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Almost installed Vista




Yeah, I almost installed Windows Vista.

Anton gave me his copy of Windows Vista Beta 2 which is part of Microsoft’s Customer Preview Program. He got it from the Microsoft CIO Summit he attended the other week (see Microsoft Loves you with Vista & Office at PTB).

He thought I might have good use of it since I just bought a new Core 2 Duo laptop. And I thought it would be fun to test it with my new rig.

So. there I was preparing the System Recovery disks (2 DVDs) before I upgrade to Vista. Been trying to finish the backup process but it failed at least 3 times. All this time, I was just staring at the 2 DVDs contemplating which one to install — the x86 32-bit version or the x64 64-bit version.

Windows Vista

I rarely read manuals and stuff and I always rely on on-screen wizards but because I was kinda frustrated with the repeated backups, I glanced on the inside cover of the DVD.

Then, I saw this — This is a time-limited pre-release software and will expire on June 1, 2007.

I stopped, canceled the backup and said never mind.

P.S.
The kit also contains a unique product key. Will I be able to use this with the final release? No? Okay….



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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10 Responses

  1. jun says:

    abe, i’ve tried vista beta 1, beta 2 as well as rc1 and rc2. it looks cool but don’t even bother. i guess i’m gonna wait for the first service pack to come along before upgrading. the product key will work only on pre-release versions. u can use it on a maximum of 10 pcs.

  2. ade says:

    Although I can’t wait for Vista to come out, I’m already an Ubuntu convert.

  3. Bob says:

    I installed Vista RC1 and tested it. After 2 hours I went back to my Mepis Linux install that was previously on the machine.

    Yawn!

  4. Kiven says:

    been running Build 5600 for quite a while now, with the newer builds on some of my machines. still a resource hog.

    take the rc for what it is, an evaluation version. i would never run it on a production machine but its fun to tinker with it on a side machine.

    take note that vista will be the future platform for PC gaming with dx10 and beyond (?) unless youre just into solitaire, minesweeper and ports of a handful of games.

  5. Carlo says:

    Windows Vista is quite good however, it’s really a memory hog. I installed it on my Desktop and while Idle it still consumes 512MB of memory. That’s really a hog. MS Office 2007 have many great features but then again it uses a lot of memory which causes the computer to slowdown.

    Microsoft already started shipping Vista to corporate customers. We already received an advice from M$ that they will be shipping our copy of Vista early December. I hope the final release is far better than RC1 & RC2.

  6. jun says:

    i also noticed a problem with networking. there were times when i couldn’t locate anyone on my network, weird, since i had no problem with xp before.

  7. jhay says:

    I’m with Ade, I can only imagine how the ordinary Pinoy could afford a system that is Vista-capable. The first time I saw the bare minimum specs, I nearly fell off my chair. It’s no different from building a high-end gaming rig.

    It’s a good thing there’s Ubuntu Linux. :D

  8. I’m sticking to Tiger. And I’m in eager anticipation for Leopard next year! :P

  9. Carlo says:

    Yup @jhay, Good thing there’s Ubuntu. The 6.10 Edgy Eft have great new features including th GNOME 2.16 :) Ubuntu stopped shipping free CDs but you can request for a small fee that will handle the shipping :D But still, a robust operating system that’s free!

  10. Miguel says:

    I downloaded the DVD image but backed out. Didn’t want to break my working PC.

    Instead I installed Ubuntu and Solaris.

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