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September 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

That’s right folks, we’ve been waiting for a long while to see it and finally RC1 is here. However… I must admit, I was very very wrong about the whole vector Glass thing… apparently it does exist and everyone on the inside of Microsoft were just keeping their bloody traps shut…

RC1 is available for technical testers who have access to Microsoft Connect. It’s build 5600 (rebuilt a couple of nights ago).

Go and download now!

Windows Vista – RC1 – x86, 32-bit – 2,584.25 MB
Windows Vista – RC1 – x64, 64-bit – 3,677.22 MB

Very important note! There is no Vector Glass in RC1. Everyone’s been going on about it, but it’s never going to appear in Windows Vista and it never will do. It was Wendy “pulling a joke” on us all… very funny Wendy, I’ve just bought a top-of-the-line spec computer because of your “hilarious” little joke… grrrr Wendy, grrrrr 🙁

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8 Responses

  1. Ambious Says:

    What is Vector glass exactly? Why has it been kept in secret for so long? Where can we see screenshots? 😀

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Vector Glass is basically hardware and software driven “glass effects” – at the moment, they’ve kept it well hidden (I work on the Windows Live stuff, and even with all my contacts I didn’t know about it… I even proved that it wasn’t ever coming.. how wrong I was 🙁 ) but previous builds used transparent PNG files to emulate the glass.
    I’ll try and get some screenies either here or on the VistaBase Gallery (

  3. Ambious Says:

    So basically glass untill now wasn’t ‘real’ glass but just transparency games?
    Vector Glass, if I understand correctly, would be faster because it really does utalize DirectDraw or whatever they call it now, and not just transparent images?

  4. Zack Whittaker Says:

    DirectDraw – that’s the one… or Direct3D… or maybe .NET Framework 3.0… I can’t remember, but it certainly uses some graphics engine to do it. It’s very very cool 🙂

  5. Andre Da Costa Says:

    You are right Zack, its rendered using Direct 3D, based on Direct X 9, which utilizes your graphics card. I don’t have 5600 yet, so I can’t confirm if Vector Glass is in it.

  6. Michael Says:

    The pictures we see here:, look like Vector Glass and they have build number 570X… Vista RC1 has number 5600… I think it’s possible, we’ve seen it with XP, didn’t we?

  7. Andre Da Costa Says:

    Michael, those have been proven to be fake.

  8. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Anyway, those images show very little Michael – I can barely see them.