Register for Beta Exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Registration begins: April 27, 2009 


You are invited to take beta exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, ConfiguringIf you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.


71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

ยท          MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration


Registration begins: April 27, 2009

Beta exam period runs: May 5, 2009โ€“ May 18, 2009


Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately! Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.


Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China

Registration Information

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: WIN7J
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

To register in North America, please call:


Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:



Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

Comments (186)
  1. Anonymous says:

    So no technical glitch and alle promo codes are filled and no chance to it being opened again?

    Next time we (at least in Western Europe) have to stay up all night to try to register? Not kindly fair IMHO, but okay …

  2. Bibbleq says:


    I meant the two weeks window to take the test, not the actual test time ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m scheduled to be away for those two weeks so wont be able to take it… I wish some test centres were open at weekends.

  3. Anonymous says:

    @bitsandbytes, why is it that you CAN register and we CAN’T register at the same time? Very strange behaviour @ Prometric.

  4. I just finished the Prep Guide so it will be posted in a few days.

    Yes, 70-680 will count towards the MCITP:Enterprise Administrator, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 and MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician 7

  5. Anonymous says:

    Apparently it will count for the MCITP Ent Admin, and the new desktop related ‘enterprise’ ITP, with one other exam based on deployment. Read this on the born to learn forum, somewhere in the comments from MS

  6. It’s so pity… but russia also get:

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

    If this voucher has limited amount why did it’s not be described :(.

    27 april in my time zone start in 3AM ๐Ÿ™ but i was ready not sleep for register…

    Please provide info if it limited time or amount… This will be usefull for those who lives in others time zones.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lucky me…I still have a voucher code which I used to register for the exam….too bad MS had to little open seats available ๐Ÿ™

  8. Thanks for being patient, Kjetil, but I’m still up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry, but there were a limited number of beta seats and with thousands of people trying to register as soon as it opened up, they went astonishingly quick. As the invite above indicates, having a code "does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately! Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered."

    As you would imagine, the Win 7 stuff is very, very popular. We appreciate your enthusiasm but have only a limited number of slots to fill. There will be plenty of availability when the exam goes live.

    Thanks again!

    J. Seymour

  9. Anonymous says:

    same here in Germany, too. Looks more like an overall tech issue…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hello J. Seymour,

    i called the Prometric European Support Center and they told me that the test is at the moment only available at india.

    For the European Area they have to wait until the US Headquarter is opened and enable the promotion code. Maybe at 4 p.m. German time the promotion Code will work.

  11. Wilfred says:

    thought 680 would count for MCITP Enterprise Admin, does this still count??

    Doesnot show up on my MCP transcript….

    But did pass!!!! YIPPIE!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    @meerkat, exactly! The beta exams for Windows Server 2008 were even more popular than Windows 7 and everybody had a fair chance for registering.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Registration begins: April 27, 2009 You are invited to take beta exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

  14. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, I’ve scheduled for the exam! I just have one comment, I didn’t find any materials on exam’s page: … Is it restricted for MCPs or what’s wrong?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has announced that the Beta exam for 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring has been opened up.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Keen to keep up with the latest certifications?  Take the Windows 7 beta exam and be one of the

  17. Jeanb says:

    Thanks ! I just have been able to register !

  18. Anonymous says:

    @jseymour You can’t be serious that not even us in Europa (and you guys in the US) can’t normally register for this beta exam. How many seats were available? Just 100 or so?

  19. Anonymous says:

    8:00 AM here in Brazil, just tried to register and got  this

    The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.

    I already got a lot of beta exams and this is the first time this happened… What a disappointing!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I second the opinion of Roel Janssens…. Was very excited ๐Ÿ™ now disapointed ๐Ÿ™

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

  21. Jeanb says:

    Don’t understand why some people are able to register and not me :/

    Other french users ?

    When I passed all other beta exams (including win 2008), there wasn’t all these issues :/

    Isn’t it possible to have some new seats ?

  22. Bibbleq says:


    Its not a large testing window though is it?


  23. Anonymous says:

    What the hell ? Need more seats!!!! Give-us another voucher!

