Yeehaw - RC2 is Complete!!

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Ward Ralston here - I, like John Borozan, am a Product Manager with Windows Server. 

Some of you may have already heard that Window Server 2003 64-Bit Editions, Window Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP Professional have all reached the Release Canidate Two (RC2) Milestone this afternoon.

Word on the street is that this RC2 is a great, stable build - I am installing it now on one of my office computers....

The x64 bits for client and x64 (RC1) are available through either the beta program or customer preview program:

XP Pro:


If you would like to download the SP1 or Itanium bits, these links should be active later tonight (6PM PST)

2003 SP1: bits

Itanium (Ia64) RC2 bits:





  • Its nice that RC2 for x64 is out, but how do you get it. I have many previous version, but have not received an e-mail with a link and key, and yes I did check the box allowing MS to contact my with future product information.

  • Anyone know when this will be posted on MSDN?

  • Ward Ralston here.......

    RC2 for x64 is available through the beta program. If you received your previous versions through the beta program but did not get an email about the new release - just log on using your passport and you will see a new column for RC2 downloads.

    If you are not on the beta program, you still get a copy of the x64 RC1 code through the customer preview program:

    I just want to point out that the major differences between RC1 and RC2 are that of robustness, not features of functionality....

    The only way for an end user to visually discern the difference between the two builds is that RC2 has a link to SCW on the desktop.

    Another day closer to RTM!!!!!

    - Ward

  • I've heard that you still could receive a copy of RC2 if you were not a beta member, but signed up for the customer preview program as long as you allowed for MS to contact you about future releases. Am I to assume that this is incorrect? If so can I join the beta program at this time and still gain access to RC2. Thank you for taking the time to properly inform me.

  • Try to post last night and it still hasn't come up so I'm going to try again. I was under the impression that you could receive x64 RC2 through the customer preview program if you simply allowed MS to contact you about future releases and updates. Is this incorrect? If so can I still join the beta program at this point and gain access to x64 RC2? Thank you for taking the time to properly inform me.

  • Ward again....

    Only the XP Professional version of RC2 is available through the customer preview progam. We run our preview program slightly differently than the XP Pro team does....long story short is: By the time we refreshed the bits in our CPP Program, we would be so close to RTM that there would not be a lot of value to customers by installing the RC2 bits.

    If you would like to discuss this more ping me at



  • Hey, sorry to post again, but I have still had no luck getting Windows XP Pro x64 RC2. I hear widespreed reports of members of the CPP receiving their copys, but I have been unsucessful. I have e-mail MS, but the only responce I got was from a bot. Any information about how to get this update would be appreciated.

  • It will take up to 30 days for the RC2 to get updated through the CPP Program.

    Please keep checking here:

    I will keep my on it as well and will post when it is available.

  • Thank you so much for your help, no one else seems to have any correct information. I've been checking daily anyways, so I'm sure I'll see it when it does finally hit the CPP. Thank you again for all your help.

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