Vista Pre-Release Time Bomb Set To Explode

Warning to users of pre-release versions of Windows Vista: In two days, your operating system will self-destruct, like the cassette tape at the beginning of "Mission: Impossible."

Warning to users of pre-release versions of Windows Vista: In two days, your operating system will self-destruct, like the cassette tape at the beginning of Mission: Impossible.

As reported earlier, tomorrow, May 31, is the last day of full functionality for Customer Preview Program versions of Vista. That includes Vista beta 2, and both release candidates.

The OS will gradually shut itself down in stages, and do it in an unusual way: Starting Friday, a user can log on to the OS for two-hour sessions only. After two hours, the OS will automatically reboot, without offering a chance to save. That leaves a two-hour window to save work, transfer settings and so on to another OS. Any work not finished within that span will be lost when the machine reboots.

That cycle will last until Aug. 28, after which time the OS will shut down for good. Users of pre-release versions can upgrade to RTM versions of Vista, or do a clean install of earlier Windows versions, like XP. Vista pre-release does not offer a "roll-back" ability to return to an earlier OS.

Notices started popping up in the Vista interface, warning about the impending reboots, on May 18. Vista Product Manager Nick White, on a Vista blog, put it succinctly for those still running a pre-release version: "Please, do yourself a favor and upgrade to any edition of the RTM version of Windows Vista before 31 May."

More information on upgrade options is available here.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

comments powered by Disqus

Reader Comments:

Tue, Oct 2, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

just set your system clock to janury 2006

Sun, Jun 3, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

I test-drove a VW Beetle. WHen I was done with the test-drive, I discovered that I was expected to pay for the car in order to keep using it.

I'm very disappointed with VW, and think they are getting greedy.

Fri, Jun 1, 2007 Bill Gates Redmond

I'll just set my date back to 2006 and use the RC for another year. I see no reason to buy the final release of Vista or as I like to call it XP ME.

Fri, Jun 1, 2007 malik bronx, ny

I must say I am ready to move on to another operating system also. Vista is good but the security is just a little to much for me

Fri, Jun 1, 2007 Ed B Middleboro, MA

Getting greedy? I don't remember when they weren't.

Thu, May 31, 2007 Joseph Hermanek

I have been a beta tester for Windokws since version 3.1 and up and always they have rewared the tester with the best version of that particular OS though I like Vista am seriously considering going with open source because at least you know what is coming. I am very disappointed with Microsoft and think they are getting greedy.

Thu, May 31, 2007 Ed B Middleboro

Well daahhh!! Hence the term "Pre-Release & Beta" might be a CLUE.

Thu, May 31, 2007 MG USA


Thu, May 31, 2007 Christopher Bell Glossop, UK

So I tell the system clock that it is actually April 30th and I get another month of all singing, all dancing Vista? Is one month enough to move all my work off the machine? Thought so.

Wed, May 30, 2007 Michael Geiser Valley Forge PA

Misleading headline; bad journalism

First off, this is not news, even if it was "reported earlier"

Since when is a completely disclosed and well known end of trial period a "time bomb"? I do not see Trial versions of other software headlined as containing a "time-bomb" as the trial period expires.

This is a rather sad attempt to draw readers with a blantently misleading headline. It is dishonest and Keith Ward should be fired; unless of course this was the Editorial Staff's intention.

Yes, I did click through to read the article - you got me. I will not be back

Wed, May 30, 2007 JL Anonymous

And if ylur in a corporate environment still trying to see that everything is going to work properly when you think it is time to upgrade to Vista !!!!....what a great idea Microsoft.

And you wonder why a majority of us in the IT world will not be upgrading any time soon........stupid is as stupid does.

Add Your Comment Now:

Your Name:(optional)
Your Email:(optional)
Your Location:(optional)
Please type the letters/numbers you see above

Redmond Tech Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.