  24. Anonymous says:

    the prometric website doesn’t list 071-xxxx courses here in the UK ๐Ÿ™

  25. Anonymous says:

    Oh an guys, jseymour said earlier that all seats are taken and they already issued 400% of the usual beta exam amount, so stop trying (or start paying) ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Anonymous says:

    9:00 am at Portugal. also no luck

    i’ve made another beta exams and registered with no problems

    as pedmil said:

    Nevertheless, since no hour was given, I think MS should reconsider to send by email, at least, everyone that posted (we are really interested) here a new promo code. And to be fair to everyone worldwide open new registration window, stating day and hour .. and minute (I guess) ๐Ÿ™‚ if applies :).

  27. Jeff Wouters says:

    I woke up around 02:00 local time in the Netherlands (GMT +1)… registered a little time after that, so I guess i was lucky?

    Now I’m reading all over the web about people who didn’t make it so i must say: DAMN!!!

    That was a hot ticket allright ๐Ÿ˜›

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have called the "Microsoft Regional Service Centers: Europe/Germany".

    They think it´s an technical error by Prometric but they are not sure.

    The agent will me callback as soon as he have more informations.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Made it.

    Thanks to whoever resolved the problem

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the information. I will register as soon as possible. I have never heard of Windows 7 before. Are there any other ways to receive exam vouchers?

    Carl McKever

  31. Anonymous says:

    Desktop IT Pros, start your engines! Exam 71-680 (MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring) is heading for beta,

  32. Anonymous says:


    Where’s Trika when you need her? ๐Ÿ™

    These things always book out fast, but 2 hours?? Wow!

    Well, let’s hope it opens again – what harm after all?

    All the best,


  33. eralper says:


    I registered for the 71-680

    The registration period has started!

    Test duration seems to be 4 hours,

    Good luck for all


  34. pkaak says:

    Nice, it’s already full ๐Ÿ™

    shame shame… please let some more people test ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much. I have been looking for this.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Hi you guys at MS,

    i see free seats at my favorite testing site and can’t book because it says ‘The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion’

    Do me (us) the favour and tell us about this ‘another promotion’, please?!

    ThanX in advance,


  37. Anonymous says:

    Et voici la première certification pour Windows 7. Elle est bien évidemment en beta mais elle comptera

  38. Here in Australia I found this exam to be booked out by the time it was available on prometric website. On the 27th could not book this exam (was not available), 5 am on the 28th it was booked out.

    Having been able to participate in a lot of beta exams for new technology this is the first time couldn’t get registered.

  39. Anonymous says:

    "poor bastid who paid for it"….

    That’s what I thought about myself too, until I called Prometric and they put the promo code in for me and refunded my purchase! So I’m in for free now too!

    Perhaps I won’t be so trigger happy next time =)

  40. I don’t believe that to be the case. The beta isn’t publically available in India. Per the invite above: "Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China"

    That said, obviously I’m not talking to Prometric at 2am here in Redmond so you’re welcome to try again. However, the error "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded." generally means we have run out of slots.

  41. No, I’m sorry. There won’t be any more beta slots created.

  42. We just increased the available beta slots. Please keep in mind these will go terribly fast and, like every beta exam weโ€™ve ever offered, is still on a first come, first served basis.

    Also, I’d like to mention that the whole point of a beta exam, as some have mentioned, is to gather statistics and comments from candidates who take the exam rather than providing a chance to certify for free. In exchange for your help in giving us statistics we need, we offer a free exam in the way of thanks. Having qualified and novice candidates are both helpful in this process.

    Good luck, and thanks again for your enthusiasm!

  43. Anonymous says:

    @Gomjaba , @jataayu: I have asked for materials based on this comment: Prep guide is Live:


  44. Anonymous says:

    I think jseymour is sleeping right now (and/or having a nightmare, just like us)


  45. Anonymous says:

    This exam is now available for booking. I’ve booked it for the final Friday before it ends – the 15th (which gives me the Monday if I need to reschedule!).

    Thanks MS for the opportunity to check out this exam!

    Good luck all, and – book your exam now!!!

  46. Anonymous says:


    I tried to take the exam today. It gave me an


    "you should not see this screen if you have

    scheduled this exam in the valid period starting on

    may 5th."

    Site administrator called tech support and

    he doesn’t seem to have a clue. They gave

    me a ticket I’d & number to call & reschedule.

    It was frustrating to say the least. Do you

    have any info on this situation?


