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Blink And You Missed It: Vista RC2 Download Closed

As promised, Microsoft opened its newest build of Windows Vista to public downloading, but the short time that Release Candidate 2 (RC2) was available irked left-out users.

Friday, Microsoft unveiled Vista RC2 (build 5744) to select testers, saying that it would be the last interim release before the operating system was released to manufacturing. That day, Nick White, a program manager with the Vista launch group, said that participants in the Customer Preview Program (CPP) would also be given the chance to download the new code.

They were, beginning Friday night.

But on Monday morning Microsoft turned off the spigot, a move that distressed users who were too late or had only downloaded part of the massive .iso file.

"I got the download started, then it got interrupted right before it finished. Now the links don't work. Not fair," wrote someone identified as "Gary96LT4" on the Vista group's blog.

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