Here are some of the free and free-to-try security solutions that are currently listed as being compatible with Windows Vista Beta 2:
1.) Computer Associates has been gracious enough to offer all Vista beta testers a 1-year subscription to eTrust EZ Antivirus free of charge. This is the release version, not a beta, and is designed to work seamlessly with Vista.
2.) Avast is officially listed as being Vista-compatible, both the free and paid versions.
3.) Windows Vista Firewall may be two-way, but it's still not as capable, in my opinion, as the third-party alternatives. Unfortunately I know of no free firewalls that are compatible with Vista at this time. (However, see #4.)
4.) TrendMicro is offering a free trial of PC-cillin Internet Security (Beta) which runs through the end of October. It's the full suite including antivirus, firewall, spyware, and spam protection.
5.) Remember, Windows Vista now includes Windows Defender (still in beta) as a pre-installed security option, whereas you must download it separately if you're running Windows XP.
5.) Classic freeware such as AdAware, SpyBot, and SpywareBlaster are all known to be operational in Vista!
Note: This is not a complete list, but a short summary of the top free and free-trial security options available. Most others, including Norton and McAfee, are currently beta testing their security solutions privately, and will have them ready later this year. Until then the above (free) options should do.
Hope this helps,
Now that you?ve stumbled upon Cnet?s new Windows Vista forum, here are some of the basics you should know to get started. For more information consult the links below, particularly the Product Guide from Microsoft...it?s quite a read, but contains some valuable information.
For basic operation you must have at least an 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, and a 20GB hard drive with 15GB free space. To find out if you meet the requirements to use the various features and display the advanced graphics of Windows Vista, it is highly recommended that you click here to download and run the Vista Upgrade Advisor first. (Requires Windows XP.)
Vista Beta 2 is currently available in x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions in English, German, and Japanese. Support for additional languages will be available at the time of release, which at this time is scheduled for January 2007.
1.) Microsoft is offering the downloads and DVD orders for a limited time only...once a set number of people have downloaded Vista Beta 2, no new requests will be accepted.
2.) This is a time-limited demo that will cease to function on June 1, 2007.
This is a BETA!
Remember, this is a Beta, and should be treated as such. It should not be used on a mission-critical computer, nor should it be relied upon for mission-critical tasks. Vista Beta 2 is prone to crashes, is not compatible with all software, and does not yet support a variety of hardware due to driver issues. Those of us here on Cnet and other sites will try to answer any questions that are asked, but due to the nature of the product there are no guarantees that all questions can or will be answered. So, once again, use at your own risk!
The first option is to download a copy of Windows Vista Beta 2 yourself. For instructions and the download link, click here. Note that the download of the 32-bit version is 3200MB and the 64-bit version is 4109MB, so a broadband connection is strongly recommended. Due to the size, you will need to burn the ISO to a DVD. Note that Microsoft is not offering the download as a set of ISOs for burning to CDs.
Note: If you are receiving an error message that Microsoft?s servers are overwhelmed, you can download the English versions directly: Vista Beta 2 x86 (32-bit) and Vista beta 2 x64 (64-bit). You?ll have to officially register later to receive your Product Key, but this way you can avoid the wait to install.
The other option is to order a DVD containing the Beta from Microsoft. The CD is free, but you must pay for shipping and handling, and it is not currently available in all countries. You can reach the order form using the link above.
If you don't have a DVD-ROM drive:
If you do not have a DVD-ROM drive but would still like to install Vista Beta 2, you can do so by using a DVD-ROM emulator such as Daemon Tools, which is free. You can use it to mount the ISO and install directly. This is also useful if you?re receiving errors during installation, an ongoing issue.
Information and Reviews:
* Vista Beta Resource Center (Product Guide!)
* Official Vista website
* Paul Thurrott?s Vista site and reviews
* Windows Vista Team Blog
* Windows Vista newsgroup
* Cnet?s Vista Beta 2 review
Hope this helps,