Vista Logo This was absolutely shocking to me when I opened my Inbox and an anonymous tipster had sent me an email with the public download page for Vista 5728! I was pretty excited as you could imagine but I’m not sure if I want to go through the whole process of setting my computer up again after getting RC1 all perfect. Well, I say that now but I’m sure tomorrow you could contact me and I’ll be reformatting my computer! ;)

I know I could just do an upgrade (Microsoft recommends that owners of a Toshiba model M400, M4, or M5 do a clean install) but that just doesn’t seem as “clean” to me…and it takes several hours!

Here is what Microsoft has to say about why they decided to release it:

This build (5728) has a number of improvements and updates from RC1, but has not been put through the same internal testing process as RC1 and therefore may be unstable in certain installations. We are making this release available for a limited time only (and only by download) in order to get broad distribution and testing in a variety of PC configurations.

Here is some of the information on the file:
File size: 2622MB
Type: 32-bit
Name: vista_5728.16387.060917-1430_x86fre_client-lrmcfre_en_dvd.iso
Build Number: 5728.16387

Note: Your Beta 2/RC1 product keys will still be valid for this version.

Even though Microsoft didn’t post a link to the 64-bit version they still placed it on the server. You can download it using this direct link.

Update 2:
Microsoft also allows people to disable the startup sound with this build.

Update 3:
Microsoft has now officially posted the 64-bit build on the download page.