Windows Vista Beta 2 Now Available to the Public!!


Not much to say here except … “YAY!!!”

You can finally download the Vista Beta 2 bits by enrolling in the Customer Preview Program. Note that the WinFX Runtime Components (needed to run WinFX apps) are automatically installed in this Windows Vista build. Therefore, if you’re looking to just run WinFX applications on Windows Vista, installing Vista is all you need to do.


I would strongly suggest using the Get the Beta page to determine what to download and in what order as it covers the different scenarios – such as “I want to develop WinFX apps” , “I want to develop only native (non .NET) apps”, etc.


Also note that the links on the Get the Beta page are to the bits that are in alignment with Vista Beta 2.


Enjoy!
Tom

Comments (138)

  1. Mariano says:

    Well… YAY!!!! I’ve been looking forward to trying out Windows Vista, looks like I’ll be doing that this weekend. Thanks for your hard work!!

    Btw, since I’m posting, might as well ask this. When you say ‘develop native-apps’, is that saying you’ll be using the old Win32 API, VS using the WinFX one??

  2. tomarcher says:

    Mariano: The Windows SDK includes 7,000+ new functions for native (non .NET) development. WinFX is also a part of the Windows SDK.

    Therefore, whether you’re doing native or .NET development, you would download the Windows SDK. The main difference is that if you’re doing native development only,  you wouldn’t download the WinFX Runtime Components or any of the Visual Studio extensions for WinFX development.

  3. Avery Bray says:

    I’d Tried Windows Vista and I think it’s great1!!

  4. Avery Bray says:

    I’d Tried Windows Vista and I think it’s great1!!

  5. M Maner says:

    I tried the 5308 Beta and had no luck running Outlook 2007 with it, do you think that problem has been addressed & fixed?

  6. tomarcher says:

    M Maner: I don’t personally use the Office beta, but almost everyone on my team runs both the Vista and Office betas so the problems seem to have been ironed out. Having said that, remember these are still betas and not RTM products.

  7. rysermans says:

    i’m waiting before a month ago an i’m subscribed since 3mai i have recive a key and i want to download windows vista

  8. Ashish Sharma says:

    I would like to see the features of this new windows OS

  9. Raju says:

    vow, great work

    Windows vista rocks…….

  10. FrankCoyle says:

    I’ve been trying to get the download but the server seems to bug out every time.

    Shame, I’m looking forward to trying it.

  11. M. Goeppner says:

    Well, can i install my drivers and programs on Vista Beta 2 or will it not work?

  12. brian eardley says:

    installed vista on a second hard drive, runs great small amount of problems with drivers and compatibility with some programs other than that nice job Microsoft

  13. George says:

    I have done the registration process and confirmed thru the link sent to my email. I have NOT received the download link that was supposed to be sent once my registration was completed! Any suggestions??? All help greatly appreciated…

  14. Joseph Normandin says:

    I am having trouble downloading the Vista (Public offering)

    when I get to the download site. I am told access denied yet I received the keys for the installation. I have a pentium4 2,8 ghz,512 ram,cd,dvd – r and dvd r/w,3/5 floppy and a princeton flartscreen and also a hp5510 all-in-one printer scaner copier etc.

    Why?

  15. I am having trouble downloading the Vista (Public offering)

    when I get to the download site. I am told access denied yet I received the keys for the installation. I have a pentium4 2,8 ghz,512 ram,cd,dvd – r and dvd r/w,3/5 floppy and a princeton flartscreen and also a hp5510 all-in-one printer scaner copier etc.

    Why?

  16. Sudip Saha says:

    I tried several times to dwld windows vista. But i was unable to do that. can neone give me some link other than of microsoft to dwld windows vista. if u can pls mail me the link at sudip1819@hotmail.com

  17. Austin says:

    I am anxious to try this windows vista beta 2 release.  It’s my girlfriend’s computer that I presently use and I am hesitant to install this because of that.  She has given me the OK to install it but I don’t want to get myself into trouble should it not function properly.  

    Do I need to format the main drive to install this or is it written as an upgrade to windows xp?