  47. Anonymous says:

    If indeed, you’re allowed to pay the money to take the exam, I’m happy to sign up for it. Microsoft, what say you? I don’t want to throw $125 towards Prometric if they’re not going to allow me to take it…

  48. Anonymous says:

    Yes, the promo code simply gives you the 100% discount. I am just not willing to pay for being a guinea pig ..

    The most frustrating bit is really that Prometric screwed up us Europeans ..

  49. Anonymous says:

    "There are a set number of seats available for a beta, regardless of whether you pay for it or use the code. Paying to get in will only work if there are still seats available."

    I don’t think that’s the reality, several people where able to sign-up by paying or using a voucher, when the slots where already used up. I would try it for myself, but you can only sign-up once per beta exam ๐Ÿ˜€

  50. Anonymous says:

    Yess….I can register again for the exam!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Here’s the link –

    MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

    MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

    MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

    (hmmm renamed Enterprise Support to Enterprise Desktop Admin 7)

  52. Anonymous says:

    Promo code isn’t working. Seymour, why is this filling up in a matter of hours? Are the same number of slots being issued as for exams in the past? As noted previously it isn’t normal to have such a tight window to get registered.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Prova Beta do Windows 7 liberada a partir de 27/04

  54. Anonymous says:

    @bitsandbytes ehh..just a few moments ago?

    @Jataayu they often don’t have a clue at the European Prometric office…

  55. Anonymous says:

    I woke up early today to register for this exam and now it’s already been filled? Please tell me something went wrong, I was so excited about this one …

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

  56. Anonymous says:

    4 hours would be enough for me Ben ๐Ÿ˜‰

  57. Doh! Artur beat me too it!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Please add more promotion codes. There wasm’t written on what time the registration start.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Whoever said anything about people registering just because it is free? Surely the people that managed to register have a genuine interest in the product, and sitting the exam?

    As the blurb said – first come, first served.

  60. sebstah says:

    sorry my bad, it is the 71-680 for beta, apoligies my excitement took over me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  61. Kjetil says:

    This just made my day! Thanks alot jseymour. Must admit I was a bit disapointed not getting a chanse for a seat earlier. Let’s prep good for the test people and give good feedback!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Where is Trika when you need her?

  63. Anonymous says:

    I have been able to subscribe for this beta exam at 7am (GMT +1) from the Netherlands. It looks like the promotion starts at midnight (Central time). I’ve been trying to signup during the whole night.

  64. Anonymous says:


    Tried signing on at 730am in Bermuda.

    I doubt we filled the quota that quickly if there was a country-wide quota in effect?

  65. Weslee db says:

    I sat the exam on monday.  I have to say it’s harder than the 70-620 but a lot easier than the 70-622 I did that same day.  So if anyone has done those two exams it’s somewhere in between.  Overal a good exam for win7 config I think.

    Good luck to whoever still has to do it!

  66. Bibbleq says:

    wow 7am on the 27th and already its full?!

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

  67. For the record we had the same number of slots for this beta exam as others. Unfortunately they went in the first hour or so. I then *quadrupled* the number of beta slots we normally have and you still burned through those in several hours.

    Sorry we ran though the extra slots. It is absolutely nutty the demand we’ve had for this beta. At this point we’re worried about having more data than we can crunch before release. Thank you to everyone who is or tried to get signed up! It is great to see such excitement. We appreciate your support.

  68. Herleson Pontes says:

    Well Friends,

    At least, those who are already Enterprise Support Technician Certified in Vista, Microsoft should release an exam to upgrade the credentials to Win7.

    Let´s wait and see what will happen.

  69. Anonymous says:

    apprantly its already full what the hell!.

    3 hours ago it wasnt there, now its already full!

  70. Anonymous says:

    She left training / development didn’t she.

  71. Benjamin S says:

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."  Another promo code?  More seats?

  72. Awesome new guys, this is really a great exam. Tnx a lot.

  73. Anonymous says:

    I know many of you are interested in keeping your certification up-to-date.  What better than to

  74. sebstah says:

    On the prometric site the exam is 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring.

    This is just for the beta exam and then will be 71-680 when its open to the public.

  75. Anonymous says:

    @ Le Cloud de William Bories

    Maybe you didn’t notice that everyone from all countries just use plain english here?

