Windows Vista RC1 available

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 7, 2006
Updated • May 12, 2013
Windows, Windows Vista

Despite the latest rumors of postponing the released of the release candidate of Microsofts upcoming Windows Vista operating system, a download link pointing to the release candidate was made public earlier this day. Head over to Microsoft's official Windows Vista website and grab it while it is hot. The size of the release candidate is 3677 megabytes and available as an iso disc image. You will have to burn the iso to a dvd before you can install the new version.

Microsoft is offering a download manager on their website but I suggest that you use a different download manager that you normally use to download large files. Downloads are rather slow at the moment, probably due to many people accessing the website and downloading the release candidate. My speed differs between 400 and 1200 k per second at the moment.

If you are upgrading from Vista beta 2 read the following instructions:

Please install any Critical Updates from Windows Update before upgrading from Beta 2 to RC1. Go to Start, All Programs, Windows Update, and click the “Check for Updates button.

Update: Windows Vista has been released in the meantime, and after it two service packs for the operating system. In 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7, the successor of Windows Vista and it went downhill afterwards for the operating system.

Vista received lukewarm receptions mostly when it was first released, with reviewers criticizing the operating system's hardware requirements and sluggishness. Microsoft fixed many of the issues with the release of the service packs for the operating system, but it still paled in comparison to Windows 7 which the company released only three years after the release of Vista.

Vista users who have not done so can update their operating system via Windows Update to install the service packs which add security and stability to the operating system. The service packs are also available here on this official site.


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  1. Patrick said on September 11, 2006 at 12:10 am

    Well, no. It’s not a free release of Vista, it’s an update for Beta testers.

    Not silly at all…

  2. marcus said on September 8, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    problem with this ,is that if you’re not a beta tester,microsoft doesnt get you a key to test it…

    i got it and installed it on a test box and everything is fine except i have 14 days to activate…

    so i’ll just test for 2 weeks ?
    it’s a bit silly isnt it…

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