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Vista development is in full swing

Microsoft is steaming forward with the development of Windows Vista. Just last week the company released an interim build, 5536, to beta testers. Today, the company has uploaded Vista RC1 for testers to try out. RC1 is available for users running 32-bit processors as well as x86-64 processors.

Seeing as how this is a major milestone for the development of Windows Vista, Microsoft Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin had a few words to say about the release:

You’ll notice a lot of improvements since Beta 2.  We’ve made some UI adjustments, added more device drivers, and enhanced performance.  We’re not done yet, however — quality will continue to improve.  We’ll keep plugging away on application compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM.  If you are an ISV, RC1 is the build you should use for certifying your application. The operating system is in great shape with RC1, but there’s still a lot of testing to do.  You’ve come through for us so far, and I’m asking you to once again put the pedal to the metal and send us feedback.  Windows Vista is going to touch hundreds of millions of lives all around the world.  Thanks for everything you’re doing to help us give them the best experience possible.

It should also be noted that Amazon earlier this weekend leaked pricing details for Vista along with a suggested January 30 launch date. The operating system will range from $199/$99.95 for Vista Home Basic to $399/$259 for Vista Ultimate (Full/Upgrade).

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I just installed 5536
By ChronoReverse on 9/1/2006 3:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
It fills me with some measure of rage that I've just finished installing 5536 to find that RC1 is released.

That said, my experience with 5536 has generally been extremely pleasant so far such that I don't feel a pressing need to install RC1.

So far it's been smoother than WinXP. I'm not concerned about the memory usage since it is not interfering with the loading of programs that I use. This just shows that the improve caching scheme in Vista is actually working.

This isn't even a high end machine. Pentium 4 3.0GHz w/HT. 1GB DDR2. Intel GMA900 graphics. Single 7200RPM hard drive. Vista runs like a charm though. No Aero Glass, but that's not a loss since Aero Basic has been polished up.

At this rate I am almost starting to believe that Vista may end up faster than XP on a machine above a certain watermark.

I hope MS does resolve or provide a method for compatibility of come programs. However, I'm not terribly worried about things like virus scanners and daemon tools. Those will need to be updated anyways to work properly with the new Vista driver model and APIs.

This is being posted using IE7+ (isn't that moniker supposed to be changed?) from Vista 5536 Business Edition. Someone else will have to report on games.

RE: I just installed 5536
By Brandon Hill on 9/1/2006 3:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC, these later builds of Vista can be "upgraded" to the newer builds. So I think that you can just install it over 5536 and keep your settings.

RE: I just installed 5536
By jfrjimenez on 9/1/2006 9:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
I got the 5536 build too, and when I did they gave me an email that all the pre-RTM builds are upgradable from previous builds, but the final release will require a fresh install

RE: I just installed 5536
By ZeeStorm on 9/1/2006 3:49:34 PM , Rating: 1
I haven't installed Vista yet, but I'm really thinking about doing so. I have a machine I use for strictly games, as it is my most powerful machine. It's been running smoothly with no problems on XP for quite a bit of time. Would you happen to say that your computer has been running *better* with Vista than XP? Do you notice better CPU consumption and management of RAM? My machine is a Athlon X2 4400+, 1GB Corsair XMS 3200, 7900GT, and 1 200GB HDD. If you notice any *real* gain, I'd sure be interested. Also, was it worth the time to install it? I don't want to install it, realize I'm not gaining anything, but instead losing functionality from my games, and have to uninstall it. I do use a program called Synergy for my keyboard/mouse to use on other computers. Do XP programs work flawlessly on Vista?

RE: I just installed 5536
By ChronoReverse on 9/1/2006 3:53:57 PM , Rating: 2
Some programs don't seem to be able to install properly in 5536 so I'd be very cautious about trying Vista if there's something in XP you can't live without.

As for memory usage, don't look at how much Vista uses. When you think about it logically, why should the memory usage be of any concern? Only if it's interfering with the programs you are using. Therefore, what you should look for is disk thrashing. For me, although Vista hovers between 40% and 70% memory usage no matter what I am doing, disk thrashing appears to be minimal.

RE: I just installed 5536
By jfrjimenez on 9/1/2006 9:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
Still have a few compatibility problems (PowerDVD 6 being the biggest issue for me). Thank God the WMP11 bugs have almost all been worked out. I only game with the Battlefield 2 demo and from what I can tell it usually works well (way better than Beta 2) but sometimes my machine gets studdery when playing it. I know it's a CPU issue because turning down the graphics seettings doesn't change anything. Most of the time it's very good, but if you're a big gamer I'd stick with XP for a little while longer...

RE: I just installed 5536
By ChronoReverse on 9/2/2006 3:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say they managed to introduce a most severe bug into WMP11 though; I don't seem to be able to play WMVs =(

RE: I just installed 5536
By Kuukko on 9/2/2006 8:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
I have the same problem, Xvids etc. work fine.

Otherwise 5536 is a huge improvement to Beta 2. Vista works almost as smoothly on my rather slow PC (AthlonXP 2600+ 1Gb ram 6600GT) than windows XP does.

RE: I just installed 5536
By Crazyeyeskillah on 9/2/2006 12:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
Gaming is stall garbage. Many games are either not compatible, crash, unstable, or take a 15-50% drop in performance. That's like buying a 500$ videocard that can only run at half speed. . .gg Vi$ta

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