Last week Microsoft released the latest build (5536) and now it’s made available for download for all. The ISO can be downloaded with a special download manager from Akamai. But hurry up, they will close at 100,000 downloads!
After downloading, please install and test the build as soon as possible. Most importantly, if there is a crash, hang, or error please make sure that you send the information back to us using the built-in Windows Error Reporting technology (a dialog box will display automatically). Sending this information is essential to helping us improve the overall quality of Windows Vista and collecting this information is the primary purpose of distributing this pre-RC1 release.
Once you complete the download you must burn the ISO file to a DVD.
Microsoft has partnered with Akamai Technologies to provide a Download Manager to help you get the ISO file for Windows Vista pre-RC1. This Akamai Download Manager lets you pause, resume, and stop the download of the file. You may be prompted to accept a signed ActiveX control or Java applet in your browser. These have been signed by “Akamai Technologies, Inc.” and verified by VeriSign, Inc.
Use this link to download using the Download Manager (recommended):
Windows Vista pre-RC1, English 32-Bit Edition