Microsoft has opened up the beta programme for its forthcoming Windows Vista to the general public.
The Windows Vista Beta 2 Customer Preview Program is available to download from the company's website or can be ordered on DVD.
Microsoft is warning that the operating system is still in development and " should not be used in a production environment or on a main machine in the home ". The software is also time limited and will cease to function after 1 June 2007.
The download version is only suitable for users with a fast internet connection; the 32-bit version is 3.5GB, while the 64-bit version weighs in at 4.4GB.
To get the most out of Vista, Microsoft recommends running it on a 1GHz PC with at least 1GB of RAM and a 128MB graphics card capable of running the Aero graphical interface.
Click the link for the full Windows Vista specifications.
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