    If you use English then people can understand you…

  76. Anonymous says:

    Same here in Hungary. At 1:00 the exam wasn’t listed at all, and 5 hours later we got the error message about the maximum count was already reached.

  77. Bibbleq says:

    @jseymour if i was on vacation it wouldn’t be a problem i’d just go take the test wherever i was ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! its being on-site with a client that i cant swing… Anyway sure i’ll survive.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Sat the exam today. Can’t give feedback as to content, but it was pretty straight-forward.

    I left comments for the beta evaluation, linked to each question. I’d suggest all do the same, if you want these open invitations to continue.

    Good luck to those sitting! We are making the exam content better for those coming after us!



  79. Anonymous says:

    OK than the information from prometric hotline was wrong.

    But the registration for the beta period was not fair to all interested users all over the world.

    I try to register tonight at 0.30 am (German time), but the exam was not listed. Then i try to register again this morning and receive the error "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded."

    In the last years a microsoft beta exams never reached the maximum count in a couple of hours after opening.

  80. Anonymous says:

    Tried at 8:00am in US.  Guess I should had tried at 12:01am EST

  81. Anonymous says:

    In the Netherlands it costs E 140,- which is $ 183,60. I looked forward to this exam for a long time, but I didn’t know they would use Australian time zone to open the registrations.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Prova Beta do Windows 7 liberada a partir de 27/04

  83. Anonymous says:

    Where can we get the prep guide?

    Will this exam qualify as a desktop option for MCITP Enterprise Admin (instead of 70-620)?



  84. Anonymous says:

    please add more promotional code i’m in the philippines but was not able to register this morning when i tried this afternoon it says promotional code has been exceeded

  85. Anonymous says:

    As someone who tried at 8:00am EST, I’m a little frustrated. (I set an Outlook alarm just to remind me)

    Perhaps Microsoft should:

    a) begin charging a small fee for beta exams (to set the bar slightly higher)

    b) post less time ahead/only on this blog to limit the number of people aware

    Having 20,000 people aware of a test that costs them nothing yet could potentially count as a certification certainly skewed the supply/demand.

    My primary issue is that this is the *Beta Exam Blog*, so you’d think that this blog, of all, might let people know that they should stay up until midnight in order to get a spot. Saying "first-come, first-served" means little when it is followed by a statement that the test will be filled "in the first week or so".

    As someone who has the beta blog RSS feed, and follows it fairly religiously, I’m a little disappointed.

  86. Unfortunately, the time window is purely a function of the popularity of the exam. With a limited number of slots available it doesn’t make sense to leave it open for a month when we’ll fill all our slots in the first week or so.

    The sooner we get the beta done, the sooner we can release the exam. Sorry about the inconvenient timing Ben, but you wouldn’t want us to have to wait around until you get back from vacation to crunch the numbers would you? ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Anonymous says:


    Yesterday ‘dallasr’ was able to book a seat while the code was not working. I have also tried in my end and it did allow me to book by paying but I waited.

  88. Anonymous says:

    I have passed the exam. I want to view the score but couldn’t find a way. Does anyone know how to see the score.



  89. Anonymous says:


    Working …. from SAD to HAPPY ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Anonymous says:

    @testtaker it took me about 20-30minutes, however i was illegally parked and in a rush! so i probally failed.

  91. Anonymous says:


    me too mate, same thing happened. only had a few hours sleep and didnt manage to get in again.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunally i did not pass. Congrats to those who did!

  93. Anonymous says:

    Let’s bump this until someone come and offer~

  94. Wilfred says:


    I got a place on the last day, here in the Netherlands


  95. Anonymous says:

    I took this exam yesterday.  I am a little disappointed in the exam content.  I wish I could go into details as to why, but then I would be violating the NDA.

    If anyone from Microsoft is still reading this, why don’t you limit the next Windows 7 beta exams to those who have passed this one?  Given the number of testers for 071-680, you should have a large enough pool of qualified testers for the next round of beta tests right?

  96. Anonymous says:

    This really sucks! Normally the exam registration opens up at PST. It wasn’t even April 27 at the PST region. I checked the Prometric website at 1:00am (CET) and the exam WASN’T available…when I tried to register at 8:00am (CET) this morning….no more seats were available ๐Ÿ™

    Where do the 1000-s come from? Normally (even with the Vista exams) they were available at least during the morning (in the CET timezone)….

