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The Windows Vista Product Guide was here...

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Windows Vista Product GuideEvery so often, something really kewl comes along that you just have to have.  The Windows Vista Product Guide is one of those objects of affection.  It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features, the differences between the product versions, screen shots, etc.

A word or two of warning is in order.  First, the guide is pretty big (313 pages) so the filesize is almost 44meg.  Second, you’ll need to install WinFX XML Paper Specifications Document (BETA) stuff in order to render this guide.  You can download the WinFX goodies at  Since I already had IE7 installed, I just installed the WinFX Runtime Components and was able to view the document without issue.

I cheated a bit however (as usual).  I am running a Lenovo T60 Dual Core laptop so it certainly has the power to do such things.  Let me know your experience.  I am also currently in the Microsoft Toronto office so I sent the document to one of their high speed duplex printers.  Now I have a few extra pounds of reading for my trip home tomorrow.


UPDATED 4/14/2006

So, where’s the guide?  I had permission from the Program Manager to post the Windows Vista Product Guide to my blog. Apparently, it isn’t quite ready for public consumption so I was asked to remove the link.  If you were lucky enough to download the “sneak peek” preview, enjoy!  The guide will be back when we ship Windows Vista Beta 2.

By the way, the isp server that had the guide caught fire.  Just teasing... 

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  • My good buddy (and team mate), Keith Combs, just posted a new entry on his blog that mentions a GREAT...

  • One of my teammates and good friend Keith Combs, just posted information about on how to get the Vista...

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  • I was surprised to see a number of sites providing the download of the "Windows Vista Beta 2 Product...

  • Keep in mind Windows Vista is still in development so items in the guide will quite possibly change before Windows Vista goes gold later this year.  

    Also keep in mind the WinFX runtime components are in Beta as well.



  • Keith Combs has a link to the 313 page document that has all the info you need on Windows Vista. Great...

  • Thanks for the heads up. Time to download!!

  • Great googliemooglie!  On that Lenovo laptop it costs $2000 to bump the memory to 2 gig!!  Ohmygosh.  $1000 for a chip half the size of a business card.  For the price of the memory alone you could get a sweet small profile desktop with 4 gig and a raid with an LCD and Pelican Case to cart it around...  ;-)

  • This guide is very interesting, thank you!

  • As many of you know I love Windows Vista!  This operating system marks a significant leap in the...

  • Could somebody convert this document to PDF format so that I don't have to install a bunch of beta crap on my machine to read it?

  • That "bunch of beta crap" is Microsoft's competition to PDF.  You might want to check it out.

  • I totally understand not wanting to install beta software. I don't really like to install beta software on my production machine.  That's why I usually have a bunch of disks for my laptops and desktops.  Thankfully VMWare and Microsoft have made the virtual world a great place to test products, thinking, design, etc.

  • doh - gone (again!)