Getting a Windows 7 Beta 1 Product Key

January 10th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Just over 12hrs ago the download links for Windows 7 Beta 1 went live and I posted not long after about it… But in my rush to get Neo to a friends place for a doggy day (where were my priorities aye?) I forgot to mention how to obtain a proper license key to utilise the betas. So heres the spill.

Sign in via your .NET Passport

Its vital that you sign in via your .NET Passport, otherwise you’ll keep getting redirected to the Microsoft homey page or the Windows Beta 7 site. You can do this by visiting any protected section of Microsoft, say like the Manage Your Profile section.

Once your signed in, your ready to try and obtain your key. Use one of the following URLs (they are purposely not hyperlinks so you are forced to copy/paste):

  • Windows 7 Beta 1 – x86
    https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/productkeys/win7-32/enus/default.aspx
  • Windows 7 Beta 1 – x64
    https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/productkeys/win7-64/enus/default.aspx

If at first you don’t succeed, reload and try again.

Most of the time you try the links you’ll be greeted with this:

But dont fret, its only to warn off n00bs, just keep refreshing your browser and eventually the server will bite.

Successful x64 Key obtained.

Some people have gone so far as to using 20 tabs in firefox, cycle-through (just use CTRL+TAB) after they’ve all reloaded and checking, if none bite just right click on a tab and select “Reload All Tabs”. Repeat till key found.

If your _really_ desperate, you can automate the entire process via Firefox + GreaseMonkey by following this forum posting. Nothing like calling on the greasy helper monkeys to work whilst you ponder the mysteries of life.

You can also readup on Installation Instructions for Windows 7 Beta 1 to get up to speed on the setup process and also some information on the Windows Blog about downloading and installing Beta 1.

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  1. January 10th, 2009 at 21:15 | #1

    worked for me after about the 40th reload but i got a 64x key by wrong does any1 want to xchange for a 32?

  2. Rohan
    January 11th, 2009 at 10:46 | #2

    thanks this worked perfectly!

  3. January 12th, 2009 at 20:07 | #3

    That’s funny. I refreshed the page about 50 times and all the time i got a key out of a set of 5. So now I have 5 diferent keys 🙂

  4. R S Iyer
    June 25th, 2009 at 09:48 | #4

    how to continue using windows 7 beta after official launch I am worried

  1. January 11th, 2009 at 11:07 | #1
  2. January 11th, 2009 at 11:07 | #2