Windows Vista: The RC1 is ready!
The final major pre-release of Windows Vista – Release Candidate 1 (RC1) – is now available for download!
Please use the link below to access the download site, and install this release as soon as possible.
Go to the country selection to choose your download or order location!
Please note: If you ordered a DVD kit for Windows Vista Beta 2 you will automatically receive a new DVD kit containing RC1 in approximately 2-4 weeks.
Windows Vista RC1 is only available in English, German and Japanese.
We remind you that RC1 is pre-release software and you should not run this on production or mission-critical PCs. Support will be limited to newsgroups, and you may have to do a clean install to move from this release to the final release of Windows Vista.
You may upgrade an existing installation of Windows Vista Beta 2 or Windows XP to this release. However you will not be able to get back to your original installation after upgrading – you will have to do a clean install in order to get back to your previous configuration.
Installing RC1 requires a valid Product Key. You should use the same Product Key that was provided to you (and sent in email) when you registered for Windows Vista Beta 2 in June.
Be sure to visit MSDN’s Windows Vista Developer Center for more information on this release, Windows Vista technologies, news and updates, and other technical resources designed to help you get the most from the new platform capabilities of Windows Vista.