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Product Keys for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta

, posted: 11-Jan-2009 10:46

If you've downloaded either Windows 7 beta or Windows Server 2008 R2 beta you'll need a product key if you wish to activate it and use it for more than 30 days. The product keys will extend the usage period to 1 August 2009 (it will expire on that date).

To obtain a key for Windows 7, follow this link:

Keys for Windows Server 2008 R2 beta are as follows:

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Enterprise (7000.0.081212-1400_server_en-us-GB1SXFRE_EN_DVD.iso)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Standard (7000.0.081212-1400_server_en-us-GB1SXFRE_EN_DVD.iso)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Datacenter (7000.0.081212-1400_server_en-us-GB1SXFRE_EN_DVD.iso)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta for Itanium Based Systems (7000.0.081212-1400_serverenterprise64_en-us-GB1SIAIFRE_EN_DVD.iso)

- Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Beta (7000.0.081212-1400_serverweb_en-us-GB1WXFRE_EN_DVD.iso)

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Comment by boby55, on 11-Jan-2009 11:06

It seems that Microsoft are using a "List" of keys for windows 7,

and also 64bit works with 32 / vise versa

Comment by chiefie, on 11-Jan-2009 13:52

I think there's only certain number of keys for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, and I happened to have "refreshed" the page where the key was listed and it "generated" a few and so I kept repeating the process and the best I can get are 5 unique ones for each bit-version. It repeated with the same one from time to time.

Comment by CiGiK, on 12-Feb-2009 12:01

The key as listed on your site and on the Microsoft website for Server 2008 R2 Beta Enterprise (TFGPQ-J9267-T3R9G-99P7B-HXG47)does NOT work when applied on a 64bit system. A key that does work is :


- Hope this saves a few grey hairs around the world... :)