November 16th 2011 9:34 am PT

Reminder about the Xbox LIVE Preview Program

Are you in the Xbox LIVE Update Fall Public Preview Program and you haven’t yet completed the console registration process?  We’ve released the latest dashboard update to this select audience so if you haven’t completed all the steps to get your console added, you’re missing out.  But don’t worry, there’s still time to get going! To get started log into the Connect Portal and look for the detailed information under the announcements section: Starting 11/1 – Console Registrations. Thanks again for all of your help

http://connect.microsoft.com/xboxliveupdate

Q: Hey…I ‘d like to sign up and get the latest dashboard update ! How do I do that?
A: Sorry, the opportunity to sign up for the preview program was last month and registration is now closed.

Preview, Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    Has there been, or will there be an ETA to when the dashboard will be released to the general public?    I have already seen TV ads promoting the new dashboard (and it’s Bing support), but there is no date.

    • http://twitter.com/DanceTees Mark Elford

      Also eagerly awaiting the update. :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

        all I can say I love it cant wait for the new apps and all coming down the road

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

        all I can say I love it cant wait for the new apps and all coming down the road

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

      there has not been a official release date should be next month at some point some people are saying at the end of the month

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

      there has not been a official release date should be next month at some point some people are saying at the end of the month

    • Anonymous

      Considering the UFC Video Service was announced as launching December 1, it’s pretty safe to expect that the update will launch to everyone before the end of November.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coma.darkvale Andrew Coma Stegall

    i have done all this and still dont have  the update    maybe it hasnt been long enough  ill wai a couple more days  i see the 3 – 5 business day statement  i did it last week so maybe thats the issue thx

    • http://twitter.com/tsrblke tsrblke

      Andrew,
      I don’t know about the actual update delivery (how long it happens after registraiton is proceessed) but you can tell registraiton has been processed if you have the “Preview Channel” on your dashboard (just to give you an idea if the registration part is done.)

    • http://profiles.google.com/gwangi77 Mike Orson

      Don’t forget to run the file that they have you download.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1734109046 Raphael Medeiros

    Some sites talk about November 15, but we are in November 16 and nothing to date, anotherdate would be November 25 then Major Nelson, you can give us some hope for the fans andXbox Live users who are super anxious to the new dashboard?

    • http://profiles.google.com/barthomas Arthur Thomas

      The Preview Group just got the beta dashboard last week… so it will still be a little of a wait for the general public Fall Release.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      We have not announced a release date.

    • Anonymous

      Although there is no announced release date, I’d imagine the 25th.  That seems be the best time to do it, as it is Black Friday and Microsoft will be wanting to push sales as much as they can.  Also with the TV ads promoting it, they must be ready for it to be pushed out soon.

      They are doing Preview groups rather than Beta testing groups, so all MS has to do is really tweak it and get general feedback, much shorter than Beta testing where they must look for bugs and glitches and patch those up as well as getting general feedback.  I am going to make my guess that it will be out for the 25th or that week (so maybe 22nd if they do it on Tuesday).  It seems odd to wait until December, especially when retailers are pushing for holiday shopping already and will be showcasing the xbox in in-store kiosks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jcutner Jonathan Cutner

    I had no idea that the registrations started on  the 1st, even though I got into the Preview Program. The only way I knew was the ‘reminder’ email from Microsoft yesterday

    • Damien Bargiacchi

      Same here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/unndunn Uchendu Nwachuku

    My problem is slightly different. I’m in the preview program, I’ve registered my console and I have the update. But I can’t access the private preview forum; every time I try, I get a “Group Not Found” message. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/Truejim1023 James Schaffer

    Are they planning on adding youtube and TV to the preview Major, because i dont see them yet.

