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Windows Vista Beta ‘n’ RCs Will Reboot Every 2 Hours Starting June

Microsoft Tuesday spelled out exactly how users of Windows Vista betas and release candidates can shift to the final code, and warned that beginning June 1, preview-equipped PCs will automatically reboot every two hours.

Notifications will start going out to users of Vista Ultimate Beta 2, Release Candidate 1 (RC1) and RC2 of the upcoming expiration, a company spokeswoman said. “Customers will have ample time to back up data and migrate their PCs to the final version of Windows Vista,” she said. Upgrade paths were detailed on Microsoft’s Vista site.

The only in-place upgrade route — one that retains the settings, applications, and data as-is — is from Vista RC1 using a copy of the US$259 Windows Vista Ultimate upgrade. Users running either Beta 2 or RC2 can upgrade to Ultimate, but they must do a “clean install,” a process that overwrites the hard drive and destroys all data on it.

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