  18. Ron says:

    where dou you get a product key

  19. curtisholness says:

    i downloaded office 2007 beta and it works great and i think the new layout it GR8!!!! but when i tryed 2 get windows vista it kept telling me 2 many people are trying 2 download it and after a while i got a message saying i have already had enough product keys??? i was confused onto what this meant, but as far as i know it means i cannot download windows vista πŸ™ this sucks i hope microsoft deals with this issue soon but untill then i guess i have 2 miss out :'(

  20. Steve Riley says:

    I tried to download the Vista Beta, but it failed, IE quit, and now I can’t get back to the page, it says it already gave me my limit of Vista Keys.  I don’t need any more keys, I need another opportunity to download it.  Can you change the web page so I can do that?  As a developer, I’d like to take a look at it.  Thanks!

  21. Rodrigo Augusto says:

    OK

  22. jc says:

    looks cool. be nice when everyone else catches up!

    no java support , no logitech support. nvidia video drivers no worky.hmmmmmmmm…… xp 64bit dejavue?

  23. Nathan says:

    WHy is the 64bit download only 13mb is this going to corrected when you download it off the public download page.

  24. James Shelley says:

    Ive downloaded the ISO and started the set up of the beta 2 version and the product key microsoft gave me over the internet does not work. Such a great start.

  25. Mike says:

    Got it.

    No luck with installing it. Hangs shortly after the color background appears.

  26. Ashley Woodgate says:

    I downloaded the Vista program and it keeped on coming up with error’s all the time and stopping at that point can you please write back to me telling me what Im doing wrong and how to fix the problem my Email is please write back and help me

    ashley_1971@doramail.com

  27. randy farley says:

    vista looks great and the security is awesome however i seem to have a problem with wmp only in vista it seems to flicker and theres this strange yellow bar mostly in the center but sometimes at the bottom. hope this info helps

  28. Ficeto says:

    I have both 32 and 64 bit versions running on my PC(X2 4400+/ 2GB /Dual 7800GT(no SLI for vista yet)/ Audigy2ZS), and I find x64 somewhat bugged. I experienced some grafical bugs and Vista drivers being incompatible (not very surprised since it’s 64bit), also did not see any performance gain compared to 32bit(actually I think that it runs slower). Other than that I like most of the new features, though it seems that I need to click one or two more buttons to get there(very anoyed) and the only way to make the experience smooth is to disable some security features(which by the way brings security alerts to my taskbar that I also have to stop, making it imposible to monitor the rest of the security features you have built in). Media center on the other side let’s you import media from shared drive, but does not let you specify folder inside, so I am forced to redefine my shared resources on my network so I don’t import all the images located in program folders and others.

    I’ll keep testing and posting as I go. I have planned installs on different platforms(notebooks, celerons, onboard graphics and such) and it looks like I’ll have to tweak the rest alot to make them somewhat fast.

    I also tested on level 3 PC (P4 3.2/ 1GB/ Radeon9800Pro) and was not happy with default settings(graphics were slow)

    Have fun testing….

  29. Raju (e-mail: tatituriraju@gmail.com) says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have downloaded the Vista beta 2 version. I have also written that on a DVD-R by using a sonic record now 7.3 version.When I start the installation process by clicking on the setup.exe file a small window pops -up saying E:setup.exe is not a valid in Win32 application.

    I have downloaded the file onto my drive into a separate folder called vista. It says the file 4 gb and when I go into my computer and look at the DVD-R disc icon it looks like an unrecognised program/format. when I click on the icon it opens all the folders etc, and when I click on the setup.exe  it gives error message as written above.

    Could you kindly help me.

    e-mail: tatituriraju@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance,

    Raju

  30. jason says:

    i am having a slow boot problem, visya says it is caused by usbccpg.sys but these things are to be expected.also i dont know if i can can get SLI to work on my vid cards

    6600 gt pci-e on a kn8-nf4 sli mobo.

  31. Barry F. Snyder says:

    Vista runs well and is relatively fast.  So far everything works except I cannot install Visual Studio 2005.  The Suite Integration Toolkit exe stops.  The tools for management and performance monitoring are great.  Setting up a small network was a breeze and I especially like the diagram.  All applications I have tried install and work without a hitch including WordPerfect and others.

  32. Timothy says:

    I just downloaded Vista beta 2 Not bad, I have had some issues with my printer but im working threw them. But I cant install the  problem-reporting tool. Has any one else having that problem.

  33. LaNCeL says:

    Thanks guys great job,I have just tried latest beta 2 perfect..

  34. Raj says:

    I have an MSI motherboard with an Athlon 64 processor and two BFG overclocked 6600 GT’s, and have not been able to get Vista to load except in safe mode so far (the 64 bit versions up to and including beta 2, and all 32 bit versions up to but not including beta 2, trying that now).  Is Vista prepared for AMD 64 processors, or are there some things that need to be addressed before we test on those types of systems?

