Windows Vista 5384 Released!

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.

As usual, NeoSmart Technologies will be providing screenshots and reviews as we write/take them, and you’ll find them here on the blog, at our homepage, and on the gallery.

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.

Download: Vista Build 5384 Beta 2 (x86 & x64)
Public Site: Vista Beta 2

Remember: you can use EasyBCD to modify the boot loader to your liking!

55 thoughts on “Windows Vista 5384 Released!

  1. i have already sign up (developer level, but can’t find download link(s)

  2. On May-23 you wrote “…maybe tomorrow but definitely within the week.”
    Well, today is Jun-02 and still no downloads made available to public.
    Microsoft: this really sucks!!!!

  3. Hey Pete, I’m really sorry about all this, but obviously it’s not in my hands. Anyone that posted a reply here (or will post as a matter of fact) will receive email notification the second Vista goes public. I promise 🙂

  4. it sucks… the computer keeps restarting and I get no more than 20fps in cs:s
    stay with xp as vista is not worth a try

  5. i was just sent a email by microsoft saying its released.! gave me a serial key and link to download!! its dling now

  6. Thanks for the links naserol, I’m sure they’ll save a lot of people a lot of time. I took the liberty of removing your product key from that listing, it’ll expire if too many people use it. Anyone who wans a key, please use the link in the first post 🙂

  7. VISTA Beta 2 [latest-5384] Installation error: Wonder if MS has made any definitive response to this – the folks on the boards (i’ve seen hundreds in the last 3 days) seem to have tried the obvious – what’s the ‘non-obvious’ answer to this??? btw, CRC and MD5 checksums of the download image compare exactly with actual image file on the MS site [example below]
    “Yep, I got the same error too, after entering the 25 digit code. Tried burning a new DVD from the image file, using a different burner and different software (Roxio), and even redownloaded the software and burned it to R media instead of -R. All burns were at 2x speed for highest quality. Every time get the same message “unable to open the image file” so all I’ve succeeded in doing so far is wasting several DVDs.”

  8. This is typically Microsoft Policy,

    You can download it, but you cannot install it unless you have a freaking KEY !!! and that for a BETA. ( a TEST VERSION) why does this keep pissing me off !!!!

    A key for a retail version, agreed, but for a BETA ? please gentlemen, will you guys and girls at Microsoft never learn ???

    tsss.

  9. Heh, intersting point.

    But they don’t necessarily use it for activation and warez-control purposes, it gives them a near-accurate reading on how many PCs are running their OS. The activation ensures that Key-to-PC counts are more-or-less accurate.

    I agree, a simple 6 digit number-only key provided on-the-spot would be nicer, but what do we know? 😉

  10. i just want one thing… activating the winVista i`ve just downloaded 🙂
    c`mon let`s b honest, there can never b 2many beta testers :p
    can this b done?

  11. I’ve installed vista but i try to activate it but the key is likely used by many people before me. As MS are going to give anymore key.. But i guess there people out there who unwilling to share their key.. Com’mon.. U can use 1 key to for 10 pcs.. They’ll end up not gonna using it anyway.. huh..

  12. I downloaded window vista 2 but it needs product activation key. How to get it please let me know. Iam not getting it any where.
    With regards

  13. hello friends, I have a question. Of where I can download the Vista Windows x64 (iso) which is not of Microsoft since the downloads have been closed. if there is somebody it could give it to me or put it in some servant by apache… I was thanked for it

  14. Please let me know how to activate my window vista build 5384.
    I am really in troubles.
    I do not have much money to buy the activation code.So help me if you can.
    Email me with the code and i will repay you with a soft that you need.

  15. I too dl’d the beta 2 but it expired in 2 weeks, where can i get a new key to keep it working until next year wen I can buy a copy, I absolutely love it.

  16. hi my test version of vista beta2 is expired and i can use my computer now that i need to activate windows, how i do uninstal it and install my old xp pro, anybody can explane it to me
    thx

  17. thansk for info , but i can´t get in to bios to set cd boot as first option, before i installed vista on my comp. and when windows start up i just click the delete tab to enter bios but now that dos¨t exist, how do i boot now from cd/dvd drive,when i turn on my comp with cd windows xp inserted in cd drive, nothings happend windows starts just like it is¨t in cd drive
    plz help
    thx everyone

  18. that can’t be, windows vista don’t start to load until after the option to enter the bios, that’s right at the beginning when it’s doing the memory check and hardware chec, it don’t even start to read from the hard drive then. boot computer, press delete right away every 1 second and see what hapens.

  19. [quote comment=”3777″]Will itunes work with it?[/quote]
    Yep! 🙂

    [quote comment=”3778″]thansk for info , but i can´t get in to bios to set cd boot as first option, before i installed vista on my comp. and when windows start up i just click the delete tab to enter bios but now that dos¨t exist, how do i boot now from cd/dvd drive,when i turn on my comp with cd windows xp inserted in cd drive, nothings happend windows starts just like it is¨t in cd drive
    plz help
    thx everyone[/quote]
    Ask in the forums and I’m sure you’ll find the help you need there!

  20. hej, i finely get in to the bios but when i boot from cd windows xp ,than computer read all boot data and when is finish it says A:\ and white litlle box is blinking and when i try to type command nothings happen on the screen i can’t type anything, just like my tastatur is not working but it work why is that? what to do now if anybody have som info about that so plz share with me i am stranded in here, thanks for all your help

  21. Please let me know how to activate my window vista build 5384.
    I do not have money to buy the activation code. please email me how 2 activate it with a code if anyone knows. k.t-87@hotmail.co.uk
    i’ll greatly appreciate it

  22. All the download links are gone…

    Where Can I get a legal copy of the beta 32bit?
    BTW I think I know how to get the “Key” but I’m not positive.

    Two suggestions for googling:
    “SIW” and “Magical JellyBean” 😉

    Where can I still download it though?

  23. Tubular! I think I’ll pop in my Men at Work cassette, and start loading this Op. Sys. from my 5 1/2″. Just kidding. I am running an AMD 64 Sys.
    I just can’t bring myself to scrap the old 286, and want to do something different with it. Thanks for the link 🙂

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