  97. Anonymous says:

    I think that’s the way it’ll pan out – ie Partners and so on be given another special voucher, perhaps tied to their partner ID. That way they don’t miss out.

    That’s the way it used to be some years ago. Not sure about this case though…

    Trika would usually intervene… *sigh*

  98. Anonymous says:

    I am ready to take this beta … my exam center is open on weekends only, too! Great for me.

  99. Anonymous says:

    She left training / development didn’t she.

  100. Anonymous says:

    I’ve read in several forums that SOME people register for beta exams because they are free.

    And first come / first serve is fine IF the registration would be open worldwide at the same time which doesn’t seem to be the case …

  101. Wilfred says:

    Same problem here,

    Come on MS… Give us some new seats…

  102. Matthew Arkin says:

    Just wondering if and when a guide will be released. Looking forward to taking/testing this exam.

  103. Anonymous says:

    Um, maybe it’s a noob question, but what do you mean under "has been opened up"? It would be my first beta exam so I don’t know what this means, because I can’t find the exam listed in prometric. Of course I think this is because the registration begins on 27 April, but if this is true, why did you write that it had been opened up?

    Thanks for your help ๐Ÿ™‚ and sorry for the noob question.


  104. Anonymous says:

    So not fair.

    Should have been up all night, always clicking to register on prometric’s site …

    Unfortunately we need to sleep, even for at least 6 hours, so that we can work with Microsoft stuff everyday.

    Nevertheless, since no hour was given, I think MS should reconsider to send by email, at least, everyone that posted (we are really interested) here a new promo code. And to be fair to everyone worldwide open new registration window, stating day and hour .. and minute (I guess) ๐Ÿ™‚ if applies :).

    Come on jseymour ๐Ÿ™‚ we need you …

  105. Anonymous says:

    If it is possible to register for money, than why do not vouchers work on this beta exam? Is it possible to enable vouchers to work on this beta?

    As I understand, situation when people register for money should not be avaliable. But since it is, I think it would be fair to enable vouchers for those, who have them.

    Right now I am trying to decide if I should pay and register for the beta or wait untill the release and use the voucher. Just really want to take the exam sooner, I have started preparing for it since the announcement on this blog.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Giving just one time is fine as long as the worldwide Prometric centers play ball and update the sites accordingly.

  107. Anonymous says:

    It’s my own fault for missing this… I woke up at 4am EST thinking that would be early enough. You live, you learn.

    The only recommendation that I would have for MS in the future regarding BETA exams that are this popular would be to make some requirements.

    Some Examples might be….

    The BETA tester should have the latest Client exam passed.

    The BETA tester should have taken an MS exam within in a specified time frame.

  108. Thanks, but again no luck for me :(.

  109. Anonymous says:

    "For the European Area they have to wait until the US Headquarter is opened and enable the promotion code. Maybe at 4 p.m. German time the promotion Code will work."

    Then how did others managed to use the code in Netherlands. I think the support Center has not got a clue.

  110. Anonymous says:

    Tried registering but prometric did not display the 71-680 exam I’m located here in the Philippines

  111. Anonymous says:

    now it’s working!!! just registered fine!! thank you seymour!!!

  112. Anonymous says:

    Same here, I woke up 7AM London time but could not get to book.

    Hmm, I think MS gave very limitted seats – may be around 50 or so.

    It is shame that it has expired with in 2hrs of opening.

  113. Anonymous says:

    I’ve passed it too, but I also can’t find the score report. I contacted prometric and they said that the score report will be sent to us by Microsoft. I’m looking forward to that.

  114. Anonymous says:

    From Belgium I get the same message:

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

    I hope new promo codes will be released to give opportunity to people that really want to beta-test the exam.

  115. Anonymous says:

    "Awesome, I’ve scheduled for the exam! I just have one comment, I didn’t find any materials on exam’s page: … Is it restricted for MCPs or what’s wrong?"

    What do you expect from beta exam? It is beta.

    Some info on this link

  116. Anonymous says:

    In fact, it was really possible to pay for the exam and book it at the moment that the WINj7 code was not valid anymore at the first time.