    Thanks

  35. Barry G. Brown says:

    I just dnld both the x86 and 64bit versions of Vista build 5384.4 which says it is a dvd.iso file. However the size is only 320mb and 410mb. When I try to copy it to a dvd-r/+r/or +rw it tells me I have the wrong blank and requests a CD-R/RW. When I put the CDR in it says the block size is wrong to correct or ignore. I can only ignore before it will copy. It does finish the copy process.

    I then can start the process of installing Vista. It gets all the way to asking for the Key and after I put it in it says that it cannot read the windows image file. I have tried different dvd burners, different cdr burners with both the x86 and 64 versions of the iso file with the same effect.

    OK, I have set up several systems in my lab to test these beta versions.  There is probably a very simple explanation as to why I am having trouble with this. Can anyone tell what it is?

  36. The next version of Microsoft development framework that ships with Vista and has a down-level support…

  37. clifford hoffman says:

    where do we get driver support if the manufacturer doesn’t

    supply drivers?

  38. paulnorris says:

    I installed Vista this weekend.  Besides some driver issues with my wireless card and video card the install went very smoothly.  The new environment looks really smooth.  Is there an estimated dates for when drivers should be complete or is that completely up to the driver providers?

  39. Ue says:

    so far so good though sound ,updated by vista, is only working for some profiles and not others. side bar needs to be switched of then on after installing new or changing current programs in it.

    This is going to be a blast!

    Cheers Ue

  40. Ue says:

    so far so good though sound ,updated by vista, is only working for some profiles and not others. side bar needs to be switched of then on after installing new or changing current programs in it.

    This is going to be a blast!

    Cheers Ue

  41. paul says:

    i keep geting error [80070241] trying to install vista beta 2 any help please

  42. oumar says:

    i need to see vista

  43. pankaj says:

    I want to see whats special in vista

  44. D Bornyk says:

    Right On! I’ve been watching and waiting. So far I really like the Beta 2 of Office 2007, and Will be installing the Beta 2 of Vista very shortly.

    Good Job Microsoft, and thanks for making these Betas available.

  45. Frank says:

    Always nice to get an serialnumber for installation purpose

  46. Mike Hasson says:

    well I had a few hours to check it out and so far I like it,except for always asking for permittion to do a simple task….As for drivers I need 3 drivers,But the 2 I really need is my netgear drivers & my sound card drivers

  47. Randy Brooke says:

    I downloaded both the 32 bit and 64 bit windows Vista Beta

    2’s on Technet. I tried the beta and released trial versions of XP64 and after I got all the drivers working…downloading a 2 gig compact flash card (which on XP 32 bit takes 5 minutes on average) it took over 20 minutes…So I have no desire to buy XP 64.

    My problem is the confusion in being able to get the 25 character keys to install Vista Beta 2s….Why wouldn’t it be with the downloads or be received in an e mail or needed after it’s installation when I can get it up and running on the net????????

  48. Tommi ---Denmark says:

    i said,,great i think it,s great, and its work !!!!!!!!!!! great wel doon Microsoft

  49. Nicholas Hartofelis says:

    where can I get the activation number for the beta 2 of Vista? Please and thank you

  50. George Novey says:

    I want to be considered in participating for the windows vista download.

    Thanks

    George

  51. Toby says:

    I really fed up with the Microsoft Web page read every thing

    about Vista willing to try it and for the last hour and 30min I been going around in circus trying to find a link.  You don’t expect that from a company that going to charge nearly £300 for a interface…

    Now I think I up grade with Xnandro – at lest there web page is use able and the interface under £50.

    As for MS Office – like No Way! £300 Star Office is £60 and as better specs.  It’s a crazy world

  52. Eugene C. Braxton says:

    From what I have been researching this may solve some interesting security issues I have.

  53. gary davis says:

    would like to try it

  54. George Bailey says:

    I tried vista all the drivers for my hardware installed and run faultless,it is great

  55. hakan says:

    i want get  vista beta 2

  56. Madmonk_33 says:

    Its a great o’s, plus found most my win xp  programs still run on vista

  57. stéphane says:

    good

  58. stephane says:

    very good

  59. Ron Connor says:

    PAINFULLY SLOW with a celeron processor:(

  60. Ken Thurston says:

    I would check your newsgroup comments for this product. No one can download it to their boxes for some odd reason…There are two general error codes that are coming up quite frequently that need to be addressed. I am well within the requirements myself to use the Beta product and I can’t get it to install. Not to a bare drive, over XP Home or as a second partition. So, far.. I think it sucks. Work out the problems so others can see if they are going to like it. It would be nice to have a successful Beta for good comments. I won’t give one at this point.

