I would imagine some of you attended Microsoft events last year. At some of those events we handed out or raffled off NFR copies of Windows Vista Ultimate SP1.
Here’s a pretty picture of the kit I grabbed from one of those events.
Many of you ran home and cracked the seal on the kit and immediately followed the instructions. Those instructions told you to go to the website at http://www.registerwindowsvistasp1.com/ and plug in your PIN (the one inside the kit), your information and submit the request. After you submit the request, an email is sent to you with a valid product key for installation. The process worked perfectly until the deadline. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the deadline for doing all of that was 12/31/2008 so I hope you didn’t procrastinate until you read this blog post. If so, sorry but the promotion is officially over.
I tested the process just before Thanksgiving to make sure it was working properly. It worked fine then but the contract with the company handling the requests expired on the promotion end date (12/31/2008). So that’s going to be a big dead end if you still try the PIN now.
But on the bright side, you’ll probably be more interested in Windows 7 soon anyway. Hint hint.