  117. Anonymous says:

    @ ahmhdy : It is a beta exam. There is no prep material yet. If you unsure that you will pass you probably shouldn’t take this one.

    @ testtaker : Yep, get the Beta and virtual PC and work with it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I work with W7 now on my home PC, work PC and virtual machines for a while …

  118. Anonymous says:

    To those who have taken the exam, did you need the full 4 hours or were you able to complete it before the time ran out?

  119. Anonymous says:

    I took it on Tuesday. I agree that it’s a bit harder than the 70-620 as weslee said, and there were 1-2 confusing questions, but overall it’s a pretty good exam to take. Enjoyed it… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Other: On the page, it is written that "Published:      June 01, 2009 (in development)". Does this mean that we will get our score report by June 01?

  120. Anonymous says:

    If the amount of seats was really limited that much, it’s a shame how it has been communicated in the blogs. When Windows Server 2008 was in beta phase, it really worked much better.

  121. Anonymous says:

    Same Here, I so sad.

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.", 7:30 Am and I thought that pools were not yet open. Still, is not 27th April in Pacific time (8h difference) ๐Ÿ˜› …

    So sad … Can we have another promo code ?

  122. Anonymous says:

    Same here in Germany.

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

  123. Anonymous says:

    How many questions will there be on the original exam (75)?

  124. Anonymous says:

    So did anyone from the USA get registered for this?

  125. Anonymous says:

    I wasn’t able to use the promo code but did get in by paying for it. Used a 50% off partner voucher. I don’t want to have to wait until after the beta to take this exam.

  126. Anonymous says:

    get more seats opened up jseymour!

  127. Anonymous says:

    Defo – because the code is not needed to book the exam, just to get it for free – so not sure why jseymour  says it isn’t possible. If it SHOULD NOT be possible, then it is clearly a Prometric "problem".

  128. Anonymous says:

    Well I pulled the trigger and spent the money for it, we’ll see what happens. I got the confirmation email from Prometric and everything looks like it went through fine. I guess I’ll find out soon if this will actually work. I personally am happy to pay for this since it counts toward certification. If I pass, then I’ll be one of the first with the MCTS Win7 cert and I’ll have a jump on the MCITP:DA cert. Makes good sense to me

  129. Anonymous says:

    Just registred a seat in the Netherlands!

    So i think not many people here going on beta.

  130. Anonymous says:

    Thanks m8 – I really appreciate that .. and poor bastid who paid for it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Anonymous says:

    Results are in!

    Prometric has now changed from ‘Tested’ to ‘Passed’. Also now appears on my transcript.


    Good luck to everyone.

  132. Anonymous says:

    work paid for mine, coudlnt end up finding a voucher

  133. Anonymous says:

    Finally I was able to register, too!

    Very glad about it I’m looking forward downloading the RC on 5th May. With the first "open beta" I just got a blue screen in my virtual machine (virtualbox).

    Good luck for everyone!

  134. Anonymous says:

    But some people were able to pay for it when there were no seats available anymore ?!? I thought the voucher code simply gives you a 100% discount ?

  135. Anonymous says:

    I may end up paying to take the BETA as well… For now, I’ll be a little more patient, in case any more seats open up.

  136. Anonymous says:

    I’m gutted that you can’t register for this exam now…. have been using 7 for about 5 months now and love it…. was really looking forward to taking this exam.

    I suppose it’s a bit of a rock and hard place situation for Microsoft. On one hand the old MCP email invite procedure ensured that they had a degree of control over who took it (as well as requiring the person being invited to have already entered into the Microsoft testing programme) but on the other hand, publicising the beta and code means it’s a free for all and invariably there will be taking this exam merely because it’s free and a chance of a cert…. that ‘I’ll have a go and see how I get on’ scenario….. it’s not costing them anything.

    Personally I wish they’d structure the beta exam process better. For instance if they gave a 1/3 of the seats as ‘MCP invite only’, and 1/3 to Partners, TechNet Plus, etc and the final 1/3 open to the public, then I think they’d get much better feedback on the exam and a broader scope of professionals.

    The beta exam process, after all, is to ‘test’ the exam and provide feedback on questions. I can recall on the 2008 betas providing a great deal of feedback yet I wonder how much they will get from this 7 beta. I suspect it will be little and a substantial portion of people are taking this beta as a chance to earn a free cert rather than genuinely participate in the beta process.

