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Free copy of Windows 7 to INVITED Windows Technical Beta Program Users

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  • If you were invited to join the Windows Techncial Beta Program and accepted the invitation, you are eligible to receive a free final copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. More info can be found on the Windows Team Blog. If you were not sent an invitation to participate, this offer does not appy to you.
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    Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM
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  • I can remember using an Invitation Id that a friend gave me, but not sure if it was to the Ecosystem or not, where can i get the .Beta_Program newsgroup, pls i wanna see if im eligible .
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:31 PM
  • I would also like to know about this, pretty sure I got an invite at some point or another, but I don't see the win7.beta_program group anywhere.  I'm pretty sure I even put a bug or two in there :)
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:38 PM
  • Guys -

    Uh.. Did you miss the bit about it being INVITATION ONLY...? That means you had to have been invited at the start. If you were a part of this, you'd know it.
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:53 PM
  • Might be off topic but dont want to open a new thread for this:
    Like say In the next Windows OS beta testing, do i need to be some special person to get an Invitation or ?
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:57 PM
  • All eligible people will be getting a direct email in the next couple days.  If you want to check the newsgroups now, you can login to Microsoft Connect and go the “Windows 7 Beta Program” site.  This is secured only to members of Windows 7 Beta.  You can then click on “Newsgroups” on the left to find the .Beta_Program newsgroup to ask any questions you might have.  If you don’t have access to the “Windows 7 Beta Program” site on Connect you were not part of this program and are therefore not eligble.


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    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:59 PM
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  • Might be off topic but dont want to open a new thread for this:
    Like say In the next Windows OS beta testing, do i need to be some special person to get an Invitation or ?


    Hi Scko

    The only thing you need to do is apply.

    Follow the instructions on the following website.

    How to apply to become a beta tester for Microsoft

    When future beta tests are created, you will be contacted to fill out a Survey. New Technical Beta Testers are selected from participants in the survey.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows


    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:27 PM
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  • I'm also a little confused I have an email sent confirming my Windows 7 Beta evaluation (from January of this year) and another thanking me for participation later on. Is this the same as the Technical Beta Program?]
    If so: Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any newsgroup references anywhere (they may be buried under things). Also, there's no Windows 7 profile in my Microsoft Connect dashboard as their have been with other projects (where I usually go to look at newsgroups). I've never really used the newsgroup functionality outside of this interface but am trying to set it up in Live Mail to see if the win7 group appears.
    If not: Sorry for wasting your time and I applaud Microsoft's generosity towards the people who help make their software great!
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:59 PM
  • If you were a member of the Technical Beta Program, you would have received an ID key that identifies you as such and allows you access to resources that are restricted for the public. Also, if your participation is not on your dashboard, I would assume that you are not participating on the corresponding beta program. That has nothing to do with "generosity" or not.
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    Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:19 PM
  • kevpan815,

    I deleted your abusive post! Read the code of conduct. The next violation from you will result in you being banned!

    -Tony Mann
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Friday, July 31, 2009 12:14 AM
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  • Anthony -

    Looks like he beat you to it by 2 minutes... Check his post here...
    Friday, July 31, 2009 12:21 AM
  • Thanks Wolfie2k6. I deleted it.
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Friday, July 31, 2009 12:24 AM
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  • Might be off topic but dont want to open a new thread for this:
    Like say In the next Windows OS beta testing, do i need to be some special person to get an Invitation or ?


    Hi Scko

    The only thing you need to do is apply.

    Follow the instructions on the following website.

    How to apply to become a beta tester for Microsoft

    When future beta tests are created, you will be contacted to fill out a Survey. New Technical Beta Testers are selected from participants in the survey.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows


    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Thanks, Im a bit confused now, did two ways to get in as im not familiar with the Passport and now im in nowhere, can i pm you or someone to get more info on this. ?
    Friday, July 31, 2009 7:55 AM
  • All eligible people will be getting a direct email in the next couple days.  If you want to check the newsgroups now, you can login to Microsoft Connect and go the “Windows 7 Beta Program” site.  This is secured only to members of Windows 7 Beta.  You can then click on “Newsgroups” on the left to find the .Beta_Program newsgroup to ask any questions you might have.  If you don’t have access to the “Windows 7 Beta Program” site on Connect you were not part of this program and are therefore not eligble.


