Windows Vista RC2 available for download

By on October 6, 2006, 6:55 PM
Update: It seems Microsoft decided not to wait any further and the 32-bit version of Vista RC2 can now be downloaded by the general public through their website. Download speed is great at the moment, but I still have to wonder why Microsoft decides not to use better distribution methods like BitTorrent.

As had been anticipated, Microsoft released today Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (Build 5744) to beta testers through their Connect portal. They expect to make it more widely available next week.

Here's a post from Jim Alchin announcing the release:

People asked for it, and here it is, Windows Vista RC2! We wanted you to be the first to get these bits; next week they’ll be available to a broader set of customers via MSDN and TechNet.

All your great feedback has helped us focus on nothing but bug fixes over the past month since RC 1 — each and every day. There are thousands of quality improvements since Windows Vista RC1. You’ll probably notice improvements in performance, application compatibility, as well as fit and finish work. We will continue improving quality until RTM. If you are an ISV, please use this build (certainly at least RC1 or later) to get certified. Visit for more information on logo certification.

You are integral to this creation and refinement process. We are just around the corner from RTM and shipping this great product to the world. This will be the last build made available prior to RTM, so please keep the feedback coming so we can hit the finish line. Thanks for your help in finishing the job!

This is going to be the last build of Vista that will be available to the public before it goes gold and then released to business users later this year.

User Comments: 8

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canadian said:
But this isn't acually a RC, its just another interm build.
Julio said:
They are calling it RC2 (Microsoft), so I guess they can tell if it is or not.
canadian said:
Here is a link to a microsoft group. [url]
jesse_hz said:
If they don't even know what a "Release Candidate" is then how can anyone trust them to build an entire OS?
canadian said:
Just because they called it a RC when it isn't doesn't necessarily indicate incompetence, since this is going to be the last build before the final release, it was probably just throwen onto this build. This was probably one departments decision, and does not in any way effect the quality. As much as I hate to say it, Microsoft does have a bunch of great programmers.
jesse_hz said:
They do and really I was just kidding.
mattmin said:
[url][/url] This and the Mirror link to download RC2 are both DEAD! Anyone have a link that works? I don't need it as I downloaded it BEFORE Microsoft shut it down. I was just trying to help other testers out. Mattmin
real geek said:
don't bother with RC 2 people,if u have RC1 stick with that till RC3... comming is the most stable OS and secure to date...they still need to fix a couple of bugs cause some legacy drivers still don't work.if u have a crappy machine forget using vista,ultimate at my opinion yr pc must be an amd 64 fx or amd 64 x2 and higher, pentium 4 with at least 3ghz,2gig of ram one gig is no good. os takes up at least 56% of 1 gig when loaded with aero,a 256 mb video card that supports lots of crap like my ex and fsb of 800 or higher.if u have less of that stuff you won't enjoy it.but most of my stuff works with rc1 besides norton,nero and roxio software...Installation is a breeze,i'm amazed.xp takes longer.i also don't recommend upgrades,u will have to deal with alot of compatibility issues right now if u try to upgrade.whoever upgrades last is a coward. :) xp sucks,hooray to vista..RC3 should be coming in november,good job microsoft.i love the new 32bit color in everything,even my ugly ex looks greak on a vista pc and my dvd's look even better than on xp.i'm hooked.i watched shark tale and ate my popcorn right there.Also someone tell HP they need to put vista drivers online like other hardware providers.Nvidia already does,so does creative and alot others,what's wrong with my pals at HP.[Edited by real geek on 2006-10-15 21:46:26]
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