Windows Vista Build 5384 has been released to Tech Beta testers at Microsoft Connect.
Build 5384 is the real deal: Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 Milestone Build!
Contrary to public opinion and “leaked” information, Windows Vista Beta 2 is not a mere recompile of Vista 5381.1 and it isn’t 5381.4; Vista 5384 is Beta 2 and it’s official!
Microsoft has already launched the public download site for Vista Beta 2, but no more than that, only the site is live, but the build is not ready for download to non-techbeta testers yet.
For now, here are the build details, and it seems that a lot of thinning out and optimizations in both size and performance have been carried out, for example, compare the current build details to the previous one:
vista_5384.4_x64fre_client-LB2CxFRE_EN_DVD.iso, 4,109.73 MB
vista_5384.4_x86fre_client-LB2CFRE_EN_DVD.iso, 3,200.15 MB
As you can see, both the builds are FRE (not CHK) this time around; and they are also both Staged installs.
Remember: you can use EasyBCD to modify the boot loader to your liking!