  61. Jeffrey says:

    would probably like vista more if I could get the sound to work.  Problems with the integrated sound card and getting drivers for it.  I have an Intel 865PERL board and need ADI Codec  and soundmax drivers that will work with vista.

  62. vishwas says:

    Dear Sir,

    As I understand, the future o/s is Win Vista with BIOS EFI and old DOS bios would be outdated. My question is, If I buy a PC with DOS bios now, will I be able to install the EFI bios if the Motherboard has compatible hardware?

  63. vishwas says:

    Dear Sir,

    As I understand, the future o/s is Win Vista with BIOS EFI and old DOS bios would be outdated. My question is, If I buy a PC with DOS bios now, will I be able to install the EFI bios if the Motherboard has compatible hardware?

  64. A. Gravel says:

    I took me 20 minutes to get used to the new look and feel. Vista adapts very well to different configurations to upgrade or for a new install. I first tried beta 5384 on differetn machines and found that it is happy with at least 1 GHZ of memory. Would I run to purchase the 32 Bits version, no. But, I would for the 64 Bits the speed of execution is awsome. But it still the ODBC for Access is not present.

    Drivers are still missing, in my case, it does not recongnize my Firewire ports, my Audigy sound card.  My video card  a NVIDIA Quadro FX got a boost ! The colors are brilliant and the definition is outstanding.  Thank you for your work and for the opportunity.

  65. Teboho says:

    I’ve been graving for this moment of using Win Vista

  66. another person says:

    Not bad looking but sad the beta isnt compatible with certain softwares or hardwares I have. hopefully that changes.

  67. Maxime says:

    Will installing Vista get rid of all my hard drive memory if I install it on XP? Will Windows Vista install on windows 98 SE?

    Thanks

    -Maxime

  68. Paul Stone says:

    I received the DVD from Microsoft last night and the install would hang and then give a stop error…(yes, I ran the checker program and it liked my system.).  I was excited about seeing the new OPSYS but just don’t have the time to play with it…bummer.  

  69. Rajesh Babu says:

    This is an excelent job done by Microsoft. And I’m very much happy to see the updates.

    Once again thanks to Microsoft

  70. Rajesh Babu says:

    This is an excelent job done by Microsoft. And I’m very much happy to see the updates.

    Once again thanks to Microsoft

  71. george a davis jr says:

    where can i get a name to put in the ipswitch and password

  72. Cuauhtemoc Chamorro says:

    I am very excited to have a chance to preview the latest from Microsoft. Unfortunately I am encountering an issue that (if the MS forums are any indicating) are impacting others too.

    I am using a DVD ordered directly from Microsoft so that likely rules out issues with ISO or daemon and all that. No matter what I tried, it locks up right after I enter the Product Key. This includes:

    Install from XP SP 2

    Install from XP SP 2 in safe mode

    Enable/disable search for updates

    Enable/disable Activation during the Install

    I beta tested Windows XP and the installation experience I had was smooth sailing. Usually Microsoft betas are very robust, but lately (e.g., WMP 11) the installation routine itself appears to have issues more akin to an alpha release. If we can’t get it on our systems no matter how great the OS is it doesn’t do us any good… Microsoft, please help!

  73. Cuauhtemoc Chamorro says:

    I am very excited to have a chance to preview the latest from Microsoft. Unfortunately I am encountering an issue that (if the MS forums are any indicating) are impacting others too.

    I am using a DVD ordered directly from Microsoft so that likely rules out issues with ISO or daemon and all that. No matter what I tried, it locks up right after I enter the Product Key. This includes:

    Install from XP SP 2

    Install from XP SP 2 in safe mode

    Enable/disable search for updates

    Enable/disable Activation during the Install

    I beta tested Windows XP and the installation experience I had was smooth sailing. Usually Microsoft betas are very robust, but lately (e.g., WMP 11) the installation routine itself appears to have issues more akin to an alpha release. If we can’t get it on our systems no matter how great the OS is it doesn’t do us any good… Microsoft, please help!

