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BETA: Microsoft made the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program available
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 08.06.06 - 11:11:24 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 20833x
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Okay guys, don't tell me later that I haven't warned you - this Windows Vista Version is a Beta only (even if it is a pretty good one already) - but as announced earlier, Microsoft made the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program reality now which is your chance to get Vista on your PC - for testing and developing.
Microsoft invites you to be among the first to experience the clarity that Windows Vista can bring to your world. The Windows Vista Customer Preview Program makes a pre-release edition of Windows Vista Ultimate broadly available to the public for the first time.

AGAIN: This is beta code and should not be used in a production environment or on a main machine in the home. Beta 2 is intended for developers, IT professionals technology experts and enthusiasts to continue or begin their testing of Windows Vista. Before you decide to use Beta 2, you should feel comfortable with installing operating systems, updating drivers and general PC troubleshooting (and I'm sure you will face some, at least I did). Some risks of using beta operating systems include hardware and software incompatibility and system instability. If you have concerns about installing this beta software on your computer, Microsoft encourages you to obtain the final release version of Windows Vista when it is available in early 2007.

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available in three languages (English, German, and Japanese) and in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. When you register for the Customer Preview Program you will receive the Beta 2 release plus Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) - the next major pre-release of Windows Vista - when it is available later this year.

The Customer Preview Program is available in a limited quantity both through download and DVD kit ordering. Once the allotted quantity has been reached the program will be closed and no new orders will be accepted!

There are two ways to get Windows Vista Beta 2:

  • Order the DVD kit and have it shipped to your home or office.
  • Download the ISO file to your PC and burn your installation DVD yourself (please note, you must be able to burn DVDs, a CD is not enough to get the setup burned)

And last but not least, you better check before, if your PC or Notebook might be Vista compliant or not. While the Beta 2 works fine on my Media Center PC, it wasn't working on my Notebook at all.

Cheers ~ Arne

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