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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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A Few Comments
By Ryan Smith on 6/7/2006 8:20:22 PM , Rating: 4
Our full preview won't be up until next week since we've got so much Comdex coverage coming the rest of this week(and I have a few tests left to finish), but here's a few comments Vista so far from what we've encountered.

1) It's still beta software, and not Google-beta either. Expect problems, crashes, and generally odd behavior. Debugging mode is also on, so RAM usage is high.

2) Gaming is fairly hard to do at the moment. Performance is fairly poor, especially when AA is turned on, and Nvidia and ATI have different quirks going on(CP and OpenGL issues). Creative doesn't even have full audio drivers for it

3) You'll probably want to disable UAC. It's great for security, but it's a bit sensitive at the moment and will likely get annoying quickly.

We'll have the full article next week.

RE: A Few Comments
By TomZ on 6/8/2006 10:57:15 AM , Rating: 2
It's still beta software, and not Google-beta either

If you mean to imply that Google beta software is bug-free, I think you should probably check out their Spreadsheet, which has lots of apparent bugs. How about Google Desktop - read any positive reviews of that in terms of stability/bugs? Obviously, I am expecting some bugs in beta software, but don't try to put Google in some class by itself in that way, because it is not reality.

In addition, I would say there is a large difference between the body of code that is Windows (hundreds of millions of lines of code) and Google's little web applets and small applications.

I don't mean to put down Google's efforts, but at the end of the day, they are just creating software, not unlike every other software company. They haven't figured out any revolutionary approach to developing software.

RE: A Few Comments
By Trisped on 6/8/2006 2:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
He means Beta has change from "in testing" mode to "in free advertising to limited customers" mode. This is a real beta, that means there is a chance something will go wrong. Penny Arcade posted once about a game beta they played that destroyed the partition on their hard drive (there by destorying all their data). Vista probably won't be that bad, but do expect problems that will be fixed before the offical release.

RE: A Few Comments
By Gnarr on 6/12/2006 7:55:26 AM , Rating: 2
Vista Beta 1 did destroy a partition on one of my harddrives :\ I always had to unplug that disk before running Beta 1 if I didn't wan't to lose my data. I haven't tested Beta 2 on that computer but I'm most certain MS has fixed it.

RE: A Few Comments
By raskren on 6/8/2006 11:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
The public Vista beta is not in "debug mode." This is a FRE build. Only the CHK builds are debug.

RE: A Few Comments
By Nekrik on 6/8/2006 1:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
you can still set the debug flag and hook a debugger up to it, just like setting the -debug flag in your boot.ini under XP

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