  74. Mark says:

    Having Windows Vista Beta 2 available for download is nice,

    but the fact that it hangs upon installation on both machins, is not  so promising. After "Loading files" it simply hangs in a blue/greenish screen, with only a mouse pointer to move around.

  75. esto says:

    good…………

  76. H. Allen says:

    I Ordered the Vista Cd and I’m getting ready to Install It on my Athlon 64 Bit Laptop , I just need a lot more info about this Os that is supposed to support 64Bit apps.

  77. Rinal says:

    Windows Vista ships with .Net Framework 3.0 and many API for native Application Development.

    Is there any support in .Net Framework 3.0 available for platform compliance other than Windows or developed Application will run only in Windows?

    Are there any changes or improvements applied to β€œNGen” SDK Tool which generates Native Images?

    I think the experience with .Net Framework 3.0 and new components like WCF WPF WWF will be very exciting

  78. Rinal says:

    .Net Framework 3.0 developed application will be able to run on platform other than Windows.

    Is there any tool or component available for that?

    With .Net Framework 3.0 are there any improvements to NGen (SDK tool)?

    I think It would be the exiting experience to develop application with .Net Framework 3.0 which also has some new components like WCF WPF WWF.

  79. Paul Ogle says:

    Installed Vista on a brand new pc. Some items take a little longer to find ie sounds are now audio,and no right click properties. No compatible drivers for on board video,so i may install an ATI card and test that. Beautiful looking desktop,and it looks greater on a flat panel monitor. Now if microsoft would only come out with Halo2 for pc,i would be really happy. So much for that,now back to testing this bad boy.

  80. Jim says:

    I tried it and it has no native support for the D-Link DWL-G520+ wireless PCI card.  It sucks!!!!!!!!  At least I got two new coasters from the "user experience" program.  

  81. Zippo says:

    A lot of people I have encountered had .net and SDK Tools on their personal PCs simply because it was an available download, not having a clue about what a runtime was or even knowing anything at all about development of software products…it would be funny if it were not so sad.

    I think the sort of ‘open source code’ feel of what is being proposed for the gadgets in the sidebar is rather nice, sort of like Mozilla is nice and sort of homey. For certain a lot of great ideas will arrive from unexpected places…the teenagers for one, maybe a few of them will hack instead of crack?

  82. sherman bird says:

    i have tried to install vista on my pc for about 5 hours it won;t  reconize my product code on my media 2005 pc        what is the problem

  83. bobmerritt says:

    Received the public beta DVD today – installs easy enough – but there’s not enough drivers to even begin an evaluation.   NO NIC – NO Wireless therefore no network!

  84. chakib says:

    Sir Tom Archer,

     I don’t speek English very well, but I need to student program c++.

     Si vous pouvez m’envoyer des cours simples pour m’aider à lire et comprendre le language c++ sur ma boite ( khalil.chakib@caramail.com), je serai heureux et merci  

  85. johnl976@cox.net says:

    I tried Vista Beta 2 build 5308, I havn’t navigated all the bells and whistles yet but Practically all the device drivers I needed have been lost. Is there a way to revert to the previous version of Windows XP? I really need to un-install Vista right now.

  86. psyphen says:

    I’m amused so many people expect so much from a public beta release πŸ™‚

  87. Jamie McAuslane says:

    Great if I could get it onto my hard disk!!!! Yeah have looked on the forums and tried every conceivable method to get it to work…..regardless still get the now famous 80070017 error….. surely you guys should of sorted this issue b4 releasing the Beta…. I now have 3 hard disks formatted in ntfs with no operating system on…. PAH!!! I’m going back to win 98se and suse 10.1…. JJ….not amused I have wasted about 10 hours faffin about :-((

  88. 8ball says:

    Works fine, nice features. Kind of like a Mac, linux and firefox melted into one. Like all the features. We’ll see if the final release comes with media center.

    Works great on all kinds of systems I have. Nice security features πŸ˜‰

  89. Bill FRates says:

    not to be mean but the SOB POS will not actovate at all and tech support would not help sez must pay for DVD to be ordered had no cluse about download off web site and i am verry upset with this vista XP SP3 worked better sence it had Vista on it and XP SP3 on it fully modded so that it wouldn’t BLUE screen and all the other stuff better off useing Linux

  90. Vince Dixon says:

    Vista works just great after getting my network card working,  Vista did not have a driver for my Linksy Etherfast 10/100 Card Version 5.1.  Downloaded the latest driver from Linksy and Vista install it just fine.

