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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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System Slowing Power
By Sceptor on 6/7/2006 11:04:09 PM , Rating: 1
Not to hose my main box (Opteron)...I installed Vista on my "backup" Athlon XP 3200+ with 756MB ram...completely brought the system to its knees.

Not to impressed, considering its "supposed" to work on much less powerful Dell c/w onboard everything Celery systems. The Aero interface is mostly hype...not worth the upgrade.

RE: System Slowing Power
By vanka on 6/8/2006 2:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well Vista Beta 2 is a beta . The OS is running in constant debug mode, so it will take up more system resources. I have had no performance issues running the last Beta 1 build on a Pentium D 805 (2.66, not overclocked), 1 gig of RAM, and a 7600GS. The networking pissed me off so I swited back to XP; Vista would not aquire an IP from my router (had to be manually assigned) and I couldn't get my shares set up. Since the PC that I installed Vista on was my media server, I said screw it. I do like the updated GUI though, especially the sidebar.

RE: System Slowing Power
By raskren on 6/8/2006 11:28:10 AM , Rating: 2
Once again...

The public Vista beta is not in "debug mode." This is a FRE build. Only the CHK builds are debug.

RE: System Slowing Power
By Trisped on 6/8/2006 2:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
As noted in the post, this isn't like a Google beta (or even Blizzard beta) where it is pretty much done except for some polishing. Betas are usually un optimized, the check for errors, they keep logs, and they have poorly written code. The idea is to get a product that works out so it can be tested. While testing the programmers go through and clean up the code, simplify it, optimize it, and overall make it work better.

End the end I would expect the product release will be smaller, faster, and have fewer bugs/problems.
Also, remember that XP is suppose to run with 256MB of RAM. You can do that, but it really sucks.

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