    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner

    What happens when the ecosystems closed up following the release of the RCs and it's no longer found in the connect directory? Having moved from beta to RC it was deemed no longer needed until now.
    Friday, July 31, 2009 8:41 AM
  • I'm also a little confused I have an email sent confirming my Windows 7 Beta evaluation (from January of this year) and another thanking me for participation later on. Is this the same as the Technical Beta Program?]
    If so: Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any newsgroup references anywhere (they may be buried under things). Also, there's no Windows 7 profile in my Microsoft Connect dashboard as their have been with other projects (where I usually go to look at newsgroups). I've never really used the newsgroup functionality outside of this interface but am trying to set it up in Live Mail to see if the win7 group appears.
    If not: Sorry for wasting your time and I applaud Microsoft's generosity towards the people who help make their software great!
    No it is not the same, the email you got was just a reminder to install / use the beta.

    Hello! Please try every solution given to your problem...and reply back with its results...

    Click here for my thread on Win7 min. requirements
    - JoelbX
    Friday, July 31, 2009 5:57 PM
  • Thanks, Im a bit confused now, did two ways to get in as im not familiar with the Passport and now im in nowhere, can i pm you or someone to get more info on this. ?
    Hi Scko

    When you click the http://connect.microsoft.com link in that article, go to the top of the connect page and clcik the Sign In link.

    Sign in with the same Live ID and password that you use to access these Technet forums. On the following page, click the Register for Connect today link. This should take you to a page where you can enter your personal contact information. Just follow the instructions there.

    Make sure that you keep and monitor the contact email address that you use when you sign up. Also, add @microsoft.com, @connect.microsft.com, and msftconn@microsoft.com to the spam White List on that email account.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Friday, July 31, 2009 7:39 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, Im a bit confused now, did two ways to get in as im not familiar with the Passport and now im in nowhere, can i pm you or someone to get more info on this. ?
    Hi Scko

    When you click the http://connect.microsoft.com link in that article, go to the top of the connect page and clcik the Sign In link.

    Sign in with the same Live ID and password that you use to access these Technet forums. On the following page, click the Register for Connect today link. This should take you to a page where you can enter your personal contact information. Just follow the instructions there.

    Make sure that you keep and monitor the contact email address that you use when you sign up. Also, add @microsoft.com, @connect.microsft.com, and msftconn@microsoft.com to the spam White List on that email account.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Thanks, I joined connect in January this year, and since then NO invitation or any emails have been recieved from Connect, except  two emails stating that new version is there to downlaod- (Connect is in my trusted list). I want to know how i can get information to the programs that sends out new invitations or new Programs. and also I cant see the Windows 7 beta in the Connection Directory ?

    P.S : Im using my normal hotmail, i havent done any passport thing to it. Do i need to create or modfiy a passport thing ?
    Thanks. I want to know these as im very eager to test new stuff, specially new OSs and get benifits while supporting
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 5:19 PM
  • Thanks, I joined connect in January this year, and since then NO invitation or any emails have been recieved from Connect, except  two emails stating that new version is there to downlaod- (Connect is in my trusted list). I want to know how i can get information to the programs that sends out new invitations or new Programs. and also I cant see the Windows 7 beta in the Connection Directory ?

    P.S : Im using my normal hotmail, i havent done any passport thing to it. Do i need to create or modfiy a passport thing ?
    Thanks. I want to know these as im very eager to test new stuff, specially new OSs and get benifits while supporting
    Hi

    I don't know of any way to contact the beta program people directly?

    When you go to the Connect website, look at the top/right corner of the page and click the Help link. You should see the following menu.

    Your Participation Help
    Get more information about participating in and joining connections and programs.

    Connection Directory Help
    Get help understanding more about connections and programs on the Connection Directory.

    Microsoft Connect General Help
    Find out other common ideas about the Microsoft Connect Web site.