  91. James Hynes says:

     I installed Vista on what I thought was a pretty hot Dell, and ran into issues within 24 hours. It won’t let me install my camera, which is a Mercury, and about as generic as you can get. It doesn’t like the drivers for it, and there’s no newer ones. My other 2 biggies are 1) while I can install the printer all I want ( Lexmark X1100 series), I cannot use it because it cannot communicate with my computer for some reason. 2) Some apps that I run, and online stuff I use and go to require me to have Java environments installed. When I install it, I immediately run into a whole bunch of probs, the most irritating being that I suddenly lose ALL access to the net except msn messenger. While this works for my wife, for her chats, it does not work for me, as Java is needed. Can anybody out there help me figure out this problem? I’m in Kitchener, Ont., and I’ve already baffled a couple of local services here…any help would be appreciated, and in return, I can provide a good AntiVirus that works for Vista. E-mail is badbones34@hotmail.com.

  92. Kam Leo says:

    Downloaded, burned, and installed  the x64 version. I’m totally underwhelmed by this release. Performance was dragged down by the VESA graphics driver. My test system is stuck with the generic VESA driver because the manufacturer of the onboard graphics adapter has not released a driver for this OS. (A driver for XP_64 is available so why not one for Vista?) Since this is a Beta 2 and not an Alpha release I expected manufacturers would also have their drivers available for testing. If I had known the about the lack of hardware support I would not have wasted the time downloading this release.

  93. sarath says:

    its nice…amaizing

  94. zippy says:

    I tried installing Vista onto an external hard drive connected via USB port. It starts to install fine. Then is says the computer will restart several times. How many is several times? It restarted at least 10 times before I manually shut off the computer. Any ideas?

  95. TomThumb says:

    Yes, this is a Beta release.  However, Windows itself is a product that has been in generations of development since the 80s.  In terms of visual effects, Microsoft has finally gotten their act together.  However, when running this release, it feels like we are back to Windows 95 in

    terms of usability and compatibility.  My USB drives don’t work, MP3 player doesn’t work.  My pocket PC won’t work. I’m running ALL BRAND NAME HARDWARE such as Intel CPU and chipset, ATI, Creative, etc… you would think that after all these years, support for these devices should be standard out of the box even during a beta release.  Its kinda like a Ford or Dodge pickup.. after all these years, you’d think they have gotten some of the bugs out.  Why not concentrate on things that really matter instead of what color the task bar is.  The installation took over 3 hours on a P4 3.4 GHz.  If they don’t build LOTS more hardware support and speed into this thing, its going to  be a marketing flop for the end user.  At least it was for me.  

  96. Jerry says:

    I ordered Vista on DVD.  it loaded great and works great with the exception of Norton Anti Virus 2006.  It says it is not compatible.  Is there anything I can do or do I need to try and find another AntiVirus software.

  97. andrew robinson says:

    I’ve been running vista ultimate beta 2 on my wifes pc and shes being using day in day out for surfing the web playing music and she has had no problems with it im very impressed with the visual style and features cant wait till it is released proper

  98. Gregtheguy says:

    Does installing Vista erase XP, or does it partition it or write over it? It seems they have stopped letting people download it… If not, tell me how I can.

  99. spartis says:

    Vista does rock but when end of year comes they should have the drivers and programes sorted wich will so kick ass

  100. Hei says:

    It is very beautiful.

    But I want to ask "is it slow?"

  101. Philip says:

    Anyone have a product key they can give me. Would really like to try vista beta 2. Would be greatly appreciated.

    Philip@consultant-solutions.com

  102. Alan Gray says:

    I find this version of Vista great, sure it has some parts that are still in development but is a great step forward.

    I have had no problem installing and running the 32 bit version, its better to do a clean install from the dvd.

    If you missed the beta, see if u can find a friend who didn’t as the key works on up to 10 PC’s.

  103. i have uesing windows vista beta 2, i think its great for everone. good

  104. John says:

    Hi,

    I have an ASP (not an ASP.NET) application accessing Sql Server 2005 database installed in Vista Beta 2 (Build : 5384). I am unable to access my application in server. UAP is blocking my application. I dont want to change system level UAP configuration using msconfig or secpol.msc.

    Can any one suggest me some idea to change application level UAP configuration, so that I can access by ASP application.

    Thanks in Advance.

