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Windows Vista Build 5365 Ultimate (April Refresh)

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willalwaysbewithyou
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#1
The following are now available to technical beta testers on Microsoft Connect:

Build 5365 (X64)
Date 21/04/2006
Size 4,039.89 MB
Version 5365
Category Build
Milestone Beta 2
Product Keys
5342 and Up Ultimate Keys
Files
- vista_5365.8.060419-1800_winmain_idx05_x64fre_client-staged-dvd-LB2CxFRE_EN_DVD.iso
- 5365 FAQ

Build 5365 (X86)
Date 21/04/2006
Size 3,097.88 MB
Version 5365
Category Build
Milestone Beta 2
Product Keys
5342 and Up Ultimate Keys
Files
- vista_5365.8.060419-1800_winmain_idx05_x86fre_client-staged-dvd-LB2CFRE_EN_DVD.iso
- Updated 5365 FAQ

http://connect.microsoft.com
 
#2
Started downloading the x64 build last night. I did finally receive those gift cards I was waiting for, so I'll be getting an additional hard disk for my desktop this week to install this on. :)

Notice how the ISO sizes have grown quite a bit this time? The x64 build is nearly 4GB now.
 

the.quixotic

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#7
woot - managed to download both 32 and 64bit versions during my off-peak download period. Installing 32-bit version tomorrow, and I finally got a DX9 card out to check out Aero Glass.
 

Electronic Punk

willalwaysbewithyou
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#11
I am at work but I will post up some comparison shots after work and a few words of course :)

Got it installed on my D600 and its so much faster, installing it on a D620 because they have buggered em up until June so will prob be sending it back anyway and should be inheriting a D610 soon with an X300 which I know can do glass.

Then of course will be installing on my main test rig a little later which can do everything. Ever.
 
#13
Just placed my order for the hard disk on Newegg. Should be here in a couple of days. :)
I'm curious to see how well this CompletePC Backup works. It's an awesome addition to the OS. If it works well, I won't really need True Image or Ghost anymore.

Vista's backup functionality has been overhauled into a new Backup and Restore Center that is both attractive and simple to use (Figure). Now, Backup creates the equivalent of a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD file, just like VirtualPC), when you perform a a full system backup. And you can restore that backup from the new Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). This feature is now called CompletePC Backup. If you want to backup specific files and folders, you can use the Files and Folders Backup Wizard which, like CompletePC Backup, is available from the Backup and Restore Center.
http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_5365.asp
 

Khayman

I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
#14
install this build last night. Went well, about 45 min install time which is about what most people are reporting on the NG's.
Runs much smoother and faster than the previous build, althought he searchindex thing crashes at startup and again later on, which i've seen reported elsewhere as well.
Also, again as seen else where, the welcome center fails to install some addital hardware (where it says install hardware that wasn't installed during setup or somthing) but then if you go to the device manager and intiate it then it works fine.
Network stuff is better, last time i had to jump thorugh some hoops to get it to find my main box on the network, this time it picked it up right away, even though it was on a different workgroup.

Still think that rating thing is a bit odd though, it seems to rate an athlon 1800 higher than a gig of RAM.

Not played with much else atm, copied some music across and will play with media player a bit more tonight
 

Electronic Punk

willalwaysbewithyou
Staff member
Political User
#15
yeah the searchindexer crashes alot, I think the sidebar may also do it, which is a shame cos apart from that its a very stable build.
 

Khayman

I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
#16
not had any problems with the sidebar so far, its actualy improved for me. used to hang and not remember siettings and things before. Now there are more gadgets and they seem to work well
 

kcnychief

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#17
NetRyder said:
Just placed my order for the hard disk on Newegg. Should be here in a couple of days. :)
I'm curious to see how well this CompletePC Backup works. It's an awesome addition to the OS. If it works well, I won't really need True Image or Ghost anymore.


http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_5365.asp
I'll have to give that article a read - should be interesting to see how it works on backing up files/folders in use if the job is scheduled.
 
#19
Got the new drive and installed 5365 x64 on the desktop this evening, just before I left for home. Didn't have a chance to play with it much yet, but it's the first time I have true Aero Glass on one of my own machines with no software-rendering reg-hacks. Spiffalicious. :)

Setup still takes a while, but it actually tells you what's going on at each step now, so it's a little less frustrating than sitting and watching a progress bar crawl across the screen, having no idea what's going on. Performance of the installed OS is already pretty solid though. I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot more time within 5356, provided I can get all my essential software and development tools running properly. Let's see how that goes on Monday.

The Search Indexer wasn't crashing on me, presumably because my locale is set to EN-US.

Other than that, not much that I can say at the moment. Only had about 15 minutes to play with it before I had to pack up and leave, so more later...
 
#20
I had the problem where the previous version didn't want to work with the video card. So the graphics were terrible. Now this version has drivers that work properly with it so that my laptop is running the latest version of Vista on it.

I love the OS but still haven't found some of the simple features that everyone is using, like transparent start menus and whatnot, or the "3D" like alt+tab menu. It's ok though, I've been having a good time with the OS.

The only setback I'm finding is that the Wireless connection on this version seems to want to have to be told to connect again and again with every log off and restart. It won't auto log back on onto the network it was connected to and saved to.
 

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