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***I was just starting to write up something along these lines when I saw this and thought I would save myself some work.*****

Admit it: You’re curious about Windows Vista Release Candidate 1. Now that Microsoft has made it available for download by the public (after giving technical beta testers a five-day head start), you can take it for a test drive.

There’s no doubt that RC1 is a huge improvement over Beta 2, which was released earlier this year. On the right hardware, it’s fast and a pleasure to use. (On the wrong hardware, it’s downright painful, but that’s a story for another day…) If you’re ready to give Vista a try, I’ve put together a list of 10 tweaks that will make the experience easier for you. This page contains a summary of the ten tips. For detailed instructions with illustrations for all the tweaks, visit the accompanying image gallery.

Tweak #1: Set up without a product key

The Windows Vista setup process makes it appear that you have to enter a product key to install the operating system, just as you do with Windows XP. But that’s not so. Regardless of how you start the setup program, you’ll quickly come to a dialog box that asks you to enter a product key. Leave it blank, and then click No in response to the “Are you sure?” dialog box. You’ll be presented with a list of all the different Vista versions available on the DVD. You can pick one and use it for up to 14 days without any hassle. After 14 days, though, you’ll need to enter a valid product key or do a fresh install……

Read the rest of this story at: Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report 

*** I am also going to add a link to Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report to the sidebar***

 


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