    Windows Live ID Sign In Help
    Get help regarding your Windows Live ID credentials, passwords, and signing in.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Saturday, August 01, 2009 5:44 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, I joined connect in January this year, and since then NO invitation or any emails have been recieved from Connect, except  two emails stating that new version is there to downlaod- (Connect is in my trusted list). I want to know how i can get information to the programs that sends out new invitations or new Programs. and also I cant see the Windows 7 beta in the Connection Directory ?

    P.S : Im using my normal hotmail, i havent done any passport thing to it. Do i need to create or modfiy a passport thing ?
    Thanks. I want to know these as im very eager to test new stuff, specially new OSs and get benifits while supporting
    Hi

    I don't know of any way to contact the beta program people directly?

    When you go to the Connect website, look at the top/right corner of the page and click the Help link. You should see the following menu.

    Your Participation Help
    Get more information about participating in and joining connections and programs.

    Connection Directory Help
    Get help understanding more about connections and programs on the Connection Directory.

    Microsoft Connect General Help
    Find out other common ideas about the Microsoft Connect Web site.

    Windows Live ID Sign In Help
    Get help regarding your Windows Live ID credentials, passwords, and signing in.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    The Links seems to be arent working, Thank You, I hope i can get a better understanding from there,

    EDIT : I changed the site name and the links are accessible.


    P.S : Do i need to have a passport ID or a hotmail account that doesnt have a passport account ?
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 6:20 PM
  • has anyone recieved the email from  microsoft stating they are getting a free copy yet
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 7:08 PM
  • P.S : Do i need to have a passport ID or a hotmail account that doesnt have a passport account ?

    Hi

    When you sign in to these Windows 7 forums, you use an email address that is associated with a Windows Live ID (formerly Passport) to login.

    Use that same login information for the connect websites. Click the   Windows Live ID Sign In Help if you have problems.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Saturday, August 01, 2009 7:37 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi, I'm participating in many beta programs of Microsoft, latest being Office 2010. I had received a beta invitation of Windows 7 also, and downloaded it using the provided link. But, I've lost that invitation email, as I had deleted all past emails from my inbox. Is there any way, to get back my invitation ID, or if possible I provide my participation email id.

    Please advise the steps, if its possible.


    Thanks,
    DG... http://www.ditii.com/
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 8:37 PM
  • has anyone recieved the email from  microsoft stating they are getting a free copy yet

    Hi

    Even if someone on the Technical Beta had received an email, they would not be able to discuss this.


    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 11:03 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi, I'm participating in many beta programs of Microsoft, latest being Office 2010. I had received a beta invitation of Windows 7 also, and downloaded it using the provided link. But, I've lost that invitation email, as I had deleted all past emails from my inbox. Is there any way, to get back my invitation ID, or if possible I provide my participation email id.

    Please advise the steps, if its possible.


    Thanks,
    DG... http://www.ditii.com/
    Hi

    We really cannot advise you about this.

    If you are already a Technical Beta Tester for any Microsoft program, then you already know how to log onto Microsoft Connect where you can get help.

    Regards


    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Forum Moderator
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 11:22 PM
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  • I have been using RC1 since it was released.  I am very happy with it.  Thank you all you testers for your help making this
    such a good product.  I shall be more than happy to purchase final release.

    John Byrne
    Flagstaff
    • Edited by Flagstaff Monday, August 03, 2009 8:30 PM
    Monday, August 03, 2009 12:53 PM
  • Wow i would be overwhelming if i get chosen by Microsoft,ok i think i registered myself in this program by this address http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833520 but im not sure if i registered in the right section could you guys please check it? my display name is the same Curious Kat ,one thing i need to change is my current email im logged in right now cause its actually disabled due to lack of activity could you guys please change for me or guide me through where i can change this profile email?
    thanks in advance
    Kind regards,
    RR
    Monday, August 03, 2009 5:07 PM
  • Curious kat: There is nothing to "choose". There are no selections that will be made. If you can get to the private Windows 7 newsgroups on Connect, you're part of the Technical Beta program (meaning you were invited and you accepted) and you can take part in the offer. If not, then you are not part of the program and are not eligible. It is that simple. We cannot change or lookup anything. If you read this thread, Ronnie provides additional detail about Connect. Also, you may want to rethink providing your email address in a public forum.

