If you have an MSDN or TechNet Plus subscription, you can go download your copy of the final version of Windows Vista x86 (and get the product keys to go with it) right now, a day earlier than expected.
If you’re an official beta tester and you filed at least one bug, you’ll get a copy too. Go to Connect (the official beta testers’ website), where you’ll find downloadable images of the x86 and x64 code and an agreement that you’ll need to electronically sign to get your choice of Vista Ultimate or Business.
(Thanks to Josh at Windows Connected for the heads-up on the MSDN release.)
… And the x64 versions are now available as well on TechNet and (presumably) MSDN.
… Some confusion about who’s an official beta tester. If you were invited to the beta test (a long time ago), your Passport account would have been given access to Microsoft’s Connect website and to private beta tester newsgroups. If you log on to Connect and check the My Participation page, you’ll see “Windows Vista, Longhorn Server, and IE7 Beta” in the list, with a status of Active. If you don’t see that, you were not an invited beta tester, you were a member of the Customer Preview Program (CPP), and you do not qualify for a free copy.
Also, “submitting a bug” does not mean posting about it on a newsgroup or bulletin board. It means submitting a detailed bug report using the Microsoft Bug Reporting tool. Again, if you’re an official beta tester you can see a list of all bugs you submitted by logging on via Connect and clicking the Feedback link in the left column. Bugs you submitted appear in the Posted By Me section.