    -John-

  105. Paul Stone says:

    I did some memory and HDD upgrades and Vista finally loaded.  The front end looks great and there are a lot of NICE features.  My problem was that it didn’t like my webcam and scanner and the manufacturers (Logitech and Epson) will not provide support for Vista Beta.  Vista did "configure" itself so that my camera would work, but did nothing for the scanner.  The XP drivers for these items then started causing STOP errors.  I could have easily removed these drivers and Vista would have probably been rock solid, but these are the two devices I use the most, so I went back to XP.  Microsoft should realize that the manufacturers will not provide drivers prior to release and include generic drivers for common devices like cameras, scanners, printers, etc. from the most common manufacturers like Logitech, Epson, and HP.

  106. noxiik@gmail.com says:

    Hello all,

    If anyone have a key that he doesn´t need, please can you send me it?? Somebody told me that one key can be use on more machines (he say 10), can someone send me it, please?? If you registered i cant steal your key!

    Thanks to all

    noxiik@gmail.com

  107. Quaark says:

    I love it. Have experienced a problem installing a printer but for now I am successfully printing over a network. Thought I had a strong computer but it seems a bit low end with Vista on board. On the plus side it works well, a bit buggy at times, security features are excellent and UI is slick a la Mac OSX but more complex and less friendly. The constant requests for permissions are a bit annoying but my Mac gives me the same grief so all is forgiven. All in all a great product.

  108. mike says:

    vista is great. i am running it on a 1.8ghz laptop with 704mb of sys ram, with a 64mb vid card, (no aero πŸ™ ) and its running great, only problem ive had is media center/playing videos is crappy right now. besides that it runs super smooth for me, with 1 gb of ram i think it would run great, if u have under 700mb of ram it will run pretty slow as it uses 380-450mb of ram to just run depending on what u have loaded up

  109. Akash says:

    It’s Best of all.

  110. S.Arjun says:

    Thank u for releasing it to public .

  111. Christopher says:

    Anyone have a Product Key that you can email it to me, please? Also anyone know How and Where I can get my own Product Key for Windows Vista Beta 2 ?

    During the installation, do I need to enter the Product Key or I can install without the Product Key?

    I really appeciate your help. I would like to try this Windows Vista Beta 2 A.S.A.P.  I already downloaded the ISO Image and burn it into a DVD.

    christopher802@gmail.com

    Software Engineer – .NET Developer

  112. Dune Heishman says:

    Philip, here is a S/N for you: BVW7-2Q9TX-KDHP9-9B98J-439WT.

  113. kikker46 says:

    I find it verry strange that when I install the Windows SDK I got not a problem anymore with my hyperthreaded CPU. The pages provides for Vista beta 2 however make my problem worse. And I need to reinstall the Windows SDK every time to "solve" my CPU problem. The CPU problem is very clear when I open Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express….

  114. Mrinmoy Bhattacharya says:

    Firstly, the visual experience in Vista is very pleasing and the installation was very smooth athe first attempt. But, I was utterly frustrated to see that the MSOffice 2007 beta could not be installed. Installation starts smoothly but after some time it declares a error 1935………. and the it starts rolling back. I tried several times and every time the same thing happens.The matter is reported thru’ their problem reporting system and they are yet to submit any solution/update. Same thing happens about updating some of the updates.

    Then, there seems to be quite a bit of problem of compatibility of legacy software. Under XP I never felt any problem with any of the earlier software. All the softwares. those were made for XP only, should have been compatible with Vista.

    It seems that Microsoft wants that along with the Vista OS one should change the machine (if one wants to exploit the full potential of it) and application softwares. Look and feel are not the last thing; functioning only will show. As somebody commented that he will go in for Vista after may be two years or so.

  115. gsaravin says:

    i think that vista should work well in the 32 bit atrchetecture but will not work properly in the 64 bit architecture due to known issues both hardware & software related.

  116. Chandra Sekhar says:

    Hi,

    Can you please help me in developing graphs and charts using WinFx june CTP.

    Are their any tools for doing the same?

    i have to create some charts using Avalon

    Thanks in advance for help,

    Regards,

    Chandra Sekhar.

    gchanduu@gmail.com

  117. Hasan Asad says:

    I could not find a way to get the product key, can someone send it to me on my email hasan.asad@hotmail.com.