    To all other posters: Please do not ask us to lookup anything or provide us with any specific information about you or your account. There is nothing we can do at this time. Either you are in the Technical Beta program on Connect or you are not.

    -Tony Mann
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Monday, August 03, 2009 5:26 PM
    Owner
  • Hi Anthony i just posted that email cause i dont use that one for personal things but i already removed (edit) from there and thanks for that,i really apreciate your reply ,English is not my first language so sometimes i miss some points and ask bout things already answered sorry for that,reading Ronnie post im pretty sure that i registered in the right spot and am going to add those addresses to my trusted list !!!
    thanks again for warning me(not my usual behavior to share personal info but guess i didnt think well for a few seconds and it was already gone)

    Kind regards,
    RR 
    Monday, August 03, 2009 6:44 PM
  • If you were invited to join the Windows Techncial Beta Program and accepted the invitation , you are eligible to receive a free final copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. More info can be found on the Windows Team Blog . If you were not sent an invitation to participate, this offer does not appy to you.
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner

    I think this is excellent - very glad they are doing this!  Nice little bit of payback for the folks that have been halping!
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 3:13 AM
  • where is the inventation, i have the first one, but are they inviting for the copy of windows 7? im comfused sorry
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:15 PM
  • where is the inventation, i have the first one, but are they inviting for the copy of windows 7? im comfused sorry
    If you don't know what invitation this is, you didn't get the invite.

    People who get this invitation and sign up for the program get a free copy of win7.

    Hello! Please try every solution given to your problem...and reply back, promptly if possible with its results...

    Click here for my thread on Win7 min. system requirements
    - JoelbX
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:37 PM
  • If you were invited by "the first one", accepted and participated on the Technical Beta program, you should receive an e-mail sooner or later that confirms your free copy and how to get it. That may take some time.
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    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:47 PM
  • I have been using RC1 since it was released.  I am very happy with it.  Thank you all you testers for your help making this
    such a good product.  I shall be more than happy to purchase final release.

    John Byrne
    Flagstaff
    I could not agree more. I truly believe that Windows 7 will be the pinnacle of Microsoft's community efforts for a long time to come. I look forward to enjoying the rewards of these testers valuable efforts. Further knowing that all your efforts have been rewarded with a copy of the software you so diligently helped with is great.

    Thanks again,

    ~MG~
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 5:04 PM
  • There is Always The Free 180 Day Trial Of The Server Version Of Windows 7 (Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM), Which Will Become Available At http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008 On August 20th, 2009, According 2 The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Official Blog, I Plan 2 Download It And Try It Out, Which Should Give Me Something 2 Play With Until Windows 7 RTM Comes Out in Retail Stores On October 22nd, 2009.
    Microsoft Beta Tester
    Friday, August 07, 2009 1:57 AM
  • While there certainly are some features that are in common between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, I wouldn't recommend this option. There are many aspects of Windows 7 that aren't in Windows Server 2008 R2 and vice-versa.

    As announced on the Windows Team Blog, there will be a Windows 7 eval edition available. More details will follow when they become available.
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Friday, August 07, 2009 3:25 AM
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  • Hello.

    If i am in Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program, am i eligible to receive a free copy?
    Friday, August 07, 2009 8:15 AM
  • To all forum users:

    Apparently there is some confusion about whether you are eligible for the free copy or not. Here's the bottom line...

    Details about the offer can be found by clicking this link on Microsoft Connect.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:If you can read this message by clicking the link above, you are eligible and you can follow the instructions. If you cannot get to this page or receive an error message that states "The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it", then you are not part of the program and are not eligible. It's as simple as that. Please do not ask individual questions about eligibility - just follow the instructions above.

    This thread is now locked. Thank you.

    -Tony Mann
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Friday, August 07, 2009 2:25 PM
    Owner