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5 Things You Should Know Before Installing Vista Beta 2

The news Wednesday that Microsoft had finally posted a public beta for its long-awaited, often-delayed Windows Vista brought the usual rush by multitudes who couldn't wait.

Enough, apparently, that some users have reported overloaded sites that never begin the download. (As of mid-day Thursday, TechWeb was unable to reach the English-language, 32-bit download file.)

That inability to access Beta 2's multi-gigabyte download may be a blessing in disguise. Tucked into Microsoft's Web site are notes that may be deal-breakers for many.

Here are five. Read 'em before you download, or pay $10 to order a DVD from Microsoft.

1.) You'd better have a DVD burner

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