Microsoft Windows Vista 5840
After releasing an internal release last week 5808, Microsoft has jumped ahead to release pre-RTM ( 5840.16384.061018) to be exact. A big issue of course are drivers. I spoke to a couple of un-named sources high in the hardware R&D world and they have said the same thing, they have been told by Microsoft to not provide the Microsoft signed drivers for Vista, under severe penalties until they are told to do so. This is because they have had some real hardware detection problems (worse than XP) and this is believed to be causing a real concern at HQ.
I was drawn by one manufacturer that in 5808 known as RC2+ (and even RC2) there is a large shortage of printer drivers for instance. Many testers have had problems with what is viewed as EEH (easy extra hardware), i.e. non mission critical, modems, printers, sound cards, software etc. This was solved with critical hardware (video drivers, etc).
So what is the bottom line? Well, 5840 offers some new icons, sounds, and more importantly hardware detection. Redmond is still considering an “enhancement” patch (with more sounds, drivers etc) to launch on day 1 with vista, unless these issues can get sorted in time Watch this space 5840 pictures to follow.
Google the words below for the public release when it is out later this week.
Windows Vista Pre-RTM Build 5840/vista_5840.16384.061018-1900_x86fre_client-LRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso