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Monday, September 19

Windows Vista - Activation period has expired

I must have installed Windows Vista (beta 1 - Build 5112) a month ago : dual boot with Windows XP Pro.

When I now try to boot Windows Vista I immediately get a Windows Activation window, notifying me that the activation period has expired. Two options are presented : activating Windows Vista online or retyping the product key.

Retyping the product key [fetched from MSDN Subscription site] apparently doesn't work : Windows Activation error (error code 80072EE7 - Server name or address could not be resolved). On-line registration also doesn't work ...

Anyone a solution for this or should I wait for the next Vista CTP?

Attendees of PDC 2005 got a PDC build (5219), but there are also problems with activation.

Microsoft will normally bring out each month a monthly CTP :

The company announced that the first Windows Vista CTP build will be distributed to all PDC attendees, as well as to participants in the Windows Vista technical beta program and to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Microsoft TechNet subscribers. Microsoft will continue to release CTP builds on a monthly basis throughout the Windows Vista development process, and all feedback will be processed through the MSDN Product Feedback Center.


  • At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Sonny Erickson said…

    Sorry for omitting to sign - I posted the above.

  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Virgilio Wicklund said…

    Hello! Super work performed. Top PAGE, further so!

  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have the same problem using CTP 5308 from Feb '06. Only link that works is "purchase a license"


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