Well, you don’t have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install.  The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD.  It will take a while to finsh, so don’t hold your breath, and whatever you do, don’t overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!
“SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft seems to have allowed the great unwashed the chance to play with its trial versions of Vista.

The Vista 5728 build became ‘publically available’ over the weekend here. µ

Vole says it decided to release Vista to the riff raff because it has a number of improvements and updates from RC1, but has not been put through the same internal testing process as RC1 and therefore may be unstable. ”

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