The problem is that the product key you were given is for activating Ultimate
edition, not Home Basic. They have not given any keys out for Home Basic to
the CPP participants and I don't think they are planning on doing so.
You need to install Ultimate edition. I believe there is a way to simply
upgrade to Ultimate without going through the setup again, but I haven't
tried it. If you go to "start", right click on "computer", select
"properties", look under "windows edition", there is a link you can click
"upgrade windows vista" to upgrade to Ultimate. Once you do that, your
product key will work.
> I was invited to download RC1 by Microsoft, and was sent an activation code
> for it. I just installed it, but when I tried to submit the activation code,
> it would not accept it, stating that is was wrong for the version I
> installed. Since my current computer has Windows XP home, I chose Vista Home
> Basic using activation code, YH62X-HW37X-639K8-GV22D-Y28FD, would you be able
> to send me an activation code that will work with this versioin of Windows