The product key you have entered will not work with this version of Windows Vista...??


  • I have just installed Wondows Vista RC1, and recieved my product key. When i go to type the key in and click next it comes up with this message:

    The product key you have entered will not work with this version of Windows Vista.

    You must either Run windows Vista setup or enter a Windows Vista Home Premium Key Product key.

    Which is probably my own fault because when i installed it and it said which version of windows do you want to install i clicked 'Vista Home Premium', because i really didn't know which one to pick.

    So will i have to reinstall Vista RC1? and pick the right option at that point to get my key to work, and what is the right option at that point in the instalation?

    Thanks for your help.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:37 PM

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  • If Vista Pre-RC1 and RC1 are installed without entering a Product Key you can choose which Edition of Windows you are going to install. A Warning will be presented to you that you must choose the Edition for which your Product Key is.

    That is : a Windows Home basic PID wont activate a Ultimate Edition nor vice versa.

    If no Key will be entered within 14 days, Windows will stop working or work in reduced mode.

    If you install Windows and are entering a Product Key than setup "knows" for which Edition it is and will automatically install the right Edition.

    As the Windows CPP is only giving Keys to the Public that are valid for the Ultimate Edition, you must use this Version at setup.

    That is the problem so far. ( I don't see it as a problem.. more than an extra option to have a look on the other editions. )

    What you can do now :

    1 Boot up your Vista Home Edition and run from the DVD setup again and see if it offers an Update to Ultimate.

    2 I don't think "Windows Anytime Upgrade" is valid and working at this techbeta-phase, but it's also worth a try - you can find it via the Controlpanel.

    3 If all this is not working it is time to backup your data and reinstall from the beginning. This time by entering your Key..

    4 Please have in Mind that the Ultimate Edition, regardless if activated and genuine will also stop working on June 1, 2007 and that you might not update this RC later with the comercial (RTM) version of Windows Vista.

    Run "winver.exe" from the start/run console or via a cmd-prompt to see the details and the EULA for your product.




    Friday, September 15, 2006 7:54 PM
  • So what I am getting out of this is that you can run the RC1 without a key??? as I have not gotten one yet....My computer has passed all of the tests and I have dl the file 5600 to burn to a CD.. if I boot up with that burnt cd will it just go into the right one..????

    Or do I still need to wait on Microsoft to send me my key !!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Monday, October 09, 2006 5:55 PM