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Windows Vista upgrades for everybody!

Windows Vista is starting to look like those Persian rug stores which are always having a ‘closing down’ sale. ‘Full’ prices are set laughably high only to make you think you’re getting an amazing discount, because no-one pays the marked price. All stock has been slashed, save $$$, why pay more?

The latest from Sultan Bill’s House of Software is that anyone running any pre-release version of Vista code — from the creaky Beta 2 to the slicker Release Candidate builds and assorted Customer Preview Program (CPP) editions — is eligible for upgrade pricing on the full version of Vista.

It’s the silver lining on the cloud for anyone still using pre-release code, which was made widely available during the long run-up to last year’s launch of the uber-OS but stamped with a use-by date of May 31st, 2007.

Microsoft says that users of those builds will “begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on May 18th”. After the clock strikes midnight on May 31 tardy test-drivers will have access to their PC for only two hours at a time, during which they can retrieve their data. “After two hours of use, the PC will automatically reboot without providing the opportunity to save data.”

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