKB
C9RTB-HRXB8-DTMH7-GRJTG-D92JM
G2D36-WM8TD-MRHVX-9WB7K-MJPKB
12345-67890-12345-67890-abcde
TCP8W-T8PQJ-WWRRH-QH76C-99FBW
GKFV7-F2D9H-QKYXY-777P3-4M73W
R4HB8-QGQK4-79X38-QH3HK-Q3PJ6
ckbct-q726q-f2p4x-72jvj-28c3y
P2B8TKRHJWB7KMH3KM29Y3XBY
V4TYH-74MWQ-6VTBQ-XRD3V-9MMX2
TGX39-HB48W-R29DH-6BVKB-3XFDW
YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8
TCP8W-T8PQJ-WWRRH-QH76C-99FBW
TGKA-CKGD-ASDF-ASDE-GCYX
G2D36-WM8TD-MRHVX-9WB7K-MJPKB
R3MGD-3H6HQ-RDRCR-KJXTM-3C8JW
GJVYY-XD7GV-X8YKQ-272HC-6DHXC
Left by mexa on Feb 04, 2007 5:02 AM

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hey can anyone plz tell me the activation key of win longhorn beta1....
Left by Pranay on Mar 26, 2007 9:28 AM

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please tell me windows vista beta 1 activation key. that will worked
Left by vijay on Aug 10, 2007 1:45 AM

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i need windows vista key
Left by ramesh on Apr 02, 2008 5:08 AM

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Someone has already posted a big list. Just choose from them and keep trying until one of them works; it's very simple. Stop asking. I tried and one of them eventually worked so stop being lazy and just do it yourself; stop getting others to do the work for you!`
Left by For God's Sake on Jan 28, 2009 9:05 AM

# product key for widows 7 expires end of 09
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windows 7, 64 bit product key
Product key: 7XRCQ-RPY28-YY9P8-R6HD8-84GH3

windows 7, 32 bit product key
Product key: 6JKV2-QPB8H-RQ893-FW7TM-PBJ73

Left by ur sake on Apr 07, 2009 11:20 AM

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I have a problem. One of those keys worked but the it wouldn't let me log on and I put another key in and it said could not find server? If the one who posted those keys does not help me fix my now useless computer I will sue!!

techno9913@yahoo.com
Left by Name on Jun 15, 2009 12:06 PM

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Wow techno9913 ... calm down.

Go to http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/Windows-7/download.aspx to get your own key.

Bill
Left by Bill Evjen on Jun 15, 2009 8:11 PM

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