Windows Vista RC1 opened to CPP participants

— 2:38 PM on September 6, 2006

Less than a week after unveiling the Release Candidate 1 build of Windows Vista to select testers, Microsoft has made the release available to members of its Customer Preview Program. Existing CPP participants, such as those who signed up for the public Beta 2 release a couple of months back, should receive an e-mail invitation to try out the latest build. Everyone else will have to wait for Microsoft to open up CPP registration "in the coming weeks." Vista RC1 licenses will expire on June 1, 2007, a few months after the final version of Vista comes out in January.

To complement the RC1 release, both ATI and Nvidia have put up new Vista-compatible graphics drivers. ATI's Catalyst Beta Driver for Windows Vista RC1 came out yesterday and is available here. Nvidia's ForceWare 96.33 drivers were released last Friday and are available in separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

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