Windows Vista Beta 2 Public Release

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Today Microsoft Windows formally announced public availability of Windows Vista Beta 2.  In a nod to community and blogs, Windows announced it first on The Hive:


“As members of The Hive, you are some of Microsoft’s most technically-savvy and enthusiastic users, and we wanted to give you an opportunity to be first to obtain the code before we more formally announce the CPP’s availability tomorrow.”


Click here to see the announcement and click here to get the beta


The beta is build 5384 for those of you keeping track.  The team has done a good job of making this beta process as easy as possible for users.  First, on the GetReady site one can use the Upgrade Advisor to see if one’s current Windows XP machine can run Windows Vista.  Secondly, system requirements and a product guide are also available.  And, Windows Vista Beta 2 may be either downloaded or ordered on DVD for a small fee in 32 bit or 64 bit.


Happy beta testing!

  • Youououou. Thanks for delivering the good work.

    I've got a question by the way. When I donwload Vista with the suggested donwload manager, my connection reset too often.



  • Nice work, been waiting ages for the public release.. now, if I could but get a slot on the download queue :)

  • I didn't see any suggested download manager but perhaps that's because like the gentleman above, Mr. Guerin, I can't seem to get a slot on the download queue either. Some people must have gotten there with beforehand knowledge or I am just unlucky! :( Will keep trying, however.

  • I can wait to be able to download this build of Vista. For now this is what I get when visiting the download page:

    Thank you for your interest in Windows Vista Beta 2.

    We are currently experiencing a high level of demand and cannot process your request at this time.

    Please check back later for availability. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • After 10 attempts to download, with the repeat message that the servers are too busy to allow a download at THIS time, I am presented with this:

    " Thank you for participating in the Microsoft Windows Vista Customer Preview Program.

    You have received the maximum number of Product Keys available for this program.
    Note:  Windows Vista Beta 2 can be installed and activated on up to 10 PCs using with one Product Key. "

    I have exactly 1 product key, 0 OS images, and less-than-o hope of actualy GETTING a OS image.


    torrents and what not available here... just use the key MS provided you

  • i´m happily downloading at full speed here, and i have a question...

    is this iso bootable?

  • Yes, the .iso image is bootable once burned onto a DVD.

  • Thank God! I am downloading it now! I can't wait to install it!

  • Have fun! I've been using Vista as my main OS for almost 2 weeks now. Its actually not bed although EXPECT to have *some* issues. It is a Beta - remember that.

  • Is it possible to beta test Vista Home Premium edition? I'm currently using XP Media Center and don't want to lose my Media Center functionality when beta testing Vista.

  • The current download is Ultimate Edition and comes with everything including Media Center capability.

  • SideBar Geek, you said you use it as your primary OS, I want to do the same thing, but you say there are Minor issues with it. What would those be?

  • There are certain applications that are designed to detect which Windows version you are running which don't install or work correctly...but application compatibilty is one of the top things Microsoft is working to improve.

    Minor issues could be anywhere from a small driver issue to maybe a explore.exe crash to network issues.

    Everyone's experience will be different since we are all testing on a variety of hardware.

    What I was trying to say is this is a Beta product. Its a product that shouldn't be used in "production environments". Like me, you would be taking a big risk running it as your primary OS. Expect issues because its Beta.

    DO NOT expect to install Beta 2 and have it work perfectly. If it worked perfectly, it wouldn't be Beta 2 - would be RTM instead ;-)

  • Have been waiting for this. I'm planning to test it on my desktop, but 2 questions:

    Q1: Can I not lost all my programs when I switch to the Vista beta version?

    Q2: When I don't want to continue with the trial and wish to switch back to my current OS (Windows XP Pro - 32-bit), how should I do?

    I'm still a noob to Windows Vista. hehe...

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