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Windows Vista (Pre) Released Candidate 1




Got a YM message last night telling me that Microsoft is making available for download the Pre-RC1 of Windows Vista. This pre-RC1 build is available for a limited time – they will close the program when we reach 100,000 downloads.

After downloading, please install and test the build as soon as possible. Most importantly, if there is a crash, hang, or error – please make sure that you send the information back to us using the built-in Windows Error Reporting technology (a dialog box will display automatically). Sending this information is essential to helping us improve the overall quality of Windows Vista – and collecting this information is the primary purpose of distributing this pre-RC1 release.


Once you complete the download you must burn the ISO file to a DVD. If you don’t know if your DVD-burning software will support burning an ISO file, please refer to your DVD-burning software program and search “Help” for instructions on creating a disc from an ISO file.

I’ve already downloaded my copy which is about 2.6GB if ISO file waiting to be burned into a DVD. Problem is, I don’t have a DVD burner/writer. I think you can use some DVD drive emulater to be able to use and install this. Wanna try this out with my desktop and see how it fares.

See MS Vista download page here.



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

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5 Responses

  1. JP Loh says:

    I didn’t know that error reporting can be considered as technology.

    It’s good to know that they’re thoroughly testing it though. I hope that the people that will be testing it will try to find all the bugs and do some security auditing stuff.

    It’d be pointless if all these 100,000 downloaders just wanted to take a peek.

  2. Monsolo says:

    Got mine also. Because I have a VMWare Workstation, I can create a virtual desktop, create a virtual CD drive, point CD drive to the ISO file, and get it running.

    I strongly suggest creating a virtual machine to try this out. No need for dual boot. No worries of it corrupting your PC. T

  3. Marco says:

    Next thing you know, you’ve got people selling them down in Greenhills.

  4. jun says:

    i tried the vista beta 2 a few months ago. my system handled it well though i noticed that it hogged system resources a bit even when in idle. i run a 3 ghz system with 2 gb of ram so i was a bit surprised. anyways please tell me how the pre RC1 runs.

  5. jun says:

    i’m using vista rc1 now. aside from some incompatibilities everything looks good. hope you guys try it too.

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