Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers!

Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers!

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Today, Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Windows Vista RC2 to Technical Beta Testers, TAP Testers, and MSDN/TechNet subscribers. This new build of Windows Vista offers users a higher level of performance and stability – improving what was established in Windows Vista RC1. We were able to also fix many of your bugs reported from RC1 and implement them for RC2. Thank you to our beta testers for the bugs and feedback you submitted for RC1. The improvement shows as we raised our quality bar even higher!

Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just posted a special announcement letter of RC2 to Microsoft Connect for the Windows Vista Technical Beta Testers. I’d like to reproduce the letter here for all to read:

People asked for it, and here it is, Windows Vista RC2! We wanted you to be the first to get these bits; next week they’ll be available to a broader set of customers via MSDN and TechNet.

All your great feedback has helped us focus on nothing but bug fixes over the past month since RC 1 — each and every day. There are thousands of quality improvements since Windows Vista RC1. You’ll probably notice improvements in performance, application compatibility, as well as fit and finish work. We will continue improving quality until RTM. If you are an ISV, please use this build (certainly at least RC1 or later) to get certified. Visit for more information on logo certification.

You are integral to this creation and refinement process. We are just around the corner from RTM and shipping this great product to the world. This will be the last build made available prior to RTM, so please keep the feedback coming so we can hit the finish line. Thanks for your help in finishing the job!


I encourage you to download and install Windows Vista RC2. We’re almost finished with Windows Vista – RTM is almost here. Submit as many bugs as you can as we continue to work hard toward shipping.

UPDATE: Windows Vista RC2 is now available to Customer Preview Program participants for a limited time. If you’re in the CPP use these links to access RC2:

Download: Windows Vista RC2 (x86 and x64) English
Download: Windows Vista RC2 (x86 and x64) German
Download: Windows Vista RC2 (x86 and x64) Japanese


  • Is there a list of EPG supported countries? I'm in Argentina, a PAL/N country and also a DirecTV user. DirecTV in Argentina uses NTSC (you must have a multi-norm TV to use DirecTV here). I have an adaptec dual TV tuner (NTSC), but can't select Argentina as my country as vista reports the tuner doesn't support my country. Has this issue ever been reported to you guys?

  • Chris mentioned (have to give credit) that Vista RC2 was released today. The Vista team blog has posted...

  • Comme annoncé sur le blog de la team Windows Vista, la RC2 (5744-16384) est disponible sur Connect pour...

  • Wish I was a technical beta tester or technet subscriber....cant wait :-)

    keep up the good work!

  • Windows Vista Team Blog : Windows Vista ...

  • I'm an MSDN subscriber and don't see it listed in subscriber downloads. Is there a posting delay?

  • The link you posted doesn't work for me (page not found).


    works fine.

    I am downloading the 32-bit version now.  Hope "very soon" for the 64-bit version for another computer.

    Why is 64-bit always the step-child?  <g>

  • Oh, I just give up. Whilst trying to not talk about Google, yet again this week, I found me a nice little story about Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers and how it could be released...

  • Link to the CPP download fixed! I apologize!

  • Thanks to Claus, who must spend all his free time looking for freshly released software, we now know that build 5744 of Windows Vista -- a.k.a Release Candidate 2 -- is now available for public download. This is expected to...

  • RC2 English x64, German x86/x64 and Japanese x86/x64 are now available for CPP, too! (Even if the main post isn't updated yet and the posted link doesn't work..) :P

  • Still downloading the ISO's

    I noticed the download speed is extremely fast.

  • Will gladly test, and give input.

  • Thanks for the URL link correction! Am downloading now at great speeds. Very excited! I have been waiting since the posting earlier today! Greetings all from the end of the Earth (Middle Earth)..New Zealand for non LOTR Fans!

  • So has MS ditched FireWire?

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