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Well, here it is folks. After announcing the availability of Vista Beta 2 for developers and IT professional two weeks ago, the latest build is now available for public download.

MSBLOG reports that the English, German and Japanese builds are available in x86 and x64 versions. You will have to download the 3GB+ ISO file with a download manager provided by Akamai Technologies.

Considering that this is a huge software release for consumers, be sure to post in the comments sections about your thoughts/experiences/likes/dislikes about the new operating system. I've been using it for the past week and have generally been impressed so I'm eager to see what you guys think.

Updated 06/08/2006: Get your product keys here.

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By LazyBoyTony on 6/7/2006 8:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm tempted to download and install it.

I know that its a Beta version. Are there limitations on the software such as Trial periods. Will i need a product key?

Also, can you upgrade your existing windows XP while maintaining currently installed applications?

Thirdly, can you go back to winxp pro?

Let us know your experiences.

By armagedon on 6/7/2006 8:24:36 PM , Rating: 4
People familiar with Ghost (or other partition backup)can give it a shot easily. Just "ghost" your system partition before and you're set. You can then reformat it and install fresh the beta. You can go back to Xp the same way after.
Well, i think i'll do it...

By LazyBoyTony on 6/7/2006 8:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Good idea.

My C drive partition is 20g full, so i guess i can ghost it to my D drive and play. Anybody know if WoW works on vista? i can't be away from my raids for too long :(

By sandytheguy on 6/8/2006 2:55:19 AM , Rating: 2
You can not upgrade an XP install. Vista Beta 2 only allows a clean install. Vista does dual boot with XP though.

The first time I ran Beta 2 it was much better than I thought it would be from the screenshots.

By DEMO24 on 6/8/2006 10:03:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'll say it again. Thats not correct. To upgrade do the following: boot normally into XP>put vista cd in drive>upgrade

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