x64 RC2 Download Error - What happened?

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I appreciate everyone's comments about the error that was made when we made the x64 RC2 available as part of the Customer Preview Program (CPP).  For those of you who were not aware of the problem – the 32-bit version of Server 2003 SP1 was accidentally made available as the download for the x64 RC2.


So how do things like this happen?   The answer is pretty simple in this case – ME.


When we decided to move ahead and make the x64 RC2 bits available as part of the CPP, I created a share on my server in my office that JohnB could grab the x64 RC2 ISO from to upload to 


So what exactly did I do?  I simply was an idiot and grabbed the wrong version from the daily build share to put into my share for John to upload.


I should have grabbed: w2k3sp1_1433_usa_x64fre_ads.iso

I grabbed: w2k3sp1_1433_usa_x86fre_ads.iso



I really want to express my apologies to those of you who went through the entire install only to realize that it was the wrong version – I know what a drag that can be.



I suppose the good new is we identified the error and we are correcting it  ASAP– and that I will be far more diligent when grabbing bits from the build share.



Further - As punishment for my error, I will be riding in the Chilly Hilly  this Sunday.  You can all rest easy knowing that I will be in some fairly decent pain.


Have a great weekend,





  • I'm curious...why is it that every time any one through the process of downloading the Windows XP 64-Bit Edition(no matter when, now obviously RC2, but I saw this in beta as well) that they get a link to that above file instead of the thing we asked for? That's been driving me and a lot of others crazy for months.

  • On top of that (2 downloads, 2 burns) it crashes on me after install finishes and it reboots. Next, I don't know of a place to report this bug. Great Stuff.

  • I wasn't being sarcastic in my question. I'm actually concerned. Why is it that when we go to download WinXP 64, we all get the Win2003 64 ISO?

  • I think it just may appear that it is the Server ISO. We are developing SP1, x64 Server, and x64 client at the same time. As such, all of the builds start with the cryptic "w2k3sp1_1433_usa" what comes after that identifies the products:

    PRO - Professional
    SRV - Standard Server
    ADS - Advanced Server
    x86 - 32 bit
    x64 - 64 bit
    ia64 - Itanium