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Windows Vista pre-RC1 ISO file for 100,000 downloads only


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Thank you for your interest in Windows Vista.

Note: After downloading, you will need to obtain a Product Key from this Windows Website.

http://www.microsoft...dy/preview.mspx

There are two installation scenarios for Windows Vista Beta 2 (and RC1):

You can do a clean installation. This process will overwrite any data that you have on your hard disk or on your installation partition. The overwritten data will be lost and unrecoverable.

You can upgrade an existing installation of Windows XP.

No other installation scenarios are supported. Upgrading to this beta from any other edition of Windows requires a clean installation, as described in option 1.

In addition, once you install Windows Vista Beta 2 (or RC1) you cannot roll back to the previous operating system installation—you will either have to acquire and install the final released edition of Windows Vista or reinstall a previous edition of Windows. Before installing Windows Vista Beta 2 on any computer, please remember to back up all your files.

Note: Please close any open applications before beginning an upgrade. During installation we recommend you have an active Internet connection and choose to “Go online to get the latest updates for installation.”



This page

http://download.wind...n/download.html

includes information to help you download the Windows Vista pre-RC1 ISO file. This pre-RC1 build is available for a limited time – we 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.

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am i missing something? that file comes up as 907 bytes...can't be right?
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Unless thats like direct x web installer, on the right there is an option to use the browser
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no..i used the dl manager...and the .iso file in the location where i saved the thing...is coming up as that size...i'm checking the hash
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mine is 2.58 Gigabytes
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It does currently exist

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i'm going to assume that it does indeed work..but every time i've clickified the thing...it comes up tiny...let me try without the DL manager
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works without the dl manager...i wonder why they went with the akamai DL manager instead of the microsoft one that they've been using for the rest of the vista project?
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This is how mine looks...
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Edited by sarahw, 29 August 2006 - 07:31 AM.

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the DL manager looked exactly like that...it just hit 100% it 907b
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i just hit 25%, I'm downloading at 64kbps. :whistling: Not good for 8Mbps cable
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it claims to have a 7 to 8 hour Dl time on mine..but i can't leave that dl running all day...i'm not the only one on my connection..
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Finally I can download the ISO
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Sometimes restarting gets a quicker link, as long as you get it though

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no cd key required?
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