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by Mike Zazaian September 24, 2006 - 1:03am, 23 Comments

Screenshot of Vista build 5728

A new post-RC1 version of Vista is available for download from Microsoft, but there’s no telling for how long.

Microsoft recently put up both x86 and x64 versions of Windows Vista Build 5728, a build well beyond the 5600 that represents RC1. According to Microsoft the release of 5728 is meant to draw some feedback on post-RC1 issues, and despite the fact that it’s a successor to RC1, may not necessarily be as stable as 5600.

Microsoft’s Sven Hallauer noted of 5728 that any build beginning with 57 is a member of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code base. Indeed, 5728 may be very close to a final issue of Vista. Then again, with the warnings that 5728 has not been thoroughly tested for stability, it might just be a guinea pig intended to work out those few issues that Microsoft still needs to polish up.

Either way, if you have RC1 already you can upgrade 5728 on top of it and give it a spin. Although, with the painfully slow RC1 upgrade system, you might be better off to wipe the system and approach 5728 with a clean install.

[via ars technica]