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Windows Vista license "expiring" even though legitimate and validating RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 2 machines, 1 is 32 bit the other 64 bit. Both are reporting that the legitimate MSDN Retail key that I have entered is "Expiring". I'm down to 2 days after wasting nearly 6 with chasing Microsoft and MSDN Technical support.

    So, I have:

    2 machines, both reporting they are about to expire
    I have tried the Activation steps described by MSDN Tech Support and as described here, followed by the Validation steps and reboots. So far nothing has worked.

    Where is this coming from?
    These machines were both upgraded from the final release code to my MSDN Licenses. One thing that has always bothered me is that both have never cleared the "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" even though the registry and system info screens clearly indicate it is the current license and SP1 level now.

    Any thoughts would be welcome as I frankly don't have the time to mess with this right now and I don't need the machines going into reduced mode either just right now. None of this hassle is reassuring. I'm all for anti-piracy and validation but not when it messes up legitimate installs such as this - I have never before in 27 years of working with MSFT products had this kind of silliness. Very disappointing.

    Thanks.
    Saturday, April 5, 2008 12:56 PM

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  •  RKD993 wrote:

    These machines were both upgraded from the final release code to my MSDN Licenses. One thing that has always bothered me is that both have never cleared the "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" even though the registry and system info screens clearly indicate it is the current license and SP1 level now.

     

    The text "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" means you have a time bombed Release Candidate of Service Pack 1 for Vista, installed. The "Expiring" that Vista is telling you about is the Release Candidate SP1 Expiring.

     

    (There is a good write-up on how to install Release Candidate SP1, what Vista looks like when you have the Release Candidate installed, and what happens when the Release Candidate expires. It even has a picture of the "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" text that you described. http://www.nevillehobson.com/2007/12/16/installing-windows-vista-sp1-release-candidate/)

     

      To uninstall Release Candidate of SP1, please see the last paragraph of the Support Document http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936330

     

      If you have any additional issues with SP1 for Vista, please see the Vista Solution Center at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11732 or receive free SP1 support at https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=11274&gprid=500921

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Monday, April 7, 2008 8:45 PM

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  • Disregard this post, see resolution below

    Monday, April 7, 2008 7:16 PM
  •  RKD993 wrote:

    These machines were both upgraded from the final release code to my MSDN Licenses. One thing that has always bothered me is that both have never cleared the "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" even though the registry and system info screens clearly indicate it is the current license and SP1 level now.

     

    The text "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" means you have a time bombed Release Candidate of Service Pack 1 for Vista, installed. The "Expiring" that Vista is telling you about is the Release Candidate SP1 Expiring.

     

    (There is a good write-up on how to install Release Candidate SP1, what Vista looks like when you have the Release Candidate installed, and what happens when the Release Candidate expires. It even has a picture of the "Windows Vista (TM) Evaluation Copy. Build 6001" text that you described. http://www.nevillehobson.com/2007/12/16/installing-windows-vista-sp1-release-candidate/)

     

      To uninstall Release Candidate of SP1, please see the last paragraph of the Support Document http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936330

     

      If you have any additional issues with SP1 for Vista, please see the Vista Solution Center at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11732 or receive free SP1 support at https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=11274&gprid=500921

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

    Monday, April 7, 2008 8:45 PM