During the weekend, I downloaded and installed Windows Vista RC2 (Build 5744). Here’s some of my experience with the latest RC build.

The first thing I noticed is that the Vista disk image continued to shrink. The RC2 version stands at 2,613,828 KB, which is slightly smaller than RC1 (2,646,272 KB). This means some dead code or inefficient code has been further trimmed.

The biggest difference between RC2 and RC1 is the installation process. The RC1 installation process is similar to the previous builds (5536 and 5384) but has changed significantly in RC2. The RC2 installation process is more streamlined, it only needed minimal user interactions (only asked a few questions) and everything else was setup automatically. I was really impressed at how fast the installation process was. Given the size of the disk image and the fact that I was installing it under VMWare, I was expecting anywhere between an hour and an hour and half. But to my surprise, the installation finished within 40 minutes.

Besides the streamlined setup process however, there is not much noticeable difference between RC2 and RC1. It was a little disappointing to see that the “bugs” I reported in the earlier builds remained. Maybe they are not considered as bugs, but rather new features in Windows Vista. We shall see when Vista is released to the general public earlier next year…

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