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Windows Vista RC1 Available for Public Download
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Earlier this month Microsoft made Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) available for download to the public through its Customer Preview Program (CPP). According to Microsoft it will make roughly 5 million copies of RC1 available across all distribution channels (MSDN / TechNet and CPP).
"Now that we're expanding the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program, an even broader audience will get to experience just how much Windows Vista has to offer," said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president for Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. "The expansion of the CPP program really sends a strong message to the industry and our customers: the time to prepare for Windows Vista has arrived."
If you want to have an early peek at Windows Vista, here's a good chance. Just make sure you realize this is still beta code, so it should not be used in a production environment or on a primary computer in the home. RC1 is intended for developers, IT professionals, and technology experts to continue or begin their testing of Windows Vista. Before you decide to use RC1, you should feel comfortable with installing operating systems, updating drivers, and general PC troubleshooting.
You should start by going over the System Requirements and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. Reading through the release notes is also recommended.
You can order a DVD with Windows Vista RC1, or choose to download an ISO file from Microsoft's Windows Vista Get Ready web site. Please realise that RC1 will expire June 1, 2007, and NO, you will not get a free upgrade to the final version.
I plan to publish a review of Windows Vista RC1 at a later date on the HelpWithWindows Web site.
Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for September, 2006
The security update for September 2006 includes two fixes for Microsoft Windows.
Severity Rating: Important
Severity Rating: Moderate
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