Posted 28 January 2007 - 08:20 PM
Your friend is likely "blowing smoke" - the final version doesn't have the RC1 branding. If he's using an RC1 key, it will likely expire in June 2007. Meanwhile, should he need to reinstall, he won't be able to activate it. In my experience there's no linkage between the desktop branding and the hacks that are available.
The "50 uses" seems like a trial version to me - after 50 it's either buy it or stop using it. But I'm not aware of this sort of "program" and I have been using Vista for about a year now.
Certain beta testers are provided with a copy of the RTM release - and this is usually linked to the submission of bug reports that Microsoft has used to improve the betas. As such, he should have received several emails from MS about the bug and telling him what version the bug fix would appear in. That's how I got the version that I'm running while I type this (I submitted a video bug and a network bug that were ironed out after RC1 was released).
Generally the purchase of a new computer only a couple of weeks ago means that you'd have received a voucher for an upgrade to Vista. Go ahead and use it. You don't have to install it, but you'll never get a cheaper price on it - so take advantage of the offer.
The choice to upgrade is yours. The trade off is that you'll be using the latest OS - but you'll also have to put up with it's quirks until they're ironed out. FYI - there's still difficulty in getting some apps to work with Vista - so you may want to wait until your apps are updated for Vista. I've "forced" my favorite apps to work in Vista - so I'm quite happy with what I have now.
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