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Windows Vista Beta 2 Build 5456 is now available for download!
Posted by Arne Hess - at Tuesday, 27.06.06 - 11:55:35 CET under Off Topic - Viewed 16539x

I've just received an E-Mail from the Microsoft Windows Vista Beta team and these guys are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5456 - a new and freshly updated Beta 2 version! Many of the things we - the users - have reported in Beta 2 have been fixed and while Microsoft believes this build to be generally better than the initial Beta 2, it is an interim build only and has not been through a rigorous test pass, also it's not the earlier announced RC!

In addition to the many bug fixes we'll find:

  • List View is back! Thanks to your feedback on this the shell team has added back this popular feature.
  • We no longer change the system clock when you set your time zone. We have removed this feature.
  • UAC behavior has changed a bit. You'll find deleting things off the desktop to work much easier now for starters.
  • The images posted first will be for x86 and x64 English. Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate are all in the image and can be installed with the appropriate product key. You will not need a new key for this build. Existing beta 2 keys will work.
  • The Windows Driver Kit, Software Development Kit in addition to German and Japanese language versions of Vista are planned to follow shortly.

The following download packages are available for download now:

  • Windows Vista Beta 2 English builds for x86 and x64
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Japanese Build for x86 and x64
  • Windows Vista Beta 2 German Build for x86 and x64
  • Windows Driver Kit
  • Windows Software Development Kit

Time to fire up my download manager again. Wonder how long the download will takes this time. Last time it was something around 14 hours or so and it even was one day before the masses hit Microsoft's MSDN server hard.

Cheers ~ Arne

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