  118. Rob says:

    I would like to try Vista Beta 2, but I don’t have a product key. If someone could please give me the product key, it would be most appreciated.

    cybervader@hotmail.com

  119. Brad W. says:

    Anyone have a spare product key. I have downloaded the ISO but do not have a product key for Vista x64

    Thanx

    Brad

    mojavekroc@msn.com

  120. Jimmy Skaria Abraham says:

    I tried for the download, but its showing that its not available now for the public. So If any of u can help me in getting a copy for one for a try this wonderful product, please do the help for me.

  121. I have problems with installing driver for my HP devices. Camera – Printer – Scanner and my Logitech webcam. Can enyone help me?

    Carsten

  122. Steve says:

    Installed WinVista on my partitioned Dell, the install went fine but then (after an hour) I lost all visual settings and it crashed. I tried to uninstall from the partition and remove WinVista but it corrputed my WniXP Pro after about 4hrs of trying everything I’ve ended up with a clean install of WinVista – lost everything in the process too and I mean everything…

    It does look great and feels great to use too, my printer no longer works HP All-in-One and I keep getting asked for a driver on each startup, for something I dont have… the only other downside is Virus Protection on install WinVista OS alerts state there is no protection and recommends PC-illin v 14 for Vista but it 2 is Beta nad doesnt load, Norton didnt like WinVista to start with or visa versa….

    Anyway once all the bugs are sorted and the drivers are there it will be great!

  123. guillermo says:

    I love it

  124. Dan says:

    I am trying to install vista on a system with SCSI drives. Will Vista recognize the drives or I need the drivers for them? Will the drivers used for WInXP or W2K3 work ?

  125. Gustavo Weber says:

    I have problems with installing driver for my HP devices. Camera – Printer – Scanner and my Logitech webcam. Can enyone help me?

    Carsten

  126. Spiny Norman says:

    Seems MS has closed the download pages, is there anyother site I can download Vista Beta from ?

  127. naveen kumar says:

    dear sir,

               

                 i am succesfully download windows vista64bit.but i have a small problem to installing windows vista.so plz give me a small notes how to install windows vista by step by step.my name is A.NAVEEN KUMAR from VIJAYAWADA.

    . and also plz give me a vista32bit version also.thanking u sir

                                                     your’s faithfully,

                                                     A.NAVEEN KUMAR.

  128. Roman120 says:

    I have problems with my installation no errors pop out its just  the instalation goes slow and everytime i move my mouse to fast or write the cd key to fast it freezez  i need help can some one explain my pc info

    amd athlon 2200 1.6GHz

    512ram

    GeForce 6200oc   AGP.256mb DDR

    and MSI K Mainboard

  129. Steve L. says:

    I’m finally getting prepared to install the public release.  I downloaded the 4gig DVD iso and made 2 extra backup copies just in case I misplace a disk.  No problems with that, but I have misplace the product key they emailed me.  If anyone out there doesn’t want to use Vista anymore, could you please email me your key so I can test it out?

    Other than that small issue, I’m all ready to install.  I have even set up a box with two newly (low level) formatted disks.  That way I can install on both (dual boot) in case I want to tip toe through the experience.

    If anyone can help, please do.

    Thanks,

    BigDog@cfgdr.org

  130. Speck863 says:

    When Nvidia releases drivers with SLI support I’ll start using Vista. I bought two 7900GT’s and it reads "SLI ready" and "Built for Windows Vista" on the outside of the box. Come on Nvidia!!! Make with the drivers…

  131. joe says:

    what does every body think of the shell no dos in the system  humm sound a lot like  kde and unix lol

  132. Cratcher says:

    i tried it and works fine but is one problem: I don’t have 5.1 sound on my Soundmax integrated audio. It works in 1 channel and that is not good… I want to know if i can find any driver!!! If i don’t i must buy a soundcard compatible.

    Anyway Vista is a great OS!

  133. Giovanni Lugo says:

    Hello everyone i signed up for the beta experience and recieved my dvd and key from microsoft. I ran into a problem my key wont work is there anyone who could give me theres please, it would be much apreciated.

  134. joe says:

    can someone help me…

    i want crack for windows vista beta 2..

    because my vista 2 have 13 trial day..

    please..

    someone help me….

  135. HELP says:

    when i run setup.exe

    i get an error message saying

    this is not a valid win32 application

    anyway to fix this?

  136. Helen says:

    Well ive just got a new laptop today..and windows vista is already on.I tried putting paint shop pro && my webcam on it but no luck! I not buying a new one when theres nothinh wrong with the one ive got.So please help me so that they both work