  137. Anonymous says:

    Yeah Warwick…Where is Trika if you need her ๐Ÿ™

  138. Anonymous says:

    I Guess only the Asian continent has been able to register for this one. Please, please add more seats for this one as i’ve been waiting for almost 2 weeks to register for it !

  139. Anonymous says:

    what a coincidence! guess I just found when you published it!

    thank you!

  140. przemek.kuczynski says:

    microsoft suck again ! i try register at 8.30 AM GMT + 1 . "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

    big disapointed ๐Ÿ™

  141. Kjetil says:

    Same here ๐Ÿ™ Was looking forward to this beta exam and had it in my schedule to register. Hope it’s just a technical error.

  142. Anonymous says:

    Tried registering for an exam at 6:30 AM Local Eastern Time and was told that The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion. So pretty much no one in the US was awake in time to sign up.

  143. Anonymous says:

    I think beta exams must be available only for MCPs… because, if is opened for public, many people will register only beacuse it is FREE… like I saw on 70-656 (MDOP), hundreds of people (including some friends) registred and don’t sit to do the exam.

  144. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been trying all day as well with the promotional code or an exam voucher and still no luck. There are still seats in my local exam centre, should I pay for it or wait for a few more days?

  145. Anonymous says:

    She might not aware of whats going on here.

  146. Anonymous says:


    I think you can still pay and take the exam. Yesterday @dallasr was able to book the exam when the voucher code stopped working.

  147. Anonymous says:

    Has there been further talk about opening up any more promo code slots?  There appear to be plenty of time slots available for taking the test in my area.

  148. Anonymous says:

    Awesome news ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I can get a place to take the exam! I am looking forward to the Prep Guide ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Anonymous says:

    hi jseymour, Thanks for putting extra seats there. however, I missed that again, I tried last night and posted here, the time you extend that was actaully midnight here in NZ. Now i woke up and did the first thing to check here, and found it has been extened and…booked full again.

    Is there any chance to have a beta seat in NZ? I’m not sure how many ppl were made it here, the timing thing just became a major problem…  

    So please can I just have one seat? you can email me

    thanks so much~ ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. techiebird says:

    Woooooah there, did you say "MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7"?!

    I just googled for that and found nothing so I’m guessing this is a sneak hint of something to come.  Do you have any more information to share?

    I’m really, really hoping this will be the ‘next level’ recognition we’ve needed in the desktop space for ages… please say I’m right :o)

  151. Anonymous says:

    It is a Beta Exam and takes 4hrs. You might have to wait for few weeks for the result. If it was a regular exam it may be less than 2hrs and know the results once you completed the test.

    So I might pay and take it when it is released but now I hope we all given another chance. I wouldn’t be paying for it now.

  152. Anonymous says:

    Same here, try to regiter with the promotion code, but "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

    Possible to have another code?

  153. Anonymous says:

    ha you beat me too it bibble. thats crap!

  154. Anonymous says:

    It works!!!

    At this time (11:42 Eastern) i could succesfully register with the Promo Code for the exam.

  155. Anonymous says:

    Ok well at least we know it is the demand and not the supply. Pretty amazing. Maybe I’ll just fork out the money for it. I want to get that MCITP without having to take the Vista exam.

  156. Anonymous says:

    Open some more, we’re begging!

  157. Anonymous says:

    not yet, becouse -> "Registration begins: April 27, 2009"

  158. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, I am able register the exam.

  159. Anonymous says:

    How many questions will there be on the original exam?

  160. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t find the 71-680 exam at

    I’m from Argentina…

  161. Anonymous says:

    Too bad I was in the middle of a flight in a plain when the number of seats for the exam was increased. ๐Ÿ™

    Is it still possible to have a seat on the beta exam (I’m ready to pay for the exam) or do I have to wait untill the exam is released now? I’ve tried entering free exam voucher I have to register for the exam, but it did not work. It gave me this error message: "Discount is not offered for this Exam Alias".

  162. Anonymous says:

    @testtaker : Most of the people who signed up are from the US. A lot of people in Europe (including me) didn’t even get the option on the Prometric site as soon as the registration started. Once we did see it, it was all gone already.