  • Anonymous

    does that mean an update  today?…fingers crossed!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

      we got the update a few weeks ago for the beta tester

      • Anonymous

        I know that..I meant a new one.. that addresses some of the bugs we’ve ran across..I know my main one has been fixed and am awaiting the next build

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Spiller/755934399 Tom Spiller

      we got the update a few weeks ago for the beta tester

  • http://www.facebook.com/Christoher.Pawloski Christopher D. Pawloski

    I registered my console and got the new dashboard update last week but I still got an email yesterday saying that I hadn’t yet registered my console for the preview program. Even though I’ve already been using the new interface since last Thursday. Curious. Gamertag: Hot Beanpole

  • http://www.facebook.com/Truejim1023 James Schaffer

    The update has been out for about a week.

  • Anonymous

    I received this message but already have the update..

    • http://twitter.com/HugsNotBombs Juan Espinoza

      Can you help  me?

  • http://twitter.com/HugsNotBombs Juan Espinoza

    I am in the program but nothing is in my announcements and I need help!

  • ElektroDragon

    WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME on 11/1 that I could have gotten the update?? I only registered my console last night after I got my FIRST notice?!?

    • Anonymous

      Microsoft said they weren’t going to be sending out e-mails. Have you been checking the connect site?

      • tabicat

        I agree with ElektroDragon.  I also thought I was ready to go, and then I got the email telling me that I haven’t registered my console.  It would have been nice if there had been some kind of announcement on 11/1.

        • Anonymous

          there was on the connect page…for weeks after sign up the connect page told you to keep checking there…dunno why people didn’t see the notice unless they just assumed they didn’t have to go back (Something the connect page clearly said you needed top do)

          • ElektroDragon

            Well, you know, since we’re not paid testers, we’re probably going to be too busy playing games in our spare time rather than keep checking the Connect site.  And it’s not like I’m not a dedicated tester, I reported dozens of issues for the Kinect beta. Oh well.

      • http://twitter.com/kerry6 kerry6

        This is a change in how it was announced.  I missed the boat this time..

    • http://twitter.com/NBAKirkland NBA Kirkland (Nick)

      It’s a bit odd that they decided not to send emails this time. It was all over twitter they day it went live which is how I found out.

      • ElektroDragon

        Serves me right for never paying attention to Twitter unless I need it for something.  Still, the world does not (and should not) revolve around Twitter.  Still don’t fully understand how the darn thing works, and I’m a seasoned IT pro.

        • http://twitter.com/lightsup55 Timothy

          Assuming you are already registered…

          This new method is kinda like entering in a product key for a beta of a different Microsoft product (e.g. Windows 8 Beta, Windows Server 2013 Beta, or Microsoft Office 2015 beta; NOT saying that there is one NOR have I been in any, but… you get the idea). You first need to get the product key from the Microsoft Connect site.

          When they start to allow console registrations (which started last week), you would need to go to the Microsoft Connect site and click “Dashboard” in the top right corner, then “Xbox LIVE Update”.

          Or you could just use the link in Major Nelson’s post at the very top.

          On the Xbox LIVE Update page, click “Product Keys” from the left navigation and then click “Request New Product Key”. Follow instructions from there.

          This product key (or Xbox LIVE Token) is what you need. It should look something like this (five sets of five letters/numbers):

          XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

          Redeem this code the same way you redeem purchased Microsoft Points or Xbox LIVE Gold subscription cards from retailers (from your Xbox Dashboard).

  • John Roberto Zapata

    Remember to run the app that is downloaded to your xboxes.

    • http://twitter.com/HugsNotBombs Juan Espinoza

      Help?

    • http://twitter.com/HugsNotBombs Juan Espinoza

      Help?

  • Dean Gallop

    I got the email, and signed up when it was announced but I don’t see anything under announcments and when I press add to dashboard I get an error.

  • Anonymous

    Yay. I got the email yesterday, did the thing with the download and just got the update.

  • Anonymous

    I got this mail today but when i go to my announcements i didnt see anything, plus when i go to add to panel i got an error so i cant download the app, any help ??

