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Invalid MSDN Product Key for Windows 7 Release Candidate

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  • I downloeded both Windows 7 debug checked RC and Windows 7 Ultimate RC builds and obtained two different product keys.  I tried these installs on separate machines and carefully checked and rechecked the product keys.  In both install attempts, both productkeys fail with a message that the product key is invalid.
    Thursday, July 09, 2009 10:21 PM

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  • Thanks for your post Bryan.  The only report of any Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate product key issues we've recieved are related to the checked build and its behavior.   This info is taken from a comment I posted the MSDN Subscriptions Team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions.

    Unlike most versions of Windows, the Checked Build allows the user to select which SKU they want to install prior to entering the product key.  The keys we provide, however, for Windows 7 Beta and RC will only work for the Ultimate edition of Windows 7.    The error you’re seeing appears when, using the checked build, you have selected SKU like Enterprise or Home Edition and then have entered the Windows 7 Beta/RC Ultimate key.  Since the Ultimate key doesn’t work with a SKU that is not Ultimate, the error “Wrong product key for Windows SKU” appears.    

    To address this, we actually recommend downloading and using the non-checked version of Windows 7.  Checked builds of Windows are actually intended for specific driver development scenarios, and it actually runs significantly slower than the non-checked build (also known as the “Free” build). Please take a look at this page which describes the difference between Checked and Free: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms792442.aspx. If you are sure you’re interested in the Checked Build, you must select the ‘ultimate’ edition to use with your keys.

    If you are still having issues, go ahead and contact me directly via clicking the 'email' link on my profile page: http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=162057.  Please send me your actual product key and subscription information and I'll check it out for you.  Also let me know which file you downloaded, x86, x64, checked, and the exact text of the error you're getting, if possible.  

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Friday, July 10, 2009 1:59 PM
    Owner

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  • Thanks for your post Bryan.  The only report of any Windows 7 Beta and Release Candidate product key issues we've recieved are related to the checked build and its behavior.   This info is taken from a comment I posted the MSDN Subscriptions Team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions.

    Unlike most versions of Windows, the Checked Build allows the user to select which SKU they want to install prior to entering the product key.  The keys we provide, however, for Windows 7 Beta and RC will only work for the Ultimate edition of Windows 7.    The error you’re seeing appears when, using the checked build, you have selected SKU like Enterprise or Home Edition and then have entered the Windows 7 Beta/RC Ultimate key.  Since the Ultimate key doesn’t work with a SKU that is not Ultimate, the error “Wrong product key for Windows SKU” appears.    

    To address this, we actually recommend downloading and using the non-checked version of Windows 7.  Checked builds of Windows are actually intended for specific driver development scenarios, and it actually runs significantly slower than the non-checked build (also known as the “Free” build). Please take a look at this page which describes the difference between Checked and Free: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms792442.aspx. If you are sure you’re interested in the Checked Build, you must select the ‘ultimate’ edition to use with your keys.

    If you are still having issues, go ahead and contact me directly via clicking the 'email' link on my profile page: http://blogs.msdn.com/user/Profile.aspx?UserID=162057.  Please send me your actual product key and subscription information and I'll check it out for you.  Also let me know which file you downloaded, x86, x64, checked, and the exact text of the error you're getting, if possible.  

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Friday, July 10, 2009 1:59 PM
    Owner
  • I am experiencing the same 'valid key' issue.  I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) on a virtual machine and it will not accept the ultimate key provided at the MSDN site as valid.  I'll send the specific information to the e-mail link you provided.
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 2:17 PM