    Man you cannot believe how pi*ed off I am …

  163. Tried at 8:00 am (EST) in Cananda. No luck! ๐Ÿ™

  164. Anonymous says:

    It would have been helpful if MS had told us the total number for this beta promo and start time when they posted the promo. Now it looks like a lottory game.

  165. Anonymous says:

    "I think jseymour is sleeping right now (and/or having a nightmare, just like us)"

    Hopefully it will be a good one and offer us more seats.

  166. Anonymous says:

    How frustrating .. it wasn’t listed here in the UK until mid morning, then the website wasn’t reachable for hours just to get the exceeded error.

    Europe had a bad starting point anyway considering the timezones.

    I hate when people registring just because its free and people like us, who are OEM, Gold and SPLA partner don’t even get a fair chance ๐Ÿ™

  167. Anonymous says:

    Anyone have any good sites for the exam preparation?  I’ve got several but I was hoping there are one or two sites that have it more organized.

  168. Herleson Pontes says:

    Well Friends,

    At least, those who are already Enterprise Support Technician Certified in Vista, Microsoft should release an exam to upgrade the credentials to Win7.

    Let´s wait and see what will happens.

  169. Anonymous says:

    Hey guys, for everyone in the US, prometric seems to be having some type of problem. I tried to register with the promo code and it said timeout error. I then paid for the exam and it registered fine at the testing center I wanted.

    I called prometric told them of my problem and the lady was nice enough to speak to a manager and override the system so I could register for the exam at no charge. She did say she received an error as well, but then it worked. I will have to cancel my appointment that I paid for. Apparently not all seats have been sold yet.

    Doesn’t mean it will work for everyone but the site must be overloaded for requests.

  170. Anonymous says:

    I’m a little disappointed to find out about this to late and to learn it from 2 of my co-workers that have no certifications.  I have MCDST and MCITP – Enterprise Support certifications and never received any correspondence that I could have signed up for this.  I took the BETA exam for Vista because I recieved an invitation due to my certification as MCDST.  It seems you kind of ignored us this go around.  Oh well, it is what it is.

  171. Anonymous says:

    tried register in New Zealand, 10pm NZ time (just saw this post…), same message "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion… "

    Is there any possibility to have more seat?


  172. Anonymous says:

    Would you still be able to sign up for the exam but just pay the $125? I understand that not all people would want to do that for a beta exam, but it looks like that is possible, no?

  173. Its even more of a kick in the teeth not being able to register if you work for Microsoft especially if you stayed up til 1am trying, then waking at 7am to find all codes are fully used already…..

  174. Anonymous says:

    I think that’s it must be a technical issue. I live in Russia, and four hours ago this registration wasn’t able, because all promo codes were used ๐Ÿ™

    I’m really hope, that Microsoft update this bug or make more seats – I was waiting for this exam for a long time, I hope that it will be my first beta.

  175. Kjetil says:

    Let’s calm down people.. probably just a technical glitch. Let Microsoft answer when they get up in the morning… we don’t want it to go back to a "random invite based on MCP mail" again. Atleast I don’t.

  176. Some food for thought about beta exams:

    If you are taking a beta exam just because it is free, the odds are you won’t pass and it will be a waste of several hours of your time, not to mention less meaningful statistics for MSL. Historically we held beta exams by invitation only. Today we have opened up the beta process with this blog and other venues. However, that only works by the honor system. A strong beta helps us vet good items from bad in return for a free exam. It provides an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of certification with the possibility to influence the final release version of an exam with our comments. If you’re not a qualified candidate, you most likely won’t have a good experience and we won’t get good statistics.

    Just something to think about.

  177. Anonymous says:

    Yep, got the official ‘congrats’ email from MS.

    It appears on the MCP transcript, I can download the digital certificate… no free certificate though… (grrr seperate issue).

    A final good luck to all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  178. Anonymous says:

    Seemed like a thorough exam although I honestly wasn’t prepared enough for it. Some items I’d read about, so hopefully scored high enough to pass. Thinking back on it, it was probably a little easier than the WinXP exam I took a few years ago.

  179. Anonymous says:

    The WIN7J promo code is used up already and it’s just 0930H here in Manila (27 APR 2009). Will there be additional beta exam promo codes?

  180. John says:

    when is Windows 8 beta testing exam

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