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been running the beta dashboard for a week now it’s nice. It still doesn’t have the TV and MLB and UFC and YouTube yet. But the layout and design is way better. Plus it now has free streaming music videos and Smart VJ along with Smart DJ, as long as you have a Zune Pass. All the old apps are available still, Zune has a nice new design now that matches the dashboard design.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HR6UPDGHLQPJAYBK6BTAFU6WZE YASIN

    The Connect page tells me I need to complete my registration data but I keep getting this error when I try to go through the site: An unknown error occurred while processing your request. This is most likely due
    to a connection failure. Please try again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/santmu30 Santiago Munoz

    Could you send invitations for latin america? Cause we cant sign up for the preview last month…

    • http://twitter.com/jonatanjr_ Jonatan

      La invitación para el preview program era para cualquiera que se inscribiera, lo sé porque yo me inscribí y soy de latinoamerica.

  • http://www.tristanpipo.com Tristan Pipo

    I have been enjoying the update. I am excited for HBO GO on the 360. That will be awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Bates/100000706293108 Thomas Bates

    when and where did they announce a beta test for the new Fall 2011 Update?? so when is the “Official” release date now??

    • Anonymous

      It should be next week, though MS won’t say for some reason.  The is no beta test for the Fall Update right now, it is just a Preview, which means all they are doing is getting feedback and doing minor tweaks.  Most of the major bugs would have been fixed in the closed Alpha tests, then the smaller bugs in the closed beta tests, and now they are having an registered public Preview program. 

      Next week sounds about rights to wrap up the Preview and be ready for the holiday season.  I think MS just doesn’t want to say a particular date and have something unexpected pop up and look bad by pushing back the date.  The vague software update date goes for most things MS.

  • Anonymous

     Hi, I recently got an email like this post reminding me to sign my console up for it, because I had forgotten, but every time I sign in and go to the site, it acts like I didn’t sign up. Please help, Major. I’d like to get to use the update.

    • http://twitter.com/brikov Brian Kovach

      I got the same email. “You are in the Xbox LIVE Update Fall 2011 Public Preview Program and according to our records you haven’t yet completed the console registration process.” It says that it might be because I am not signed into the right Windows Live ID but as far as know I only have one and I am signed into it….

      And half the time I just get an error page: “This site may be experiencing a problem….”

  • http://twitter.com/EU_WANTED Miguel Andrade

    My Announcements are not available..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Roark/100001012311922 Chris Roark

    when is the official release date

    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      When it’s ready. ;) But seriously, remember when the dash updates themselves were Spring and Fall? Now it’s the Preview Programs that are named with the season. They have 30 million consoles with 5 years of iterated hardware tweaks to worry about, there is a lot more to test out before flipping the switch. To be locked in to a release date before they know it’s ready would be catastrophic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Roark/100001012311922 Chris Roark

        Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/BloodResident Simon Thfc Snow

    Major can you post an official release day for it. Looks like its not going to be this year

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_754LJAIHOEGUYEE4NOYE6SFSQA deathblade

    I signed up last month, but have nothing related to it on the Announcements area.
    Help, someone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/unndunn Uchendu Nwachuku

    I’ve done that. Still no dice. I’m not getting an “Ooops…” error.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PAWNK1NG Robin Inman

    i am on it looks good so far

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001686205217 Zachary A Schulweis

    xbox live update November 17 2011? whats in it in the beta

  • http://twitter.com/SonyPS3Sucks SonyPS3Sucks

    UFC Pre-released was released today for Beta

  • Anonymous

    The ones who have no announcements in the beta section to get the key write an email to the connect beta section, they will response you with one link to get the key. I got mine today doing this after waiting his response one day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Reid/100000508816166 Jonathan Reid

    xbox live update November 17 2011? whats in it in the beta

  • http://twitter.com/SonyPS3Sucks SonyPS3Sucks

    Whats the new update for today-11/18?     11/17 – UFC app.

  • http://twitter.com/stickneykustoms joshua stickney

    i love the new dashboard the free ufc 139 event was an epic bonus

 

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