Windows Vista Beta2 Launched - Get the Download

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On Tuesday of this week at WinHEC in Seattle we launched the Beta2 releases of Windows Vista, Windows Server and Office 2007. 

Take a minute to find out more about the features included in this milestone release of Windows Vista, including:

  • Enhanced User Experience
  • Improved Security
  • Search & Organization
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Sidebar & Gadgets
  • Advances in System Performance
  • Windows Backup
  • Networking Advances
  • Windows SideShow
  • Speech Recognition
  • Help and Feedback
  • Windows Update

Then, when you're ready, go to the Windows Vista MSDN download site to learn how you can download Windows Vista Beta2, WinFX Beta and the Windows SDK.

  • This post just assumes we're all MSDN or TechNet Subscribers. I went rushing to the site and noticed it hasn't changed. No Vista for me yet. *grumbles and waits patiently...though the patience is a lie*

    Comon! Y'all have me salivating. I don't wanna wait any longer!

  • No one is going to find more bugs than a non-programmer using it...'m just sayin'

  • In the coming weeks, Microsoft will start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) for developers and IT professionals who are not members of the MSDN and TechNet subscription services.

    In the meantime, if you wish to become a beta program member, you can do so by registering for the world-wide Windows Vista Beta Experience:

  • Why can't I get the Vista Download URL?
    The site says,Vista beta version has not published yet.

  • I have installed the Vista Beta 2 (32-bit x86 edition) in my PC, but I found that it cannot recognize the 3Com 3C905C network card, so now I got no network to use and cannot connect to the Internet at all.

    Compared with Windows XP which comes with 3Com 3C90C netword card driver, I don't know where to find the proper network card driver to run on my Vista Beta 2.

  • Any idea as to when the CPP will be released?

  • The minute the Customer Preview Program is launched, we will post it here at the Team Blog.

    Wyatt, some older hardware drivers may not work with Vista unfortunately. You can always try going and finding the drivers manually from the manufacturer's website but Microsoft is phasing out some of the old hardware drivers in Vista so they can include as much of the latest stuff people are using now as possible.

  • Will the awesome ReadyBoost feature work with any modern PC with more than 6 USB ports?

    This is an astounding feature guys, I've been waiting for this since...oh man a long time!!!


  • Melany,

    My PC has eight USB 2.0 ports and pretty modern and ReadyBoost works wonderfully.

    But remember, in order for ReadyBoost to work you must have USB 2.0 capable ports.

  • Will my computer be able to run Vista well?

    My computers Specifications:

    Intel Pentium 4 Processor 515
    2.93 GHz, 1MB L2 cache,
    533 MHz FSB, 90nm

    1 GB
    400MHz DDR SDRAM memory

    7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive

    Integrated Intel GMA 900 Graphics
    with up to 128MB dynamic video memory

    Double Layer (8.5GB)
    8X DVD+-RW/=-R Drive

  • fgt

  • Sommer,

    I believe your PC should run Vista just fine - but just to make sure, you should download the new Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor just to make sure. The Upgrade Advisor will look at your hardware and determine how well your system will run Vista and give any recommendations on what you need to make it run Vista if needed:

  • Will the Vista Beta CPP have any limitations on it as opposed to the release version?

  • My company (a MS Certified Partner) has an MSDN subscription and thus I have access to Vista through it.  If I want to report bugs, how can I do so?  Is there a way I can be made into a member of the full beta program?

  • Braden,

    I believe Microsoft is working on a way for you to submitt feedback as they move ahead with plans for the CPP. Currently, the full Technical Beta Program for Windows Vista is closed unfortunately.

    Since you are a Certified Partner, you may also check with your Partner Representative through the Partner Program on where you should send feedback. The Partner Program may have a way to take in your feedback but I'm not 100% positive.

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