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Windows Vista CPP Closure Looms

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Now that most of you have had the opportunity to request a PID for Windows Vista Beta 2 and download the image itself, it’s time to learn from you what works and what doesn’t work for you in this release.  (You have requested your PID already, haven’t you?)  We’re very proud of Beta 2 – justifiably, IMHO – and the advances that have been made since the major release preceding it, which most of you know of as build #5308.  (BTW, beta 2 is build #5384.4.)

 

Do bear in mind that there have been other releases of Windows Vista since the CPP (Customer Preview Program, also known as “Beta 2”) was released in late May at WinHEC.  These versions are not available to the general public and have not undergone the same rigorous testing passes as a beta-qualifying release.  However, if you’re interested in participating as a beta tester, you just might be able to join the program and get your hands on these interstitial releases.  So, depending on the version you’re using at the moment, some features and scenarios will be enabled and others may not, so as ever, caveat emptor and your mileage may vary (hey, it’s still a beta!).  But whatever that may be , we’d love to hear from you about what your experience has been.  What’s the good?  The bad?  The ugly?  You can let us know in a couple of ways:

 

Windows Vista will be the product that you need it to be only if you make your voice heard.

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  • Ok, so if it were *possible* to sign up for the next releases of Vista via Connect, I would more than gladly do so (as I use Connect to Beta-Test other MS Applications. However, it's not shown as an potion for me. Going to send me an invitation? :)

  • Same here - noy an option for me.
    An invite would be gratefully received.

  • I'm hoping you might be able to find out why the Mobile Device Center Update causes the application to blow up when you attempt to run it on Vista x64. Below is what I've determined, but I can seem to find out what COM object it's missing and why.

    I've tracked my COMException issue when trying to run WMDC after the sync
    upgrade to the WindowsMobileForeman class.

    Does anyone know what com object this is referencing or can someone lookup
    this class id and see which dll it points to?
    EE05EDE6-97CF-4D00-9B20-AD9EC0B45108

    Error I Get:
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040154): Retrieving the COM
    class factory for component with CLSID
    {EE05EDE6-97CF-4D00-9B20-AD9EC0B45108} failed due to the following error:
    80040154.
      at Microsoft.WindowsMobile.DeviceCenter.Program.Main()

    Class definition that points to it.
    [ComImport, TypeLibType(TypeLibTypeFlags.FCanCreate),
    ClassInterface(ClassInterfaceType.None),
    Guid("EE05EDE6-97CF-4d00-9B20-AD9EC0B45108")]
    public class WindowsMobileForeman
    {
    }

  • Hi!
    I would be glad to participate in the program...
    However, I do not see Windows Vista option in the Connect site.
    Is a special invite necessary for participating?
    If so, can I get an invite?
    Email : pavan.murali@gmail.com

    Thanks,

  • I also would like to participate but do not see Vista listed ... ehendley@comcast.net

  • Beta two is pretty good for me. One show stopper bug is the SPI problem, where 98% of all internet traffic does not work on beta 2 unless I disable my hardware firewall completly.

  • I am very much interested in the beta program, but as other guys have mentioned I couldn't find a link to vista in the available connections. Anway my PC seems to be regulary sending error reports and this obviously should be useful :-)

    Feedback:
    I have installed vista on acer notebook and overall its working fine. But I do have problems with Hibernate/Sleep and other shutdown mechanisms.

    Ez antivirus freezes Vista.

    Many times vista freezes and the only option I have is to forcefully shutdown and restart. I am not sure why the usual Ctrl+shift+esc doesn't invoke the Windows Task manager. If this was available, atleast I could kill the non responding task.

    The other thing I observed in Windows Task manager is that the process information doesn't match with the data displayed in performance tab. Once my PC CPU usage shot up to 100% and I could find the process which was consuming CPU. Every process seemed to show "00" !!

    I overwrote my WinXP while installing Vista (didnt go for dual boot), but since many programs like VPN(My VPN service provider doesn't recognize vista) etc are not working, I wanted to go for dual boot. But none of the partition tools seem to be working with Vista. Then I tried the "Shrink" option in Disk Management under MMC. Unfortunately the tool was not able to shrink the primary partition !!

    Overall, I am impressed by Vista and look forward for more support by 3rd party application providers.

  • It's great the they decided to cap the number of users downloading vista since untech'd will think that it's just 'another buggy product' not understanding the term beta (due to Google being 'beta' for years).

    Problem is that I got a PID, was going to install and noticed that I can't find it...  And it seems that they decided to take out the entire login area of the site so that you can't look up the pid either!

    Anyone happen to know a place to lookup your pid at?

  • Well I just took the leap and removed IE7 as default browser and installed Firefox on my Vista Beta 2 install and I have to say the whole Vista experience is dramatically better. IE7 is really really bad for me ... faulty rendering on a lot of pages making them unreadable, whole screen flickering with any flash content, flickering when entering text in forms, and really really slow. Blech. Maybe beta 3 is better, but it's not available for Vista. :-(

  • Joshua Hudson,

    What SPI issue are you referring to?  Certainly Windows Vista 2 can use Internet traffic without shutting down the firewall.

    Jason Leznek
    Sr. Product Manager
    Windows Vista Networking

    jleznek@microsoft.com

  • Hey guys,

    I'm also interested in trying the Windows Vista beta builds that are not released to the public. I'm currently in the Customer Preview Program and I've been reporting many bugs I find when trying out and experimenting different features in Windows Vista. Overall, Windows Vista has improved alot since the previous Windows. The biggest change I found in Windows Vista is the new user interface. It's very clean, sleek and sharp. I really like it!

    I would like to ask if I can receive an invitation to try the newer Windows Vista beta builds in Connect. I would like to help Microsoft not only to satisfy me, but everyone who uses it to remember, this is the best operating system ever!

  • I have been watching Longhorn develop into Vista for years. I really wanted to test Vista, to submit feedback etc etc. But Microsoft have not been easy with me. I just found your blog (oh, btw I am now a proud Windows Vista Beta 2 tester), and I thank you for making things easy.
    I would love to apply to join the Vista Beta though Microsoft Connect.
    I feel privlaged to even have the offer there! I was really excited when I installed Vista. And I would love to feel that again by helping you guys bring out a truly powerful and stable operating system.
    My email is: soulthirst@gmail.com. Thank you :)

  • >Hey guys,

    >I'm also interested in trying the Windows Vista beta builds that are not released to the public. I'm currently in the Customer Preview Program and I've been reporting many bugs I find when trying out and experimenting different features in Windows Vista. Overall, Windows Vista has improved alot since the previous Windows. The biggest change I found in Windows Vista is the new user interface. It's very clean, sleek and sharp. I really like it!

    I would like to ask if I can receive an invitation to try the newer Windows Vista beta builds in Connect. I would like to help Microsoft not only to satisfy me, but everyone who uses it to remember, this is the best operating system ever!

    Ah... I forgot to include my email address: breakdown.720@gmail.com. I'll thank you very much if you send the invitation. Please remember that I will report every single problem I see with Windows Vista beta.

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